Teeny weeny ‘puter things

Gad but I have a cool job sometimes. Right now, it’s playing with teeny-tiny components, some of which I want to remember here (just in case I feel like building some strange bots of my own). So… cool little gumstix computer, C328RS camera, and a cute little 5dof imu. Not that this is fun or anything, but… well, it’s fun okay. Although the soldering-related screaming and sticking-plaster bonanza are bound to start soon…

First python

Okay, so I didn’t break into Google (not in the conventional sense anyways. There was this misunderstanding with an oversimple instruction and an unlocked door, but we’ll gloss over that…), but I did get the building-stuff bug back again, which can only (as long as you don’t have to share any space with me when I’m coding at 3am) be good. So. Today. My first Python program. Had bought the book and skimmed the language ready for the above, and was just having a snuffle round the big G’s website when I fell over their coding pages. And the Google App Engine. It’s a cute little beastie (so far), but we’ll see how I do when I get past the ‘Wahey! Hello World!’ stage. And I really need to sort my path out asap; it’s not good typing in the whole thing every time… Things to remember include: http://localhost:8080/

What do Microsoft need now?

I’d never really thought about the internet advertising market til the Microsoft-Yahoo thing came up. I mean, I know that when I search on G, a load of adverts appear above and beside my search results and there’s an order to the search results that may or may not have a commercial bias (at least it will if the companies are canny about things like keywords and Dmoz), but I’d never really thought about how they got there and what it means. So. The Microsoft-Yahoo marriage is off, the bride’s run away, the Maid of Honour (News Corp) won’t be forgiven because she took her dress off and played best man instead, and the groom’s still on the hunt for a pretty girl to hook up with (but choose wisely my friend; divorce costs). Except it’s all gone a bit Babylonian bride market. So again. If Microsoft wants to take…