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FireStar vs RedHat - more software patent madness

Here is yet another example of why why pure software patents must not be allowed to hinder innovation in Europe like it does in the litigation-obsessed USA: FireStar has launched a lawsuit against RedHat now that they own Hibernate, a well respected, open source ORM (Object-Relational Mapping) tool originally for Java, and now .Net too. FireStar’s patent asserts ownership over the idea of “A mapping between an object model and a relational database is generated to facilitate access to the relational database”.

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Curtains! And BumpTop

We have curtains! Yes, this might not sound very exciting but it’s a milestone for our lounge & dining room project. We spent a fair amount of today mounting new curtain rails and putting them up, which took a lot longer than I thought. Now we’re only waiting for the carpenter to fit us into his schedule to sort out the floor. And boy, was it hot today. I also just watched a demo of a really nice 3D GUI prototype.

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DS Lite arrives in the UK

Yesterday saw the release of the DS Lite in the UK (ok, and the US too ;)), and I dutifully purchased one on release day. It’s not for me, though, it’s for my wife. 😀I’ve owned my DS for a year now and love it, but my time is so limited that over the last 12 months I reckon the split between me and my wife using the machine to be 20/80 at least.

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SW:KOTR

A you might remember from one of my blog entries a week or so ago, I picked up a copy of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic from a virtual bargain bin recently. I know, this game is 3 years old now, but I always regretted not playing it at the time and never got around to it, so I’m finally catching up. Plus, the days when I would only pick up a game that had just been released are long gone - that’s a luxury I had in my youth when I could play all the games I wanted to, when I wanted to, but no longer - there are much more useful things to be doing.

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WGA - who wants to take the MS medicine?

If you’re an XP user, you may have been as cynical as me when you got the ‘Windows Genuine Advantage’ update notification recently. MS are ‘selling’ it with their own personal brand of laughably infeasible rhetoric, as a way for customers to ‘be satisfied that they are running genuine software’, and ‘be happy they got what they paid for’. Now, I’ll give you a second to compose yourself because I’m sure you’re crying with laughter right now.

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Siggraph booked, Google Calendar

So, I’m all organised now and have booked my flights, accommodation and place at Siggraph 2006. That’s fleshed out the credit card by a scary amount 😕 I’ve also requested meeting space for an hour for an OGRE Birds of a Feather session, hopefully that will be allocated. I spent quite a bit of time planning what I was interested in to decide whether I could really justify the full pass and how I might fit things in.

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Dagon release, book review, OSX stuff and RoR

A bit of a busy day, for starters we managed to get the first maintenance release out for Dagon, which is mostly painless since the procedure is well tested by now. Most of the time goes into documentation and last minute verification of tests. I also had a couple of chapters of the upcoming Ogre book through for final review; not too bad though since it’s only technical errors the second time through, no stylistic suggestions allowed 😉

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Hot enough to boil a monkey's bum (your Majesty)

As I mentioned last weekend, summer has most definitely arrived. And this year, rather than make a quiet, reserved and somewhat stuttering entrance as we are mostly used to here in the British Isles, this time summer has arrived with all the subtlety of a 20-stone Glaswegian doing a bombshell from the topmost diving board at the public swimming pool. “I’m SUMMER! Deal with THAT ya great ponce!” The weather people were at one point predicting that this could be the hottest summer since the heatwave of 1976, which I don’t think I remember on account of being a little too young, and besides, aren’t all the summers we recall from our youth sunny?

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Siggraph 2006

Well, in a surprising turn of events, it’s now very likely that I’ll be attending Siggraph this year! Oh yes - most of the papers we pore over to figure out how to squeeze more graphical honey out of OGRE have passed through this revered institution at some point, so to see it all first hand would be something of a good thing. That, of course, is typical British understatement for ‘absolutely bloody marvellous’.

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Gorgeous weekend

Well, I guess summer is finally here. It’s been incredibly warm the last couple of days - we’ve been helping my wife’s parents get ready for their house move next week and doing a bit of necessary gardening - I’m not much of a gardener myself but it was quite pleasant out there in the sun for a while. I’m pretty knackered now though, and now I have to get back to the desk to get some work done (another chapter to review, some issues to look into).

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