Bye Bye Beautiful

It has been a long time since the last post, too long, and something significant has changed. I originally had planned to do a comparison of the dynamic features of Groovy and Objective-C and had also already tested a few things and written some paragraphs. But then, all of a sudden, work happened and I had to sacrifice many sundays – the time I usually spent for projects like this – in addition to the usual office hours (and a few more on top of that). This eventually led to one big change that certainly wasn’t easy: I sold my iMac. There went the only platform that really supports Objective-C which rendered the initial idea useless. I’m now solely on Windows (8.1), and guess what…
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My Preferred Approach to Touch on a Computer

With Windows 8 now finally released, there comes a new generation of hardware with a strong emphasis on the input device – the fingers. Touch as we know and love today has been around in common perception since the release of the first iPhone which was in 2007. The first smartphone like phone was actually released in 1994 by IBM, the IBM Simon. Based on todays standards you can imagine this wasn’t a device one would call “a beauty”. In fact, the Wikipedia page lists the form factor as “brick”. From a current point of view you probably wouldn’t want to use and play around with such a type of touch interface.

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(Mountain) Lion automatically wakes from sleep

Since I first got my iMac I always wondered why the machine would suddenly just wake up from Sleep in the middle of the night. I didn’t touch it since at night I prefer to sleep (or else I must be sleepwalking). I initially found a way to fix this but it came up again with the update to Mountain Lion (which just reset the preference).
Go the System Preferences and hit Energy Saver. There you’ll uncheck Wake for Wi-Fi network access (in German: Ruhezustand bei Netzwerkzugriff beenden). I figured that must be the reason because at night my router automatically turns off wireless and just before I get home from work it turns it back on. For me it did the trick.
Here are two images, one from my machine (in German) and one found on Google for an english machine.