Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Objective-j is amazing

I got bored in the library today, so I decided to check out objective-j. In a word Amazing. It's objective C in the browser, not like it, it is actually it, down to the @at the declaration of a string.

Unfortunately I've got nothing to take advantage of it at the moment, maybe in the summer/ rest of my life

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Javascript client storage library

So thats my dissertation topic. It's out there for the world to see. Up until very recently it was GIT GUI client, however after checking out GIT GUI my ideas seemed redundant, and wasteful.

So the plan is to develop a client side storage wrapper/ abstraction independent of any of the major is frameworks. Light weight wrappers can then be built modeled on the singleton pattern, for the various libraries. The library would have a "storage provider" interface , therefore as technologies are introduced new providers can be created. Initially I plan to create 3. Cookies, flash, & HTML 5 session storage.

As I'm typing this on a iPhone, I'll stop now. But rest assured I hate this thing.

Monday, November 10, 2008

IPhone livin

My brother was kind enough to lend me an iPhone.

At the moment it's just to test out my new iphone app. But I really don't think that apple will be seeing my cash on this front. As I learnt with my palm, touch screen keyboards dont compare to regular qwerty ones. Sure you narrow skus, but the difference in typing speed is to much for me.

I will say that the interface is just as amazing as it looks. But this thing still needs some work

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Jonathan, The stock broker

First of this crap is gambling, don't let anyone tell you any better. With all the flashy screens and graphs you may think it's not, but when you really think about it, thats what it is.

My inspiration was Warren Buffett, he said

Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful

Greed is what ruins anyone, control the greed and the success will come (in theory). So first your wondering where did i get the cash from, well i had planned on buying a new laptop, but it didn't really make sense. So instead of just handing over the cash to apple, why not try to do some proper investing.

I'm a firm believer in not trying to be too clever, there is only one sector i really know anything about, Technology. I planned to do a mixture of short term buys combined with some long term investments.

Sensible Investments
Apple or AAPL was one of my long term buys. Currently trading at sub $100 only a few months ago this stock was floating around $200. The company has low debt, and good sales, so it sells itself.

Sun or JAVA is a little more of a risk, the stock is trading low at the minute, mainly because of the credit crunch (read: can't borrow cash to buy servers), so there is a fair chance we might see an upturn in the next few months.

Crazy Ones
Lehman Brothers LEHMQ, first your thinking, but they went belly up. Yeah, they did, and there stock is trading at $0.067. Tempting ....

AIG, This is a stock that at one point as $70 it's now $2. What's the worst that could happen? But seriously, they have over a Trillion dollars in assets, and their stock is in the tank thanks to losing $8 billion in the last quarter.

RBS, This is an example of the fact that i actually know nothing. I picked RBS in my google finance portfolio about two weeks ago. at the time it was £0.90. At the moment it's £0.64, i lost 28%! Theoretically! Dangerous game this

One Day
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.A. The company of the great Warren Buffett, it's 1.55 million shares trade at $113,000 each!!! Just a tad out of my league.

Basically this stock thing is crazy, extremely risky and a money pit, but i can't wait to get my hands dirty (not in an Enron way!).

Good luck to any fellow investors.