MikeyTheK writes "To fund a move to Open Source its engine, LiveCode, a descendent of HyperCard, turned to Kickstarter. With 8 hours still to go, the project has raised over $650,000, a staggering amount for a development tool on Kickstarter. With only a couple of stretch goals remaining, it is by far the most successful raises for a development tool." Link to Original Source top
MikeyTheK writes "For the first time in a century, we just experienced a month without sunspots. In case you wonder why you should care, there is a growing branch of climate scientists that have been studying historic sunspot activity (the record goes back to the 1700's) and comparing it to weather information to see if maybe the big giant heat source in the sky has more impact on our climate than it is being given credit for." top
MikeyTheK writes "From the In Case You Care department, Vonage's PSTN network connection is down. At around 14:00 EDT I noticed that my Vonage phone was not accepting inbound calls. After being on the phone with TS for about an hour, they notified me that (nearly) nationwide, Vonage is not connected to the PSTN, so calls from the Outside World are not coming though.
That also means that if you have a failover number with Vonage it won't do anything, either, because Vonage isn't able to route it at this time. They don't have an ETA to get everything back up yet." top
MikeyTheK writes "PC Magazine Reports that Kevin Martin, chairman of the FCC, supports ala carte cable.
In a letter to several minority groups on Wednesday, Martin said "While I believe all consumers would benefit from channels being sold in a more a la carte manner, minority consumers, especially those living in Spanish speaking homes, might benefit most of all,". He goes on to argue "Cable companies act as gatekeepers into the programming allowed by the expanded basic cable package, preventing independent content producers from reaching viewers,", citing the example of Black Family Television, which was forced to go online-only because cable operators refused to carry it, even after it reached 16 million homes." top
MikeyTheK writes "Ajax Magazine is reporting today that Morfik has released the first development tool for iPhone. In addition, the applications created with the tool will run even when you lose your cell signal." top
It would appear that the application date is September, 2005." top
MikeyTheK writes "Ajax Magazine (http://ajax.phpmagazine.net/2007/03/morfik_07_off icially_available.html) reports today that Morfik (AJAX development environment) has gone 1.0. Along with that is a rather interesting feature — automatic conversion between high-level languages.
Apparently Morfik allows a developer to import code from any of the supported high-level languages (Java, C#, BASIC, Pascal) and convert it for integration into a project written in another high-level language on-the-fly.
So, for example, let's say you are writing an employee scheduling program in Java. Now you see that there is a new tree-spanning algorithm written in C# that you would like to integrate into your project. You could convert it by hand, or you could let Morfik do it for you automatically.
This is even more interesting when you think about supporting legacy BASIC or Pascal applications that you are trying to bring to either Java or C#. Instead of rewriting the whole thing, you can let Morfik convert it for you, then just focus on the cleanup." top
MikeyTheK writes "My fellow firefighters are dying at an alarming rate from causes completely unrelated to the normal dangers of fighting fires, prying people out of mangled wrecks, and saving stranded kittens from treetop perches.
One of the most shocking parts of this announcement is that Morfik will not charge for server licenses. Morfik is purchased per developer seat. Deployment is free.
It also appears from the letter that it might not yet be too late to sign up for the Morfik Pioneers (beta-testing) program. Those people will get about 2/3 off the retail price, if I did the math right."