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Checking out iPhone OS 3.0 Betas

by Matthew Smith · April 1st, 2009 · No Comments

Yesterday, the team application for an iPhone developer account was finally approved. I paid my portion of the fee, the team lead configured my account, and I was off to the races. Since I plan on using the iPhone OS 3.0 beta more for daily use and less for developing, I plan on keeping a [...]

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Time to Become an iPhone Developer

by Matthew Smith · March 19th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Just in case you missed it, Apple announced the latest OS for the iPhone (and iTouch), version 3.0, on Tuesday. It includes a ton of new features, mostly in the programming department (though copy and paste will be a welcome addition, as will the new MMS feature … no more viewmymessage.com texts!). The OS will [...]

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Chrome Experiments

by Matthew Smith · March 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I’ve really been enjoying Google Chrome, the web browser created by Google which features the “blazingly fast” V8 JavaScript engine. To show off the features of the JS engine, they’ve created a site called Chrome Experiments (via Google Blog). There’s some really cool stuff there (check out the Browser Ball demo), but I think my [...]

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Stupid Computer Security Ideas

by Matthew Smith · March 17th, 2009 · No Comments

An oldie but a goodie, Marcus Ranum’s “Six Dumbest Ideas in Computer Security” are a great read. I think my favorite is #2, “Enumerating Badness.”

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Thoughts on Google Latitude

by Matthew Smith · March 3rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Google Latitude is both extraordinarily useful and superbly useless.
Let me explain myself. First, I must mention that I consider myself quite the technology aficionado (no surprise to many of you) and I attempt to stay abreast of the latest “web2.0″ trends. I try new web services often and usually abandon them quickly. When exploring a [...]

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Change Has Come, I Like the Website

by Matthew Smith · January 21st, 2009 · No Comments

Yesterday was, by even the most humble estimates, a monumental day in history (let’s leave arguements of good/bad at the door, k thx bye). Always the optimist, I feel that changes are quite needed and I’m always seeing the best in the opportunity.
To reflect the change in regime, President Obama’s crack web team has put [...]

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Programming a Simple MP3 Decoder

by Matthew Smith · January 16th, 2009 · 6 Comments

This morning’s purusal of the interwebs presented me with a particularly interesting gem: a good¬†article about MP3 decoding. It’s written with a nice overview of the format and builds up to a limited but functional bit of code that can actually decode an MP3. Even if you aren’t into programming, I’d recommend skimming it, as [...]

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The Democratization of “Radio Broadcasting”

by Matthew Smith · October 17th, 2008 · No Comments

A couple of days ago, while eating at Zaxby’s with my roommates (a favorite dining location), conversation touched briefly the topic of “pirate radio.” The last time I discussed such things was in a series of conversations with Chappie last summer. We contrived a concept for a distributed radio transmission network¬†using small, distributable, network connected [...]

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