owenSoft.net http://owensoft.net/ en http://owensoft.net http://owensoft.net/favicon.ico owenSoft.net http://owensoft.net/ Cuaseway Bridges of Portmore (Traveling without moving) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2272/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2272/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1886.jpg" alt="Scrap metal people seemed to have stole the guard rails." /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2272/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1887.jpg" alt="Towards Portmore" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2272/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1888.jpg" alt="Under the bridge" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2272/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1889.jpg" alt="Under the bridge" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2272/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1890.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2272/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1891.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2272/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1892.jpg" alt="Old Dock" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2272/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1893.jpg" alt="Towards Kingston" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2272/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1894.jpg" /></a><p></p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2272/#comment">add comment</a></p> 2016-02-21 20:29:45 February 2016 (ChangeLog) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2271/ <p>I have not done any new projects so far this year. Instead I have been programming with colours and <a rel='external' href='/project/screenshot/?dr=2016' title='procedural generation'>procedural generation</a> with Perlin Noise (simplex) in C. The website is due for its yearly <a rel='external' href='/project/masthead/' title='re-design'>re-design</a> but I haven&#039;t touched on it yet. I&#039;m going to have to really sit down and think about this years design. Usually I would have had a new design in mind before the year even starts. But so far this year I am just walking around in the tall grass.</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2271/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1877.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2271/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1878.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2271/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1879.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2271/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1880.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2271/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1881.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2271/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1882.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2271/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1883.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2271/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1884.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2271/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1885.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2271/#comment">post a comment or feature request</a></p> 2016-02-19 07:14:00 Howlin´ for you (Logbook) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2270/ <p>I finally found the bug in one of my pet projects that I had been working on over the Christmas. Now I can move on to other things that want to kill me slowly. I have come to rely on the skills of others rather than thier hopes and dreams. I am older now, I cannot spend all my time working on hobby projects - as much as I would like. I need to focus but focus is hard when the world is filled with people posting dumb articles that surmount to nothing more than a pile of ransid leaves.</p><p>My words elude me. I have not written anything since like the year has started - even. I keep thinking that this may be the last time. But life goes on so I write because I must. I must soldier on because at least at my funeral there will be not shortage of reference literature from which to draw from in order to bring forth a gracious speech or at least an essay. I hate funerals, going away parties, do not invite me - I will not attend.</p><p>My birthday is fast approaching. I have resolved that music CDs are the only thing that can make me happy. Jah alone can give I satisfaction. I have renewed my passport and I have no idea what I am going to do with it. The year 2015 came to an end just when I was beginning to like it. It seems the best part of the year is the period after your birthday like going down a hill with no breaks at full speed. weee! I am good at being uncomfortable.<br /></p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2270/#comment">make a comment</a></p> 2016-02-12 14:51:00 On the menu: mega mart mandeville (Food and Eats) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2269/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2269/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1875.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2269/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1876.jpg" alt="Baked Chicken" /></a><p></p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2269/#comment">comment on this food</a></p> 2016-02-08 20:01:37 Social media and why I still have a website (Articles) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2268/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2268/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1872.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2268/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1873.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2268/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1874.jpg" /></a><p>This morning my nephew asked me what my website really is and what purpose does it serve since its not making any money. Over the years having a website has had its perks. You will never know what its like to create something and try to keep it working forever unless you have a child or a website. You really don&#039;t need a website to do anything nowadays because you have all these other forms of social media which are easier to access in the mobile economy and give the same &quot;feeling&quot;. Social media has a one size fits all approach and makes us all think we are artists inside waiting to blossom but in reality we are all just building numbers in a RPG. Some people are <a rel='external' href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archivist' title='archivists'>archivists</a>.</p><p>Either-way I will try to outline some practical reasons why I still keep my website running despite all the distractions that have come up over the years. Anything you want to do at a certain level is going to be hard - this is a certainty.</p><h4>Branding</h4><p>One of the main reasons I started my website was branding. Branding is key in todays economy, more money is spend on 30 second advertisements than the salaries of employees in large companies. Added to that getting a job is pretty difficult and making a good app is even harder than getting a job - #real #talk. Fresh out of high school I needed as much stuff as possible to &quot;pad&quot; my resume so having a website was a easy way to add content to a resume - that was 15 years ago. Nowadays one could do the same with a free facepage but I&#039;m not sure what the youngsters are using for branding nowadays. Social media activity discourages personal branding because a main part of their business is paid advertising - selling other people&#039;s brands to the masses of consumers. If you are lucky you could be one of the few <a rel='external' href='https://www.instagram.com/prince_pine/' title='who break out'>who break out</a> but most spend all their time reading link bait articles and watching an endless supply of insular videos in a <a rel='external' href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echo_chamber_(media)' title='echo chamber'>echo chamber</a>.</p><h4>Programming Experiments</h4><p>I have been programming forever, since high school. A lot of my experience has been garnered from having a test bed for which to let other people see my work and also a place where I could get all the comment spam in the world. I was never a designer but I learned several tricks over the years by constantly experimenting with the <a rel='external' href='/project/masthead/' title='trends of the day (56k warning)'>trends of the day (56k warning)</a>. Programming is about patience, dedication and being able to look back to where you have been and plot a course to where you want to be.</p><h4>Writing</h4><p>My English literature teacher had always encouraged me to write and it became a very important part of my existence to &quot;produce&quot; more than I &quot;consume&quot;. My spelling may not be all that and I often ramble on continuously about topics I am passionate about - <a rel='external' href='/v4/category/23/' title='mostly software programming'>mostly software programming</a> and a little bit of <a rel='external' href='/v4/category/18/' title='meta physical poetry'>meta physical poetry</a>. These articles take a considerably long time for me to write mainly because I have ensure that I avoid looking like a self-righteous lunatic.</p><p><a rel='external' href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Publish_or_perish' title='Publish or Perish'>Publish or Perish</a> is the constant struggle between spending my time doing something I &quot;like to do&quot; versus doing something that &quot;earns money&quot;. I used to post alot on social media until I realized that it is a waste of time to contribute to a ever increasing interstellar black hole of content that never wants to let you do other things. Surely social media is easy and efficient but at the end of the day your influence is limited to how much money/time you are willing to give up in order to gain more followers in great numbers. <span class="h"><em>I created a post on my website and gave myself one million likes and I still do not care.</em></span></p><h4>A huge Archive of your own stuff</h4><p>Another advantage is that a website gives you a reference point for own your opinions. Unlike social media which seems hell bent on pushing more and more information and entertainment in front of your eyes subduing your own personality. A website is a growing collection of YOU as opposed to the things you like/consume. I can go back to an article I wrote <a rel='external' href='/v4/item/260/' title='10 years ago'>10 years ago</a> and do some introspection as what my thought process would like back then - try to do that on social media. Apparently social media actively discourages <a rel='external' href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Introspection' title='introspection'>introspection</a> and self analysis. Maybe people really do not want to see themselves as they truly are/were?</p><p>I often ask questions such as what are your <a rel='external' href='/v4/category/16/' title='favorite songs of the year'>favorite songs of the year</a> and many people cannot even remember what exactly they liked just last year. <span class="h"><em>It is as if the constant flood of entertainment has made people numb to the passage of time.</em></span> Social media seems to not want people to be cool themselves but would rather they be cool by association like apples in a basket. Maybe no one really needs to have their own stuff anymore? I am not sure.</p><h4>Provides Focus</h4><p>Distractions, distractions. Social media is a numbers game. Everything is a shifting sea of information and bias. You can never really tell who is selling what or promoting something or the other. A website provides me a certain level of focus so that I avoid being fickle or flip floppy - changing frequently, especially as regards one&#039;s loyalties or affections. Anything I start/post must be able to stand the test of time. I am not going to get up one day and switch my whole website to Angular because one article says its the best thing since slice bread. Information has to weighed against its current benefit versus future potential. Its hard to focus when your screen is full of flashing lights. Things get thrown online with no rhyme or reason or backstory, its either entertainment or advertisements for something to come in the future that may or may not affect the price of bread. <span class="h"><em>Oh look at this! This is cool! This is new! This is better than the thing you have now! Read it! Watch it! Your life will be changed! Send it to 6 of your friends. Social media is the email chain letter from the 90s.</em></span></p><h4>Control</h4><p>I recently had a blog on Posterous before it was shutdown because it was acquired by twitter. The tech landscape is sea of competing technologies and companies competing for user base. I have been aware of this from the early days. Social media will never do anything that will make it lose users and it will never add a dislike button. It is like a bad version of the Tron movie or the Matrix. Ajax turned into Unobtrusive Javascript turned into single page apps that turn into interactive UX. Flash is somewhere in there but you can never tell who is going to change something and make a new HTTP wrapper with some documentation. It is all the same thing with different colours and logos,</p><h4>Bias</h4><p>I noticed that when people have a situation of 2 competing things they will choose the one they can afford and say the other is not worth the cost. It seems as if social media is forcing people into a corner where they have to chose to either like something or regulate it to worthlessness. There is no in between, gray area in anything, you keep promoting the things you like and avoiding the things you don&#039;t like until you can&#039;t tell why you liked the thing in the first place. Too much of one thing I guess.</p><h4>Conclusion</h4><p>Websites certainly are not for every one. Most people are fine with a twitter feed or posting memes and quotes on the facepage. I myself have 2 twitter accounts @newogame and @softnewsmag which I check on ever so often. The money spent on hosting a website could be better spend on a Netflix subscription or new Minecraft themes. Eitherway if you are alive you have to spend your time doing something, so you might as well do something that other people can see instead of spending all your time watching other people&#039;s advertisements. </p><p><a class="ebv" id="WCSqHOhdrrk" href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=WCSqHOhdrrk" ><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/WCSqHOhdrrk/hqdefault.jpg" /></a><br /><br /></p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2268/#comment">Post your comments on this article</a></p> 2016-01-21 07:47:13 Wendys, Half Way Tree, Kingston (Food and Eats) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2267/ <p>Currently Wendy&#039;s is leading the race as the most expensive fast food joint you can visit in Jamaica. Don&#039;t buy any of the cheap items because they are basically kids meals. Shell out big or go home. It&#039;s good though will return next month or next year.</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2267/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1865.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2267/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1866.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2267/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1867.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2267/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1868.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2267/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1869.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2267/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1870.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2267/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1871.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2267/#comment">comment on this food</a></p> 2016-01-13 07:19:14 Mandeville Parish Church, St Marks (The Jamaica photo project) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2266/ <p>I tried taking pictures on a overcast day which is pretty common in Mandeville. I have not been inside this Church since I left high school and unfortunately it was closed at the time I visited.</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2266/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1851.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2266/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1852.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2266/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1853.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2266/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1855.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2266/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1856.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2266/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1857.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2266/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1858.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2266/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1859.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2266/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1860.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2266/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1861.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2266/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1862.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2266/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1863.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2266/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1864.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2266/#comment">add comment</a></p> 2016-01-06 17:58:13 Pressure (Logbook) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2265/ <p>The irony of life is that you might never know what actually ends up killing you to death. It could be that time you forgot to brush your teeth before going to bed. Or that extra cupcake you had at the Christmas office party. It could be that sermon on the mount that left you so stressed out that a blood clot developed in a major artery.   It could be words that you never said - constipation.‎ Red peas.</p><p>‎There is a third level of understanding where you can see a problem and choose not to solve it - just to leave it alone. Live and let die. In a life of solving problems and looking beyond the wall. Maybe it is a learned form of skepticism. Knowing that there might be things that I cannot solve so I just avoid all discussion of it for fear of stopping. Though stopping is certain. No one wants to stop right now. So we continue on the simpler problems until the real hard problems unravel themselves. Maybe it is a form of patience.</p><p>It&#039;s been a long dry Christmas but the rain finally fell today. If only for a short while. I can feel the cold breeze on my skin and smell the scent of rain - whatever rain smells like, I am not really sure. But I am alive. We are alive. For another year.   It&#039;s been fun, annoying but fun.‎ Happy New Year.<br /></p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2265/#comment">make a comment</a></p> 2015-12-31 10:46:37 CC South Beach nyammings (Food and Eats) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2264/ <p>Was good, would go again.</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2264/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1847.jpg" alt="Fish" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2264/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1848.jpg" alt="Chicken Wrap and Fries" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2264/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1849.jpg" alt="Jammi Pasta, Fettuccinni " /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2264/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1850.jpg" alt="Salmon" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2264/#comment">comment on this food</a></p> 2015-12-25 19:42:12 Mandeville (The Jamaica photo project) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2263/ <p>It&#039;s cold, really cold</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2263/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1844.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2263/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1845.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2263/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1846.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2263/#comment">add comment</a></p> 2015-12-24 07:19:07 Failed web frameworks, open source is the new enterprise and other rants (programming) (Articles) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2262/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2262/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1843.jpg" alt="a wild snorlax appears" /></a><p>I usually avoid writing about technology/software that I do not use or care about. But there seems to be a growing swell of nonsense that is being shilled everywhere and hope springs high as these articles aim to refine basic concepts at will - <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIzTXZ7jsiI' title='just cause'>just cause</a>. They seem to be using software developers (especially web) as guinea pigs that live, eat and breath on &quot;future potential&quot;.</p><p>Usually these articles are by evangelists/cheerleaders that claim &quot;this&quot; or &quot;that&quot; is the &quot;best thing since slight bread&quot; and every one in the tech community jumps on it like its a grenade made of money without the least bit of investigation. Alarms bells should go off right away when phrases such as &quot;future&quot;, &quot;modern&quot; or &quot;mobile&quot; are used but this is happening less and less. I am not sure if devs are jaded or disillusioned spending too much time in a <a rel='external' href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echo_chamber_(media)' title='echo-chamber'>echo-chamber</a>.</p><p>This is another reason why these web frameworks do not stand the test of time, because they constantly sell themselves to be more than they actually are, only to herd developers into a pen until they can no longer hide the internal short comings. All these big frameworks want to see how much developer time can be wasted before they trash it and move on to something else. Switch API levels, add random requirements just to wall in and annoy developers - increase their hold on the platform. <a rel='external' href='http://www.babylonjs.com/' title='babylonjs'>babylonjs</a> ever heard of it? you will soon. Its going to be big once they start pushing it out to the cheerleaders.</p><p>You have these articles that get published such as <a rel='external' href='https://medium.com/@skvarekm/whyreact-native-might-become-the-first-multi-platform-framework-that-actually-works-ae819bf32721#.slxuuxfp6' title='&quot;Why React Native might become the first multi-platform framework that actually works&quot;'>&quot;Why React Native might become the first multi-platform framework that actually works&quot;</a> yet there is no mention of any other platform other than Android and IOS. Why? because these frameworks do not care about advancing technology. They just want developers to help test it so they can get free industry support and attention. </p><p>The title of the article is &quot;first multi-platform framework&quot;. And I see no mention of Blackberry. Seems logical to mention Blackberry or any other platform, no? Maybe I should mention windows phone? You have this thing that is barely 6 months old and its sweeping the &quot;dev-community&quot;, most certainly it should support as many platforms as possible. No? Unless things are not as it seems and they have re-defined what &quot;multi-platform&quot; means. Or maybe it is a <a rel='external' href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echo_chamber_(media)' title='circle jerk'>circle jerk</a> article contrived to build momentum for an unproven framework?</p><p>These frameworks only want to increase their own market share and pull in as many developers as possible - expand their community. It is a ongoing battle between Microsoft, Apple, SAP, Oracle, IBM, Nokia, Google and a countless list of major companies to see who can get the most developer attention on their platform the fastest. Right now Google seems to be winning that race. I just have no confidence in its security. Its almost a free for all. It is ridiculous what goes up on the market place - its worst than email spam.</p><p>All these frameworks need something to ride on, some kind of high horse on which to parade their <a rel='external' href='http://rexstjohn.com/is-react-native-cross-platform-snake-oil/' title='snake oil'>snake oil</a>. Another reason why these platforms do not last, they exist and were created to satisfy the mission of their backers. They want to get as big as possible, as quickly as possible without having to care about other platforms, long term support, backward compatibility or any kind of hard <a rel='external' href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P_versus_NP_problem' title='problem'>problem</a>. This is a fundamental weakness. This is why they all fail. They are created by an insular group of cheerleaders who promise the world but only deliver todo lists. An infinite supply of <a rel='external' href='http://todomvc.com/' title='todo lists'>todo lists</a> that are the same but slightly different, just enough to drive you crazy.</p><p>Oh look its &quot;OPEN SOURCE! YOU CAN BUILD PLUGINS!&quot; . Open source is the new enterprise. The whole definition of open source has been twisted into a scary mix of APIs and paid LTS support deals under the table. What is open source nowadays? Does anybody know? Is open source an API we spent 2 years building in secret? Seriously? Either use it as is or fork 220k lines of code generated by robots! Hope for a response to you question. Is this how its going <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Femqf_Mel4U' title='to be'>to be</a>?</p><p>Here is an example of what we used to call open source: <a rel='external' href='http://www.azillionmonkeys.com/qed/hash.html' title='Hash functions'>Hash functions</a>. </p><p>Today open source is this; <a rel='external' href='https://developer.wordpress.com/calypso/' title='this'>this</a> - APIs build in secret and cast down on the populous. <span class="h"><em>A single interface to manage all your WordPress or Jetpack-enabled sites, built with the latest web technologies and used by millions of people — and now it&#039;s open source. 220,000 lines of code! woohoo!</em></span></p><h4>Open Source CLAs</h4><p>Oh yes the <a rel='external' href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contributor_License_Agreement' title='Contributor License Agreement<br />'>Contributor License Agreement<br /></a>. If you have never contributed to Open Source you would probably never know about these.</p><h4>On to the future</h4><p>At one point native was the best, then came the Web. Web won out, well partially, no one is sure, the jury is out. Now the whole world is trying to carve out a space to call their own in the disposable camera that is the web landscape. Its like VHS vs Beta Max. Something has to be dead for something else to work properly, PHP vs Node, SQL vs NoSQL, OOP vs Procedural, but nothing works properly because we spend all their time hating on the other side while ignoring our own bull. Everything comes down to one or 2 things because its just easier pull a marketing budget behind it. Its not about solving problems, its about eye balls and who has the most API users.</p><p>Remember HTML5? That thing that was suppose to save us from the evil flash? What do we have now? Laggy, 10 mb web pages that take up more memory than native applications? Or gigantic creeper brochure websites with in-line advertisements that have more JavaScript than content? Magic, self rearranging website UX/UI interfaces that are responsive to mobile phones but not to desktops? Is this the future? Here is a website where you can download free <a rel='external' href='http://html5up.net/' title='Responsive HTML5 and CSS3 Site Templates'>Responsive HTML5 and CSS3 Site Templates</a>. What now? When are we going to get the cool-better-than-flash stuff? How much RAM does my computer need to have to run it? Should I update my browser, SSL certificates, operating system, login with my facepage account? - just so that I can bask in the latest in modern-web-technologies? Should I buy a iphone 8 and a ipad so follow a link to your facepage/twitter feed? facepage is not even responsive, it has a whole separate mobile website - why?</p><h4>Conclusion</h4><p>We have gotten some good things from all these dieing frameworks - lots of dead projects that would have lived longer had they not crippled themselves by being so short sited. Now we can look back at our junk folder and say &quot;nothing tried, nothing done&quot;. There will always be web frameworks and they will always claim to be &quot;cheaper and faster&quot; but hopefully in the end we will get some real gems like JQuery that actually work. The lesson to learn from JQuery is that it is what it is, it solves more problems than it creates.</p><p><strong>What the web development community needs to ask itself is;</strong><br />Do you want spend your time reading articles - being continually herded between these experimental frameworks? Or do you want to write awesome software that solves problems?<br />What are you willing to sacrifice so that you can chase this dream of the Internet of things?<br />How many more smart phones do we have to buy before they actually become smart?<br />Who will have to pay for all the free/open/modern/future benefits that are on the horizon? the users? the founders? the devs? the advertisers? the telecoms providers?<br />How many platforms must die so that your favorite platform can become the standard of the future Internet?</p><p>Anyway, Merry Christmas and a happy 2016 when it comes. Hopefully next year we will be building rocket-ships.</p><p><a class="ebv vimeo" id="1124192" href="http://vimeo.com/1124192" ><img src="" alt="1124192" class="vimeo" /></a><br /></p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2262/#comment">Post your comments on this article</a></p> 2015-12-21 19:59:13 Big Jo, Orange strawberry Banana (Pimp Juice) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2261/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2261/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1840.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2261/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1841.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2261/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1842.jpg" /></a><p>No description</p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2261/#comment">comment</a></p> 2015-12-19 15:51:46 What Are Your Favourite Songs/Videos Of 2015? (Questions) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2260/ <p>Wow, its that time of year already?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;what tunes you were rocking to in 2015? Add a song name or youtube/vimeo link in the comments.</p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2260/#comment">Answer this question</a></p> 2015-12-15 11:36:04 Delilah (Logbook) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2259/ <p>I could have used a different title but I find that articles written in that formate are a waste of the reader&#039;s time. Half-truths and entertainment. They are usually written by &quot;writers&quot; with no experience with the subject matter, merely mimicking established memes like a gear rotating on an axis. R&amp;B songs. Leaves floating on the surface. Over and over in a harmony. A Never changing drum beat. BS. Holding on for their cause. It is pointless to keep dragging these things around in a world where we have so much choice?</p><p>I got a new CD, new music. A CD is a piece of plastic that you put into your radio and it spins. I am really loving it. The songs play in a set order and are at really high quality. I could die tomorrow and I would have been glad to have lived to this point. I am trying hard to be humble as you can see. Maybe I am lazy, maybe I am not. Sometimes I am happy, sometimes I am not. I can only be one person at a time. What will I be tomorrow? </p><p>I sometimes spend my time doing things to keep my brain occupied because I cannot live on love alone. Its not all about making money. I have to keep searching and swimming around in my own world hoping to find the answer. I do not worry about what will be around the corner tomorrow or what someone may have left around there yesterday. All I know is that you only have one life to live and limited choices in living it, the best you can - in the time you can. No regrets. No crosses to bare. No crosses given.<br /></p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2259/#comment">make a comment</a></p> 2015-12-15 10:33:21 Patty run to Juici Patties (Food and Eats) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2258/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2258/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1832.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2258/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1833.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2258/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1834.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2258/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1835.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2258/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1836.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2258/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1837.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2258/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1838.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2258/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1839.jpg" /></a><p></p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2258/#comment">comment on this food</a></p> 2015-12-09 19:38:31