M'chum RussL rounds up many, many things to see and do in the West Midlands this month. Read it, and be mildly annoyed that Mark Lanegan's gig clashed with a small and entirely pleasant do at the allotment, and that you're going to be in London the night Enablers play at The Rainbox. Or is that just me?
Apple, Microsoft file lawsuit against Google, Samsung - The Google lawsuit cites United States Patent No. 6,098,065, won by Nortel originally, for "matching search terms with relevant advertising.". That patent was granted in 1997, while Google was founded in 1998. Nortel went backrupt in 2009, and this suit is now being brought by the consortium that bought what was left. Surely, if this patent had any relevance (and would stand up to scruitiny) Nortel, a company that would have benefitted from a big chunk of Google cash, would have filed against them sometime in the previous 11 years? Software patents are such a crock of old shit. While reading around this article, I've just read about yet another patent that I may well have "infringed" myself.
I remember, quite distinctly, seeing Musical Youth on Blue Peter. These were kids the same age as me, who were in an actual band and had a hit record, and everything. It seemed utterly exotic. Where did you get a guitar from? My parents owned the village shop and we didn't sell them. They didn't have them at the cash&carry either. So just how did you get hold of a guitar, or a set of drums, or even a tamborine? Even at thirteen it seemed like life was, in some way, passing me by.
First International Conference on Software Archaeology happens in January. Website is a bit bare bones at the moment, but sounds really interesting.
I've lived in Birmingham for fifteen years or so, I think, and I still haven't got used to fact that it's actually enormous and if there's something I want to do, I can almost certainly just wander out of my door and find it.
Investment in cycling can increase bike journeys, study shows - from the no-shit-Sherlock department, there.
Obviously I generally don't. But I could, and I appreciate Russ reminding me of all the stuff I'm almost certainly going to not go to.