Wednesday, July 30, 2008

PHP TestFest 2008 results

On May 11, 2008 I already posted about the joint efforts between phpGG.nl and PHPBelgium to improve the quality of the PHP language, by testing the code during PHP TestFest.

Today php.net posted the PHP TestFest wrapup and it's quite stunning to see that we (both phpGG.nl and PHPBelgium members) are mentioned as winners.

One of the co-founders of PHPBelgium, Felix De Vliegher, has become top submitter and even though PHP TestFest only lasted a few hours, Felix has commited many more tests afterwards. He now has been granted access to commit to the PHP core (and will be probably be mentioned within the PHP credentials too).

The other winners are:
  • Eric Stewart
  • Håvard Eide
  • Marc Veldman
  • Michelangelo van Dam
  • Rein Velt
  • Rob Young
  • Sami Greenbury
  • Sebastian Deutsch
  • Sebastian Schürmann
  • Stefan Koopmanschap
All winners will receive an elePHPant from Nexen.

Since this year's PHP TestFest was a huge success, although it was organized by local PHP User Groups, it will be most likely the start for organizing PHP TestFest on a regular basis. Of course it will be announced here as well.

Personally I would like to thank Sebastian Bergmann to be our host on this event, without him we probably wouldn't have made it this far.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The world according to iTunes

When I had just my iPod, I just used iTunes to manage my own CD collection and download podcasts. But getting in contact with more advanced iTunes users, I learned to really use it as my in-house music store, buying albums of artists I like.

And there I noticed already a few differences between the Belgian store and the US store. Where my American friends got extras with their purchase, I just got my music even though we both bought the same album.

They (my American friends) also told me about great movies and TV shows within iTunes. Even Steve Jobs announced it in his keynote, but I couldn't find it anywhere in my localized iTunes.

Now I have the latest iPhone 3G and being able to use wide screen video I do want to access those movies and TV shows, and download some cool applications as well. But I need a US address and a US credit card billing address ! I thought we were living in a global village, where I can buy stuff from anywhere in the world.

It's known that Apple is innovating the most advanced stuff, but they should also take into account they're no longer the PC shop around the corner. So on this part I believe Apple failed as a leading company. And, I'm a sucker for marketing so when I saw SJ's presentation of Apple TV, I wanted one as well. They're on sale in my local Apple shop, even in discount now. But what's the use for it. We don't have movies or TV shows in our iTunes and displaying pictures I can do that on my digital media center.

Is Apple forcing me to go shopping at amazon.com ?!?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wanted: Graphical Designer/Web Developer

Job summary:
For creating the ultimate web experience, we are looking for a creative graphical designer with a passion for designs, accessibility and performance. Are you passionate by front-end web design and development, and are you willing to implement the ideas of our international team of marketingboys, then it's you who we want ! You'll be working from Merelbeke near Ghent (Belgium), from where you'll be working together with teammembers from the UK and Israel, and soon from other countries as well.
We are looking for an expert in the field of following technologies:
  • CSS, HTML/XHTML/XML, AJAX
  • Javascript (ExtJS)
  • Flash Action Scripting
  • Photoshop
  • PHP 5 is considered a major bonus
  • You are creative and have experience in a similar job ?
  • You're anxious to reposition a pixel in the wrong spot ?
  • You're able to direct international internet designers and other offices ?
  • You understand the complexitiy of multi-lingual sites and copywriting ?
  • You know the difference between photography and topphotography ?
  • You speak fluently English and Dutch and are able to understand a bit of French ?
  • You're service minded and are able to work precise under stress ?
  • You don't have a 9-to-5 mentality ?
  • You've got a keen eye for usability ?
  • You're able to keep up with the no-nonsense mentality of a quick growing start-up of successful Internet entrepreneurs ?
  • You fit into our informal and professional team ?
  • You have a strong responsibility feeling and can organize your work well ?
  • You produce good quality and this within tight deadlines ?
  • You've got a perfect discipline to work on your own ?
If so, we can offer you:
  • A standalone position with a large responsibility within a young and dynamic team
  • A fun place to work within an international start-up
  • A company in full expansion
  • A competitive salary package
  • Offices in Merelbeke (Ghent) but telecommuting possible
Did we catch your interest ?
Contact Mike Boon (mike [at] enerlogik [dot] be) - 0476/54.09.25
Verlorenbroodstraat 63B, 9820 Merelbeke

Sunday, July 20, 2008

My iPhone 3G review


On July 11 the long awaited iPhone 3G was launched in Belgium. You could buy the 16GB version in any Mobistar shop or Apple store for € 615. This high price is caused by the fact that Belgian law prohibits the sale of one product combined with another different product.

When the door opened at 10am, another surprice was ahead. The Mobistar shop had only 25 iPhones in stock. They gave preference to Mobistar customers or people who would become new customers. Although this kind of action was totally unacceptable, little could be done at that time. I took a cheap mobile plan for € 10/month. As soon as I got home, I cancelled this plan immediatly.

Now the iPhone is exactly what I expected: a great communication centre. With it's integrated wifi and 3G it has mega powers to rule the Internet. A great phone, what can I say.

But there are some things that I miss here, although there obvious. First of all I can't send contact details to another phone using SMS or Bluetooth. Maybe this feature exists, but I haven't found it yet.

Another thing is that you can't store stuff on it like you could on an iPod. And now with MobileMe you have a cloud based inernet storage (iDisk) but I'm still figuring out how to access that storage with the iPhone.

In conclusion: a great communication device that litterly puts the Internet in your pocket. If you're a social community type like me, this phone gives you everything you wish for. And if it doesn't exists yet, you can create it yourself using the iPhone SDK.
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