GDG DevFest Barcelona 2012

The Google Developer’s Group DevFest Barcelona 2012 (or GDG DevFest BCN for short) edition was held past Friday the 9th of November.

In contrast with the 2011 edition, the event didn’t feature so many “official” Google evangelist talks as in 2011. Instead, there were several local start-ups talking about their experience using Google and open technologies such as HTML+Javascript for building their products, rather than Google-sanctified talks only. Also, there were two tracks at the same time (Android and Web), plus several code labs which were definitely pretty hands-on, so even if they had financing problems this year, the organisers still managed to produce a really good event.

I didn’t take as many notes this year, instead I turned to drawing a few speakers and live-tweeting the others (with pics, because otherwise it didn’t happen).
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Some notes from Google DevFest Barcelona 2011

I thought I wouldn’t make it to the place. Barcelona’s metro system is still pretty much unknown to me and it’s hard to find navigational help using the official web from the transport entity. Maps are confusing (we need a Beck!). A shame, but I finally did it, after walking the same loooong underground exchange that Fuzzion guys used for recording their famous kukka:r0kasit7e!aarku demo. I arrived a tad late, but I did it! Yay! 🙂

And while most of the attendees brought their laptops, I went oldschool and brought a trusty notepad and a ballpen to jot down whatever caught my attention.
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Google’s Valentine’s Day logo: a color blindness test or what?

As I’m in a bit of an owl mode lately, I was in front of the computer yesterday well past midnight. I visited Google to search for something a little bit after midnight and got hit in the face with their commemorative Valentine’s Day logo. I’ve always found the contrast between strong red and green together absolutely unbearable, almost violent, so when I saw that, I wondered if it had been a joke, or a JPG glitch. But then I closed the search results page and forgot about the whole thing completely.

This morning everyone was talking about it again, and the hypothesis that it got something to do with color blindness really got me thinking. So I picked the logo, pasted and duplicated it in Gimp and attempted a couple of rude tests, first replacing all reds with green and then replacing all greens with red:

original and rude tests

After all, that’s how color blind people see, isn’t it?… no, I wasn’t really convinced by this. Besides, I wasn’t getting anywhere! There was no hidden message here or nothing I could really distinguish. So I remembered that there were color blindness simulators out there. Would they help me?

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Damn geeks (and more)

Let’s continue the IT fun saga , although it has been suspended for around five months, shame on holidays and all that 😉

Damn geeks

First, we have a bit of a desperate cry by a certain Solomon Grundy:

Damn geeks. They’ve screwed up everything. They can’t even get something as simple as the Internet right. No wonder 70% of financial application are still coded in COBOL and don’t use the Internet as their primary avenue of communications.

from the comments at Adobe yanks speech exposing critical ‘clickjacking’ vulns. By the way, why do the Register guys have anchors for each individual comment, but do not show them? I had to use the very helpful Web Developer Toolbar once again for revealing anchors in the page (Information — Display anchors, just in case you need it). Damn geeks!

So yes, that’s quite serious. It seems there’s no way things can be done properly when the internet factor is in the mix. When in doubt, simply blame the Robustness principle: Be liberal in what you accept, and conservative in what you send.

Googleskepticism or just plain common sense?

Following the release of Google’s Chrome, one had the immediate feeling that it was going to be a big news — not only appearing at generalist media but even prompting our families to ask us about that new system Google has released for competing against Bill’s (literally). I wasn’t impressed at all by the G-move neither did feel immediately compelled to download and test it (besides my computer doesn’t run Windows anyway), so I just ignored the complete commotion. But it seems Ted Dziuba got a bit more irritated with all the publicity and media fueled bullshit and/or plain lies and simply ended up exploding:

I understand the argument that as web applications proliferate, the desktop operating system becomes less important, and emphasis is placed on the browser. That’s all well and good, but let’s be realistic here. It’s a fucking web browser. It runs JavaScript a bit faster than other web browsers. That doesn’t add up to a Windows killer.

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People are calling Chrome a cloud operating system because it is a “platform for running web apps”. It renders HTML and interprets Javascript, you know, like every fucking browser made since 1995. It’s also got Google Gears built in. Great. I’ll alert Tim Berners-Lee.

(emphasis added by me)

He also notes the big amount of nonsense that Michael Arrington managed (once again) to produce for the occasion, with allusions to the new and upcoming hot keyword – cloud computing. I would suggest Ted –and any of you–, only one thing: do not read Techcrunch, for your own mental health.

On confusing people

Only two words: Microsoft SDL.

Why did they have to use an acronym which is so well established is something that I can’t understand. Furthermore, Microsoft SDL doesn’t stand up for anything remotely related to media or games. Do not even think they are ditching DirectX for the true SDL. In fact, their SDL is the deceptively boring acronym of Secure Development Lifecycle. Which, coming from Microsoft, absolutely deserves a place on the IT fun saga with a special award in the “Irony” category!