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the life seen by a software engineer | Giovanni Di Milia
Oct 31 2011

I didn’t forget my blog!


Wow! It’s almost 2 weeks that I don’t write here!

I have really valid reasons: my hobbies!

I spent time watching my favorite tv shows: the new “2 broke girls” is really funny! “the big bang theory” is always pleasant!
Some new tv shows are really bad (in fact I think they have been cancelled: the playboy club and the remake of charlie’s angels: both have begun with a nice first episode and… well… that’s it!

Second hobby: Formula 1 2010 on my XBOX! I completed Valencia (totally dominated) and the scary Silverstone (good 3rd place). I’m working now on Hockeneim and I have only one comment: where is the beautiful track I used to love?!?! The current one is absolutely awful!

Third hobby: friends! I’ve been twice at the batting cages with some friends and I’m honest: I really like softball and baseball! It’s really funny!

What else? Well my real passion: programming! I’ve spent quite a bit of time working on my last assignment for the W3C course: I had to implement a web game and I made “hangman” for both desktop and mobile. The nice thing of this program is that it works offline! It has been tough but really satisfying!
I’ll post the link to the application and the code after it has been reviewed!

Be tuned!

Oct 17 2011

Apple picking


It seems to me that one of the favorite activities of the Americans during the beginning of the “fall” (or autumn, like my friend Paul prefers) is the apple picking.

For the second year I didn’t miss this occasion!

Honestly I don’t go to do it because I love it… I mean… I like it but because it reminds me the when I was a kid and I was climbing on the pear trees close to my grandpa’s vineyard .

Now I can’t climb trees any more: today I tried with success but I’m not good as I used to be!

Anyway… The apples were delicious and now I have almost 30 pounds of apples at home!

Oct 11 2011

At school… part #2


It’s a while since I begun my online course! Actually in 3 weeks I’m done!

How is going? Great! I know I don’t know everything about web programming, but this course is really opening my mind!

The great part is that even if it should be dedicated to mobile, there are so many good advices for general web developing that it will be worth even if I’ll never develop anything for the cellphones!

I think I’ll collect some good link and I’ll post them at the end of the course!

Be tuned!

Oct 6 2011

Goodbye Steve


Probably the best quote I read tonight is from Mr President Barack Obama. He said “There may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented!”

I am one of these people: I learned of his passing checking my Facebook page on my iPhone!

Apple really changed the IT part of my life! I still remember when I was struggling with my last pc many years ago before I decided to give up on craziness and to switch!

At the beginning it has not been simple! It was not like now! Having a Mac was really another life and even if I switched to MacOs X 10.2, it was not simple at all to find programs and solutions for my needs!

But my first Mac taught me one of the most important things about a computer: it has to help your life, not complicate it!

I’m happy with what Apple has done in these years… Happy with most of the choices they have taken… Less happy with the latest direction they took.

And I like to think that Steve Jobs has contributed to make my technological life better with all the devices he and his company has created!


Sep 30 2011

iTunes books and friends


Today I read on an Italian newspaper that Apple Italy (finally) opened its iTunes store to books!

This is really a great news for me for many reasons:

  1. I read books mostly in Italian and I cannot find good ones here in the US
  2. I hate to have books that I have already read and that I don’t know where to put in my apartment
  3. the books are cheaper (on average) than the equivalent paper version
  4. I have an iPad

First of all let me explain why I don’t read in English! 

For me reading is a hobby and if I have to read in English, I’ll lose the fun I have in the reading itself, because I have to be much more concentrated! So, no… I tried but I don’t like it!

Now everything seems to be in favor of buying my first Italian book on the iTunes store, but I’m not really sure…

You know… my first concern is: “What if a friend wants to read the same book?” I couldn’t lend him/her my book, because it means that I have to lend him/her my iPad (and there is no way I give someone else my iPad) or authorize my book on someone else iPad/iPhone!

In other words, it’s not simple to lend an electronic book!

Despite this, probably my biggest doubt is that I really like to have a real book in my hands, feel the paper under my fingers and I even like the smell of the paper while I read the book!

I don’t know… probably I’ll give a try to the electronic version, but I’m not sure I’ll like it!

Probably I’ll keep buying tons of books when I am in Italy :-)