Google Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, Money and Business

iPhone Development and Google Android

Someone asked me yesterday about the programming languages I know. They said “you’ve used a lot of programming languages” – I have – ” which one is your strongest?”. Objective C was my answer, the language for developing on the iPhone using XCode. But, of course I have done years of Java, it’s just that Objective C is my current language, so that is freshest. But you can’t forget all that Java. And the Android uses it, which will be interesting in the future. It seems likely that those two formats, iPhone, and Android are going to dominate the mobile market. Whilst the iPhone is great, and Apple have done a great job in many aspects with it, experience tells me that we all do better with some healthy competition.
At present Apple is definitely in the driver’s seat but Google Android will catch up fast, and that will prevent Apple getting lazy like Microsoft did with Internet Explorer etc. Consumers will benefit.

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Football, Money and Business, Premier League

Celtic, Rangers and the Premier League

This has been rejected by the Premier League. It is something that often comes up. No other clubs besides these 2 have won the Scottish League for 24 years! Basically, it’s like having Chelsea and Manchester United permanently playing in League One. When you realise that, you have to have sympathy with the Old Firm. There’s a lack of real competition and a lack of revenue.

It’s a problem for all of the big clubs across Europe. They are all businesses, and their aim is to make the maximum profit. They get that most by playing other big teams. So the best thing for their success and prosperity is a European league of the big clubs and to leave their national competitions. Celtic and Rangers would join that in an instant. But there is a problem that comes from this..

..It’s the problem that afflicts the Premier League. Once you get into that top competition your club makes the most money and gets bigger. And the same is true for the other 19 clubs. So you have 20 successful businesses together and if they leave that league they will lose a lot of money. So much so that the Premier League provides parachute payments to soften the blow.

So what is the problem then? The teams inside the Premier League want to pull up the ladder and keep the competition for themselves, banning promotion and relegation. Of course they want that, it is best for their businesses. But it is not best for Football. It’s only the Football Association and FIFA that are preventing this happening. The clubs would do it given the chance. Probably a closed Premier League, then a European League, then a World League. And only the top clubs in it and barriers to entry from smaller clubs.

Promotion and relegation is what makes league competitions so much fun, and it needs to be preserved. Without relegation from top leagues the top clubs will become slack because they have nothing to fear.

But, maybe a real European League, as the next step above the National Leagues, with promotion and relegation, is the way the future will go.

Life, Thoughts, Philosophy, Money and Business

Donations – why?

It took me a long time to decide to add donations to my website. But, I am an independent games developer like many others, and it seemed a good idea. Why is it a good idea? To make money? – That is only a distant possibility. What finally triggered me was listening to Richard Stallman talking on the radio about funding creative people. He described how good it would be if, when we liked something, a piece of music, a book, or computer games, etc, that we could then send $1 to the author. Not to a corporation, a record company, a publisher, just direct to the author.

It’s certainly what I would like to do when I like something. But he also highlighted that there is no infrastructure, no way to do it, no way to get the money through. What is needed is some kind of donations account which you can use easily with accessible creative artist identities so you can choose who you are donating to, and do so cheaply.

As far as I can see Paypal donations is the best way currently to do so. Until someone creates a donations bank that is the best there is. So now I am in the system, I am taking donations to fund me to continue writing more games, or as recognition for the entertainment my games have provided you in the past. Thank you.Donate