Dear Apple: The iPhone deserves better SDK terms

Outrage over this little clause in the new iPhone developer SDK terms is erupting all over the internet: 3.3.1 — Applications may only use Documented APIs in the manner prescribed by Apple and must not use or call any private APIs. Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by […]

Find me on Posterous

As this is a company blog it might not be the best of places for me to post some of my more politically-charged-unrelated-to-Tao-Effect-thoughts. Therefore I’ve started a Posterous account to which I’ll be posting that sort of goodness.

How Secure Is Your iPad?

Apple’s iPad may turn out to be more of a security risk than a useful tool for some, especially for those who, prior to yesterday’s launch, speculated that the iPad would be a God-send to the health care system, and possibly other sectors like businesses. According to Steve, however, the iPad is designed primarily for […]

Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story”

Warning: This blog post is an opinion piece by Greg Slepak (while he searches for an appropriate medium), and has nothing to do with Tao Effect news. This weekend I saw Michael Moore’s latest film Capitalism: A Love Story. Like most of his films, this one should come with a disclaimer: for the duration of […]

Refills: A Sustainable Solution

What if you could get refills for all of the products that you buy that come in containers? We’ve become accustomed to the notion that every product must come in its own packaging, that this is “obvious” and that it’s the only way things can be done. Every day I use a variety of container-based […]

Dark Day for Freedom

Yesterday the President made the extraordinary step of asking citizens to submit questions to him. He promised to answer the most popular ones, and he did. This isn’t the first time this administration has invited questions. They’ve done this before, and each time one of the most pressing questions has been the issue of legalization. […]

Error handling conventions in C programming languages

EDIT February 22, 2014: You’ll find the code for the functions mentioned in this post (and related ones) in TECommon Programmers have many options available to them when it comes to error handling.  A very common convention among C programmers is to make a function return a non-zero value if an error has occurred.  This […]