jeffstar writes "I've been suckered into creating a couple of GUI touchscreen interfaces for smart homes. I provide an interface like the xbox or windows media centres for controlling lighting, HVAC, and security systems. I've googled for hours looking for an alternative to the package I use which is flash based and utterly horrible to work with. The licensing process and documentation for this package are infuriating and the home brew scripting language has the most convoluted syntax ever! I stick with it because the results can look good. What platform, software packages or libraries would the slashdot crowd use to build fancy looking interfaces or to build a tool to allow the DIY home automation crowd to create their own GUIs?"
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jeffstar writes "The Economist has a special report titled Nomads At Last up about how 'knowledge workers' and executives such as Jonathon Scwartz, CEO of sun, have ditched their offices for blackberrys and wifi connections at coffee shops or wherever they may roam. It is several pages long (the 'next article' link is easy to miss) but worth the read. I've found it quite difficult to do any serious coding at a coffee shop and sometimes embarrassing to be on a conference call with jungle or urban cacophony going off in the background so contrary to the article I prefer my climate controlled cocoon home offices. Some other points in the article really hit home for me: "anybody who works for himself has a tyrant as a boss" and "The danger is that the anytime, anyplace office will lure us into the tiger cage that is the everytime, everyplace office." The article goes on to state "Nomads are constantly juggling the social rights of colleagues, relatives and friends, as well as their own right to downtime." Some of these would points apply to anyone running their own business. How & where do are slashdotters liberated from cube farms working? How do you find this has affected your personal life?"
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jeffstar writes "The new iPhone has a 4-8GB disk, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) + EDGE + Bluetooth 2.0, Camera (2.0 megapixels). Up to 5 hours of talk time and Up to 16 hours of music playback. Up to 5 hours of battery life for video is based on H.264 1.5-Mbps video at 640-by-480 resolution combined with 128-Kbps audio. Touch interface."