Development methodologies

Software development methodologies – talking about them, criticizing them, and perhaps even using them – are all the rage. (If this is not the case in your friends’ circle, perhaps one of us have the wrong friends? 🙂 ) For example, the waterfall method is (rightly) considered old-fashioned and ineffective, but where do you go to find out how to do it right?

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Copy protection schemes

Almost every piece of software implements some form of copy protection, presumably intended to ensure that people do not pirate the software that they use.

What actually tends to happen is that real customers get hassled with complicated password and key-checking schemes that do not work, and that people who would not buy the software anyway simply download a patch, crack or key.

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Prices in the UK

Why is it that the UK is so over-priced on virtually everything? Yes, there is 17.5% VAT (sales tax), but other places have both higher tax rates and lower prices. Then there is the issue of space: the population density in the UK is high and shop floor space is at a premium. Still, you’d think that an online shop could keep their costs down somehow.

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Choosing a wireless ADSL router

Two good online retailers have a nice selection of wireless ADSL routers:
* DSL warehouse
* Broadbandbuyer

Both ADSL Guide and Broadband stuff have reviews of many of these, which should make choosing one a relatively simple matter – certainly easier than choosing an ISP

For example, the NetGear DG834G router seems like a fine choice, particularly with the special offer that includes a USB adapter for wireless access from another machine. It costs just under £100 inc VAT for the bundle.

A cheaper option is the Linksys WAG54G, which at £78.90 inc VAT also gets a favourable review.

Choosing a broadband provider

Choosing a broadband provider for home use in the UK is not trivial, particularly if you want reasonable flexibility in bandwidth and connect a few PCs. Many providers allow just a single computer to be connected, or have low transfer limits of 1-2GB per month, which is easily used up when transferring photos, music or movies. The ISP should also include things like email addresses, email via POP and IMAP, etc.

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