Ed Burnette

Ed Burnette is a software industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience as a programmer, author, and speaker. He has written numerous technical articles and books, most recently "Hello, Android: Introducing Google's Mobile Development Platform" from the Pragmatic Programmers.

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PC Wiimote control

It was only a matter of time. Because Nintendo chose to use the Bluetooth standard for its Wii remote, enterprising developers have already discovered ways to use it on PCs. Thanks to its integrated 3-axis iMEMS accelerometer and one-megapixel imaging camera the Wiimote may herald a turning point in human-machine interfaces.

December 7, 2006 by Ed Burnette

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Apple vs. Dell part deux

Given the great response to my article yesterday comparing prices for a high-end notebook from Dell and Apple, many of you requested I take a similar look at a more affordable configuration. The target audience for this configuration will be the "road warrior".

December 4, 2006 by Ed Burnette

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Apple vs. Dell price war

In the market for a new computer? This is a great time to buy with prices down and power up. How do two similarly equipped high-end Dell and Apple models stack up in terms of price? The answer may surprise you.

December 3, 2006 by Ed Burnette

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Nintendo to gamers: "Do not let go of Wii Remote"

Apparently the innovative Wii controller is so immersive that games are getting a bit out of hand, literally. Dozens of reports of overzealous gamers and flying remotes have been cropping up since the new console from Nintendo went on sale. Nintendo has even issued a safety bulletin warning players to "hang on".

November 30, 2006 by Ed Burnette

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Music industry buys a clue

"If prices were raised at this moment, it would drive people back to the pirates quicker," admits Universal executive Doug Morris in a stunning display of common sense.

November 28, 2006 by Ed Burnette

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Die, C, die! 5 reasons to UN-learn C.

Recently someone suggested all programmers should learn C. Well, I've been programming in C for years and I'm SICK of it. Not only should you not learn C; but if you already know and use it, you need to un-learn all the bad things C has taught you. Here are 5 areas where you especially need to get C out of your head.

November 27, 2006 by Ed Burnette

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Nintendo Wii pulls out ahead

ZDNet readers, gaming professionals, and buyers standing in line all favor the Wii as the console to have this holiday season. What's the secret? I think it's a classic case of lovingly crafted game play over glitz.

November 26, 2006 by Ed Burnette

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Good news for Linux: Microsoft, Novell pact in trouble

All is not well with the Microsoft/Novell patent covenant, which is just fine by many Linux supporters. Will this issue drive pragmatic Linux kernel developers and the activist Free Software Foundation back into each other's arms over the next version of the GNU Public License (GPLv3)?

November 21, 2006 by Ed Burnette

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Rush: Koders benefits from Google attention

An estimated 20-25% of a developer's time is spent looking for answers to problems others have already encountered (and perhaps solved). That's the time Darren Rush, CEO and co-founder of Koders.com, is trying to help you save. In this exclusive interview, Darren shares his insights on code searching, open source license proliferation, and what it's like to have your niche invaded by a big company like Google.

November 20, 2006 by Ed Burnette

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