[iPhone iPad Games] Kobble

kooble screenshot

Today I want suggest Kobble,  It’s a new amazing games for iPad and IPhone.

I cannot stop to play, it’s a natural challenge between you and the World of Words.

Follows Some informations from the official itunes page:

Kobble is the enhanced and definitive version of the classic word game.

With high definition graphics, relaxing and posh looks, quick and efficient controls, Kobble can be played both in the “Classic” or “Arcade” modes. The game can be played with 4×4 or 5×5 grids. This game is ideal for lovers of the classic game, but it can be enjoyed from anyone with a passion for words. Easy to learn, it’s guaranteed to keep you and your brains entertained for hours.

With several languages available, Kobble can be a great aid in improving your knowledge of foreign languages.

Detailed Information:

- It can be played both with the traditional 4×4 grid, or with the more challenging 5×5 one
- Comes with several selectable dictionaries, all playable with your choice for the interface language. Italian (around 800.000 words), English UK and English US (both around 500.000 words).
- The dictionaries are compiled with the best available resources for each language to provide professional and complete results
- Classic mode: like in the traditional game you need to find as many words as you can in the grid in 3 minutes
- Arcade mode: in this modern revision of the game not only you need to find words in the grid, but you may uncover bonuses that will allow you to extend the time at your disposal and find even more words, reaching higher scores
- Words that are also in the internal iPhone/iPad vocabularies – consider that there are way more words in the Kobble vocabularies – can be instantly looked up to discover their meaning
- You can use Kobble as an aid to the traditional game: fill in the grid with the letters and Kobble will show you a list of words sorted alphabetically or by length
- HD Graphics are used to deliver an interface that’s incredibly detailed, quick and easy to use
- Music tracks and sound effects that will pull you into the game

Good Bye Steve Jobs

Good Bye Steve Jobs,
I’m a software developer and your revolutionary ideas remember to me , everydays, that every lines of code that i write could be a step to improve the quality of our life; Just following one of your principles: Say no to 1,000 things. Innovation means eliminating the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.

Thanks.

P.S. see this post to understad where and how he started his second revolutinary adventure at the Apple.

You are NOT a Software Engineer!

I want share this post of Chris Aitchison with you!
http://chrisaitchison.com/2011/05/03/you-are-not-a-software-engineer

You are NOT a Software Engineer!

You are not a Software Engineer. You do not build skyscrapers. You do not build bridges.

You grow gardens.

You are a Software Gardener.

Do you try to plan your gardens in such detail that you know where each leaf will be positioned before you plant a single seed? Do people expect estimates (or are they promises in your organisation?) on exactly how many flowers will have bloomed in one years time? Do you have a bonus tied to that? Things that would be perfectly reasonable to plan for a skyscraper seem a little ridiculous when you are talking about a garden.

You probably have a good idea of what your garden should look like a week into the future. You might even have a rough idea of the shape you expect it to be in a year from now. But you have no idea of where each branch, leaf, stem and flower will be a year from now, and if you say you do then you’re really only guessing.

If you were building a bridge or a skyscraper and you told me, before you began, that you knew exactly how it would look when it was finished – I would believe you. If you told me that you knew to some insane degree of accuracy how long it would take to get to ‘finished’ – I would believe you again. That’s how Engineers roll. Tell me the same thing about your garden and I’m gonna call bullshit. Tell me you are going to make it grow faster by hiring more gardeners and I’m gonna laugh at you.

So why do so many gardens fail, yet so many skyscrapers succeed? With a few exceptions, the technique for building a skyscraper is similar whether you are in Europe or you are in Singapore. Gardens do not work that way. Every garden is different because the environment it is in is different. Even gardens that are within throwing distance of each other can have wildly different soil. That is why the lowest bidder can probably build the same bridge as the highest bidder, but your company can’t grow the calibre of gardens that Google can grow.

Remember that time when someone in your company unsuccessfully used an Agile gardening methodology, and then went around saying that it was horse shit that doesn’t work? Well horse shit does grow gardens, it just wasn’t enough to save your garden. Your garden was probably dead before it started – a victim of the climate of your organisation. Were you trying to grow a rainforest in the desert? You can’t just plant the same plants as Facebook, Flickr or Twitter and expect them to take root regardless of the quality of your gardeners or the climate of your organisation.

Unlike a skyscraper, your garden will grow weeds. It will never be ‘finished’. Just because you stop spending money on it doesn’t mean it is finished. If you stop weeding your garden the weeds will eventually smother it, and soon a re-plant will look easier than a pruning. The environment around your garden will also always be changing, and a neglected garden will become harder and harder to keep alive.

In most countries, Engineers need a license to build a bridge. Gardeners have no such government-mandated quality control. Unfortunately, the quality of your gardeners is going to have a bigger influence on your gardens success than any other factor – so you’d better be good at picking the wheat from the chaff. Only an experienced gardener really knows another good gardener when they see them. Someone who has merely managed gardening projects will have no idea what they should be looking for (though they won’t know this). So if you are not a gardener, but need to recruit good gardeners, then quickly find an experienced gardener you trust to vet your candidates. You can’t learn gardening in a classroom, so remember to focus on gardens your candidates have grown before, rather than how much gardening theory they learned at school (which nearly always won’t be applicable to the climate you are growing in anyway).

The engineering metaphor has had its time in the sun, and maybe it even used to be accurate, but now it really only serves to help non-technical people have unrealistic expectations about how software gets built.

I am a Software Gardener.

So are you.

Addio a Edmondo Berselli

L’11 aprile 2010 e’ morto Edmondo Berselli, una grande tristezza e solitudine mi ha avvolto. Non perdevo nessuno dei suoi articoli su L’Espresso o su la Repubblica. Era il mio giornalista di riferimento. Una firma lucida, brillante, ironica, profonda che sapeva raccontare la nostra Italia.
Ci mancherai.

Un estratto dal ricordo di Michele Serra:

“Divagante, spiritoso, acuto, leggerlo non era mai un’esperienza scontata. In ogni editoriale, in ogni libro, si indovinava una diffidenza radicata verso l’eccesso di pathos, i sentimenti incontrollati. Non infiammabile, non infiammava mai: ragionava, con un piglio quasi anglosassone molto raro dalle nostre parti. Una “freddezza” continuamente corretta dallo humour, dall’intelligenza, dall’amore per la realtà.”

Alcuni articoli che lo ricordano con profondo affetto:

Il fuoco dell’intelligenza in quelle sue telefonate, di Romano Prodi

L’intellettuale ironico che raccontava il pop, di Michele Serra

Dal “Mulino” all’Italia la politica come piacere, di Filippo Ceccarerelli

Berselli, il più mancino dei maestri, di Maurizio Caverzan

La notizia su repubblica.it:

http://www.repubblica.it/politica/2010/04/11/news/berselli-3275107/

Anche un video a cura della redazione di La Repubblica:
Edmondo Berselli: maestro con leggerezza