Building the development platform

In his latest column, Jason talks about the challenges - and benefits - of development.

Jason Slater

The 23 All-In-One Touchscreen, from Packard Bell, arrived in the office and is now up and running. It's connected to the Buffalo Linkstation for shared storage and archiving, and is now waiting for its upgrade to Windows 7 Professional - which is likely to be via the AnyTime Upgrade Plan.

Unusually, there was no option to purchase the machine directly with Windows 7 Professional installed - only Home Premium. In the meantime I am spending some time getting to grips with the touch screen. For some reason I keep reaching for the mouse! Packard Bell do provide a useful cloth for keeping the screen smudge free and it's best to keep it handy - especially when your kids visit the office.

The Home versus Professional software licensing issue is an interesting conundrum. As far as I understand the licensing if you intend the software to be used for commercial purposes then you require the Professional version. However, if you develop software and the target platform is Home Premium then presumably you would be wise to test the application under Home Premium which might fall outside its allowable use. Interesting huh?

Also, after much anticipation regarding the launch, Adobe Creative Suite 5 Web Premium is here and has been installed - what a shame the issue between Adobe and Apple regarding porting of Flash applications hasn't yet been resolved as this could have opened up an increased market for the applications.

It looks as if Apple are being kept pretty busy at the moment with a number of patent infringement claims against it including ones from the likes of HTC and, more recently, Nokia. Alas, this means the Flash porting issue is likely to drag on.

Now the graphics design software is installed we can get the company logo completed. This will allow us to lay out the rest of the business stationery and start telling the world who we are and what we do - time to dig out that elevator pitch again!

I also got my first payslip from our company, which was a bit of a buzz...

Jason Slater is a columnist for IT PRO and has just set up his own company.

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