Even the mighty stumble sometimes…

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

Well, I upgraded my iPhone 3G last week to the latest iPhone 3.0 OS and I like the new features such as search, snappier texting etc., but the most interesting thing to me was noticing something totally unrelated.  I’ve been playing Mafia Wars on iPhone for a while.  One of the great annoyances for me, and many other people if you read the Zynga message boards, has been that the game seems to leak memory and crash every so often.  When fighting, you can generally get about 30 fights in before you have to restart the game or face a sure crash.

Now I upgraded ONLY the iPhone OS.  The Mafia Wars app remained untouched.  I noticed that now I’m able to complete all 114 fights built up over night without the need to restart the app and without the app crashing on me.  Well… that’s interesting, isn’t it?  People have been calling the app bad and poor programming for months yet, it seems to me, since only the Apple OS was upgraded (and with it the APIs), and because of it, suddenly the app is more stable… well, 1+1=2 last I checked so… it seems to me that the problem wasn’t Zynga’s app, but Apple’s APIs.  LOL J  It seems even the mighty stumble sometimes… 😉




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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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