This week I have been busy infringing various software patents.
Of course every week I work as a programmer I am implementing ideas, some that other people have thought worth patenting, usually they are billed for less than the price of a patent application to the client.
But this week I have been implementing a solution that allows somebody to use credit card details without having to re-enter them. The client asked, we provided, it is an obvious request with an obvious solution.
Also I found that dan crevier (http://blogs.msdn.com/dancre/ slashdotted for a couple of minutes) has patents on treating email contact information as an object, and autocompletion of email addresses in email clients - the former is unbelievably obvious, something I have just done in another project, and the latter of which I use every day in Thunderbird.
Perhaps microsoft and amazon should be grateful that the many many people who have to infringe their ridiculous patents haven't taken them to court yet to nullify them