windows 8, winmohot.com, and i left my backpack in nyc cab

by G 17. April 2013 23:24
Share on Facebookyea, basically, o shit. i hadn't posted in a while. been using just window7 on my asus laptop, windows8 on my samsung slate 7, and phone 8 on a new nokia 920. i would try a new android phone, but i didn't want to spend a new $350-400 on android again. not sure what's up but i can't post any images rt now. gotta fix blogengine. i'm also hoping someone out there could spot my laptop. the good thing was that not a lot of shit besides my laptop and zune. my info is on the cover. didn't have prey on it, actually. prey is pretty good. http://preyproject.org. check it out the features, and it's open source. so that's pretty cool. G-

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The Frequency

by G 21. October 2011 11:29
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There is always so much shit going on. It would probably be better that I write shorter posts more often instead of writing a longer summary every couple of months. I’ve been working on-site for a client for about the last six weeks now (don’t rush me, I get paid by the hour). The new gig is good. Where I live right now is killing the buzz, though, but I don’t want to move too quick and expose myself and my future to corporate shit hitting the fan. As is usual.

I went to an INTEL event for MeeGo OS this Summer (thanks, SteveB), signed an agreement, and got this tablet named EXOPC. The MeeGo OS on this tablet was not in any shape or form near completion (Intel Drops Meego). Meego has since been axed, merged with something else, and is now called Tizen. It is a nice opportunity to do some open source work, but I installed the leaked version followed by the Developer Preview versions of Windows 8 (E-zeight?).  

Windows 8 is SWEET! Windows 8 is going to ROCK. I installed it on my EXOPC (Intel Atom 1.66Ghz, 64GB SSD) and very much like 8 so far :) and it seems like almost everyone agrees that it’s looking good.

I think that Microsoft is hitting the right mark for OS usability on touch-screens and tablets. The Metro UI works well on this form factor, and there are also many improvements to the desktop that make it work better on tablets. Metro works much better on a tablet than on a phone (I’ve heard). I haven’t been able to hit that many sessions on this, but I know that at least two development models are going to be supported to develop Metro-style apps and desktop development stays the same.

What is great and what I think is going to happen is that the Metro UI/Environment is going to boot up into memory on the devices that run Windows 8 and then the regular kernel will keep loading, load on command, or just not load, depending on the device configuration (or Windows 8 version). In the end, it could probably even be a virtualized instance loaded off the Metro environment.

I know that the haters are going to say that Windows 8 is “like Chrome OS” in some ways and like an Android side screen menu (only way better). I don’t know what to say about that, other than who cares? It looks like it’s going to be what I want to run and boot into. Back in the day, I had triple-boot on my Pentium 200 MMX (NT Workstation, 98se, and Debian 2.0), and whether Windows, ChromeOS,  Linux, and/or MacOS make it into my boot config depends on a lot of things that are constantly changing and may be different in the future.

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Android Entry-Level Pad/Tablet and eBook Reader Results: Archos 70 Internet Tablet

by G 9. August 2011 17:06
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Here is the winner of the "My eBook Reader Smackdown!"
The Archos 70 Internet Tablet. 

Some time ago, I decided that I definitely needed to have an eBook reader. Technical books sometimes are tomes of information, and it is nice to have them around for quick reference and not have to carry them on the train for reading and transport. 

The only other real competitor in my entry-level class was the Archos 5, but the Archos 5 screen was too small for me to read from. I also think that the screen of the Archos 101 was too big, and the Archos 9 too heavy. At the same time, I set a spending limit, and thought that if I was going to spend $250, I would like to have more options than reading books. The Nook 2 looked good, but it has an 800Mhz processor, lower resolution, and would need to be hacked. Also, don't confuse the Archos 70 Internet Tablet with the 70 Home Tablet. The 70 Home Tablet was (performed like) a joke at 600Mhz and it looks like it's been discontinued so be careful with that model if you look for on it on eBay or buy it used. The only things that I miss from the Archos 5 are the metal kickstand and GPS, but this tablet has a front-side camera, a larger screen, a 1Ghz vs 800Mhz proc, and a capacitive multi-touch screen vs resistive no multi-touch.  

The chassis is light, and the profile is slim so don't fuggin' throw it in your back pocket and sit on it! I did that the other day and there are no cost-effective repair options.  Think that they could have done a better job designing the slot where the MicroSD card goes. I have a broken SD card stuck in the Archos that I sat on. Inserting and ejecting the card is tricky.  

The Android OS version is 2.2.1. I just recently got a firmware update, which is good because there are devs working on the platform. The firmware update was hassle-free. No disks or usb drives, over the network, an literally one-click five clicks. The Android UI works really well. It has four soft buttons (on-screen) for Back, Menu, Home, and Search like the buttons on the Android phones. It also has a buttons mode that adds arrow keys and an ok button. What is really nice is that you can take a screenshot (for free) when you tap the power button.  

The battery life is good. I left it on and used it for 9 hours until it ran out. The other thing that I tried out is the HDMI output. This is the first time that I've plugged in a device to a monitor and it's left me wanting a 24" touch-screen. The only thing is that it would be nice to have multi-touch gestures in HDMI mode. I think that would be really cool if the screen was made to stay on with an on-screen keyboard and touchpad area when in HDMI mode. To scroll down the down the apps list in the apps screen you use Buttons Mode and to pan the home screen to the other screens you click the little dots screen navigator. 

What makes this a good eBook reader, and it wouldn't be without, is the Aldiko app. It is an app that reads PDFs and comes bundled with the Archos. I tried a few free PDF readers and none were as good as Aldiko (f/k/a Laputa).  It comes with its own apps market, AppsLib, but you can get all the Google Apps (including Market) through Arctools. The System Monitor is good. I read somewhere you can overclock this thing to 1.2 Ghz.

Overall, this tablet will grow on you. It might not be the latest and greatest, but it definitely holds up to all the usability, features, and convenience of its $500 brethren. For an eBook reader, unmatched at the time.

 

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What’s the Frequency, Microsoft?

by G 23. June 2011 08:05
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I hit the Windows Phone UG last night. What's Mango? I thought it was going to be a re-do of the Windows Phone. It's not! It is an extension of the phone framework with a ton of new APIs. 1600 of them. I think somebody hit an extra zero or two in a press release and it spread around. It makes you wonder how much new stuff you are going to be able to program your phone to do, no?

There are going to be other new Phone OS features, too, but we ended up talking about what the foo is going on with Windows 8, and I guess this is the video that started it all:

The video that started some FUD?

Honestly, I saw the video when it first came out and I watched for about 30 seconds and then turned it off. I did think that 1) this is probably only for tablets and 2) this might never make it out.

If it was only for tablets, then 7 would remain on the desktop and it may never make it out because of the FUD I heard around it's interface development in HTML(5?) and JavaScript. Yes, let's face it: Your HTML is already HTML5 :) or maybe not? look at modernizr to retrofit your markup code…

I heard that Windows Phone is hot with chicks, though.

That wasn�t the interesting topic, though. Windows 8? Silverlight XAML C# HTML5 JavaScript

Why is Silverlight failing, though, it is because .net develpers, we, are always tied up still maintaining legacy code, I guess. there is kick ass stuff out there but we can’t spend time on it, and therefore those technologies don’t get as much traction out in the wild.

So then I watched to the end of the video and thought 8 ends up looking good. 

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http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2011/06/windows-8-for-software-developers-the-longhorn-dream-reborn.ars
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/microsoft-splits-up-its-xaml-team-whats-the-fallout/9807?tag=nl.e539
http://brustblog.com/archive/2011/04/04/a-new-position-paper-on-the-5s-silverlight-and-html.aspx

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First Impressions Archos 70 internet tablet

by G 12. May 2011 17:35
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hard to see screen out in the sun
much lighter than the archos 9
they got rid of laputa. I had seen that in a screenshot. might have renamed, but I think some titles missing.
doesn’t seem to have a 1Ghz processor or the OS is slow.
WVGA 800x400
A8 at 1Ghz

fuck yea. firmware update as soon as I put in my home wifi network’s password. connected right on. updates to 2.3.26
I remember the first time I drove the archos 5 I had the same feeling that I was going to have to return it.
the fucken home screen is upside down a lot. hopefully the firmware fixes.

 

 

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MonoDroid Dev Update

by G 1. March 2011 01:17
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I just de-skanked my blog comments. I deleted anything that had links in the comment body, no matter what the links were. I guess thanks for selling me dump truck insurance and Air Jordans. Are people spamming the internet still legitimately making loot off these sites? Whatever happened to trading Hot Links??? I used to have a Hot Links trading board on my site years ago. It had little vertical exploding fireballs. Thanks to everyone else who posted good, positive, feedback!

I’m glad that I went to the Android Dev session last week because I think that it is crucial, at least for me, to know what is going on under the covers, ask questions, and catch up on the topic’s current conversation.

I went to the session with a couple of what the foo questions: what the foo is MonoDroid and what the foo is Dalvik?

The first thing that I learned is that the Dalvik is Google’s custom VM and the Mono execution environment runs side-by-side on top of the Linux Kernel.

There are four main component types in Android: Activity, Broadcast Receiver, Services, and Content Providers. The latter enable apps to share data. As far as usability is concerned, these are what you will probably notice first is NICE(!) when you use an Android vs an iPhone or iPod Touch.

MonoDroid provides wrappers to go both ways in Android Callable Wrappers and in Managed Callable Wrappers. The nicest thing that I saw was the hiding of XML namespace references and what-not in C# attributes. I don’t like XML configs or any element-based development. It drives me nuts to find bugs in it sometimes, but I do know the advantages of web configs.

You can find MonoDroid in beta at monodroid.net. You can deploy to an emulator or local device for free, the single developer license will cost $400, and the enterprise license $1000. It installs to VS2010 or MonoDevelop.

Going to the Android Development meetup last week was time well spent. Greg put together a really nice presentation that will get developers up and running on the Android platform whether on C# MonoDroid or probably even JAVA.

To all the ladies reading my blog: I cook mean mashed potatoes :)

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