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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Android Happenings

by G 23. February 2011 13:07
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I love my G-1 phone and the Android operating system. I think that Microsoft is missing the point of what makes Android so successful. I look at it in terms of Apple being like the North Korea of platforms, WinMoPho like China, and Android is, all BS aside, the United States. Who drove the PC market for years? The 3D graphics card market?

I am going to the Android Development meetup tonight.
http://www.nyalt.net/events/15247328/?eventId=15247328&action=detail#comments

I met Greg Shackles at the NYC Code Camp last weekend and got to talk to him a little bit about my Android. For this meetup in particular, I would like to understand a little about the advantages of development on MonoDroid and C# versus development using Eclipse and JAVA from a n00b perspective.

To Microsoft's credit, I think that Microsoft's products are way ahead of their time. It's like an alien dropped some shit on earth about 4 years earlier than the competition, embracing the second mover advantage, and with a crappy marketing campaign. It's WEIRD and oxymoronic. Do they let the product speak for itself? I'm in. Look at the ZuneHD. It's so beautiful, yet with usability issues, that it brings tears to my eyes, but Android is buggy and usability is a small price to pay. The hot nerdy chick that came to the ball too late, wearing a one-off dress, and never got asked to dance because all the guys were too wasted.

I heard of the Evil Operator app yesterday, thanks Nigel. This app fits in a series of apps that really take advantage of a phone OS. It is the Chinese Connection phone prank app. I think that model to monetize an app is pretty decent. It belongs with the vocoder apps, number screening apps, and other apps that you can program because it is a phone.

 

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flashing android GPHONE: no network provision

by G 7. November 2010 22:39
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I’ve finally gotten around to flashing my G1.

phone specs
http://forum.xda-developers.com/wiki/index.php?title=HTC_Dream

MY G1 FIRMWARE:
DREA100 PVT 32B
HBOOT-0.95.0000
CPLD-4
RADIO-2.22.23.02
9/2/08 s0
build number dmd64

here are some articles that i found useful:

cyanogenmod here is where i started, and my phone’s build was dmd64.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=722801

root the  g-1
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=442480
my phone had build dmd64 …

check out this video
http://theunlockr.com/2010/04/26/how-to-root-the-htc-g1dream/
at this point (i think), i had to have a SIM with internet (don’t worry, after this you will have rooted your phone), even if it’s pre-paid (on t-mobile).  When you complete this you will be at RC29.

from there, i hit i a couple of links:
http://theunlockr.com/2010/04/26/how-to-load-a-custom-rom-on-the-htc-g1-dream/
http://theunlockr.com/2010/09/23/how-to-flash-a-custom-recovery-image-on-the-htc-g1-dream/

then some ROM listings:
http://theunlockr.com/downloads/android-downloads/android-roms/htc-dream-g1-roms/
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=442480 (a: what to do now that you have root)

wi-fi tether app:
http://code.google.com/p/android-wifi-tether/

I’m running the chromatic custom build right now. and i am liking it so far, but this phone is slow as phuck (with the 500Mhz proc). i will be looking for some tweaks …

here is another app i'm checking out: http://picme.en.softonic.com/android

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An Update (Ohhhhh)

by G 6. October 2010 10:21
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Oh well, I don’t have any other outlet other than here at this time to comment on what’s happening in the phone space. I’m sure we all know, Windows Phone 7 is finally here. Its worldwide launch is October 11th here in NYC.

I’ve been to a couple of developer events so far. I got to hold a 1Ghz phone, and I’ve learned what I need to develop for it. Visual C# Express and the Phone Tools is all you need. Coincidentally, I crashed a nerd dinner last week, and lo and behold, I met Charles Petzold. He claims that he is having the most fun programming that he's had in a while. Watch out for his book, a 900 pager or so book that's going to be the definitive on both XNA and Silverlight development on Windows Phone. The only one on XNA. 

I’m thinking that the same things that made Android popular are going to make WinMoPho just as popular, and we will be watching how Apple reacts as it will be on the defensive, the first time in a long time.

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