October 27, 2011
Conclusion: an Android is not a good investment for the average smartphone buyer. An iPhone is much better albeit more expensive. But at least you are getting more of your money's worth.
October 19, 2011
August 4, 2011
True openness let's anyone contribute anything they feel like. Through a process of community-driven discussion and cherry-picking, various fixes and enhancement then find their place into the product. However, quality control, consistency checks and overall architecture are often overlooked or under staffed and, as a result, don't take place. It's also not a fun job to do, to have to tell people that what they did was great but can't find a place in the product because it breaks "the general idea". Someone sees a thing, investigates and works on it. If you shoot that down all the time, that person will never again help.
August 1, 2011
July 12, 2011
Update: you may want to move your pictures over from FaceBook to G+ and take advantage of using Picasa.
Update2: Chrome extension that changes G+ CSS slightly to make it better readable.
Update3: 5 Chrome extensions for G+
Update4: Whole bunch of add-ons apps for G+
July 6, 2011
Google has teamed with the world's leading Oceanographic institutes to makes the searchable seabed twice its previous size.
Great read on the differences in paradigm between World's three great Clouds at this time: Apple, Google, Amazon:
“It Just Works.”.
Apple's has or will make the cloud invisible, where Google makes it transparant and Amazon visible.
Reminds me also of LSI, which we were working with at KPN Research back in 1996-1997
May 20, 2011
While there are a number of 9-10" Android tablets out now, most people still get the iPad2. Fine, really. It works well, sure. But it's too easy. :) I might buy an iPad for my parents or grand parents, because they need a stable well-engineered device that just works. And Apple certainly works well. Perhaps Android does too, don't know yet, but it is not as polished yet IMHO for everyone. And I like to do a bit of polishing myself, which you cannot on an iPad without jailbreaking it.
So where Modaco Paul was really happy with the ASUS Transformer and the Motorola XOOM was handed out to everyone at Google I/O, I'm leaning to the Acer simply because it has a very active, passionate and productive community. The Acer Liquid was one of the first cheap, performant Android phones and it shows. Regular leaked ROMs, awesome custom ROMs and great spirit among the users with everyone helping a hand where and when needed.
So needless to say Engadget's Acer Iconia Tab A500 review, highlighting subtle differences between the Iconia, the Transformer and the XOOM is music to my ears. :)
Update: I got one beginning of June!
May 6, 2011
March 24, 2011
Greplin is a search engine that indexes your sources of important information. Currently it indexes Google services and Google Apps, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox and more sources of personally relevant information. If your company has Google Apps, it can index that too. Great for all your work information!
Some serivices are premium (SalesForce, Basecamp, Highrise), so you'll have to pay a fee to use them, but I believe that it is worth it. Gmail already made it impossible to loose an Email, now Greplin makes it impossible to loose the rest too!
February 24, 2011
T3 has a round-up of iPad alternatives and lists the HTC Flyer, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the LG Optimus Pad and the Acer Iconia Tab A500. (Also check the review.)
But don't forget the Notion Ink Adam, Motorola XOOM, Dell Streak and more from Toshiba, Asus and Archos.
Most of the Android tablets will be based on Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb and feature a powerful dual-core CPU. The iPad2 may even the playing field again come September, but until then Android rules the iPad in power. Usability and personal preferences remain, well personal. :)
Update: Sony Ericsson Play, XOOM review
Update2: another Xoom review by Engadget
Update3: www.tabletcenter.nl for tablets in Holland
January 28, 2011
However, I need root. I want root. I hate running into something cool and nifty, only to be stopped by a pop-up screen saying "Unable to XYZ, your devices must be rooted". So I did. Mainly to install the battery saving JuiceDefender and UltimateJuice. They make my smartphone last 2-3 days instead of just one measly day. Really!
So I tried my Windows XP laptop from work, but it wouldn't recognize the Nexus S. It found it, but then failed to find drivers. Turns out, the Android SDK supplies these. But that also needs the Java SDK (78 MB). A bit much for just drivers. So I tried my Mac Mini running Snow Leopard (10.6.6) and the Nexus S appeared just fine.
Now it took just a quick visit to ModaCo's Nexus S forum and I was done. Here is exactly what I did:
- Connect phone to computer (OSX for me)
- Download Paul's Superboot tool, unzip and have it ready
- Power off phone
- Boot to Recovery Mode (press Volume Up and Power simultaneously and hold)
- Unlock the bootloader (as Paul suggests, Recovery Mode says "Lock state: Locked") first: ./fastboot-mac oem unlock
- Phone reboots.
- When back in Recovery Mode, bootloader now unlocked (in red), run Paul's root script: ./install-superboot-mac.sh
- Upon reboot, the phone is rooted automatically. Note the large unlocked padlock at the bottom of the boot screen!
Want to check if it's rooted? Try an app such as setCPU, or simply open the app drawer and you should find an app called superuser...
September 3, 2010
February 17, 2010
Google opened up their Living Stories pilot with The New York Times and The Washington Post. Here is the idea behind it.
I can't help but that the format and organization of news this way much hints at the existence of a Google Wave behind it... or is that just me?
January 6, 2010
Well, the internet and blogosphere is filled to capacity with news on Google's new smartphone, Google Nexus One.
- 3.7" AMOLED screen
- 700x480 pixels
- Qualcomm Snapdragon @ 1 Ghz
- multi color (back?)lighting
- 5 Mpx digicam with LED flash
- 11,5 mm thick, 130 gr weight
- touchscreen, but not multitouch
- 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth
- Android 2.1
Google sells it through its web store. In the US in combi with a subscription from T-Mobile or separate. Outside of the US, it is for sale in (sim-lock free!) Singapore, Hong Kong and England. The Netherlands can expect availability in march of this year, through Vodafone.
On a side note: we can expect the Xperia X10 around April and the Motorola DROID aka Milestone in March.
December 17, 2009
Anyway, not decided yet. Still trying to see if I can get Google Maps Navigation working without root. But just in case, here is howto root the Liquid using a utility called "Superboot".
December 9, 2009
December 8, 2009
The augmented reality service, which is endearingly named Google Goggles, combines a GPS-based location pinpoint with the company's image database to provide users with information on landmarks, works of art and even company logos."