When life gives you Avans, make Avanade?
41 posts • joined 29 Oct 2010
I've never not seen a Windows XP bootsplash on the platform information displays, at Clapham Junction; and I've seen a load of Windows error dialogues on various digital signage, and advertising displays, ATMs (as well as seen one spontaneously reboot, outside of a convenience store, before re-launching the default application, and a load of CLI tools for hardware testing), and kiosks, over the years.
Unlike ChunderBolt (which was a brilliant idea, until Intel crippled it by deciding to gouge people in licensing fees, in order to access the specs detailing the Secret Sauce that they added to garden-variety DisplayPort, and PCI Express); USB's "non-proprietary", or "open", in the sense that anyone can obtain the specs for it for no-charge, without signing an NDA, or otherwise having to register; in order to develop drivers (and probably host interface controllers).
However, if you want to actually manufacture a slave device (i.e. a peripheral), you've got to pay the price of a small car to reserve a non-transferrable Vendor ID, and a block of Product IDs - unless you're doing a small run of something like a USB-to-RS-232 converter, or something else based on throwing a fancy case on a generic reference design (in which case, some vendors will let you share their VID/PIDs, under certain conditions, like not using it with competitive chipsets).
Hmm, doesn't qemu-img work for converting your images to QCOW2 format?
Even though I don't use QEMU itself for "heavy-duty" stuff (I prefer either VirtualBox, or VMware Workstation/Player for general desktop virtualisation, generally - and I haven't spent much time working with KVM, Hyper-V, or "enterprise virtualisation"), I've found it to be the perfect Swiss Army Knife when having to convert "raw" disk images into VMDKs (and vice-versa), and between VirtualBox's weird proprietary format, and raw images/VMDKs...
There's places without EDGE, let alone multi-operator 3G!
This is interesting, living in a small-ish town on the outskirts of York (Boroughbridge), where there's only a single choice for 3G coverage (3), no 4G coverage, and no networks (save for Vodafone, near the motorway in some hotspots) offer even EDGE coverage. (And unless you've got a decent phone, GSM calls tend to sound like bubbling mud on some networks (O2), since reception's horrid).
I'll believe these improvements when I see them...
A tempest in a teapot
To be honest, I don't see why this is now suddenly such a major deal, given that Symbian OS/S60-based phones used to let you save all of your messages (SMS, MMS, e-mail, etc.) on a removable memory card, as did a bunch of NEC, and Sony Ericsson feature phones - and unless (in the case of selected Symbian devices), you opted to enable block-level FS encryption, they were all stored in clear text, along with attachments, and a metadata database...
Hmm, so Bing-flavoured Yahoo! powers the search tech behind Ask, in some sort of unholy three-way tryst?
Why don't they just become an Open Source foundation/consortium that produces third-rate search technology, and licenses it out to anyone who cares? Or sell out to someone like Lycos?
Re: Diamond knife, laser, finger nail..
It gets worse - now you can buy a rather pricey, one-shot "LASIK @ Home" kit from a probably-dodgy company that hasn't been approved by the US FDA (from what I can tell).
Interesting to see the (fake?) testimonials saying stuff like, "Now I don't need to buy contact lenses!", and "My partner helped me do it in one night!"...
The Photoshop Opened Early...
So it appears that folks have already started parodying the design at places like http://togetter.com/li/516991, and http://fstoppers.com/new-mac-pro-design-gets-the-photoshop-treatment...
Sadly, most of the better ones such as a plant pot, ashtray, fondue set, and tissue holder have already been done... :(
Unless things have changed, "3" are already owned by Hutchison Whampoa of Hong Kong - which is why their corporate name is Hutchison 3G UK Ltd...
Also, if memory serves correctly, NTT DoCoMo were also a minority shareholder - but they ended up selling their stake, after they refused to adopt i-mode. (Which O2 briefly tinkered with, before unceremoniously discontinuing provision).
Re: Dr Seuss said it best...
I didn't have a problem with the one from the article - but that Seuss one was a pain in the arse to read, as an English/Japanese bilingual who has a weird "mostly-Received Pronunciation" accent in English, but has difficulty in pronouncing certain words beginning with the consonant cluster "thr" (especially "three").
"Thoroughly" is also one of those weird words that trips me up.
Re: How the heck?
I'm guessing they've amassed those from their decades of work on materials, earlier UI/X design work (e.g. the NaviKey, menu structures, and fancy hinges - even if they never used them in Lumias/Ashas); baseband technology (e.g. ISI, antenna design, and power management) - even if some of it was hived off onto Renesas, who eventually flushed it away; core telephony standards; cameras/imaging tech (especially after they absorbed Scalado), and probably whatever they acquired from Symbian, SmarterPhone, and a bunch of other companies, or otherwise developed themselves.
I'm assuming that a ton of patents went to MS, and some troll/"licensing" firms, though.
Let your sister have a go...
Meh, just let SoftBank digest as much of Sprint as they want to (70%?), and then Dish can either oust the rest of Sprint's shareholders, cleave off 5-10%, or form a consortium with Sprint to own roughly half of ClearWire each.
Or failing that, they could announce a separate partnership to cross-sell each other's services, with a healthy margin either way...
TETRA works somewhere around 390-395MHz (with 10MHz/channel gaps for uplink/downlink), within the EU.
Besides, given that it's a digital, trunked radio technology, you shouldn't be able to hear anything in terms of audio as interference. (Same deal with GSM, modulo trunking; and UMTS/W-CDMA has its own high-pitched whine - although you can't hear it, unless you tune into a UMTS frequency using an SDR).
Yet another Japanese-based programming language...
There's always Puroderu/プロデル (http://rdr.utopiat.net/) - which seems to pack a nice collection of methods/features into its standard library - including a "Guguru"/ググる method for doing Web searches (according to http://rdr.utopiat.net/docs/reference/core/core.htm).
Re: Accenture won't do the job properly.
You've got some great ideas - but I'd just thought that I'd point out that Symbian has supported SMP for ages; although it seems that few OEMs have actually decided to implement it in their handsets. I remember seeing an early video demonstration of it on prototype hardware, eons ago - where it seemingly outperformed Linux's SMP implementation.
Hmm, weren't Moller and a bunch of other companies attempting to implement this for years, with minimal return on investments, and no products (other than vapourware)?
That aside, I assume that it's extremely expensive (like all flying machines, in comparison to cars), but I'll admit that the HondaJet looks like a fairly promising option, in the interim - and it's already in production, along with being approved for flight in at least the USA.
I've often wondered what would happen if Oracle won, and ended up requesting the recall and destruction of all "infringing" Android-based products.
I doubt that would work in reality, though - since it's likely that many handsets have been lost, stolen, damaged, or privately resold; lots of people have copies of various versions of the Android SDK; and the source code has globally spread like kudzu. Not to mention that "real" people (i.e. consumers) will be unwilling to relinquish their devices.
Re: App details
If you've got a PCSC-compliant smartcard reader (you can obtain contactless-only ones for ~£30 - and contact-only ones are even cheaper), and access to a (virtual) machine running Linux, then you can easily read data from EMV cards using extremely easy to find Open Source tools.
Obviously, the EMV specifications are freely-available to the public; and all EMV-based cards will happily provide at least some plain-text data related to what's embossed or printed on the face of the card.
Re: The "Unlimited" Limit
If I vaguely remember correctly, that was changed from either 100MB or 200MB (according to their verbal T&Cs on the "Bolt Ons info" IVR section) to something ridiculously low (either 10MB or 50MB) , a few months ago - presumably as a result of people abusing it for streaming media.
(I'll admit that I used to use Mobbler quite heavily over UMTS, whilst commuting to university, after I figured out how to tune its bitrate settings, so that tracks didn't play at twice their proper speed).
Exactly. They're just putting old wine ("thinner-than-usual/average" laptops) into a similar bottle with a different label on it.
We've been through this before with "netbooks", "subcompact laptops", and "ultra-portable notebooks".
Fail icon - Because you can't pull the wool over my eyes *that* easily.
There *is* a FAT-free alternative...
It's called the Universal Disk Format (UDF), and it's supported by Mac OS X, modern Linux distributions *and* Windows Vista/7.
It happens to nicely solve the problems of storing incompatible forms of metadata (e.g. NTFS streams, Mac OS X's extended attributes/forks/other trinkets, and a baseline version of POSIX semantics); in addition to adding some nice features such as "streaming files", too.
It's just a shame that Microsoft decided to sabotage efforts by others to adopt it for years, by delaying a full, read-write implementation for all media types (optical, magnetic and Flash) until Windows Vista - so that they could coast off collecting patent royalties for FAT variants; ensure that proprietary software developers managed to produce incompatible, half-baked implementations; and generally retard progress for everyone.
Now if only consumer electronics companies would implement it in their products; and older versions of Windows would die quietly...
Re: Microsoft's file format (was JPEG2000)
That would be "HD Photo" or "Windows Media Photo", which was standardised as JPEG XR, if memory serves correct.
I haven't seen any example files floating around, though - so I can't easily compare it to other formats, or otherwise dissect a sample in the name of curiosity/science...
I'll be the 5th S60 user then, by your count
Oh, and I'm under the age of 70, too.
I use my S60, erm Symbian Platform devices (I currently have a Nokia N73 that's still going strong) heavily for Web browsing, listening to music - and Scrobbling it to my last.fm profile, reading PDFs, taking photos, and as an alarm clock (with an older version of Alarm Manager to resolve the "can't have multiple alarms, or recurring alarms" issue). I also sometimes play games, plus I've dabbled with Python for S60 and the Mobile Web Server tech demo.
Did I mention that they're also really great phones in terms of audio quality (for both calls and multimedia), and have sane antenna designs so that they're capable of actually maintaining network connectivity - even if you hold them in an unusual manner (unlike one of Apple's recent toys).
As someone who's owned a Sony Ericsson dumbphone, I can say that although they have some nice gimmicks (e.g. support for geotagging photos via A-GPS, a Bluetooth remote control feature, and USB Ethernet emulation/bridging), and last for weeks on two charges, their UI makes me want to throw them against a wall occasionally.
As for this Opera Mini beta, it feels significantly faster than the J2ME version, and being able to use the native input mechanism for entering non-alphanumeric characters is a nice bonus.
Disclaimer: I happen to be a Symbian Platform developer and SF community member in my spare time (when I'm not studying at university), although this is entirely my own opinion.