The ASUS/Google Nexus 7 arrived at my door on August 1, 2012 with a lot
of anticipation from both me and the rest of the consumer electronics
world. A quad-core Tegra 3 processor from NVIDIA, a 1200x800
HD IPS display covered with the latest scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla
Glass and a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera were among its most notable cool
I'm often compared to the Absent-Minded Professor. I take it as a
great compliment, because in the movie, he's brilliant. Unfortunately,
when people refer to me as him, it's the "absent-minded" part they're
stressing—not the "professor" part.
Anyone with an iPhone probably is familiar with the AirVideo
application. Basically, it's the combination of a server app that runs on
your Windows or OS X machine, and it serves video over the network to an
AirVideo application on your phone. It's extremely popular, and for a
good reason—it works amazingly well.
“Change is inevitable in a progressive society. Change is constant” Benjamin Disraeli 1867. Quite a fitting quote if I say so myself. When I started in systems administration back in the mid 90’s everything was done either remoted in from your desktop, a server, or you plugged a terminal into the back of the server. more>>
I have a new day job, and as part of the hiring package, I was issued a
smartphone. I'm a little bitter that it doesn't include a tethering
plan, but that doesn't upset me nearly as much as the lack of Wi-Fi
analysis apps. See, my new job issued me an iPhone. I really like the
iPhone (it's true, I can't lie), but in order to scan Wi-Fi, I'd have to
jailbreak my phone!
The Audible app for Android is a great way to consume audiobooks. You have
access to all the books you've purchased on Audible, and you can download
them at will. Plus, the app provides all the bookmarking features you'd expect from
a professional application. Unfortunately, if your audiobooks are from
somewhere other than Audible, you need something a little more flexible.
I had the opportunity to test drive a friend's Asus (Google) Nexus 7, the latest entry into the tablet space. It has an attractive price point, a clear display and most of the tools that you would expect from a tablet. But despite this, there are some serious limitations that might have you think twice about adopting this device as your go to tablet. more>>
MIT App Inventor, re-released as a beta service (as of March 5,
2012) by the MIT Center for Mobile Learning after taking over the project from Google,
is a visual programming language for developing applications for
the Android mobile computing platform. more>>
This past summer, I went to a beach resort in Mexico with my wife. It
made sense to get into a little better shape so as not to cause any
beached-whale rumors while I soaked in the rays. Typical geek that I am,
I wanted to track my every move so I could see how much exercise
I really was doing. And, I wanted to do that with technology.
Amidst all the chaos surrounding the Qt project, the power of open source software has shown itself. The Romanian developer Bogdan Vatra has ported Qt to Android. To avoid trademark conflicts, the result was named Necessitas. more>>
One of my biggest beefs with Gmail on my Droid (rooted, running Cyanogenmod 6.1.2) is that I could never reply with an address other than my gmail account. I have several accounts tied to gmail, and with the web client, you can choose which account to reply with. In fact, Gmail does a good job of replying with the address the email was sent to.
Thankfully, Google has started the release process for their latest and greatest Android version -- Gingerbread. I'm looking forward to installing CyanogenMod's spin of 2.3 as soon as it's available. The big frustration for me, however, is that Gingerbread turned out not to be the tablet killing OS we all hoped for. more>>
Android is everywhere. Really. It runs phones, tablets, and recently, I even saw it running on an iPhone. Just a few years ago, that would have thrilled me to no end. Truthfully, it still does, but I'm more skeptical now. See, two years ago, Linux was everywhere on Netbooks. I thought it was a big break—Linux finally hit the mainstream. more>>
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