Saturday, December 31, 2011

Downloading and installing an old version of the Android Development Toolkit (ADT)

If Eclipse is giving you grief and not allowing you to install an obsolete version of the Android ADT (example: installing ADT 15.0.1 in Eclipse 3.5, since later ADTs require Eclipse 3.6), here are some steps to help you install it:


  1. Head over to http://developer.android.com/sdk/eclipse-adt.html#notes and pick which pick which version you want to use again.
  2. Create your download url: http://dl.google.com/android/ADT-##.#.#.zip. Google uses the version number for the downloads, so if you need 15.0.1, your download would be http://dl.google.com/android/ADT-15.0.1.zip.
  3. Install the new version as an archive (Help --> Install New Software ---> Add --> Archive)
This should get you back to developing!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

October NEWLUG Presentation: Python Web Frameworks

Nathan VanGheem was kind enough to give a presentation on Python web frameworks this month. The presentation slides, video, and sample code are available here.




Sample code from this presentation is available here:
https://www.box.net/shared/44dbmnyisp7e2jizet1h

Please consult the appropriate web framework documentation when running the sample code.

Building Community

Here is an excellent community presentation by Mario Herger, courtesy of Slideshare.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Jonathan's Card : A social experiment

So, Jonathan Stark made this cool app that gave away free coffee at Starbucks.  He took an image of his Starbucks gift card, and told people use it or reload it as they saw fit.

Some people gave away money.

Others got free coffee.

Still others (like me) made smartphone or web apps based on the image and API.

One dude decided to siphon money from the account and brag about it on his blog.

This card has its own Twitter and Facebook pages.

Alas, it wasn't meant to last.  Jonathan's Card was deactivated on August 12, 2011.

The time has come for this wonderful experiment to make a transformation. Starbucks has informed me that they will be shutting off the card at 10pm ET tonight (Friday, August 12, 2011).

At least it was fun while it lasted.

EDIT:

As far as I can tell, there are five competing services that have sprouted up after Jonathan's Card was deactivated:

  • Adam's Card
  • Craig's Cup
  • Paying it Forward
  • DC Cup of Joe
  • Don's Bin


http://www.facebook.com/pages/Adams-Card/179071545494267
http://www.facebook.com/Craigscup
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paying-it-Forward/118578998240458
http://www.facebook.com/dccupofjoe
http://www.wireshout.com/dons-bin

I'm not seeing any tracking options like Jonathan's Card, but I'm trying to pay attention to this.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Developer Experience

Here is an excellent talk from WDCNZ about the developer experience, courtesy of Pamela Fox:


The Developer Experience (Large Video) from WDCNZ on Vimeo.

Here are the slides, courtesy of Slideshare:

Monday, August 1, 2011

History of programming: An infographic

Check out this excellent infographic about the history of programming languages, courtesy of Rackspace.
Cloud applications

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

July NEWLUG meeting: Google+

Here is the video from the July meeting of the Northeast Wisconsin Linux Users Group. The subject is Google+:


The slides (written by Vincent Wong) are available here.

Flow: ChromeOS on your own laptop hardware


An enterprising young programmer who goes by Hexxeh has packaged up a pretty straightforward way to run the Chromium OS (The Open Source version of Chrome OS) on your own laptop.  The site has packaged up a bootable USB image to allow you to try the OS on your laptop without having to mess around with your existing OS install.

Here is a video of an Eee PC loading Flow:


The website is http://chromeos.hexxeh.net/ -- check it out!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Android running on a 32 inch multi-touch display

It is really cool that a company came up with this. Perhaps we'll see more of this in the future?

Sunday, July 3, 2011

WebOS developer tutorial videos: Give Enyo a try!

Youtube user natemcintyre was nice enough to post up some developer tutorial videos for webOS 3.0, as the 3.0 has recently been publicly released.

Check it out:


Retrode: access old game cartridges with current devices!

Check out this video about Retrode, which allows you to access video game cartridges and controllers via a USB interface. It is a textbook example of a hacker-friendly hardware:

Friday, July 1, 2011

Debian Linux on an Archos tablet!

Check out this video of Debian Linux being run from a Generation 8 Archos tablet (Archos 101 Internet Tablet):

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

MetaWatch : An Open Letter -- The Response

I recently sent an open letter to the makers of Meta Watch, in the hopes of discovering more about the company's future plans for their watches, which are currently available for pre-order, and should start shipping to developers/customers on June 30th.  David Rosales, the Director of Technology at Meta Watch, was kind enough to provide me with a reply.  It is posted below:

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

ROSJava and Google Cloud Robotics

The great thing about Google I/O is that they post videos about a variety of geeky subjects. The daunting thing about Google I/O is that there is soooooo much information available that some may slip through the cracks if you're not careful about it. Today, I found a video about ROS, the Robot Operating System, and some interesting information about robotics and cloud services.
Here's the video:

Monday, May 23, 2011

DHMN: Re-purpose with a purpose

Here is an excellent intro talk about hackerspaces and DHMN by Erin Quick-Laughlin. It provides a good base for future exploration and collaboration with the group.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Metawatch and the "Open Watch Platform" concept: An Open Letter.

I recently sent this message to the Metawatch people:

I am apparently one of the dinosaurs that has chosen to continue wearing a watch. The watches that I have worn in the past are a Casio Pathfinder and Pulsar PQ2001, and I am currently wearing a Pulsar PBL047 watch.


I chose these watches because of their metal construction. Athough I like their looks and construction, I am unhappy that I am unable to interact with them in a way that I can interact with my other digital devices. This is where I became interested in interactive wrist devices. I've used ThinkGeek's watch section as a barometer for the technological progress of watches and wrist devices over the years, and I have been eagerly awaiting a device that will allow me to interact with it in a more immersive fashion.

I have some questions about the actual Metawatch device. It appears that the current product line of Metawatches has taken the "Model T" approach to hardware.

You can have any color, as long as it's black (with a black leather wristband).

As I am a person who has worn tungsten or stainless steel watches for years, I am very hesitant to go back to a watch with a leather band. I am incredibly thankful that you plan on distributing your SDK along with the watches. However, I feel like I'm in the dark as far as your hardware is concerned. What is the platform roadmap? Is this the first watch in a long line of compatible watches, or a one-off watch that is doomed to obscurity? Are you planning on being the only manufacturer of Metawatch capable devices? Do you plan on making the watch customization and hardware-hacker friendly? At this point, all I'm looking for is a stainless steel band, but I assume that other hackers might want to add custom etching, LEDs, sensors, or other stuff. I'd like to compare this project to SonyEricsson's LiveView. I think that Sony tried to make an open(-ish) system, but after a few negative reviews and a level of market penetration that was not satisfactory to them, I think they wrote it off as a mistake instead of embracing its development as a revolutionary device. It's hard to get behind a device that I feel could be killed in one fell swoop by a single manufacturer. It's one of the reasons that Android continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Given the recently announced Open Accessories initiative, the hardware designed to interact with it is poised to make similar advances.

Being related to Fossil, I'm going to assume that you have a long history in the watch industry. However, you may have a slightly more limited history in reaching out to developers. Many brands attempt to cultivate their own development networks which contain the lion's share of the development information, such as HP or Motorola. Often these sites will contain more than just info about the SDK, but also information about application development, testing, and publishing. Usually information about obtaining development hardware is here as well, if there are any programs other than paying full price through normal retail channels. Sony's Device Loaner Program, Google's Android Dev Phones, HP's developer device program, and LG's Virtual Developer Lab are examples of development programs that encourage developers to obtain/use their devices. Another method is "device seeding" (giving free devices to developers to encourage development on said device), which you are probably familiar with since you attended Google I/O this year. What does Metawatch plan to do to encourage its development community?

Metawatch, you have the ability to be a pace-setter in getting tech-types to put watches back on their wrists. You can be the Google of watches and open everything up, bringing innovation and profits to all. It's your choice. I'm rooting for you.



I'll keep you posted about any replies that I receive.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Google I/O 2011 - Day 2 Keynote : May 11 - Chrome

Here is the Day 2 Keynote from Google I/O 2011:

It still sucks not to get the freebies (except for Angry Birds), but the data presented by Google is good enough not to require them.

Google I/O Video- Honeycomb Highlights

Honeycomb Highlights:


Honeycomb highlights slides:

Google I/O Video - Accelerated Android Rendering

Accelerated Android Rendering:


Accelerated Android Rendering slides:

Android Animation Source Code is available here.

Google I/O Video - Fireside Chat with the Android team

Fireside chat with the Android team:

Google I/O 2011 Video - Android Protips

Android Protips: Advanced Topics for Expert Android App Developers, by Reto Meier:


This I/O talk references the talk that he gave at Google I/O 2010, which is here:

Breakout sessions from Google I/O - Android Open Accessories

Google I/O 2011 contained a lot of breakout sessions and fireside talks having to do with the Android OS (Including Google TV). The sessions schedule is here. I had originally intended to embed them all into one huge post, but it quickly got out of hand. It turns up that all of the videos are available at the Android Developers page in addition to the YouTube GoogleDevelopers page.

Introducing Android Open Accessories and ADK:

Ghibli world, built in Minecraft

Someone with a love of both Studio Ghibli and Minecraft has combined those two things into an impressive display of what sandbox games like Minecraft are capable of accomplishing.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I/O Boot Camp 2011 Videos are online!

For those that weren't able to make the trip to Google I/O or the I/O Bootcamp that preceeded it, have no fear. The boot camp videos are making their way online!
Here is the Beginner's Guide to Android video:

The full playlist is here:

Google I/O 2011 : Keynote - May 10 - Android

Here is the keynote from day 1 of Google I/O:

Monday, April 25, 2011

NEWLUG April 2011 Meeting: AJAX

Hello! Here is the April 2011 NEWLUG meeting video:

The slides for the presentation are here:

Friday, April 22, 2011

Painfully long review of the Pandora Console

This review is quite long (47 minutes), but I wouldn't call it painful. The reviewer is very funny, and has a British accent.

My favorite quote:
"Moving on, is the sticky wicket of price, because unbelievably, you have to pay for it. I know ... it isn't just delivered to your house by a naked woman. Bizarre. Clearly, we elected the wrong government if we're in this sort of bizarre situation."
A big thank you to Stuart Ashens for the lovely video.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Now THAT is a good Kickstarter video!

Check out this kickstarter video on the MegaBar.

I almost want to pay them even though I don't have a Wii!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Daniel Suarez talks about the Daemon

Daniel Suarez, author of Daemon and FreedomTM, talks here:

This interview was done previously to the publication of FreedomTM.
Read these books. They are great.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Getting Gamification Right : Sebastian Deterding

Check out this great video on Gamification:

Thanks to Google Tech Talks for the content.

Speeding up Javascript: Google Tech Talks

Nicholas Zakas gives a talk about speeding up Javascript:

Google Tech Talks are very cool. Check out more of them here.

Lego Rube Goldberg Machine

I get a kick out of convoluted Rube Goldberg machines. This is one of the better ones that I've seen, and it has the bonus distinction of being done completely in LEGO!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

An introduction to Node.js with Ryan Dahl

Have you ever wanted to watch a talk about node.js from its creator? Yeah, me too:

Twitter Monkey!

Makers are great. Who else would make a monkey that monitors twitter for user defined search terms and goes bananas when the term is found?

Twitter Monkey from Pete Prodoehl on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New Linux Journal Article: WebOS 2.1 - Give It a Spin with Emulation Through the WebOS SDK!


The kind folks at Linux Journal have published another article that I've written. Hooray! This article is about installing the HP/Palm WebOS 2.1 SDK for the purposes of trying out the operating system in Ubuntu.

HP may be on to something with WebOS, but the only way to figure that out is by having more people interact with it and figuring out if it is worth spending time using. Give it a whirl. If you like it, great! If you don't, that's cool, too.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

HP's WebOS "Think Beyond" and "HP Summit" Video

Here is HP's WebOS big technology reveal event (from Feb 9th, 2011):

Any opinions??
I really want to be excited.  I really do.  It seems like HP is trying to simultaneously get me excited about their products whilst ignoring all other similar products on the market.  Time will tell if these products have the staying power that they need to survive and thrive in the current tech environment.  I hope they do, since there are some really cool features here.

Here is the March 14th keynote video from the HP Summit:

This seems a little better. An HP public cloud, eh? That might be interesting.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The official Google Code blog: Google I/O extends virtually around the world

The official Google Code blog: Google I/O extends virtually around the world: "In celebration of Google I/O 2011, many Google offices around the world, as well as GTUG partners and Student Ambassadors, are hosting free viewing parties of Google I/O sessions. If you can't attend Google I/O in person, these events are a way to connect with other talented developers and watch live feeds of the conference. "

Here are just a few of the locations hosting an I/O Extended event:
AfricaAsiaEuropeNorth AmericaSouth America and Central America


Combined with the Last Call for Google I/O, this announcement has really helped Google extend its reach beyond those that have the resources to travel to San Francisco on a whim.  Check out the Google I/O Extended page for more details.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

LCD Monitors - Explained

Here is an incredibly detailed, straightforward explanation of how an LCD monitor works, courtesy of Bill, the Engineer Guy:

Comparing Pandora's LCD Screen to other devices

It's always nice to have some perspective. Here is a little comparitive video by Kloplop321 showing the Pandora as well as some other digital devices:
Apple iPad
Apple iPhone 3GS
Palm Zire 72s
Dell Axim x30
Motion Computing Tablet M1200
Nintendo DS

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Computer Hardware Chart

Behold, Sonic84's excellent computer hardware poster.
Link to the full sized image here.

Apparently, a version 2.0 is in progress. Keep up the good work. This is great for people who work with a variety of different computer hardware.

Saab Announces new Android-based in-car OS - IQon

The open nature of Android has left the door wide open for car manufacturers to embrace it as a car-based platform, and a major car company has recently taken the plunge. Earlier this month, Saab announced IQon (press release here), the car-based "infotainment" system.

Saab will release an API for third party developers, and these apps will be sold on Saab's own app marketplace. Interesting stuff. I will continue to follow this as time goes on.

So, as an app developer, what does this mean for you? The Saab Blog has some more information:

I feel proud that Saab is leading the way in developing the most advanced car infotainment system that’s out there. It will deliver the multi-media experience we’re all used to in the office, at home, or on the move with our smartphones. But what’s even smarter with IQon, is that we’re opening up what the car is doing, as well. We will be giving the global developer community access to more than 500 data inputs – everything from vehicle speed to steering angle or the sun’s position – and challenging them to come up with some useful and imaginative IQon apps, which can be downloaded from our Saab IQon app store.

Then there is all the remote diagnostics possibilities with communication to and from the car. As I see it, the possibilities are almost endless and we’re just starting to scratch the surface.

Everyone is asking me when we are going to start fitting IQon to our cars. Well, we’re doing it already with beta versions in some of our company test cars, and I can confirm that customers will get to experience the system in the next generation of Saabs. In a couple of months’ time, we’re going to put up an IQon Developer Zone on the web, which will give app developers the opportunity to get started. These are exciting times at Saab: a new company, new cars and new technologies like IQon. Watch this space for more news as we push the program forward.

It's probably too much to ask for a development unit... but it does bring up an interesting question: How do you design apps for a car if you don't have access to the data that the car would provide? This is an interesting challenge, and I look forward to the solutions.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

NEWLUG March 2011 Meeting: Plone

Hello, folks! Here is the March NEWLUG meeting video.


Subject: Plone CMS : Open Source Content Management
from plone.org:
Plone is among the top 2% of all open source projects worldwide, with 340 core developers and more than 300 solution providers in 57 countries. The project has been actively developed since 2001, is available in more than 40 languages, and has the best security track record of any major CMS. It is owned by the Plone Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and is available for all major operating systems.





Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Last Call for Google I/O : A coding contest!



Earlier, I had called out Google for not necessarily caring for the little guy at Google I/O and being more concerned about giving away free stuff.

Well, I'm not concerned about that any more.
Recently, the Official Google Code Blog had this announcement:

For those of you who were quick to register, we thank you for continuing to support our developer initiatives -- this year's I/O is slated to be one of our best yet. For the rest of our developers, we weren’t kidding when we told you we love our developers.
Starting Wednesday, March 16, we will be launching Last Call for Google I/O: A contest that spans 10 days, 10 developer challenges and 100 chances to win tickets to attend the now-sold-out Google I/O 2011.
Here’s how it works. We will announce a new challenge on the contest site on select dates at either 9am or 4pm PDT, that will last for 24 hours each. There will be 10 days of challenges with 10 winners on each day, spanning the following developer products:
March 16 - Android, 9:00 am
March 17 - Chrome, 9:00 am
March 18 - App Engine, 9:00 am
March 21 - YouTube APIs, 9:00 am
March 22 - Game Developers, 9:00 am
March 23 - Google Maps / Geo, 4:00 pm
March 24 - Commerce, 9:00 am
March 25 - Developer Tools / GWT, 9:00 am
March 28 - Accessibility, 4:00 pm
March 29 - Google Apps / Enterprise, 4:00 pm
Each of the challenges will focus on one of our developer products and has two rounds. Plan to be in front of your computers for the first half-hour that the challenge starts to complete a series of questions for Round I, which will qualify you for the main coding challenge in Round II. You will have a little over 20hrs to complete Round II.
We want to make sure that we provide the opportunity to attend Google I/O to as many developers as possible and hope you’re feeling up to the task. The contest is valid in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia with winners being announced on April 4. And don’t forget that we will be livestreaming the keynotes and taping sessions during Google I/O. Stay tuned!
For more information and contest rules, visit the contest site.

By Vic Gundotra, VP Engineering

Well played, Google. I am all about giving 100 winners of coding contents free tickets to Google I/O. That is AWESOME.

The contest page is here. Give it a try!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Building Communities : From BarCampMadison

Check out this Bob Waldron presentation on building strong communities for hacker/maker spaces. This presentation took place on Aug. 28, 2010 at BarCampMadison.

Field trip: Sector 67

This weekend, I had the pleasure of taking a field trip to Sector 67, a hackerspace in Madison, WI. On the day I was there, three MakerBot owners were there and decided to swap notes and stories about their 3D printers. Luckily, I was able to take some pictures of the action.







Some of the parts that have been printed from these MakerBots:

Some video of the three MakerBots together:


A heart-shaped gear setup, made by the MakerBot 3D printer:

XStylus review

For those of you out there using the Pandora Console and Nintendo DS, here is a review of the XStylus, a convertible pen/stylus. The review comes courtesy of FoxBlock.


More information about it here: http://pandorapress.net/2011/02/14/help-fund-the-xstylus/
Kickstarter page: http://kck.st/XStylusNDSL
Official product page: http://www.greenbulb.com/products/xstylus.htm

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011

OpenBenchmarking.org and PTS 3.0 - new advances in benchmarking

I'm really pleased to see the launch of OpenBenchmarking.org. Read the welcome note from Michael Larabel, the Founder of Phoronix Media, Lead Developer Of The Phoronix Test Suite & OpenBenchmarking.org:

WELCOME TO OPENBENCHMARKING.ORG
26 FEBRUARY 2011

Whether you consider yourself a Linux hardware enthusiast, the normal Windows user wishing to transition to Linux, or the procurement officer of a Fortune 500 company, welcome to OpenBenchmarking.org. OpenBenchmarking.org is an open, collaborative testing platform for benchmarking and performance analysis. Regardless of operating system, there is nothing similar, and this is the largest public Linux hardware database, but it's much more than that; it's an adaptive, discovery platform with a focus on repeatable benchmarks, global comparisons, crowd-sourced / community testing, and a high level of interactivity. There are thousands of computer components being tracked in a variety of configurations and thousands of test results accumulating from different platforms whether they be desktops, servers, or even mobile devices.

There are a number of unique concepts demonstrated by OpenBenchmarking.org, including crowd-sourced benchmarking, the ease to which benchmarks can be repeated, results can be stored publicly or privately and shared throughout the world, and unique features for performance classifications and advanced hardware/software searches. OpenBenchmarking.org is designed to be very extensible to meet the needs of both individuals and software projects / organizations.

Arriving at this same time is the general availability of Phoronix Test Suite 3.0-Iveland. This release features integration with OpenBenchmarking.org for uploading and downloading test results, seamlessly obtaining updated/new test profiles and test suites, logging into an OpenBenchmarking.org user accounts, MIME OpenBenchmarking-format launching capabilities, support for attaching system logs and other hardware/software statistics, and other functionality. In addition, Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 offers enhanced result graphs, support for external result notification hooks, support for nesting the Phoronix Test Suite within Wine environments, recognition of new code compilers, client support for new embedded operating environments, and over 200 other changes since the release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.8 in 2010.

In exploring OpenBenchmarking.org, here are a few real-world examples to show off some of the areas of OpenBenchmarking.org:

Sample Searches: Radeon HD 4850Intel Core i7 970Ubuntu 10.10GPUAMD
Sample Test Results: A Proper Graphics ComparisonA Simple Test
Sample Test Profile Pages: Phoronix Test SuiteNexuiz
Sample User Pages: Michael LarabelPhoronix Test Suite


Over the coming days and weeks, OpenBenchmarking.org will continue to be tuned and a number of new features will continue to be introduced. You can view this first implementation right now as a "beta", but any and all feedback regarding OpenBenchmarking.org is welcome and much appreciated. In particular, there are major refinements coming very soon to the product search functionality, support for complex searches and sub-queries, enabling the upload of user test profiles and suites, further advancements to OpenBenchmarking.org Performance Classifications (OPC), support for embedding rich-format graphs externally, and much more.

Further in the pipeline is an external API, support for running Phoromatic over the OpenBenchmarking.org platform, better support for peripheral devices, the official roll-out of Phoronix Certification & Qualification Suites (PCQS), OpenBenchmarking.org Professional, and much more.

Please try out OpenBenchmarking.org and any questions or comments are much appreciated.

Michael Larabel
Founder of Phoronix Media, Lead Developer Of The Phoronix Test Suite & OpenBenchmarking.org

MacHeads - A documentary

I haven't drunk the Apple Kool-Aid, but here is an interesting documentary about Apple Fans:

Watch more free documentaries

Monday, February 7, 2011

Google I/O is getting quite popular!

RT @VicGundotra - Google I/O '09 sold out in 90 days, '10 in 50 days... #io2011: 59 minutes. Holy moly.less than a minute ago via web



Could it be because of the free stuff that they give out at the conference, or because of increased interest in developing with Google products?

justinsb's posterous has an interesting suggestion: Don't give anything away this year. For someone who couldn't afford the trip, I agree. Keep the scalpers out, and keep the developers in.
His idea:
Announce that there will be nothing given away at Google I/O this year, offer free refunds to anyone that wants them, and open a waitlist. The scalpers will take their refunds, and the real developers will be able to get in.
If the only reason that you want to go is for the free stuff, go talk to Oprah.

Google: Don't be Oprah. Be better than that. Help out the people that want to LEARN.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Pandora Console Review

Check out this new review of a Pandora Console:


Has it been worth the wait? That's for you to decide.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

iNto64, the Portable N64!

Check out this video from MODDEDbyBACTERIA, who designed himself an N64 that he can hold in his hands!

He says it took him four months to make. Do you think it was a good use of his time?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Google I/O 2011 countdown has started!

The Google I/O 2011 Developer Conference page is now up, and it features a very fun countdown timer, made possible by a Javascript port of Box2D.

You can't register yet, but that doesn't mean that you can't have any fun!





Check out the Google I/O page or the Google I/O twitter account for more info on this excellent developer's conference.

I sincerely wish that I would be able to attend this event in person, but sadly, I can't afford the trip, even though the rates are comically cheap for this conference, especially for students and teachers. How comically cheap is it? From the registration page:
Early Bird Price (until 4/16/11) $450
List Price (starting 4/17/11) $550
Academia (student, faculty) $150
BootCamp +$100 (all registration types)

Want to set up your own timer?  Check out this blog post from Varun's ScratchPad for more info.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Computer Support (Dilbert Style)

Dilbert.com

iControlPad website refreshed... orders to come soon?

The folks at iControlPad have refreshed their website, giving it a much cleaner look than before.
Here are some pictures from the site:



There isn't much site text, so I will display it here:

The iControlpad BT is ready, ordering begins at the end of January.

Supporting any phone/console/computer with Bluetooth.
Android, iOS, RIM, Windows, Linux, MacOS.
Digital Dpad, two analogue nubs, 6 face buttons and 2 rear buttons.
Works on a non-jailbroken iPhone in keyboard mode.
Can charge your phone while you play via its own internal battery.
Side clips for most phones, more to follow.
Future proof - upgradable firmware, changeable side clips, solid hard wearing design.
Two years of design work by the people who brought you the Pandora.

3000 Units being delivered in February.
Subscribe to get an email when the ordering begins, or follow us on twitter.

There is also a link to sign up to receive emails from iContolPad. If you want more info, feel free to check it out!

Appcelerator acquires Aptana!

This just in, folks....

It looks like Aptana, makers of one of the most popular web development IDEs, has been acquired by Appcelerator, a company specializing in web-based programs for iOS, Android, and the Desktop. This should make life interesting for mobile developers that are looking for a cross-platform mobile development solution.

The press release is here. A more interactive announcement is available on the Appcelerator website.

Here is the webcast announcing the acquisition:


Here are some slides from the announcement presentation:
It sounds like a beta of the combined Aptana/Appcelerator app will be available sometime in Q1 2011. Keep a look out for more news about this!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

iControlPad Bluetooth demo on Pandora and PC!

For those that are not aware, iControlPad is a portable analog/digital controller designed for use with the iPhone and other mobile devices. To show what it is capable of, look at this video showing the use of the iControlPad with a PC as well as the Pandora Console!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Apple OSX running on a Nokia N900!

Someone got Mac OSX running on a Nokia N900. Impressive!

Arduino: The Documentary

Check out this wonderful documentary about the history of the Arduino development board:

Arduino The Documentary (2010) English HD from gnd on Vimeo.

Running Windows 3.1 on the Pandora Console

It looks like there are two ways to run Windows 3.1 on the Pandora. Check it out, courtesy of EvilDragon and marovada!
Through DOSBox:

Through QEMU:

Thursday, January 6, 2011

New Razer Switchblade Concept Video

Razer announced a new concept video for a portable device called the Switchblade. Check it out:


It looks very promising, but I've learned my lesson after following the Pandora project. I'll get excited once I can hold one in my own hands.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011