A large reason YouTube is such a great educational tool. You can find ANYTHING on it! Here we see the Engineer Guy explain fiber optics in very easy to understand terms.
Yes, I finally have tired of using Winamp for my music management. I mostly use it to organize and transfer my playlists to my portable Cowon player. At the time, Winamp was the one thing that would recognize the Cowon and transfer playlists. In just opening it up recently, I noticed it did recognize the Cowon. So I figured I would try to create some playlists to see if they would transfer, hence the reason for the Laurie Berkner playlist–made for my daughter! Sure enough, they transferred to the Cowon.
So I will get it a try again. I tried to use it awhile ago, since it is an open source project. Yup, the same folks who make Firefox, Mozilla, run the Songbird project. I really like some of the features, like having tabs to search for things while you organize your playlists. Lots of plug-ins, like Firefox, as well.
And now they have an Android app as well! So we’ll give it a try!
So we all know Microsoft bought Skype. Did you hear all the splashing? That was the rats jumping off thinking the end was near for Skype. Unfounded? Well, I found it interesting that immediately after the acquistion Skype experienced some outages.
But, let’s get beyond that and look at what made the folks at Skype red with anger. It seems a random hacker from just outside Russia reverse engineered Skype and published the code online. Like any other good natured person, he just wanted to make Skype open source. So I am sure there will be some lawsuits ahead, probably a settlement, but will we see more of this in the future?
While you can find many open source softphones out there, I see why he did this. Not so much for the technology, but the users. You have a huge customer base with users, but you cannot (to my knowledge) access those users in the same way you can use a chat like Pidgin to access AIM, Google Talk, and other users. The real issue here, as always, is the need for open standards. We saw it with Microsoft Office. Their .docX formats incompatible with other tools, although I did think it funny that Open Office did open the .docX and others before the Office 2003 would open them. Is it a monopoly? I believe so, but you do not hear much about that. Must be nice to have lobbyists. We need open standards. We need a document to open in Word, Word Perfect, Google Docs, Open Office, KOffice, and all look the SAME! Same formatting, same layout, same appearance. This proprietary mess needs to stop.
So I upgraded the EVO to Gingerbread last weekend. Happy to finally see this upgrade come OTA, so I went ahead with the download. It actually downloaded and installed pretty quickly, so I hoped everything came out fine.
Not too much difference was noticed. Some of the icons (when turning volume up, 3G, etc) were changed, but no big deal there. We went to the beach last week with my parents, and I wanted to turn on Google Nav (my Dad LOVES GPS). At first, I could not get into it. So I though, I ‘d try Sprint Nav. Well no, couldn’t do that–Sprint Nav is now TelNav and you PAY for the advanced features. Ugg! So back to Google, I went through Maps and got it to work.
What else changed? Lost the functionality of Shoot Me, the screen capture software you did not need to root to use. Well, now you need root. Can’t figure that one out–just want a screen capture–why can this not come default? It also seems like everything is speedier. I cannot share any scientific test results, but it does feel like it gets around the OS quicker. Will be interested to see how quickly some bug fixes come out. Overall, though, Android continues to move in the right direction. Obviously, as Apple will copy many of their features (drag down notifications, anyone?) in their new iOS update!
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Well of course one of the most closed businesses in the world will not be releasing anything that gives their users choice. We know that, we’ve seen their control over the iOS in the iPhones and iPads. So we can deal with that, we can buy an Android device. Now though, another disturbing possibility coming to your Apple device–technology that can turn off cameras and recording devices when close to a concert. So I go to a Dave Matthews concert. If I take my iPhone with the thought of taking some pictures or capturing a short segment to make a ring tone out of–looks like I could be foiled.
You can find the patent at the link (Apple patent), but maybe you don’t want to read that. So why does Apple want to help the music industry more than its users. And why do the Apple fanboys not see this? Thank goodness for Android and other open source products. I really could not imagine a Mac/Windows world without other options.
image from koreaittimes.com