Archive for June 6, 2008

Another nVidia Tegra Video

June 6, 2008

Check this out. Very impressive.

nVidia Tegra

Previously here:

nVidia Tegra Reference Design

Video: Asus 901 Vs MSI Wind Vs hp Mini Note

June 6, 2008

Yeehaw! This is the kind of video I’ve been waiting for.

Asus EEE PC 901 v’s MSI wind v’s HP Mini-Note 2133

Whoa. Look at the red lid on that MSI Wind. Glossy, but still nice.

Laptop Magazine’s Blog Has Crashed

June 6, 2008

This as of app. 8:10PM EDST, Friday, June 6, 2008:


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Ach! And I really wanted to see the unboxing pics of that Asus 901.

Maybe they’re elsewhere too …

Red Headlines For June 6, 2008

June 6, 2008

Drudge wound up going red after all. For oil:

Oil’s biggest day yet drags down stocks

NEW YORK (AP) – Oil prices made their biggest single-day leap ever Friday—clearing $139, dragging the Dow Jones industrials down nearly 400 points and raising the once-unthinkable prospect of $150 oil and even higher gas prices by the Fourth of July.

The meteoric rise of nearly $11 for the day piled atop an increase of almost $5.50 the day before, taking oil futures more than 13 percent higher in just two days, easily a record on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

And those weren’t the only stunning numbers of the day: The government also reported the nation’s unemployment rate zoomed to 5.5 percent in May, a monthly rise of half a percentage point, the biggest in 22 years.

Emphasis added by me.

Want some perspective?

Here’s the last time Drudge went red for oil.

I think $200/barrel oil for 2009 is now a given.

But will it be $250/barrel by this time next year?

Are you still sure you want to vote for him?

Blog Notes: No Blogging Saturday

June 6, 2008

Baby, I’m heading to the movies!

And if you are in New York City, get off your ass and get to this too!


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Harlan Ellison-DREAMS WITH SHARP TEETH

I’ve been waiting for this since March 2007!

Harlan Ellison is one of my first gods!

East Coast Corporate Liberal Meets An eBook

June 6, 2008

Bits, Bands and Books

Indeed, if e-books become the norm, the publishing industry as we know it may wither away. Books may end up serving mainly as promotional material for authors’ other activities, such as live readings with paid admission. Well, if it was good enough for Charles Dickens, I guess it’s good enough for me.

Please, Krugman, stick to bashing the current administration on economic issues.

That paragraph makes you look like such a fucking idiot.

But maybe that’s what you really are.

Fifty Q&A About Google’s Android

June 6, 2008

Well, ZDNet — one of the worst designed sites on the Internet, by the way — claims that it’s fifty questions and answers about Google’s Android OS.

But since they didn’t take the frikkin trouble to number them, you think I’m going to count?

Most of it was well over my head, involving cellphone technical aspects I’d rather not know about.

Of interest:

Q. What if my app uses location api, and service provider shuts that off, can they?

A. They can do that… it’s not a perfect world. Rather than having us dictate what carriers and OEMs support, we let developers develop killer apps that will require it.

We want to ensure all the application development that goes on for Android… we want to give OEMs an incentive to keep things open. It’s a positive, self fulfilling vision.

Yeah, well, hello. The other thing is, you expect a cheapass prepaid phone to have all the hardware features of, say, a Sony Xperia-like device? Android will have to accommodate a wide spectrum of phoneware.

Bad news:

Q. Does Android have USB support? External keyboard, etc.?

A. The hardware should support it but it’s not enabled in the software. Maybe in a point release.

Arrrrrrrgh. You’re letting me down here, geniuses!

Yeah, well, listen you geniuses …

Q. If a small device manufufacturer wants to run Android, can they just download it and go?

A. Once it’s open source, anyone can download and port Android without joining OHA. Android will be open source before the end of the year.

… if any of you happen to do a port to the Palm LifeDrive for yourself, how about sharing that with the rest of us?

Ummmm …

Q. What is Android’s business model?

A. Somebody could rip out the Google stuff and put in Yahoo stuff. That’s ok. Our job is to continue to create killer apps that people will want to use. Google search, GMail, maps, etc.. If we ever fail to delight users our core business will go away. That’s why we felt comfortable using the Apache license.

While we’re showing demos with Google applications, but there is no requirement to use them.

… I’m not sure I completely understand that bit, so we’ll see.

OK, this frankly worries me:

Q. (From a mobile linux startup). I’m concerned about giving user complete control over permissions. Won’t users just accept permission dialogs without thinking?

A. Providing a useful security UI is something nobody has done well. We recognize that as a crucial component since we delegated the decisions to the user. We’re working to come up with something better. The #1 goal is to come up with something that provides real security for the user. One way is to educate users, to call things out.

That sounds like Microsoft talking about Vista’s User Alerts!

This puzzles me:

Q. How synchronous are we going to be able to get with Android?

A. We have an http stack, and you can build whatever you want on top of that. We’re not providing a general sync service.

We have sockets. At some level, 1.0 doesn’t have a general synchronization API, but there is nothing to prevent you from building an app that uses a server to talk to other instances of itself or other apps. Given limitations of network of course. For example GPRS is effectively NAT’d.

Latency is on the order of 200-400ms for a GPRS network; UTMS is getting <100ms.

Maybe I’m misunderstanding both the question and the answer. Maybe they mean “sync” as in constant two-way communication? Some clarification is required on this point. Syncing for backup is a must.

Here’s another Uh-Oh Moment:

Q. Can the carrier stop this?

A. It’s open source, so anybody can do what they want with it. We’re trying to make this open not just source but user control. We’re leading by example, showing it’s ok to do this stuff. Let’s show all the dangers others are trying to avoid don’t really exist.

Signing is to protect the end user. I can’t ship a v2.0 of your app and hijack your users.

“Trust the user” is one of the 10 things Google takes to be true. Give the user enough info to make good informed decisions.

“… so anybody can do what they want” is not, I hope, an implicit invite to malware epidemics.

And yeah, I thought so:

A long term goal is to put Android on set top boxes, car navigation system, sensors, etc..

I like the way ULCPCs and UMPCs happened not to be mentioned there. And let’s not forget mini-tablets.

Previously here:

Google’s Android To Conquer By Infiltration?
Android Devs: Sorry, But Try Again!
It’s Now All Down To Apple Vs. Google
Android’s On Fire!
Quote: KokuRyu & jscott
Android Mania!
Android: Show Me The CC&P!
What eChanges Will High Oil Prices Bring?
HTC Advantage Running Google Android OS!
Your Phone Might Rat On You
iPhone Continues To Swallow The Internet
I Hate You Frikkin Tech Bloggers. I Do!
Reference: Android Site
Google’s Android OS Now Worth Watching
David Rothman Just Saved Google’s Android OS
Apple Has Magic The Others Don’t
Like This Is A Surprise?

Is Steve Ballmer A Cokehead?

June 6, 2008

I was watching this series of video Q&A with him by the Washington Post.

He starts out verrry animated, touching his nose as a tooter would, and as you go through the videos, through time, he winds down and seems slightly drunk.

One thing is certain, he’s no thinker.

I heard the same crap back in the early 1980s.

I think the heads of companies should submit to random blood tests and the results publicly posted. Why should they subject their employees to that without being held to the same standard? And since they are operating public companies, the public should know the results.

I’d really like to know what was in Ballmer’s bloodstream during these videos.

Hey, don’t get all shocked with me!

Jive-Ass Turkey

June 6, 2008

Updating this post with the video moment:

Barack in Chicago

UPDATE: YouTube removed the original video. But it’s baaaaack.

And he’s still a jive-ass turkey!

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #124

June 6, 2008

Eh. Drudge didn’t make it red, so not so important, huh?

I sat here refreshing to see what it was doing. Look how far down it went at one point:


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Personally, I think this triggered it.