Hey guys! As you may have noticed, I’ve been a little bit lax in the updating of the blogs. Well, lots has happened and I’ll be getting to that in due time. Till then, I’d like to let you know what’s been occupying my time. Portal, Portal 2, and Portal Prelude. Yes, I’ve been binging hard on that most lovable puzzle solving video game. That’s not the only reason, I’ve had lots of work going on and just life, ya know? Anyways, this post is just to show off some work for a Portal “theme” I have started. I actually just got the wallpapers from this guy here over at DeviantArt, but the user picture is my own work. Feel free to download and redistribute. I’m also hoping some of you guys will post your own creations or some central link to get more wallpapers and the like. Thanks in advance! Keep thinking with portals!
You stay classy, World Wide Web.
Update! I’ve got a kickass login screen wallpaper for you guys to try! Picture after the break!
It is so! And its so easy! Not really, but you can feel free to give it a try. Being an alpha build there’s not much working aside from WiFi, but development is pretty decent and it should come along nicely. This is a worthy cause, especially with the new Unity interface being the default this could become a viable alternative to running Honeycomb on your Nook. Give the source link a hit and vote for my banner image to be the new logo!
It’s that time of the year again boys and girls! Yes, April. This month and October are two of my favorite months. Why you ask? While yes I do look forward to the changes of the seasons, the primary reason remains my obsession with Canonical’s open source Linux operating system, Ubuntu. If you don’t know what Ubuntu is, you’re missing out on one of the most feature packed and heavily supported Linux distros available. Unity (the previously netbook only desktop environment) is now the default and that may turn off a few users. Rest assured, it’s easy enough to switch back to good old Gnome. Firefox 4 becomes the new default browser and Banshee has replaces Rhythmbox for your music player. There’s also tons of work done on the backend, as usual, and if you want to give it a try to find out more, it’s easier than ever with Live CD’s and USB images available. And it’s free! What are you waiting for? Give it a whirl! It just might change your mind about that little penguin!
While not adding any new functionality from the latest beta, Chrome 11 is now the latest official version you can download. Yep, it’s finally “stable” according to Google, even though that Google Maps Navigation app you’ve been using the last year and a half isn’t. Not much has changed since hitting the big 1-0 not too long ago. Adding in speech to text and text to speech is a huge deal for handicapped users, but not so life changing for the rest of us. Security and bug fixes abound, but nothing Google is willing to release for security reasons. The only reason I can see not to update is they decided to bump that horrid icon from the Beta to the stable version. Bad move Google, bad move. Here’s to hoping the next Beta has another redesign. If you’re with me and still don’t approve of the flat, cartoonish look to the new icon, be sure to check out my guide on changing it back here.
So I’m pretty much done for tonight but I wanted to get one quick post in before logging off. I’m currently running the Droid 2 Gingerbread leak. I will be trying the Droid X to Droid 2 for GB converter tomorrow morning. Froyo, even Liberty 2.0 just wasn’t cutting it. I am going to bed now.
Caught a look at that shiny new Sense 3.0 from HTC and thought, “damn that’s gonna look good on my Incredible or Desire HD”? HTC apparently doesn’t think so. Although both of those devices (and any other HTC device that came out before the Evo 3D, Sensation, and Flyer) will be getting an official update to Gingerbread, that software roll out will be running the (dated, in my opinion) Sense 2.0 that they came with. Yes, speed and battery life improvement are sure to abound, as well as enhanced gaming API support and all that, but really? Is the new skin that intensive that it requires a dual core? Hear more of my opinion and what devices will be getting Sense 3.0 after the break. Continue reading →
Believe it or not, multitasking (running multiple apps in memory without killing the thread and switching between them) is not supported on the Windows Phone 7 platform. I know right? It’s even worse in real life use. Coming from Android after a year, WP7 really does feel like a huge step back to me. However, Microsoft has big plans they’ve announced at MIX 11 and hopefully they’ll be good enough to change the opinions of people like me. Because I can’t really reword it any better than Engadget has stated, the changes we can expect (eventually) are as follows:
Multitasking for background processing, audio and file transfer, and fast app switching, including background audio playback for HTML5 webpages
Deeper integration of apps into the OS, allowing programs to leverage Live Tiles, including push notifications via Live Agents running in the background
Raw access to the camera and sensors (gyro and compass) via the Motion Sensor library, letting apps to control device hardware.
That just about sums it. I’m mostly amazed at how apps didn’t have a lot of this stuff before. I would be pretty frustrated as a developer not having device hardware level access like that. However, Microsoft has promised to make good on this update bringing it just that much closer to where Android is at. Yes Android will be celebrating its 3 year anniversary this year, but that makes the speed with which Microsoft catches up all the more crucial. I think they’re doing a great job of getting things up to speed with the competition. 1500+ new API’s should make any developer happy. Keep it up Microsoft!