Archive for November, 2005

Why Firefox will eventually win

In the next 4-5 years from now, Firefox will be the No1 browser. The reason: Ajax modules and web applications. Microsoft seems not to care too much about CSS2 compliancy and this will eventually drive the new big thing on the web (web applications like gmail or google-maps) to be mostly compatible with Gecko browsers. Sure, web developers will still support and test with IE, but these web apps are demanding in terms of feature-set, and if they realise that Gecko browsers do it better than IE, they will stick a big bad “Firefox recommended for usage with this site”, and that will eventually hurt IE. Safari and Opera would still be tested with, but Gecko (and especially its star, Firefox) will eventually rise as the No1 browser. Just give it time.

Bejeweled record

Broke Thom’s Bejeweled-2 action record: 4,230,300. Will shot a pic tomorrow, too late right now (1:48 AM).

Update on Feb 2008: My record is 5,968,950 mil these days.

Diamonds and other crap

Many commercials these days on TV about Christmas, mainly about men buying diamonds or other precious stones to their happily surprised wives.

What’s the freaking point of diamonds or other “precious” stones? I mean, honestly. They are just pretty, shiny stones. Nothing more. If my JBQ was spending a small fortune for me by buying me one of these I would be very angry and sad, not happy. I can be as happy with a $20 fake jewelery from Macys. Some of these fakes are as good looking. No, I am not “cheap”. It’s just that I don’t see the point of it.

I was not brought up in a way to desire jewelery, nice dresses or money. Most of the time I am in my comfortable pyjamas, I wear no other jewelery except my wedding ring and I spend almost no money.

Yes, I am an economical woman. Just make sure you don’t drive me at a Frys Electronics Shop. 😉

The VoIP mess

Oh, God, VoIP is such a mess right now. There are a gazillion of these small companies releasing new VoIP software EVERY day. And most of them are incompatible with other similar solutions, creating one new big chaos in communications. I mean, what’s the freaking point if you are using Skype, and you can’t talk to any SIP or H323 client, Gizmo or Stanaphone or SJPhone or iGlance or Yak or VoIPBuster or FWD or Asterisk or Vonage or DialPad or Firefly or Xten or X-Lite or EyeBeam or SipGate or IPphone or UbiPhone or Net2Phone or QQ2005 or Nortel or VoiceService or 263ETPro or Gnomemeeting or Linphone or any other VoIP app? I mean, look at the Slashdot comments on the launch of the Yak Communicator. All comments is about “yes, but my XYZ VoIP solution is better”. There are so many VoIP solutions out there that they have completely broke apart that market. And so they are all losers because now it’s like having a cellphone that doesn’t work with another person’s cellphone. Useless!

Star Wars Series idea

We all know that the new StarWars series will be about the evolution of the Rebel Alliance.

When watching the DVD of the Episode III today, the Deleted Scenes section, there was a scene that Lucas said that he was very sad that he had to cut out. It was the scene with some senators, Amidala and Bail Organa pretty much *creating* the Rebel Alliance.

Well, I think that Lucas should reuse that scene for the upcoming SW series pilot (as a flashback). I am sure he could be able to “push” it in easily…

The $100 laptop

As I posted it on osnews, about the upcoming $100 laptop:
Some of the specs on the $100 laptop are pretty expensive actually. I would go for specifications that are closer to a PDA rather than a laptop, but with a normal screen instead of a touchscreen (cheaper) and an onboard keyboard/mouse-stick. Think of it as Toshiba’s Libretto (second picture, third) that was released 6 years ago, which was a handtop (not a full laptop in terms of size and not a PDA either — but something in between). I think that the following specs would make it easier to produce a $100 device that schools/kids could use without losing a lot of functionality:

* 206 Mhz ARM (enough for Qtopia and apps that are properly written, as the Zaurus SL-5500 proves)
* 32 MB RAM (enough for Qtopia which requires about 8 MBs to start up, swap support should be supported too. If other distributions/DEs want to port to the device, they would have to optimize to run on such low RAM)
* 128 MB internal storage flash (about 100 MB available)
* WiFi 802.11b
* Ethernet (best solution for schools)
* IrDA SIR
* VGA 5″ or 6″ LCD (with Qtopia’s UI using fully the VGA resolution, not how it double-pixels its *widgets* on the Zaurus VGA devices. This allows for more real screen estate.)
* Compact Flash slot and/or SD slot
* 1 USB 1.1 host
* on board keyboard and mouse stick with two buttons
* sound card, internal speaker, internal mic, line-out/headphone jack
* 1100 mAh battery (that’s about 4-5 hours of usage on Linux with WiFi off and LCD in low brightness)
* Runs Linux with latest Qtopia, plus some of TheKompany/HancomOffice apps, Opera or Netfront web browser

I would not go with GPE or QPE because they are notoriously unstable (yes, I tested their latest “stable” versions). If anything, QPE is more stable than GPE, but if it’s to replace Qtopia for this fictional device, they better optimize it, make it more stable, and secure a good port of a web browser because they currently have nothing acceptable (latest Konqueror mobile port is 3 years old and pretty bad to start with, Minimo is terribly slow/buggy/memory-hog and Dillo is pretty bad too). So until these problems are fixed on their side, for this fictional device specifications I provided, Qtopia and its allies would provide a better experience.

Maemo doesn’t cut it IMHO because it was designed with a different mindset. QTopia resembles more of a real PDA/desktop operating system than Maemo does.

The $100 laptop

As I posted it on osnews, about the upcoming $100 laptop:
Some of the specs on the $100 laptop are pretty expensive actually. I would go for specifications that are closer to a PDA rather than a laptop, but with a normal screen instead of a touchscreen (cheaper) and an onboard keyboard/mouse-stick. Think of it as Toshiba’s Libretto handtop that was released in 6 years ago. I think that the following specs would make it easier to produce a $100 device that schools/kids could use without losing a lot of functionality:

* 206 Mhz ARM
* 32 MB RAM (enough for Qtopia which requires about 8 MBs to start up, swap support should be supported too. If other distributions/DEs want to port to the device, they would have to optimize to run on such low RAM)
* 128 MB internal storage flash (about 100 MB available)
* WiFi 802.11b
* Ethernet (best solution for schools)
* IrDA SIR
* VGA 5″ or 6″ LCD (with Qtopia’s UI using fully the VGA resolution, not how it double-pixels its *widgets* on the Zaurus VGA devices. This allows for more real screen estate.)
* Compact Flash slot and/or SD slot
* 1 USB 1.1 host
* on board keyboard and mouse stick with two buttons
* sound card, internal speaker, internal mic, line-out/headphone jack
* 1100 mAh battery (that’s about 4-5 hours of usage on Linux with WiFi off and LCD in low brightness)
* Runs Linux with latest Qtopia, plus some of TheKompany/HancomOffice apps, Opera or Netfront web browser

I would not go with GPE or QPE because they are notoriously unstable (yes, I tested their latest “stable” versions). If anything, QPE is more stable than GPE, but if it’s to replace Qtopia for this fictional device, they better optimize it, make it more stable, and secure a good port of a web browser because they currently have nothing acceptable (latest Konqueror mobile port is 3 years old and pretty bad to start with, Minimo is terribly slow/buggy/memory-hog and Dillo is pretty bad too). So until these problems are fixed on their side, for this fictional device specifications I provided, Qtopia and its allies would provide a better experience.

Maemo doesn’t cut it IMHO because it was designed with a different mindset. QTopia resembles more of a real PDA/desktop operating system than Maemo does.

Headphones :(

mmm…. 🙁 mmm…. >:(

So, the Bluetooth stereo headphones are here. Only that they don’t work with my crappy Linux smartphone. They pair ok, the phone “sees” them as a headset but soon after connecting to the headphones and listening to music for about 3 seconds, the phone breaks the connection. No matter what I try, it won’t work with them properly.

And that’s such a big shame, because these Bluetooth stereo headphones are not only good for music, they can be used as a handsfree, as they have an internal microphone. And this Linux smartphone is one of the VERY FEW phones that suppor the A2DP protocol. Well, apparently it doesn’t do it very well.

The whole thing pissed me off so much that I then went to Frys and bought some good Sony headphones and a handsfree wired kit. The headphones from Sony are good, but the handsfree blows. Again, the Linux smartphones doesn’t recognize them as a handsfree, but as a… stereo speaker only.

It fucking sucks. Never, ever again, Linux phones. Stay fucking away. There is a fucking reason why Nokia are No1.

On other news, my husband was close to buying a new iPod Video and a pair of even better headphones than mine (see: expensive), but he decided against it at the last minute when he discovered that none of the ipods support gapless playback, so far. There is even a petition with 6,000 signatures to get gapless playback and Apple still hasn’t implemented that.

Real Player performance on Symbian

Remember that last week I wrote about the hugely dissapointing performance of Real Player on my Linux smartphone, right?

Well, we got to see our friend Mark tonight who has a very expensive Nokia Communicator 9500 (he needs that model for his job at Google), which is based on Symbian Series 80. His main media player is also a port of Real Player.

Well, his Real Player’s performance on that video I encoded last week was even worse that the one I get on my Linux smartphone. How does Nokia and Motorola accept such a bad port of Real which is not able to run correctly even a low-res 176×144 .3gp video?

Moral of the story: DO NOT BUY a phone that its media player is Real Player. IT SUCKS, it is really BADLY PORTED or its codecs quality is just BAD. Stay away from Real Player on phones!

Best PDA buy right now (Update)

A few months ago I wrote a small blog entry about the best bang for the buck PDA buys. Apparently, my No1 pick, the Dell Axim X3i 400MHz with WiFi, is now even cheaper: $215. Highly recommended.

The only thing missing is Bluetooth, which Dell removed from the final design at the last minute for some stupid reason. You can add a Bluetooth SD card, but that can cost up to $90, I am afraid. SDIO cards are so much more expensive than Compact Flash ones (one of the reasons I prefer CF over SD). A CF Bluetooth card costs about $25 today and a WiFi one about $35, but the device only has SD slots, not CF ones.

Anyways, the cheapest dual-wireless solution remains the $240 HP rx3115, which I reviewed for OSNews a few weeks back. Read my review and my previous blog entry to find out why it is not my No1 pick though, trailing second behind the Axim X3i.