Archive for March 28th, 2007

George on Mythbusters

We had a great time at Dianne’s tonight seeing again old friends from the Be, Inc. days. The funny thing is, that except very few ex-Be engineers still at Apple or Nvidia, everyone else seems to have migrated at Google. Trey Boudreau was there too (if you ever used the Matrox driver under BeOS/Zeta, you’ve used Trey’s code) and cooked some delicious chili for us!

We also saw George Hoffman, whom I interviewed a few years ago. Except being a brilliant software engineer, George is also a strong a-cappella singer and it is this talent of his that got him on the Mythbusters episode that will air on April 11th. Don’t forget to watch!

RIP: Community Linux (1991-2007)

The idea that Linux is primarily a community-based project based on the work of thousands of independent, idealist hackers died a quiet death at home on March 27.

What Steven (who loves Linux btw) writes in that article is all true. But instead of having painting it with that gloomy tone, he should be happy that Linux comes of age. I mean, is it really a coincidence that the first time that I feel that Linux could work for me is only when Ubuntu includes easily-installable proprietary software? I am sure that there are purists out there who despise non-Free software, and for these purists there are still a few [under-]developed geek distros to use. For the rest of us, the vast majority, Linux comes of age as far as I am concerned. And it’s a good thing.

Nokia N80 is here

Yay! The UPS guy woke me up this morning at 9 AM (I was in my silly pink pajamas), but cool stuff, he brought me the very popular Nokia N80. First thing I did after my eyes adjusted to the daylight was to download the NSS hacking utility, change the internal product code of the device to match a Greek one (the phone came from Asia you see, although it was set to English), and then I reflashed it. Now, I have a Greek-English N80 Internet Edition that supports VoIP and all. I am hoping to give this phone to my little brother after I write a review for it.

I had send my brother the Motorola M1000 (my review here) some months ago, but the reason I want to send him one of these Nokia WiFi-capable phones is VoIP. It costs us a lot of money to call each other via the regular phone lines, so I am hoping the usage of GizmoProject will bring that cost down to zero. I know my mother would want to chat all day long and she currently can’t because of the cost. The only thing my (electrician) brother would need to setup is DSL+WiFi now that it’s available in his area. Hopefully he will be able to get DSL because professionally he doesn’t do well lately (he hasn’t been called to work in the last 2-3 weeks). :(

Back to the N80, it is one of the best phones ever released, and in my opinion, the only thing really missing is A2DP/AVRCP support. It’s well worth the (specially reduced) price we paid for it.

On other Nokia news, I spent a lot of time last night playing with N800’s new Rhapsody service. Really cool. I still have that Pink song in my head, “U + Ur hand”.