Archive for January, 2010

Open Source Flash Player Implementation in Javascript

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Now this is nice proof of concept of a Flash Player Implementation in Javascript with some demos which play .swf files with that implementation. Source code is hosted on github and is just consisting of a few source files. Probably will never lead to any practical but shows the power of current open web technology (Javascript / HMTL 5 etc.). Now let’s hope that sites start to convert their flash animation to open standards.

“Super Phones” going to kill E-Book Readers based on E-Ink

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

There is a lot of noise lately about web tablets, because of the upcoming web tablet of Apple the iSlate.

The web tablet is something in between your laptop and your mobile phone, just like a netbook. So you can see web tablet as a netbook without a physical keyboard. I believe that the tablet and the netbook will merge into one device. Basically a “Super Phone” with or without a physical keyboard with a screen size somewhere between 6 and 11 inch.

Because of its size the “Super Phone” would also be ideal for reading e-books. And who wants to carry around yet another device. However current LCD screens are not  nice to read from and consume a lot of power. However there are some promising display technologies coming up. One of them is Pixel Qi. They are working on improving the display technology developed by the OLPC project to make LCDs readable in sunlight and improve their power consumption. They are now shipping 10.1″ screens. See video below.

Notion Ink showed a prototype of a “Super Phone” with Pixel Qi screen at the CES. See video below

It seems that the touch screen causes some extra glare which does not help for readability. But if they can improve that or use Wacom technology with a stylus instead (The wacom touch technology goes below the screen instead of on top of the screen like fingertouch technologies) I think it could be a serious E-Book killer.

Also exciting is that this “Super Phone” is running Android so it will have instantly many applications available.

A slight disadvantage of Pixel Qi is that you need to switch the screen between e-book (monochrome) mode and full LCD color mode.

However there are display technologies in the works that can deliver the wholy grail: video in color with the readability of paper. Liquavista is developing such technology but its not that mature yet according to their website they will productize it in 2010/2011 but it looks very promising. See video below.

I’m curious to see what kind of display technology the Apple iSlate will have.

The rise of Video Tutorials

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

For one of my websites I wanted to have a page as the homepage for my wordpress install instead of the blog. Hence I did a google search on “wordpress have page as homepage”. I clicked on the 3rd result called WordPress Tutorial – How to Make a Static Page Your Home Page because I thought that would give me what I was looking for. It sure did but I needed to watch a 10 minute video for it :-(. I should have picked the subpage of the second result Creating a Static Front Page « WordPress Codex that just had text explaining what I needed to do at it would cost me just 20 seconds. In this case there was still a text tutorial but I’ve googled in the past for other stuff and the only thing that came up were video tutorials.

So why o why do more and more people do video tutorials. Just because it’s hip to put videos on youtube? Some people claim that video tutorials are better for beginners. However if I had to watch for every setting of a program a 10 minute video I would get really frustrated as a beginner.

What’s your take on these video tutorials?

GNOME Amazon Referral Fee Results December 2009

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

gnome-amazon For December 2009 the GNOME Foundation received the following Amazon referral fees

Amazon.com$24.28
Amazon.ca$0.00
Amazon.de€39.66
Amazon.fr€9.25
Amazon.co.uk£0.00
Amazon.jp¥0

This totals to approximately $94.36 (up from $76 in November). As the search plugins were wrong January should be a much better month. I already see that traffic and orders are going up :-). Please update your search plugins if you haven’t done so since my previous post where I told that the plugins were wrong. In case you have not installed them yet please do so now and help the GNOME Foundation with every purchase you make on Amazon.

Below and on http://www.gnome.org/friends/amazon you find the links to install the GNOME Amazon Search Plugin of your favorite Amazon store. NOTE the links below might not work if you read this post in an RSS reader, because it needs a javascript command to install the search plugin. Just install the search plugin by going to this post directly.

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