Archive for January, 2008
Back in October 2007, Mike Schroepfer from Mozilla has officially announced plans to port Firefox for mobile devices. No announcement has been made concerning what platform the software would be available for, but you have to believe that Windows Mobile will (also) be one of the targets.
Just after Christmas, Nokia released the N810, the first device to actually use a first version of Mozilla’s Mobile Firefox technology. Furthermore, this nice device also ships with th Flash 9 player ! More info at nokia.com.
UPDATE: We made it 😉
No signs of any natural disasters caused by the electromagnetic disturbance either…
2007 TU24 came close enough so the Goldstone Solar System Radar Telescope in California’s Mojave Desert, to refine estimates of the asteroid’s size and take this sequence of images. It zoomed past Earth today at such a distance of only 1.4x the distance between Earth and the Moon.
Measuring between 150m and 600m across, asteroid 2007 TU24 would have inflicted devastating regional damage were it to hit Earth. Fortunately, it flew by today, about 537.500km from the Earth at its closest point at 10.33 AM (Brussels time).
Virtual Cable promises to be a safer, simpler and more intuitive replacement of the traditional GPS devices. Only drawback: you can’t take the thin red line with you :o)
Virtual Cable has been developed by the US company Making Virtual Solid. It displays a red route line on the driver’s windscreen, which shows the upcoming twists and turns that he or she must take in order to reach their destination. There’s no reason to take your eyes off the road anymore.
Here is an easy trick to speed up your Firefox downloading. First thing you must do is add the “Downloads” icon to your Firefox toolbar somewhere. From there you can do this to download quicker.
Drag and Drop onto the Downloads Toolbar Icon
Instead of right-clicking on a download link, choosing “save to target” and pressing enter, just drag the download link to the “downloads icon” in the toolbar. The download will start automatically.
Very nice quick trick to get around the “Save as…” box when downloading, not ?
Ten years ago already, Netscape announced it would release to the public the code of its flag ship product, Netscape Communicator 5, making it an open source product. The action came at a time when Netscape was still the dominant web browser: 65 million users and 90% market share in the educational segment according to Netscape’s own accounts. But Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was grabbing share at a furious pace thanks to it being free (at a time Netscape was about$30) and specially the fact that it came bundled with Windows 95 and upcoming Windows 98 (released on June 1998).
With a sliding market share, Netscape decided to focus on its enterprise oriented products and gave away the browser but most importantly allow volunteers to work on the product. Mozilla was nothing but Netscape’s user agent (the name a browser uses to contact the web server), a reminder of the first Netscape code name.
Over time, Mozilla would become the name of the open source project, AOL would buy Netscape and Internet Explorer would get up to 90%+ of market share leading to the worst period in web browsers’ history where innovation was a niche for Opera and IE remixes users.
In 2002, Mozilla would finally release its first public version with its crazy mantra: we are platform builders, we are for developers, we leave products for others.
Entered Phoenix, which took Mozilla, the application suite, and made a consumer product out of it. At about the same time, AOL spun off the Mozilla Foundation with a $2 million check. Phoenix, then Firefox, would become an instant hit in 2004 proving the user oriented approach to be the most effective way for Mozilla to achieve its goals.
It’s been ten years of hard times and good times, frustration and satisfaction. But in all, Mozilla existence and success is something we can all, as connected citizens, celebrate: having options when it comes to web browsing because it leads to standardization and innovation, no matter it comes from Opera, Safari, Mozilla or Microsoft.
Original Netscape press release from January 2008.
What do you get if you combine a nice piece of hardware with a cool piece of software ?
It is, no doubt, the coolset use of the multi-touch interface so far…
Dubbed PocketGuitar, the software installs on all iPhone and iPod touch systems and turns the display into a guitar fretboard, allowing you to use Apple’s much-vaunted multi-touch interface to play a kind-sorta guitar-ish thing.
Possibly the coolest feature of the package is the ability to play along with music stored on your iPhone/iPod – try to keep up with Clapton during the solos, or just strum along to your favourite tunes.
I can certainly see the attraction of a neat guitar-like toy that fits in your pocket, and as a guitar player myself I’m sorely tempted by the thought of an ultra-portable system for practising my fingering (no sniggering at the back there).
Check it out in action:
Want it ?
It’s free: http://code.google.com/p/pocketguitar
Sometimes bigger IS really better, especially when it comes to sound.
The small white iPod earphones can be seen all over the place. If you find them a little too small then you could go for these new versions which are 500 times the size of the original and can be used as speakers for your desktop PC or as speakers for your MP3 player if you so wish. The 500XL speakers include a built in amp and have the ability to be powered by batteries, USB or DC.