Monthly Archives: January 2012

Open webOS 1.0 announced

Open webOS 1.0 announced: HP to complete webOS open sourcing by September, Enyo 1.0 and 2.0 code available today:

The company expects the entire open sourcing process to be complete by September, while Enyo, the application framework that debuted on the TouchPad and underpins webOS 3.0, is available as of today along with related developer tools.

(Via The Verge)

I really hope this works out. WebOS was my favorite iOS competitor.

→ Kindle Touch Software Update 5.0.3

Looks like a welcome update for Kindle Touch owners. I’ve been a big fan of my Kindle (4) and I imagine this will make the Kindle Touch a lot more pleasant to use.

→ Kindle Touch Software Update 5.0.3:

 

My biggest complaint with the Kindle Touch so far has been that it’s frustratingly slow.

Great news: this new software update makes it much faster. Page-turns are now as fast as the Kindle 4 and Nook Simple Touch.

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(Via Marco.org)

27,000 Google Chromebooks headed to U.S. schools

27,000 Google Chromebooks headed to U.S. schools | Deep Tech – CNET News

(Via ★DaringFireball)

I think this is an excellent application of Chrome OS and I’ve been wondering for a while why Google doesn’t make a desktop machine that could be used in school computer labs. Then they announced one at CES. Imagine how simple it would be for both students to use and support staff to maintain.

Your school ID is a Google Apps account, use that same account to log-in to any school computer and you will have easy access to your email, homework assignments, planner, school printers, and whatever else you have connected to your Google Apps account. When your at home or in your dorm? Just launch Chrome and you have exactly the same setup. You can even set up multiple users in Chrome to separate your school account from your personal one.

Granted there are some computing needs that Chrome cannot address for students. Those situations will still require a different lab setup, but Chrome OS could take care of a lot of the general labs on a campus (and think of how much mandatory Google Docs use could reduce lost homework).

The Unprecedented Audacity of the iBooks Author EULA

That’s going to be a problem…

Dan Wineman:

IMPORTANT NOTE:
If you charge a fee for any book or other work you generate using this software (a “Work”), you may only sell or distribute such Work through Apple (e.g., through the iBookstore) and such distribution will be subject to a separate agreement with Apple.

And in section 2:

B. Distribution of your Work. As a condition of this License and provided you are in compliance with its terms, your Work may be distributed as follows:
(i) if your Work is provided for free (at no charge), you may distribute the Work by any available means;
(ii) if your Work is provided for a fee (including as part of any subscription-based product or service), you may only distribute the Work through Apple and such distribution is subject to the following limitations and conditions: (a) you will be required to enter into a separate written agreement with Apple (or an Apple affiliate or subsidiary) before any commercial distribution of your Work may take place; and (b) Apple may determine for any reason and in its sole discretion not to select your Work for distribution.

So the MPAA just accused Wikipedia of abusing their power by restricting access to digital content…

“It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services. It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today. It’s a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests.”

The MPAA… just accused Wikipedia… of abusing their power… by restricting access to digital content…

I’m going to have to write more about this later because a large mass of hypocrisy, absurdity, and irony has lodged itself in the language-processing part of my brain.

Here’s a link to the statement: For Immediate Release

AppleScript saves the day

So I developed this small problem with iCloud where my contact groups started multiplying. I ended up with close to 200 copies of each of about 15 groups. Try deleting a group in Address Book. See how it takes about 5 seconds before you can move onto the next one? See how there’s no “select all” for groups? It would have taken hours to manually delete all of those groups. A nice AppleCare adviser is looking into this for me, but in the meantime, I think I’ve figured out a workable solution involving AppleScript.

Now you really should backup your Address Book before you do this. I like to create an Address Book archive and also select all and export vCards.

Actually, nevermind. Just don’t do this. Forget I ever laid it out as a possibility. You’ll probably do something horrible to you data.

repeat 1000 times
     tell application “Address Book” to activate
     tell application “System Events”
          tell process “Address Book”
               tell menu bar 1
                    click menu item “Delete Group” of menu “Edit”
               end tell
          end tell
          key code 36
          delay 5
     end tell
end repeat