To each of you and your families, I sincerely wish you a Merry Christmas and a very happy and healthy New Years!
God Bless, and see you in 2012!
History people, history. And facts, and common human decency.
SOPA, or the Stop Online Piracy Act, is another one of those bills that sounds like it's going to do something mildly positive but, in reality, has serious potential to negatively change the internet as we know it.
That is why you saw the censorship notice when you came to this blog – many websites could soon be shuttered due to this bill.
More on this horrible bill at the America Censorship Day website, here at Life Hacker, and lots more here at the Electronic Frontier Foundation Deep Links blog.
THIS BILL MUST BE STOPED!
Watch the entire video, it’s 9 minutes of economic and societal truth on so many levels delivered with absolute crystal clarity. Professor Epstein just absolutely hits it out of the park.
Watch Does U.S. Economic Inequality Have a Good Side? on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.
And that, my friends, is how the world really works. The egalitarian utopia where everyone is equal and everything is “fair” that Obama, the Democrat party, and the Occupiers constantly say we need cannot and will not work. Ever. Period. End of story. You get chaos. Thousands of years of human history teach us this. Professor Epstein compresses that knowledge into 9 minutes of brilliance.
Hat-tip to The Coalition Of The Swilling.
Updated 5:41 AM: James Pethokoukis of the AEI lays out 7 more reasons.
Spent the day in Costa Mesa today at a Windows Phone 7 Code Camp event put on by Microsoft. I had a great time! Some great presentations and some really nice people. I even won a new LG Quantum in a random draw!
I am not giving up my Samsung Focus so this will make a nice present for my sister-in-law. She has an aging Blackberry something or other and has eyed our phones but says she can’t do with out a mechanical keyboard. Lucky for her, there is the Quantum! Now she can know the joys of Mango (I’m updating her phone right now) on a modern smartphone and toss that old Blackberry in a box.
Best part – my wife is a WP7 manic and will show her all the coolness that lives in Mango.
Love you guys, but WTF! No WP7 version?!?!
You guys are so close to losing us as a customer.
Please fix this. Christmas is coming up.
Thanks for dragging us – sometimes kicking and screaming – into the future. You will be missed.
On September 27th, 2011, Microsoft released the highly anticipated “Mango” update to Windows Phone 7.
After running the Mango beta for a few months, I have to say the final product is much better. It’s so much smoother, faster, and feels much more solid.
As Matt Buchanan at Gizmodo said in his review of Mango: “The thing I like most about Windows Phone, really, is that it's the only phone besides the iPhone that feels like it's got its shit together, from the interface to the core apps to the overall experience.”
I have to agree. I can say without hesitation that in my almost a year of using Windows Phone 7 that it is truly a fun, fast, and rock solid OS that has never crashed or locked up on me.
Overall Mango is a very solid OS and a wonderful evolution of Windows Phone 7. If Microsoft keeps updating Windows Phone 7 and keeps innovating, I think MS will have a big time winner on its hands.
From a developers perspective, Mango is not a large leap from NoDo. Mango does add some new APIs and features that do affect application design – in particular the “fast resume” and multitasking features. Also the new Background File Transfers API looks to have some very interesting potential uses in applications. The new Live Tile and Secondary Tile API is absolutely epic. This is a great addition for developers and will really facilitate development of apps that utilize the “glance and go” design language of Metro. I personally plan on using the deep linking feature in our games.
Also, for us game developers, the graphics frame rate has been unlocked from 30fps. This is HUGE! It now means we can do much more fluid looking 3D graphics. In some of our in-house test applications, we saw a noticeable improvement in smoothness. While 30fps is adequate, some people can see visual strobing at 30fps. I happen to be one of those people.
All in all in Mango there are many new features - 300+ according to Microsoft – in Mango. Some of the major features I really like are the changes to the email and people hub. You can now create groups of people and email or message them all at once. Threaded email and threaded messages (SMS, MMS, and IM) are now standard. Speaking of messages, Live Messenger and Twitter support is now baked into the OS. It is so nice to be able to update my Facebook, Twitter, and IM status from on place without having to jump in and out of different apps.
Another killer feature is the “Internet Sharing” option. It lets you set up a mobile hotspot that up to 5 devices can access. Sadly, this is not enabled on first generation Samsung phones – but you can enable it if you so desire.
I can confirm this hack works as advertised as it is the very same one I used on my Samsung Focus.
First, this hack requires a developer unlocked phone. If you don’t have a developer unlocked phone then stop here.
Next, you will need to do an interop unlock.
These are the instructions I followed to interop unlock my Samsung Focus. I followed the first subset of instructions under step 11 in the Samsung fork and was done.
Next, follow these instructions. One note to clarify the instructions at step 4: What it should read is “Select the checkbox in the app for ADC and then press apply”.
Once you are done, you can uninstall DiagProvXML and the Samsung Tools.
All in all it took me less than 5 minutes to enable Wi-Fi Internet Sharing on my Samsung Focus. No more USB tethering required!
This should make my crewmates happy since we can now have boat-wide Wi-Fi courtesy of Mango.
Operation Smile is one of those charities you don’t think about or even notice that is truly changing peoples lives for the better.
Want proof? Watch this:
Ok, now that you watched that and are done crying, go donate! http://www.operationsmile.org/donate
Microsoft had their Build conference here in Southern California last week. For the first time in 10 or so years I am genuinely excited with what they presented.
I grabbed the developer preview and installed it on my primary development machine on a new hard drive. It ran surprisingly well out of the box. I only need to update two drivers to have it functionally equivalent to my Windows 7 install:
- I needed to update the video driver to the latest nVidia beta to get the HDMI output to work. The VGA port worked just fine with the default Windows 8 nVidia driver, but I don’t do analog.
- I needed to install the Windows 7 64-bit driver for the O2Micro SD reader, it was not recognized by Windows 8 during the setup. The same thing happens with Windows 7.
Other than that, it’s been a pretty uneventful preview aside from the WONDERFUL new features, enhancements, and the LOVELY Metro interface. I even have Minecraft, Team Fortress 2, and Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with all the Mango developer tools running on it like butter. I may actually use it day to day.
Having had a Windows Phone 7 phone since day one, I have longed to see the Metro interface on a tablet and PC. Looks like I got my wish! As for developing apps for Windows 8, it’s cake. A few tiny changes in a little bit of code and methodologies as well as some new name-spaces. Not really much at all considering the re-imagining of Windows. All I can say is that I can’t wait to see what comes next!
Here’s the Keynote speech from Build Day 1. It’s amazing how excited and how much enthusiasm everyone is showing. I think Microsoft may have gotten its’ Mojo back!
Steven Sinofsky is the man.