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0.002 March 20, 2009

Posted by CK in Funny, Miscellaneous.
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If you saw today’s XKCD comic, perhaps you also read the mouse-over hint: “And 0.002 dollars will NEVER equal 0.002 cents.” I was surprised that I still remember it, but anyhow, this refers to a Verizon horror story. The amazing audio from that story is here.

What’s in a Service Level Agreement? March 17, 2009

Posted by CK in IT, Research.
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Here’s a link to a short post I wrote for the site of the project I am working on. Comments are welcome ๐Ÿ˜‰

Palm Pre March 15, 2009

Posted by CK in Design, IT, Mobility, Software.
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Since I got started, and also since I mentioned the new sweetness from Palm, the Pre, I’d like to write a few more words about it.

The first thing to say, is that I can’t wait until it’s here. By “here”, I mean Europe. I recently switched from my long-beloved Treo to a Nokia E71 and the switch left me with a very bitter taste. So when the Pre was announced (only 2 weeks after I bought the E71 :(), hope resurrected. Palm is back!

Now here’s my wish list for this phone, and I can only hope that some of them will be there out of the box:

  • Support for Greek. Hopefully, it will just be there. After all, they designed the OS from scratch, so they should have taken into account i18n needs of their candidate users.
  • Offline GPS maps with turn-by-turn voice navigation. Some of us don’t have flat-rate data contracts.
  • Possibility to buy it unlocked, without a contract. I hate how this US thing of operator bundling is starting to be applied in Europe.
  • Message delivery notifications. PalmOS did not have that!

Then there is the issue of applications. A phone which does not have enough 3rd-party apps is pretty much useless, no matter how good the original software is. So I hope that the loyal Palm community will catch up soon. I also hope that Cultured Code will consider a port of Things ๐Ÿ™‚

Got tagged: Applications meme March 15, 2009

Posted by CK in IT, Miscellaneous.
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It’s been some time from my last post due to work load, and probably it would be even more if I was not tagged by Panagiotis.

I converted from GNU/Linux (see how politically correct I am?) to Mac OS X more than 2 years ago, so I have lost touch with the scene. However, I’ll give it a try. Unavoidably, this will be a post referring to the past.

  1. Which desktop manager do you use more often?
    I was using KDE since the very early days, after trying pretty much everything there was out there.
  2. Which desktop application you would not like to see implemented again on linux? And why?
    I wouldn’t like to see implemented again any application which does the same things as existing applications. The “I can do it better” attitude has a point only when there is real innovation involved. For a long time now, this has not been the case on the Linux desktop world. As an example of innovation, take a look at mobile devices such as the iPhone and now the Palm Pre. That kind of thinking out of the box is needed, and if someone’s planning to build equally innovative applications or interfaces, please do so.
  3. Which desktop application you definitely would like to see implemented on linux? Describe it briefly or point out to a similar application.
    Not sure if there are such things already, perhaps yes; In any case: Butler, Journler, Things.
  4. Write the name of the last project (not the very best, the last!) that made you wish to thank their developers so you can thank them now!
    Since this is about the last application, it will have to be a Mac OS X one: iCompta. Great little gem! I’ll have to donate at some point ๐Ÿ™‚
  5. (Optional) Link the blogs of 1-3 people youโ€™d like to take part to this meme. (no more than three). you can skip this question if you like.
    I want one more Mac OS X user in this. Let’s hear from Andy!