Episode 29: CES Special

Rothgar’s favorite items from CES 2010. Also this was supposed to be done as a different episode so sorry if there are random edits where I changed numbers and corrected myself on a few acronyms. I left a few mistakes still in the podcast but trying to edit that stuff out is hard. 🙂
I also threw in some different music this time just to mix things up. Let us know what you think. The music is from DanoSongs.com and is called “Crazy From the Message”.

Here is all the stuff I talk about in this episode so you can read up more about it.

Cell phones
Nexus One
Palm Pre+ and Pixi+
LG GW990
Lonovo LePhone

Computers
Lonovo IdeaPad U1
HP netbooks
HP Slate
Sony Dash Chumby
NetGear 3g and wimax sharing routers
See through OLED display
Skylight smartbook

Entertainment
Sony Blu-ray player
Skype enabled TV
Haier’s wireless TVMIT WiTricity
Visio VXT
Xbox360+Uverse
Samsung C9000
Boxee Box
PopBox
HDHR Cable Card

Hosts: Charles, Rothgar, SiKing, Art Vanderhoff

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Google sends cease-and-desist to Android ROM modder

I recently read this story over at engadget mobile and couldn’t help but think this sort of thing really hurts the Android scene. I know CyanogenMod was in the wrong because he was re-distributing non open source programs. (Marketplace, youtube, maps, etc.) Google did give him the go ahead so long as he took those programs out. But here is where I really get worked up about this.
1. Why aren’t those programs open source?
2. If the ROM only runs on Google devices wouldn’t the people already have “licensing” to run the software?
3. I have been using Windows Mobile for 4+ years and have downloaded countless “cooked” ROMs including programs that I am sure were not open source nor were they licensed for my phone. And I have never see a ROM creator get a cease-and-desist from Microsoft to stop distributing their OS or programs provided. I have seen some ROM creators get cease-and-desist for including paid programs, but never from Microsoft. There are quite a few that even include Microsoft Voice Dial in their ROMs which isn’t free and only licensed for certain phones.
Now does this make Microsoft more open than Google? No. Maybe Microsoft just doesn’t care because they are working on a new phone OS. But even then, my phone currently has Windows Mobile 6.5 which isn’t even due out till next month and there have been 6.5 ROMs since before it was announced.
I honestly think the flexibility and non-threatening nature of Windows Mobile has been the only thing that lets it survive. I think the Windows Mobile (now called Windows Phone) has a bigger feature set and better hardware available than any other mobile phone OS. But the OS just sucks when it comes to usability.
If Google really wants Android to make a big splash with the smart phone market they need to stop acting like Apple and a bit more like Microsoft. Especially when you say your OS is “open”.
What do you guys think?

mintCast Episode 10: User Interview, pt. 1

In this episode

Linux Mint 4.0 Daryna reaches end-of-life
Red Hat CEO questions relevance of desktop Linux
Spam scams on Twitter
Windows users OK with DRM
Helios: Windows DRM? We’re ok with that
A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection

Rothgar:

User interview

Web site of the week

Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference

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mintCast episode 9: Org-mode

Episode 9: Org-mode

In this episode

Possible data loss in Ext4

French Police Save Millions Switching To Ubuntu

Desktop Linux is ready for the mainstream

Org-mode

http://orgmode.org/

Emacs
http://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/

Rothgar

Linux Mint on a HP/Compaq TC1100 Tablet PC
http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/Tc1100
http://java-notelab.sourceforge.net/
http://xournal.sourceforge.net/

Web Site of the Week

Zero Punctuation

The Escapist

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mintCast Episode 7

In this episode

Linux Mint 6 x64 Edition released

http://www.linuxmint.com/blog/?p=595

KDE 4.2.0 released:

http://www.kde.org/announcements/4.2/

Microsoft Update Installs a Firefox Extension

http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/01/2143218

Removing the Firefox Extension that Microsoft Forced on You

http://www.robertnyman.com/2009/01/26/microsoft-force-installs-firefox-extension/

Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 (Lenny) Released

http://www.debian.org/News/2009/20090214

Linux Genuine Advantage

http://www.linuxgenuineadvantage.org/

Sony PRS-505 Book Reader
Run Linux on a USB thumb drive

UNetbootin

Linux Mint on USB stick with persistent storage

Web site of the week

The Website is Down

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