Archive for the ‘Techno’ Category

A thing that annoys me about Firefox 4

Monday, February 14th, 2011

I know that it’s tiny and insignificant, and I can see entirely why there isn’t room for the extra dot, but it’s still been driving me absolutely mental.  Perhaps I should write an add-on to fix it.

(Is it obvious that making sure things line up is my job?)

Alternative technologies on the Nokia N900

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Hello, all.  I’ve been on holiday in darkest Cornwall this week, but nevertheless there has been a soupcon of time for adventures in the world of the mobile technology.  Just wanted to quickly share the results here, partly to show what a flexible beast the N900 really is.

First up – with the help of another enthusiatic coder – here’s a couple of (admittedly as yet unexciting) proof-of-concept applications running under the OpenLazarus (that’s Pascal/Delphi for people old/mad enough to remember) framework for Maemo 5.  I didn’t do much but test and run these, so here’s the results:

OpenLazarus app running on Maemo 5 using standard widgets

OpenLazarus app running under Maemo 5 using Custom Widgets

…and then there’s what I’ve been fiddling with.  Thanks to the frankly magnificent Wonko from the forums, we have a working Java/SWT stack for the phone.  That means that my ShinySlots project can run out of the box and look like this:

You can see that the forced window-size has exposed my slightly-cheating repeating background, and sadly it’s not that performant at the moment, but it works as advertised, and improvements are in hand…

Up, Down, Left, Right, A+Text

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

I wandered past an advert for the Sony Ericsson Jalou the other day.  Here’s a picture:


I can only assume that if you collect all 8 phone colours and get 50 text messages you’ll go bright yellow, your hair will stand on end and you can run around for the rest of the day making people explode until your battery runs out.

Shinypixel on the Nokia N900

Friday, November 27th, 2009

…well, almost.  The culmination of tonight’s informative voyage into the bleeding-edge world of the Nokia N900 (which I will be getting assuming I can a) find one and b) the touchscreen doesn’t suck) SDK was this screenshot of a familiar website:


(Click for full-size.)

So: that’s Shinypixel up there being rendered as it would be on (an old version of) a N900, in a virtualized Maemo OS, running in a virtual image of Ubuntu, which is in turn running in VMWare under Windows XP.  And after all that, it still renders like it’s meant to.  Look how far we’ve come.

Well, that was probably the geekiest thing I’ll do all month.  I reckon I ought to go and lie down.

Yes, please

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

In the UK the Nokia N900 will be free on a two-year contract at £35 monthly plan from Orange, or for £10 on a £30 per month plan at O2 (with a two-year service agreement). … the UK will get a release date of November 16.