As I said in my previous post, I am very pleased with my iPhone 3g purchase. It’s not perfect, but I knew the pros and cons going in. Overall the experience is what I expected it to be. However, there is one major flaw in the phone that I did not anticipate. The native calendar application is completely incapable of synchronizing with Google Calendar.
If you pay attention to technology at all, you probably know about Google’s Android platform. People have largely panned it because they were expecting a gPhone to do battle with the iPhone. I think they are missing the point. This is the first time ever where there is a well documented and supported open source mobile platform. I joined the Android developer’s mailing list last night, and I’ve already gotten almost 200 messages on it. Whether or not people are excited, developers are excited about developing mobile applications for this new platform. Some of that excitement might have to do with the cash prizes, but I doubt that’s the only factor.
Anyway, one of my major disappointments with the iPhone is the lack of podcatching software. If it had a podcatcher, I probably would have bought one right off the bat. Android has presented me with the opportunity to write my own mobile podcatching software. I’ve decided that I’m going to go for it. Being an Ubuntu user, I had to setup the SDK to get working. However, I ran into a few problems along the way. Since I suspect many other Ubuntu users out there also might want to get into the Android developing business, here I will post how I got the development environment setup in Ubuntu. Continue reading
I am a relatively smart and popular guy with a sizable presence on the web. There are lots of people who know who I am via this blog, my podcast, conventions and comments I post on various sites. These people also know that I am very knowledgeable when it comes to topics such as anime, video games, manga and especially technology. It is no surprise that many of these people seek my advice when it comes to matters such as these. Usually this makes me happy, but sometimes it makes me sad. I like to help people, and I believe I am giving them good advice. However, I don’t have time to waste helping someone who has not tried to help themselves. Continue reading
Do you use Gnome? Do you use Gmail for domains? Do you want to use your Gmail for domains account as the default e-mail application in Gnome? Today is your lucky day! I took the script from this website, and modified them very slightly into this script. Modify the script for your particular domain and follow the original instructions. Works like a charm.
Like a lot of other nerds I go to various blog and RSS feeds and such to get the news about the stuff I care about. For “real” news I pretty much rely on google news and wikinews. Except of course for the occasional story that is so big it filters into the geek news. And of course, I don’t watch TV or listen to radio, etc. so lots of stupid useless news passes me by. And that’s the way I like it.