Linked by Kroc Camen on Sun 17th Apr 2011 21:59 UTC
Podcasts Is it that we desire what is sold to us, or is it that OEMs will sell whatever it is they want and we'll buy it? Like it or not, we are being forced into a brave new world, which has no certainty that it will even last yet. I am of course talking about tablets. Come this holiday season (wait, isn't the whole year just a long string of commercial holidays?), you won't be able to browse an isle at a computer store without being assaulted by tablets. Big ones, small ones, Android ones, HP ones, RIM ones, Apple ones. Asides some discussion on GNOME3, we delve into this uncertain territory that has yet to play all its cards. Why is Google withholding the Honeycomb source, and what could be going on behind closed doors? What has Sony's recent actions have to do with "ownership", and what has this meant to GeoHot? Is RIM capable of delivering a product that will deliver their promises, and is Google between a rock and a hard place with Android and Chrome OS? Find it all, here, on the new* OSNews Podcast. (*not actually new)
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playstation
by smashIt on Sun 17th Apr 2011 23:35 UTC
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you got it the wrong way around:
ps1 and ps2 had cpu and gpu designed by sony
the ps3 is the first to use a gpu by a supplyer (nvidia) and the cell-processor at least is ppc-based

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Reminds me of Radio Music Theatre
by subsider34 on Mon 18th Apr 2011 00:13 UTC
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2010-11-08

Awesome podcast description. The tone is almost exactly how Radio Music Theater (http://www.radiomusictheatre.com/index.htm) describes their comedies (which are probably the funniest performances I've ever seen).

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Comment by RichterKuato
by RichterKuato on Mon 18th Apr 2011 00:31 UTC
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2010-05-14

Netbooks aren't staying because Tablets are better positioned as low-end devices than they are. Netbooks are essentially cheap miniature Laptops. If Tablets go away it'll most likely be because of a even better positioned low-end device.

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I believe that this xbmc fork was called Plex
by dvhh on Mon 18th Apr 2011 09:12 UTC
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2006-03-20

Apart from that my feeling was that tablet gained from using application designed for smart-phone, where netbook were running desktop class applications most of the time (any netbook optimized app or website anyone ?), no wonder they fade in popularity.

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Tethering through a BlackBerry
by Lennie on Mon 18th Apr 2011 11:46 UTC
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2007-09-22

'it makes sense from a marketing perspective'

Maybe in the US...? Who has a BlackBerry ?

I know some potential US customers have already said: really nice device, but ugh, no way will I buy a BlackBerry as well.

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HTML5 apps and companies
by Lennie on Mon 18th Apr 2011 12:20 UTC
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2007-09-22

I've been listing to panel discussions at conferences to companies who create or have apps. They don't want to have one app per phone, device, whatever. They don't like to wait weeks for appstores approvals.

Some companies do want to have an appstore as a markerting thing: A an extra place device users can go to find 'apps', that is the only part they like.

So they prefer a HTML5 app solution with an appstore.

So that was very encouraging.

Edited 2011-04-18 12:22 UTC

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Chrome OS
by quackalist on Mon 18th Apr 2011 14:59 UTC
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2007-08-27

Just thought I'd mention re: the discussion Android/Chrome OS that it would seem Chrome OS is actually about to enter stage left...

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2044223/google-readies-chr...

Dunno if I care or not.

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RE: Chrome OS
by Lennie on Mon 18th Apr 2011 15:15 UTC in reply to "Chrome OS"
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2007-09-22

I think what the article says is wrong:

"The development of Chrome OS has been protracted and unlike the firm's Android operating system, which has had numerous public releases that added features, Chrome OS has been kept under wraps. Google's decision to keep Chrome OS private for so long has been questioned, not only by those who believe Android and Chrome OS do very similar things but also by those who wonder if Chrome OS will arrive too late to make any impact."

Are they confused by Android Honeycomb ? Because ChromiumOS (base for ChromeOS) is just an open source project, like Chromium (base for Chrome). You can even download it now and try it out, for example from Hexxeh:

http://chromeos.hexxeh.net/

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RE[2]: Chrome OS
by Kroc on Mon 18th Apr 2011 15:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Chrome OS"
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2005-11-10

What’s more, the rug could be pulled from under their feet. Changes in ChromeOS show a touch-screen keyboard interface going in. OEMs may be saying that they are not interested (and don’t see much revenue) in traditional laptops any more (because of the tablet hype) forcing Google to adapt Chrome OS to touch-screens. But then, what is the point of Chrome OS when there’s already Android 3, which offers a ton more?

I think Google are simply not willing to admit to the troubles they’re having with positioning Chrome OS. Chrome OS is their vision of how it's all supposed to be, and now Android has stomped all over that dream.

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RE[3]: Chrome OS
by Lennie on Mon 18th Apr 2011 16:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Chrome OS"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Why don't they create something for the appstore and Android to easily allow webapps or similair ? That would atleast be a start to get developers used to the idea.

Apps like on WebOS or something like that.

My guess is ChromeOS is like any other platform it takes time to get apps for the platform.

Obviously any website which gets some extra HTML5 added to it is a potential app for ChromeOS.

I think the whole point of ChromeOS is, it doesn't need to have a lot of capabilities.

It just needs to be the best damn browser with background automatic updates and 'cloud synchronisation' (a place to keep your own settings/bookmarks/app-choices and so on so different users can use the same device and you can use the same settings with different devices and the desktop and you have a backup in case the device breaks).

Edited 2011-04-18 16:20 UTC

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RE[3]: Chrome OS
by Lennie on Tue 19th Apr 2011 00:09 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Chrome OS"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

There is an other reason why Android is just annoying for Google, Oracle/patents/lawsuit.

Edited 2011-04-19 00:10 UTC

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Comment by fran
by fran on Mon 18th Apr 2011 17:51 UTC
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2010-08-06

Kroc's voice came through a bit soft/thin and metally.
Assume your using different mics?

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RE: Comment by fran
by Kroc on Mon 18th Apr 2011 18:30 UTC in reply to "Comment by fran"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

I didn’t apply an equaliser to my channel this time.

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Dumb pipe LLC
by reez on Tue 19th Apr 2011 11:54 UTC
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2006-06-28

Actually I have seen such a provider in my country. They don't have stuff like news servers or email addresses. They are pretty small and are using a fiber optic network owned by a company that is pretty close to the government, so they basically rent it having very low costs and very cheap products.

I'd switch to them, but my home isn't connected yet, so there is still an infrastructure related problem. The funny/sad thing is that I looked on a map and basically 100m from here in every direction there would be connections.

So it is possible I guess. I am living in Austria/Vienna by the way. While I don't want to advertise that provider the organization providing the infrastructure is called Blizznet. So should you live in Austria you'll be able to find that "dumb" and other ISPs.

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