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May 28, 2010

HTC Legend coming to Australia – Vodafone, Three

Filed under: android — Craig Harvey @ 10:40 am
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imageAccording to the HTC Twitter account (@htc) Vodafone will be releasing the HTC Legend on 3rd June and it will also be available on Three (but no date announced for that). Good news for the Aussie market. The HTC Legend is kind of the HTC Hero 2 but sadly will only have a 600Mhz CPU (hopefully this is wrong!). Also depends on if you like the ‘chin’ that comes with this model phone.

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The Australian HTC site doesn’t have any more details other than ‘coming soon’, so head over the UK site and get your drool going. Android 2.1, AMOLED screen, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS yada yada yada.

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May 25, 2010

Another update to the Android guide for Aussies

Filed under: android — Craig Harvey @ 8:43 pm
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Further updates to the guide – added some more web sites to buy phones from, a bunch more Australian specific apps and also a footnote about the HTC Magic on Vodafone. Keep the feedback coming!

The full guide is here.

And the Australian specific Android apps are listed here.

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May 24, 2010

Updated Android guide for Australians

Filed under: android,technology — Craig Harvey @ 9:26 pm
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I’ve updated my Android guide for Aussies including a list of Australian specific Apps available in the Android Market. Hope you find it useful!

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May 23, 2010

TFS 2010

Filed under: tfs — Craig Harvey @ 8:29 pm
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Microsoft’s Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 was released earlier this year. To quote Microsoft, TFS “is the collaboration platform at the core of Microsoft’s application lifecycle management solution that automates the software delivery process and enables organizations to effectively manage software development projects throughout the IT life cycle.”

Without the marketing speak, TFS provides:Gears

  • a powerful source control system
  • team collaboration workspaces (via SharePoint)
  • work items and process templates (tasks, bugs, user stories, etc)
  • reporting for all kinds of roles involved in software projects – developers, testers, project managers etc.
  • test development and even test lab management
  • a build server that supports continuous integration
  • integration with Visual Studio (of course), a web interface, a SharePoint portal and an API that enables third party tools
  • and much more…

The 2010 release of the product is a great leap forward in terms of functionality over the 2008 and 2005 releases (as you would expect). Over the coming months I aim to write TFS related articles that cover these main areas of functionality. It really is a massive beast of a product so I expect there to be a lot of articles!

In the meantime, following are some links to some key TFS resources:


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May 20, 2010

Android 2.1 for HTC Hero released (for Sprint)

Filed under: android,technology — Craig Harvey @ 9:17 am
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Finally the official Android 2.1 ROM has been released for the HTC Hero – albeit for the Sprint Hero only (the US CDMA version). It can’t be long now until they release the official ROM for the GSM version of the Hero surely?

More info here: http://www.htc.com/us/support/hero-sprint/downloads/

May 19, 2010

Android guide for Aussies

Filed under: android,technology — Craig Harvey @ 9:29 pm
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I’ve started putting together a guide to Android phones for Australians – you can get it here. Hopefully I can keep it up to date over time, but it contains an overview of phones currently available in Australia and other key things to know about Android.

Let me know if you find it useful or have any feedback!

May 11, 2010

Android 2.1 for HTC Hero – Custom ROM

Filed under: android,technology — Craig Harvey @ 8:57 pm
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Android logo After all my bitching about HTC not bringing out an official Android 2.1 ROM I finally bit the bullet and installed a custom ROM. Check out HTC Hero ROMs for a list of some of the available ones, or the excellent XDA Developers Wiki – HTC Hero section.

I had already rooted my phone long ago and was running a 1.5 custom ROM. I had not rushed into a 2.1 ROM for my phone though because I knew that the ones available were based on early versions or leak test ROMs. But they seem stable enough now.

I originally went with VillainROM 5.3 but that didn’t prove too stable for me (your mileage may vary), and in the end I installed SenseHero 2.2 which has been great.

Android Police has also been another great site full of helpful info – see their Tutorials listing to get started.

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Things I’ve found Twitter useful for

Filed under: technology,twitter — Craig Harvey @ 8:02 pm
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imageI didn’t get Twitter for a while. I signed up and tentatively sent a few tweets around May 2009 but it still took me a while to get my head around why you would bother. Eventually though it has won me over.

Following is a list of things that I’ve managed to use Twitter for in the last few months – not earth shattering, but also not the kind of thing that is easily accomplished with

  • Obviously following a bunch of comedians and having chuckles at their comments and links – @chaslicc, @rossnoble etc.
  • Get answers to a sales enquiry (well before I got a reply to my email to the same company)
  • Found results to NRL games, even quicker than the bloated Flash based ‘live scoreboard’ on the NRL website – search for #nrl or just the name of the team playing
  • Got Harvey Norman to correct an in-store sign for the HTC Hero that had a Windows logo for the O/S (and had a laugh)
  • Found out about things happening in my local area #Canberra including traffic problems, bomb scares, local events etc.
  • Chuckled at tweets during Masterchef!

One of the keys to ‘getting into’ Twitter for me has been able to do it from my phone – I do most of my reading from my phone and occasional updates. I used the web interface on my PC for a while but have recently been using Seesmic which is a better experience.

What have you found Twitter useful for? Or have you found it to be a complete WOFTAM (waste of f$%king time and money)?

 

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May 10, 2010

Senator Conroy – the Internet is special

Filed under: politics,technology — Craig Harvey @ 9:22 pm
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In April 2010, Senator Conroy was quoted by Fairfax media (Sydney Morning Herald, The Age etc.) as asking "Why is the internet special?,"  saying the net was "just a communication and distribution platform" (see article).

Here are my reasons why I believe that the internet is special (and therefore a heavy handed approach to filtering content is unjustified).

The internet simultaneously:

  • hosts audio and video which can be broadcast or narrow cast
  • acts like the postal system (with email replacing letters)
  • acts like the telecommunications system by hosting voice (and video) calls between two or more parties (Skype, instant messaging, ChatRoulette etc)
  • hosts systems for conducting business transactions (a bit like the EFTPOS system, a bit like the postal system in a mail-order analogy)

Other unique features that make it different from any other technology to date:

  • It is truly global – content accessed in one country can be hosted in any other country
  • It has fundamentally lowered the barriers for entry for those who want to publish and distribute material
  • It’s pervasive – accessible from a variety of different devices and locations, not just tied to a desktop computer and a telephone line
  • content is dynamic and easily changed – a web site you saw half an hour ago could be completely different the next time you view it

So why don’t we censor the telecommunications system and the postal systems as well? It would only be fair given the Internet is capable of replicating the functionality of these systems. Imagine a listening device on every phone call that you made that bleeped out any words that would offend the average person – or having all your mail opened and read and ‘cleaned’ before being able to go on to it’s final destination? Sounds ludicrous and is unworkable.

The proposed net filter would work by preventing access to a blacklist of websites. It would only block access to web sites, and would not affect many of the other applications that run on the internet (email, file transfer, instant messaging, peer to peer file sharing etc). It will only block a list of around 350 websites when there are currently over 100 million websites on the internet – accessing any single one of these websites will invoke a ‘check’ to see if it’s not on the banned list of 350. As the banned list grows larger, the slower this ‘check’ gets.

It will not target ‘high volume’ sites like YouTube and Facebook – so it’s not going to filter out stupid comments on Facebook pages or prevent offensive videos being posted on YouTube. There are already mechanisms in place for dealing with that kind of content, so why force a mandatory filter on all of us?

So why push ahead when we already know it’s only going to filter a fraction of the Internet and it’s going to be easily bypassed? Surely it makes more sense to spend the money on law enforcement instead. $43 million (the proposed cost of the filter) would make a lot of difference to the AFP budget in their fight against child sex predators and distributors of child pornography surely.

 

 

 

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May 4, 2010

Android 2.1 for HTC Hero – will it ever happen?

Filed under: android — Craig Harvey @ 9:52 am
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I bought an HTC Hero (GSM) early November 2009. I love the phone, it’s been good to me. But now it’s getting frustrating that I’m stuck on version 1.5 of the Android OS when phones are being released with 2.1.

One of the reasons that I bought an Android based phone was that I figured that I’d get more regular updates than a Windows phone (with their releases coming out very few years). While I’ve only been waiting 7 months… the frustration comes from the fact that there seems to be no firm release date from HTC.

A simple search using Google reveals the trail of previous articles rumours setting out release dates for February, March, April, now June! It’s at the stage where I’ll believe it when I see it…

In my opinion this has come about because of the wonderful beast that is the HTC Sense UI. This particular add on to the OS requires updating to 2.1 – but they’ve obviously done that for the HTC Desire and others, so why does it take so long for the Hero?

Hurry up already!

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