Just doing what I can to show my support against SOPA and PIPA. Check out the Wikipedia article and do a quick Google search to educate yourself!
Also check out the WordPress.com protest at wordpress.com
Which networking site has the best designed user profile page with regards to design and usability?
I’m curious, do users prefer design and style over features? Do minimalistic layouts make for a better design as opposed to cluttering a page with functions? Do users prefer colorful pages or ones with a mono-color scheme?
The first Archos 5 I owned was an Archos 5 IMT with a 60GB harddrive, wifi, and a beautifully large display. However despite my excitement it quickly became obvious that those were the best features it had period. It froze and failed constantly and the big bright touchscreen was so inaccurate that the simplest tasks were impossible. All in all an ambitious but mostly useless thing at least as a media player I eventually returned it and got myself a nice new Acer Aspire One netbook for the same price. The Archos 5 Android is on the other hand everything that the original tried and failed for.
First off the features that were good one the Archos 5 are sill exceptional as a video player I’ve never seen its equal and the browsing experience on the Opera browser is extraordinary. The features that were lacking before are now much improved the touchscreen is sensitive and accurate just a hair below the Iphone but without multitouch which is a bit of a shame, the Android OS runs nicely and the device can even be booted to linux if one so desires. Other notable features include: FM Radio/Recording, Bluetooth, GPS, Accelerometer, internal speaker, MicroSD card (on flash versions) and more. If you choose to buy the hardware addons you can also get digital TV ect.
The system is much more stable than before and the Android OS is very nice allowing you to expand it with apps as would be expected. My complaint is that Archos forced its own memory hogging media center app on the relatively sleek Android system I love it and future firmware updates should drastically improve stability and functionality.
Nearest to this gadget is the Ipod but the spectacular hardware specs move it near the Iphone or high powered smartphones.
High resolution touch screen, 800×480 pixels, 4.8” TFT LCD, 16 million colors
Touch screen, ON/OFF, vol+ and vol- buttons, retractable virtual keyboard
256 MB* (Low-Power Double Data Rate SDRAM)
Mass storage memory
• Flash Memory: 8 to 32 GB* + Micro SD Slot (SDHC compatible)
• Hard Drive: 160 to 500 GB*
Android v1.6 Donut – enabling application installation or development
In its normal use mode, the ARCHOS 5 being a miniaturized Personal Computer:
C – requires special developer-edition firmware15
On board WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), USB 2.0 host with optional accessories
Possible attachment of numerous standard USB PC accessories (keyboard, mouse, memory key, memory cards reader, camera and other future computer accessories)
Webbrowser, Email, Contacts, DroidIn™, Ebuddy™IM, Twidroid™, Deezer™, Dailymotion™, Quickpedia, ThinkFree Mobile, Moov, Craigsphone, Pages jaunes™ (only for France), High Paying Jobs (only for US & Canada), Alarm clock, Calculator…
• USB 2.0: Media Transport Protocol (MTP)
• USB 2.0 Host: Mass Storage Class (MSC) and Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) with optional Mini Dock, Battery Dock and DVR station
• Micro SD (SDHC compatible) on ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet 8 to 32 GB
• Add-on connectors to connect to the DVR Station and other ARCHOS add-ons
• WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
• Bluetooth 2.0 A2DP, EDR, ARCP, HID, Dial Networking
• FM transmitter (requires the Car-mount that features the antenna)
• FM receiver (RDS)
Video Codecs 7
• MPEG-4 HD (up to 720p)
• MPEG-48 (ASP@L5 AVI, up to DVD resolution)
• H.264 HD (up to 720p)
• WMV (MP@ML, up to DVD resolution) including WMV protected files
• MKV (up to 720p, 2500kbs, 23fps
• M-JPEG (Motion JPEG Video) in QVGA resolution
With optional plug-in (downloadable from your tablet or on http://www.archos.com):
• Cinema: MPEG-2, WMV HD (720p), VOB
Audio codecs 7
• Stereo MP3 decoding @ 30-320 Kbits/s CBR & VBR,
• WMA, Protected WMA, WAV (PCM/ADPCM), AAC9(except protected content),
• AAC+ stereo audio files
• OGG Vorbis
With optional software plug-ins (downloadable from your tablet or on http://www.archos.com):
• AC3 stereo audio and 5.1 sound files (via SPDIF output of DVR Station )
Photo viewer 10
JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
Support subtitles files with .srt, .ssa, .smi, .sub extensions
Video recording 11
• Via the optional DVR Station or DVR Snap-on. Records NTSC/PAL/SECAM in MPEG-4 AVI format with stereo sound, VGA resolution (640 x 480) @ 30 or 25 f/s
• Via the optional TV Snap-on (only available for Europe): Records TV in MPEG-2 TS format.
• Via the optional DVR Station or DVR Snap-on: Stereo line-in, WAV (IMA ADPCM or PCM) format
• Voice recording with the built-in microphone
• Built-in speaker • Built-in leg stand • Built-in Microphone
• Internal: Lithium Polymer battery
• Device charges via computer USB port
• External: Power adapter/charger (via optional add-on)
• Music playback time12: up to 22 hours13
• Video playback time12: up to 7 hours13
• Device automatically downloads latest firmware updates when the WiFi connection is activated
• Updates can also be downloaded at http://www.archos.com
Dimensions & weight
• ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet Flash series: 143,2×78,8×10,4 mm – 182g• ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet Hard Drive series: 143,2×78,8×20 mm – 286g
In a possible use mode, in connection with an external computer through the USB B connector:
Minimum system requirements
• Microsoft® Windows® XP, Vista, or higher (with Windows media Player 11 for MTP)
• Linux (with Mass Storage Device Support)
• USB 2.0 interface
ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet, earphones, Standard USB cable, DVR Station adapter, Quick Start Guide (QSG), legal and safety notice.
The news world has been a-twitter with privacy issues inherent in social networks most recently Google has been under fire for its Buzz service which it popped into unsuspecting GMail user’s inboxes causing outrage in the mainstream media while I was mildly annoyed by the lack of warning, I like many users found myself more irritated than outraged. The media sought out to demonize Buzz and do its best to create a stir in the public who turned on the service many before even trying it only by hearing about the abuse of privacy which Google has apologized for and corrected as quickly as the issue popped up. A more devious person could believe that Facebook was behind the stir if it hadn’t been attacked in the same way just weeks before. I have never had a real issue with Facebook or Google to be honest and this “outrage over privacy” I keep hearing about just doesn’t seem to faze most people in the know. While Facebook suddenly spreading my information to everyone who asks would miff me, who cares? I am just one of over 400 million users on the site who would want that information?
Prepare for these concerns to be renewed as both Facebook and Twitter look into location based filters and tagging for their services potentially allowing people to track you by your tweets and status updates. To me as long as these sites give you the ability to hide this information I have no problem with it. Facebook has always had options to keep your statuses hidden from the general public which is great but there is an even simpler solution: If your information is so personal or private/embarrassing – DON’T PUT IT ONLINE. Simple, easy, effective a solution that the people yelling about privacy fail to see or at least use. The internet is after all an information sharing tool. If these sites do totally share your information blatantly across the web (which they won’t people will start moving away) more and more I see people caring less about who knows their friend list contains Joe Nobody or their birthday is in March and they are a bisexual midget who enjoys chocolate cake. The 90’s kids are the first ones to be brought up with the internet at their finger tips and the next will have an entirely new immersion in the web and they will not care.
Google’s Newest venture into communication called: Google Wave. Wave is a mixture of instant messenger, e-mail, collaborative document editor, and in theory much more. By now everyone who wanted access to the developer preview has it and more invites than they must need. Which is in my opinion an incredibly clever marketing tactic, they created a huge demand for Wave invites by limiting them in the beginning and now that Wave has spread considerably through the first invites everyone has heard of it just about the time when they released extra invites and allow everyone who is the least bit interested into the preview. (Google Wave is the most talked about subject on the micro blogging site Twitter.com for the entire year!)
Onto the product! Google Wave is an HTML 5 app which currently uses Google Gears to augment some of its functions (such as dragging and dropping files) I started up the app and found that it worked best with Google Chrome on Windows 7 (no surprise there) since it isn’t a separate application any browser with HTML 5 capabilities (I am really hoping for a desktop app in the future) an even works on Iphone and Android phones with promise for more . Google Wave allows you to add contacts to a Wave and pretty much interact with them in any way you want from instant messaging (and I mean instant! character by character!) to email to video conferencing and VoIP. It also allows you too embed rich content such as pictures and video and even web applications via extensions and bots.
Extensions are apps/add-ons that you can add to you Google Wave toolbar such as Google Maps and insert into the Wave for participates to interact with. Bots perform a similar function by being participates in the Wave and while they can do anything a normal participant could (such as add gadgets or apps to a Wave) they seem best suited to passively editing the Wave in less noticeably ways, I’m thinking of the bot Sweepy who cleans up a Wave by deleting empty blips(posts) or Piratify which changes everything you say into pirate speak. Using extensions and bots the ways to enhance and extend Wave are limitless. Google has also made a point of keeping Wave open to anyone by allowing other people to host Wave on their own servers so Google will not be entirely in control of Wave. Waves can be embedded into blogs to provide a rich stream of content and that will allow you to in future aggregate the comments you make on websites or blogs and see what replies you get without having to return to the site.
Along with being able to see character by character what someone is typing you can also edit or reply to any part of a Wave like other peoples blips or posts, and it is collaborative! meaning multiple people can edit the same document at the same time. With all this editing Waves can get complicated fast to counteract this Google implemented a feature called ‘Playback’ Playback allows you to view how a Wave progressed step by step.
With all of its marvellous features you’d think Wave would have no trouble spreading like wildfire through the internet and it has, but even with its massive amount of coverage Wave is still in a pre-beta stage and needs much more work before it becomes the next indispensible communication tool and rightly so. I’ve seen reviews badmouthing Wave already and it isn’t even into beta yet. I say give it a chance it has great potential and if Google listens to its user base it will be able to meet that potential. So true it does have problems such as: E-mail specifically Gmail isn’t natively supported by wave and blips can’t be made read-only (those are my two biggest gripes).
The Wavety List of Bots and Extensions – Best collection I could find.
I have started developing a social media aggregator I call lifeStream it will be and Adobe AIR application that will hopefully allow me to easily check all my networks and keep an eye on statistics as well.
So far it does nothing but sit there and do nothing but these are some early previews of the UI and hopefully some networks it may support
UPDATE! I think I will have to rename lifestream due to AIM’s network streamer by the exact same name. oops. sorry AIM
Ok I’m thinking of building an Adobe Air application to aggregate all my networks, my search has come up a failure with no single aggregation application that can do what I need. I’d like to see what networks you would like to see in a desktop app. Vote for your favourites below and feel free to add your own (the list was getting quite long) also check this handy list @mashable.com for a more complete list.
If your worried about AIR’s memory usage check out this update on Softpedia (thanks Brad)
EDIT: as I wrote this I found 8hands (8hands.com) a cursory glance seems to indicate that it supports many of the networks I use.
EDIT: I also forgot to mention Mozilla Raindrop which is Mozilla’s social network aggregator thats being developed.