Friday, October 28, 2011

Ideapad A1 for sale on November 09

According to a press release from Lenovo, the start date of sale of the Ideapad A1 tablet is postponed from October 28 to November 09. The reason invoked is an order quantity significantly higher than expected, which required an adjustment of the production and delivery processes.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Kindle Fire and Silk

A few weeks ago we wrote about our deception caused by Amazon's tablet leaked specifications. Today we know what it is for real (today everyone is talking about this Kindle Fire), and we confirm that the tablet itself isn't that interesting. But this decentralized browser called "Silk" is something new in the picture, and yes, this is a strong commercial argument (OK, it would be a better argument if the Kinde Fire had a 3G connection, which is even not the case).

Silk may be a good idea today, but we would like it to be implemented by our Internet providers, not by Amazon. Why should I trust Amazon on what they're doing with my bank account credentials? This is frightening. At least it should be possible to specify which web sites may or may not use this Amazon's proxy via black/white lists. But unless silk is open source, how to be sure this will work as expected ? The worst is that I'm sure there are people out there who are going to buy this Kindle Fire, just because it has Silk..

Have a look at this post which summarizes our feeling:
Amazon's Fire isn't that interesting – but Silk is
(I've read that Opera does something similar, but this capability hasn't made the browser a household word. Of course, the good folks behind Opera lack Amazon's cloud servers. And its marketing department. So there you are.)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Lenovo ideapad A1: the next tablet sucess after the Touchpad rush

Lenovo ideapad A1 is the most promising tablet to be released in the next days or weeks. 7" display with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels, 1 GHz single core Tegra 2 as a processor, 2 cams (2 and 5 Megapixels), offline-working GPS, good looking (4 colors available) and solid construction are the positive points. The dark side of the medal is the version of Android installed on the device, which will be Gingerbread (Android 2.3). Seems that newer versions of Android require more power than what the single core Tegra 2 is able to provide. So, sorry, but there won't be any Honeycomb or Ice-cream Sandwich for the Ideapad A1.

However it's still a killer device if we consider the price announced: 199 $. Why would you buy a Nook Color or an Amazon tablet if you can have a better device for a smaller price? That's probably why Lenovo recently announced its intention to sell between 1.5 an 2 million tablets in 2011 (among which 1 to 1.5 million ideapad K1 and A1)...

Friday, September 9, 2011

Amazon Kindle Tablet: The Great Disappointment

Finally, that was not a rumor. Amazon is really working on a tablet computer that will be released later this year. MG Siegler, Tech Crunch blogger, was recently invited for a private discovery session and revealed a few interesting things about this future device.

I think the main information is that Amazon knows well how to sell products. Please, learn your lesson : First start leaking some light info, just enough to create a rumor. Then let people speculate for a few months. Then start revealing the truth at a snail's pace to keep making a buzz around you until the product is out.

All this is marketing, and this Amazon Kindle Tablet with its 7 inch size and its single core CPU will probably need a lot of such good marketing techniques to meet its final customers. This tablet is going to be cheap (but not so cheap compared to recent hp sales and new low-cost trend), and it's its single argument.

This tablet is nothing but what it could have been.
I was dreaming of a next-generation display (PixelQI, Mirasol or Liquavista), but sorry, it will be this kind of old LCD screen that you can't read outside.
I was dreaming of an open system, but after reading that the OS is a forked version of Android, I have no illusion anymore.
I was dreaming of a powerful processor for a smooth web experience. It will be a single core CPU...

For all these achievements and others not cited here, the Amazon Kindle Tablet receives the title of Great Disappointment 2011, to be confirmed when the product is launched.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Windows 8 File Explorer - The end of CTRL+C / CTRL+X ?

The new & revisited file explorer will include around 200 different commands and an Office-style ribbon to access them. Details here.

Each command will be assigned a keyboard shortcut, however on this picture provided by Microsoft, it seems that copy and paste operations will use now different shortcuts... What's this? CTRL+CO and CTRL+T ?... Hope this is a joke :)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Installing Perl modules from CPAN non interactively

Another bookmark post. Make the process of installing perl modules automatic or non interactive with the following commands. You won't be asked any confirmation in the middle of the process.


cpan shell -- CPAN exploration and modules installation (v1.9205)
ReadLine support enabled
cpan[1]> o conf connect_to_internet_ok yes
    connect_to_internet_ok [yes]
Please use 'o conf commit' to make the config permanent!

cpan[2]> o conf prerequisites_policy follow
    prerequisites_policy [follow]
Please use 'o conf commit' to make the config permanent!

cpan[3]> o conf build_requires_install_policy yes
    build_requires_install_policy [yes]
Please use 'o conf commit' to make the config permanent!

cpan[4]> o conf commit
commit: wrote 'C:/Perl58/lib/CPAN/'

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Building Subversion (SVN) bindings for Perl and Python

This is a bookmark entry to avoid loosing my time the next time I need this information.

To build Perl and Python bindings together with the SVN binaries using Microsoft Windows SDK v6.1 + VC++ Express 9.0, the following steps are required: -t vcproj --vsnet-version=2008 --with-httpd=C:\tmp\Src\httpd-2.2.19 --with-neon C:\tmp\Src\svn-1.7.0b2\neon --with-serf=C:\tmp\Src\svn-1.7.0b2\serf --with-sqlite=C:\tmp\Src\svn-1.7.0b2\sqlite --with-zlib=C:\tmp\Src\httpd-2.2.19\srclib\zlib --with-openssl=C:\tmp\Src\httpd-2.2.19\srclib\openssl --with-swig=c:\Programs\swigwin-2.0.0
set INCLUDE=C:\Perl58\lib\CORE;C:\Programs\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.1\Include;C:\Programs\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\include
set LIB=C:\Perl58\lib\CORE;C:\Programs\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.1\Lib;C:\Programs\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\lib

msbuild subversion_vcnet.sln /t:__SWIG_PYTHON__ /p:Configuration=Release

msbuild subversion_vcnet.sln /t:__SWIG_PERL__ /p:Configuration=Release /p:VCBuildAdditionalOptions="/useenv"
Compiling Subversion under Windows is a piece of cake. So to say.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Fais-le chez toi l'iPad chinois

Liu Xinying est un jeune Chinois créatif et bricoleur, qui s'est filmé pendant loooonnnngtemps, alors qu'il installait la carte mère et les composants essentiels de son netbook dans une boîte blanche de mauvais goût mais agrémentée d'un écran tactile. Il est doué, Liu, y'a pas à dire.

Malheureusement pour lui, à la septième minute de sa vidéo, il sombre dans le glauque. Déjà le titre de la vidéo me semblait un peu trop prétentieux "Build an iPad 3"... hummm comment dire... mais alors à la septième minute, quand il colle ses autocollants de pommes croquées sur sa boîte de mauvais goût, ça tourne au ridicule.

D'autant que ce qu'il fait est interdit. Du moins, en France, la loi interdit clairement la reproduction sans autorisation de logo. Et l'absence d’exploitation commerciale n'est pas recevable contre une accusation de contrefaçon... donc si j'étais Liu, je retirerais cette vidéo d'internet fissa, avant que Apple n'en entende parler!

Quelques infos sur la contrefaçon:

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Nouvelles tablettes aussi chez Amazon

De son côté, Amazon prépare une évolution de ses Kindle et Kindle DX dont on ne sait pas grand chose (sinon que l'une serait tactile et l'autre pas), mais on peut parier sur un système Android customisé et une résolution d'affichage qui passerait au XGA (1024x768) comme sur le iriver Story HD.

En outre, Amazon  préparerait aussi une vrai tablette pour concurrencer l'iPad d'Apple sur certains usages (internet, video, musique). Cette nouvelle tablette étant, semble-t-il, dépourvue de caméra, on peut là parier que le prix sera agressif.

Rendez-vous en octobre pour les détails!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Liseuse électronique Iriver Story HD

C'est la première liseuse électronique qui utilise le nouveau service Google eBooks par défaut. Fabriquée par iriver et vendue par les magasins Target aux Etas-Unis, elle promet d'être une petite bombe (affichage XGA 1024x768, batterie longue durée, clavier QWERTY et dictionnaire intégré sont au programme).