Friday, 23 December 2011

Ubuntu 11.10 DVD Booklets?

So, I've been burning some Ubuntu 11.10 DVDs for use in my classes at College.

I found a really nice image to use as the Lightscribe Label (since they are Lightscribable discs, and I do have a Lightscribe drive it seemed a shame to forfeit the chance):

I hacked about with a previous DVD Wrap to make the case look really nice:

All seems ready to go, but something's missing... a booklet.

Anyone know where I could find a decent booklet to include inside the DVD box?  I was thinking that something like the content of these pages would be nice, but presented nicely.

Drop me a line if you have any thoughts.

Grant. :)

Monday, 31 October 2011

Google finally doors right by its Apps account users

Finally Google got Google Plus working for Apps users and got the Android app for it working pretty quickly too!

Could this be the start of Google finally paying their Apps users the attention we deserve instead of being left behind the test of the Google world?

Let's hope so.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Not impressee with Gogle's behaviour

So I have a Google Apps account that has supposedly been "transitioned" to a fully-fledged Google account.  But I have just found out that I can't have access to Google+, even if someone were to send me an invite, because Google+ requires that your Google account has an associated Google Profile... which is a feature that transitioned Google Apps accounts still don't have.  I did read a post somewhere quoting various Google staff that Google Profiles will be coming to transitioned Google Apps accounts "in a few months".  Funny that, I've heard that statement before!  As I.understand it, Google Buzz also requries a Google Profile and we Apps users were told that Google Profiles would be coming to Apps accounts "in a few months" then... this was a good year ago, if not more!

Anyway, enough about the Google+ thing.  There's something else that has irked me even more: Android Market.

I have had a 10" tablet running Android 2.1 since Christmas - a good 6 months or more.  One of the reasons I went for this particular tablet is because, unlike others, it seemed to have access to Android Market.  Hooray!  I have downloaded and installed many, many apps from the Android Market - including a good many paid-for applications - in this time.  This week when I visited, signed in with my primary Google Apps account (the transitioned one) and started browsing the apps I discovered that my tablet had mysteriously disappeared from my list of devices.  I duly contacted Android Market support only to be told that my device isn't "supported", and then the rest of the email gave me details of the Android Market licensing scheme... hmmm... not supported, or the manufacturer hasn't got a license?  What sounds more plausible here?

So, it would seem that Google are retrospectively disabling access to the Android Market - even where the devices in question have had access for a significant period already.  Now, although I'm a died-in-the-wood Free Software man, I do understand Google's need for licensing the Android Market application.  The bit that irks me?  As the user of the device, I have no way to change the situation.  They are retrospectively penalising us - the users - for actions or inactions of the device manufacturers!

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Android Startup Madness

Why does Android insist on running pretty much all installed applications on startup? I can't see any benefit in doing this. Anyone know how to stop this? I'd rather find a way to prevent it from happening instead of finding (yet another) application that merely sits there and kills the app once it has started.

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Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Amazon App Store for Android

So Amazon have launched an app store of its own for the Android platform (much to the chagrin of Apple, I'm sure). But guess what... it's only available for the US market.

I don't know about anyone else, but I for one am getting a bit tired of large, international companies treating us non-US techies as second class citizens. I do not believe for one moment that Amazon have found any technical difficulties in releasing/deploying their App Store for non-US country where they already have a working Amazon presence.

Come on Amazon, why won't you give us the same benefits that you're giving our American cousins?
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Thursday, 3 February 2011

Apple's newest big mistake

El Reg article here showing one of the latest mistakes from the orchard.

Apple are to reject any application that enables the developer to pursue a revenue stream outside of the AppStore. So if you're writing a cross-platform application that allows your users to purchase content on one device and use it on another, or even if you're thinking of writing an application which only gives users the full content if they've purchased a subscription (like certain newspapers), then think again.

Personally I think this is going to cause one helluva backlash against the orchard keepers. How are people like Spotify going to react to this news? As I see it, essentially Apple are saying, "30% of all subscriptions to Spotify for user of Spotify for iOS must be paid to Apple".