It looks like things are on the upside for the Open Alliance and their Android OS. Not only did the HTC Dream, the supposed flag-bearer of the Android, receive the seal of approval of the FCC; version 0.9 of the Android SDK is also now available which suggests that it probably won't be long before we see version 1.0 released, not only to developers, but importantly, to the public as well. There's more screen shots available at Engadget's Android photo gallery, but if you want further analysis, Gizmodo has a blow-by-blow account of the video and what this new iteration brings to the table. With these positive turn of events, the reported September release date might not be a far fetched idea after all. Aside from the steep prices of Globe, is this reason enough for you to forego purchasing an iPhone anytime soon?
Recently in Open Source Category
My group at the office had a rather early Christmas Party last weekend and I was able to snag a 128 MB thumb drive as a gift (the limit on the amount on the exchange gift prevented the giver of the gift from giving me one with a larger capacity) . Anyway, since I don't usually store my files outside of my notebook, I decided to just create my own "mobile toolkit" on that thumb drive.
So, the first thing I did was to download John T. Haller's PortableApps Suite Base Edition to give me some leeway on what to install on the drive. Then with the Suite in place, I installed the following apps on the thumbdrive:
7-Zip Portable -- an open source file compressor decompressor
Angry IP Scanner -- an IP address scanner
ClamWin Portable -- an open source virus scanning utility
GIMP Portable -- the open source equivalent of Adobe Photoshop (only better)
HoverSnap -- a screen capture software
PIN -- a password manager
Portable Firefox -- best web browser bar none
Portable VLC -- open source media player
TrueCrypt -- open source encryption software extraordinaire
All the programs I have on my thumb drive are either freeware or free and open source (FOSS) and they allow me to work wherever I need to go. Most of them are available free at PortableApps.com
How about the m-ph.com readers... I wonder what they have on their thumb drives?
note: this piece was originally posted at my blog Talkin' Tech.