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Monday, February 28, 2011

How to Force Portrait Mode on N900

By default, the N900 is basically set in landscape mode. To force applications to portrait mode, do the following.

If you've not done so yet, add and enable all repositories.

Install the Community Seamless Software Updates
Install a small package called CSSU Features. You can either search for it in the app manager or use the terminal

root (assuming you have Rootsh installed)
apt-get install cssufeatures

Go to the newly installed Cssu features, scroll down to Forced App auto rotation and choose all apps.

Click on the update button.

From now, all applications will be forced into portrait mode if the phone is so rotated.

Caveat
Please know that the CSSU is still under development and you intall it in the knowledge that you might have to reflash your device should you brick it in the process.

I'll not be responsible for any nuclear war started as a result of a bricked or broken device...:-).

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Of Turkeys, Eagles, and Burning Platforms


Some time after that fateful Friday, February 11th, we can look at the  MS / Nokia deal with a better perspective.
And make better conclusions about it.
In fact, the  deranged acts of the current directors of Nokia, ultimately, make much sense.
We just did not know the whole story. And we'll never know, of course. But with the little that came to light, we can make a better picture of the involved persons/entities .

Elop: It didn't take long to go public that he is the seventh biggest shareholder in Microsoft. And his actions as president of Nokia are very eloquent in this regard. Doing things like the "Burning Platform Memo," which was thought to be false, it is an insult to the entire culture of Nokia, and soon after it surfaced, the company's stock began to fall.
As president of Nokia, he acts as a Microsoft employee, helping one company over another. This type of conflict of interest is something that deserves further scrutiny, after all, such attitudes fit perfectly as white collar crimes.

Board of Nokia shareholders: Interesting to know that several big Microsoft shareholders also have many shares of Nokia. And they chose to sacrifice Nokia now, trying to make Microsoft to thrive in the cell phone  market. The maneuver did not work, since the announcement of the deal, Nokia's shares have fallen 25% , while Microsoft's shares are still low. Shares of Google, on the other hand, rose by 8% when the deal was announced.

Symbian: Much is said, that the division responsible for Symbian has grown so much, both in importance and political power within Nokia, that it began to clamp the company's ability to make decisions quickly and be agile, and obviously acted to protect itself. The deal with Microsoft would be a response to the  Symbian division, ending its days of influence within Nokia.

Nokia: Nokia as a company could not have taken a worse decision. At a time when the hardware is commoditizing, that large profits are coming from software and services, Nokia will throw away its chance of being able to control its destiny, and have influence in services (Ovistore - Maps) and AppStore, to become another Microsoft OEM manufacturer. And it will happen what happened in the market of personal computers, where the hardware was a major source of income just in the beginning, with several different brands and manufacturers. When the IBM PC became an industry standard, Microsoft was the only one to profit high with it. The rest, manufacturers, OEM's and others,  were getting tighter and tighter margins.
And what's worse, since the announcement of the agreement, Nokia's shares are in free fall, and the company lost somewhere around 11 billion dollars in market value.

About Nokia expect it to become much more aggressive against manufacturers of mobile phones that use Android (patent lawsuits), since both Horacio Gutierrez(Microsoft) and Elop  said they will jointly protect intellectual property from both companies.

Steve Ballmer: This great "strategist," Microsoft's CEO tried this maneuver, to save his job. A very good plan, were not his competitors  Google and Apple. With this maneuver, practically, Ballmer has transformed Nokia into another subsidiary of Microsoft, for US$ 0.
And, there is nothing new. He has done the same with Yahoo, where he planted Carol Bartz, and everyone saw the result: Yahoo was the second largest firm in searches in Internet, has become nothing but an empty shell. And expect to happen with Nokia what has happened with Yahoo, closure of projects, mass layoffs, end of divisions.
Of course everything must be some secret plan from Steve Ballmer, devaluing  Nokia until he can buy it for changes.

Intel: Intel desperately needed Nokia, so it  joined forces with Nokia, creating Meego, which was part its creation (Moblin) and part Maemo (Nokia's creation)
Intel loses badly in the mobile and embedded scenarios, always behind the ARM RISC processors,  that are much smaller, efficient in power consumption and heat dissipation without losing processing power.
In the embedded / mobile, Intel's still pitching its Atom platform, without much success.
Now without Nokia, Intel is adrift, looking for any other manufacturer who is interested in its Meego operating system .

Qt: Qt's staff, although very optimistic, are in a extremely delicate situation: As  Symbian was officially announced as a dying platform, the future development of Qt is threatened. In Elop's plans, they will sell another 150 million units with Symbian in the next two years and then shut down. And what will be of Qt then? Being a very good framework, Elop would never let it out of his control, after all, it would compete with the Microsoft Windows platforms. Chances are he will do like Oracle did with OpenSolaris:  let it to die slowly, and terminated its development.
Therefore, it is urgent to fork Qt, for  the sake of KDE, and so many great programs written on Qt.

Microsoft: It was the only winner in this deal. It desperately needed any traditional manufacturer to pick up its WP7 platform,  because since its launch, interest in it was close to none. And has gotten, simply the world's largest maker of mobile phones.
With its "employee" Elop in Nokia's helm, Microsoft can get close to many patents in mobile telephony, and with his clumsy actions at the helm of Nokia, the company's value tends to decrease even more.
Microsoft not only manages to get a manufacturer for its turkey mobile OS, it also can get to buy a nearly bankrupt Nokia, and quite cheap.
It is no secret that Microsoft achieved this agreement injecting money in Nokia, paid a lot of cash for Nokia  to go WP7's way, but, even with the "advantages" for Nokia (save a lot of cash in R & D), these acts did not improve Microsoft's stock, which loses billions in its disastrous online adventures  (Bing, Xbox Live and now WP7). But the source of Microsoft's money  is finite, and they are now borrowing billions of dollars. Of course it is something that is not highly publicized, so the company does not have its image tarnished.

Nobody can know, however, what will happen. Maybe Nokia has success with the  Meego powered phone  it is to launch this year. Who knows, it may even draw attention back to Meego and give a new breath of life in the Nokia Meego platform. Maybe Nokia will successfully  sell the WP7 phones . Maybe Microsoft will sink so much in debt that it goes bankrupt.

Anything can happen, but, to paraphrase Vic Gundotra, Google VP for mobile technology, two turkeys do not make an eagle. And that's what Nokia + Microsoft are today, two halves, desperately trying to make a whole.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Community SSU- Keep Your N900 OS Constantly Updated Without Nokia

Seamless Software Updates is a term coined by Nokia to refer to the pain-free method of updating the OS of your Nokia Internet Devices like the N900.


With the company now defecting to the Windows camp, the maintenance of Maemo 5 has virtually fallen on the shoulders of the community. To enjoy continous updates of your OS from the Maemo Community, you'd need to install the Community Seamless Software Updates or CSSU.


Basically what this does on setup is that it runs a small script which adds the Maemo Community repos to your software sources and tells the Hildon Application Manager to use the custom community repos for updates.






It comes with bug fixes and features such as support for portrait mode in the menu and also the ability to force applications to use the portait mode. It is important to know however, that this software is still under development and only recommended if you are willing to risk a flash of your device.


I have installed it however and find it working perfectly with no system upsets. Installing the CSSU is easy and takes just a few minutes by following the steps on the wiki page. I highly recommend it to all N900 enthusiats who want to enjoy the use of this awesome device for a long time to com.

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Debian Squeeze: about relevance and visibility

The new awaited Debian 6.0 “Squeeze” has been recently released. I only got it a quick look on my blog. What more surprised me has been all the discussion about Debian “relevance” that appeared on the Internet just after Debian release (for example here and there). I'm not going to defend Debian here, there is no need, many people has already done it and I couldn't add more of information to the whole discussion.


My opinion is that many people has mistaken as a loss of relevance of Debian what it's simply a loss in visibility. Let me explain it a little: there are many features in a software product that aren't visible at all, just think to security or reliability. You can see how your software is secure and reliable only by how many problems you do not have. This is also true outside of the software world: in a car, for example, you'll never see your air-bag working unless you have an accident. In the software world it happens that some applications have ever more invisible than visible features until they becomes what I call “invisible software”.


I'm mostly an invisible software developer, that's why I'm particularly interested in the subject. I often develop web-services, in my job, you'll have probably seen a lot of applications, applets, web pages using web services but have you ever seen one working? There are disadvantages in writing invisible software since many people will not understand what your job is but there are advantages too: I've seen more arguments about a button colour than about a communication protocol.


Coming back to Debian, our famous distribution seems to be slowly drifting toward invisibility. It's not loosing relevance, since many important and popular distributions are based on Debian, but ever less people install Debian on their computer because they find a derived distribution that better fit their needs. Debian is becoming a sort of framework to build distributions where the invisible features like security, reliability, and coherence in licenses are ever more important.


Is that bad? I don't think so. That's the way complex software development takes, it's natural that somebody specializes itself in building the base bricks avoiding others reinventing the wheel.


What's next? Is up to Debian community to decide if they will continue on the current road or try to gain back visibility by adding features that more fit to common users. Anyway, as I said, there are advantages in writing “invisible software”.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dear Nokia We Know You are Confused- Just Don't Try Confusing Us

If there is one thing that has become manifestly clear in the last week with regards to Nokia, it is that the company is confused. There was a change of tone, albeit a slight one on Saturday about the future of Symbian following Friday's NoWin press event announcing its imminent death.

The argument put forward by Steven Elop, the Microsoft shareholder turned Nokia CEO, is that going with Android would have made them just one more OEM with little chance of differentiation...fragmentation anyone? But by choosing Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 he argued, would help create a third force in a two horse race, referring to Apples iOS and Google's Android. I'm assuming all that Elop sees is what he's telling us. 

I know of very few people who think this is a good strategic move except for mostly the app crazed who basically see everything as an app, you know, Farting apps, throwing birds on pig apps and so forth. To such group, joining WP7 will give Nokia the developer base it needs to get quality apps to push to its customers. The rest of die hard Nokia users and fans like myself see nothing but a company that has willingly signed its death warrant. Let's see why shall we?

First of all, the argument that Nokia needs WP7 to be able to take on Android is really funny. Elop contends that Symbian is not fit for that (I agree with that assertion). What I don't get is first the obsession with Android as opposed to user experience. Why is Nokia so suddenly fixated on Android? All his talk on Friday seemed to be about how to outdo Google's OS. Does Elop actually know that Android is not necessarily huge outside of North America? What end are they seeking to achieve by turning the entire strategy of a global company to take on an OS that is popular in a very small geographical area, relatively speaking?

'Code once deploy everywhere" was Nokia's mantra to developers less than six months ago. Then suddenly they turn round to tell the same developers "well you know, we think we lied about Qt and all that we've been saying, Microsoft is the future." Do you really want to be taken seriously? This NoWin move would have been really sensible business-wise if Nokia was in a weak position.

It was not. Nokia was not like Motorola or Sony Ericson pre-Android. The only problem Nokia was facing was overcoming the 'implosion' and internal 'civil war' that characterizes all such huge companies. Symbian was clearly not cut out for highend devices. Nokia saw this and started work on Maemo which it later fused with Intel's Moblin to become MeeGo. MeeGo was not going to be just a mobile OS. It's meant to be an all round utility OS for a myriad of devices-laptops, netbooks, set top boxes, embedded devices, mobile phones and more.

Anybody who has used their last flagship device, the N900, cannot argue that Maemo was a bad OS. It's almost at par with the competition. All that was needed was just a will to build something internally for the high end devices, the only thing Nokia lacks. And what do we see, a Microsoft shareholder gets appointed (?) as the CEO, he sings to all you can think of about Qt and MeeGo, then suddenly turns around to tell us he thinks the're not ready and have no future.
Of course I'd really be naive to think all was rosy in the march to MeeGo. Work needed to be done. But what bugs me is how Nokia can just suddenly relegate it to the backburners in favor of an "ecosystem" from Microsoft. And not only have they relegated MeeGo, but also a large and active community that was forming around what everybody believed to be Nokia's future weapon against Android, iOS and RIM.

I could go on and on. But one thing is certain, Nokia is now a confused company and they are trying to confuse us as well. We hear things like "Symbian is not dying, we have 150m more devices to ship" and so on. Here is a company that ships 20+ million devices each quarter, how long will it take to finish shipping 150m? Then after they ship all the 150m Symbian phones, then what? For how long are they going to keep supporting people who buy those devices? Is there going to be an upgrade path for them to WP7 or they are going to end up with some legacy piece of metal? Haha. It's funny from where I sit. 

I also find it quite funny that Nokia expects to take on Android when it finally ships its WP7 devices (when??). What I'm reading between the lines is that they are assuming both Android and iOS are going to remain stagnant (I'm I wrong??). Well, with the slew of devices being announced at the MWC currently underway in Barcelona, I can confidently see Android sojourning on. Oh, and lets not forget, iPhone 5 is coming out somewhere mid this year. And I also read that Apple is working on a version of the iPhone for the mid part of the smart-phone market. Not sure I need to stress how disruptive it could be for Nokia, seeing that part of the market has been its preserve for a long time.

Nokia has made its choice, and in as much as some of us do not think it's the right choice, we wish them well. I personally will not be in a hurry to buy a new Nokia phone anytime soon, of course should they decide to send me one to prove a point, I'd gladly accept (who wouldn't want a free phone anyway? :-)), but for now, I think my love affair with Nokia is drawing to a close. Android, here I come.



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Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Nokia N900- Long Live the Device

I was pretty much excited when I bought my N900 device. I knew I had made a right choice by going for the 'eternal' device from Nokia, the legendary mobile phone maker. I was really looking forward to MeeGo when Nokia would finally shift to it as their primary platform in their fightback strategy. But now I am left wondering if my judgment was right.

With the new Microsoft shareholder turned CEO of  Nokia, the successor to Maemo 5, the N900 OS, that we all know as MeeGo is as good as dead. I personally felt really disappointed at the news that MeeGo was going to be used in powering devices that are meant to 'disrupt', whatever that means. If you ask me, I'd simply tell you Nokia made the biggest strategic blunder in their entire 143 year history. But that's the subject of another post.

I just want to make a tribute to the N900, the best phone ever released by Nokia, and probably the last. As a mobile computer with phone capabilities built in, the device is everything a user could ever hope for. More than a device, it was a converged communication device that does what it is meant to do, with no flaws.

Take Conversations, your unified messaging box that has all your IMs and SMS. And by IM I mean on all networks, from Google Talk to Yahoo to Skype to you name it. With a threaded view, you can always see the context of your messages. Tap on a message and see every single one you've ever sent or received from that contact.

Then there is the Voip integration on the device. At the time of the release, it really was ahead of the it's time. Simply enter your Skype and Google Talk credentials and you have the two Voip networks integrated into your phone calling function. Tap a contact and you automatically get an option to either call them via GSM or Skype. Never seen such tight and seamless integration. 

And then the browser. Think of your desktop browser on your palms. Page rendering on a mobile device like never before. Add the availability of Firefox mobile with support for addons and you are ahead of any single device out there in surfing the internet!

For power users, there is the terminal that makes completing tasks a matter of entering a few commands. With Debian, you have a full fledged, powerful OS running the device. I could go on and on about the N900. It's still a device that can compete head on with most of the high end devices out there. Nokia seriously had a winner in the N900. They only needed to convince people it was not just for geeks. 

Like I said, Nokia found itself in a rut and kept on digging. Now they've been given a helping hand by none other than Redmond. In as much as I am disappointed about their utter smashing of MeeGo from their strategic lineup, I'm glad I still got this device. 

Though Nokia has decided to jump a strong ship that can withstand the toughest storms to one that is still struggling to make any impact, Intel has reaffirmed their continuous support for MeeGo. Also, what really gives me hope is what we commonly refer to as Community. Yes, the community hardly disappoints. Long live the Nokia N900...my last Nokia device!

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

On Nokia going down Microsoft's Lane



Oh, boy, how I wanted to write something about this travesty.
Well, let's start enumerating the issues:


1-Where were the Nokia's shareholders minds, when they brought Elop onboard Nokia?


2-The man is a bureaucrat, he's not a techie. I mean,  bureaucrats do what bureaucrats do: cut costs and fire people.


3-Nokia needs a visionary, not a bureaucrat. They need a Jobs, not another Ron Hovsepian. And Hovsepian things is what Elop will do


4-Oh, no, the guy says they're standing on a burning platform, and then, he tries to extinguish fire with gasoline... That's amazing.


5-Nokia has years of development with Symbian and a fair amount of time developing Meego. They crossed all the way the ocean, and, when they are about to reach the shore, the "CEO" says: No, let's backtrack and forget all we've done so far. Jeesus Merciful, what a MORON.


6-And then, he speaks about ecosystems, saying Nokia's attempts  produced no results. Ok, I give him that, let's say that would be true(it's not). Well, what the Einstein does then? Chooses a platform with NO ECOSYSTEM AT ALL. Oh, boy, are you sure this guy is not suffering from detachment from reality ?


7-Then, make all that noise Nokia's in trouble. It's not. Actually, M$ is in more trouble than Nokia. The fact is, Nokia's suffers because it's big. What's easier to move around? An elephant or an ant ? Nokia's gigantic size is their problem, they can't move fast enough, and can't match Apple's speed, since Apple has only Hypefone to take care, nor Google's speed, since Google only makes the operating system, and does not have to care about hardware.


8-Then, I say: Choosing WMP7 over their own in house creations will fail to make waves, he's just exchanging a number six for half a dozen. Nokia's problem is not the mobile OS, it is its size, and, if they don't do something about it, not even Einstein coupled with, say, Alan Touring, can save them.


Let's say Nokia today is like IBM from the past 70's. IBM could not compete with the growing home computer market. Then, they hired M$ to make their operating system. Well, the rest of this history, everybody knows: IBM almost went down the drain, and M$ became a powerful behemoth, that still harms IT to this day. Seems like folks at Nokia haven't learned from history.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

JayCut- An Online Video Editor Worth Knowing

There are times when you are not on your own machine but need to edit a video you took, probably on your smartphone. Or perhaps the video editing application you run on your machine seems too beefy for the little editing you want to do. JayCut, a browser based video editing application could be your answer.




Available in 11 languages, the JayCut web video editor gives you all the basic features you will need to add those touches to your video. You can either upload a video file for editing, record one through your webcam or microphone (audio of course).


Next time you are out and about and need to edit that video, you might want to fire up the browser and give JayCut a try.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Why is Nokia Complicating their Plight?

It never ceases to amaze me how much both people and corporations needlessly keep digging when they find themselves in a rut. There's no doubt that Nokia, the once pinnacle of mobile innovation is in a rut, and worse still, it keeps digging.


First they were resting on their laurels of "being the leaders in emerging markets", until Samsung came into the equation. Then they were leaders in mobile innovation-yes, the Nokia 6600 for instance was a phone way ahead of its time- until Apple kickstarted the storm.


There are so many instances where Nokia lagged behind or miscalculated, but in almost all situations it had the chance to catch up. What's interesting is that it seems the management of the company are the only ones who don't see the chance to remedy their blunder. Let me give two examples.


A device like the N8 should not have shipped with Symbian. Whether Symbian 3 or 500, the OS just doesn't cut it for high end devices. Yet Nokia keeps shipping it on the high end of their product lines. Then take a masterpiece of a device like the N900, which I keep refering to in conversations with friends as the eternal device.


What does Nokia do with it? They leave it hanging. No follow up device. No clear path as to how users of Maemo like myself are going to get admitted into the Meego party. Nothing. They release a stunning device that gets lots of positive reviews and poof, they just sit there. Meego is taking eternity to brew in the lab, and we have Ellop trash talking it before it even gets to market.


Nokia's woes are mainly caused by a lack of ability to just stop digging in the rut. Relegate Symbian to mid and low end phones. Give us a device (probably a follow up to the N900) powered by MeeGo. Fill the Ovi store with more great apps (the ovi store on the N900 for instance is virtually empty). Give developers a reason to develop for your platform too instead of just iOS or Android.


Dual sim phones are the emerging trend in places like Africa, flood your dual sim devices there. Court developers. They don't care the number of countries you are in, they want a platform of the future, give them MeeGo. Go back to the days when Nokia phones were the pacestters.


Of course I'd be naive to think that running a company with 128000 workers is childs play. But are the solutions to Nokia's problems really that rocket science? Friday the 11th of February will tell.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Twimgo- An Awesome Twitter Client For Nokia Devices

As an N900 user, one of the things that I miss sourly on the Maemo platform is very useful social media clients, especially for Twitter. Twimgo, a QT based Twitter app written by Tommi Laukkanen  has filled that void. 
The latest version, 2.6, which runs on the N900 and other Symbian^3 devices with QT 4.7 installed, comes with a complete rewrite of the UI. It comes with all the standard Twitter features such as mentions, status update, DMs, search, lists and trends. 

You can also follow and unfollow, see messages in their context with previous message and more. If you are a Maemo or N8 user who hangs out on Twitter, Twimgo is a must have app. For the price at which it comes, you have no excuse not to try it out.

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

5 Free Computer Science Resources for Beginners

Back in late last year I set out to learn Python, the open source programming language. I was greatly inspired by my very good friend about the power of the language so I took the plunge. As I sojourn in my quest to master the Python language, the following 5 resources have helped a great deal in introducing me to the science of computer programming/engineering. 
 
This Google site has a number of tutorials freely available for beginners. Languages covered include Python, Java, C++ among others. It also features video tutorials and a discussion forum.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's open courseware has extensive lectures on the subject of computer science and programming in a wide array of formats: audio, video, pdf etc. 

Professor David J. Malan of Harvard University really does a great job with the CS50 program. "More than just teach you how to program, this course teaches you how to think more methodically and how to solve problems more effectively. As such, its lessons are applicable well beyond the boundaries of computer science itself." Very much worth your time.

This book, authored by Allen B. Downey is an easy to understand introduction to software design using the Python language is a reference framework. It is available for free download in PDF or purchase in hardcopy from Amazon.

The Stanford University Engineering Department has an introduction to computer science program designed to introduce readers to "the engineering of computer applications emphasizing modern software engineering principles: object-oriented design, decomposition, encapsulation, abstraction, and testing. "

So there you have them all. These are the five resources that are helping me a great deal in navigating the complex world of computer programming/engineering on my own. If you are a beginner, then you definitely need to give these courses a try.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Ghana- Of Port Corruption and the Use of Technology

There's a lot of talk in Ghana about the latest release by the nation's most famous underground investigative reporter about massive corruption at the state port in Tema. Personally, I am not so much interested in the story as I am about why we allow such things to happen easily in this day and age.

A cursory look at procedures at the harbor, and indeed in almost all spheres of our public institutions, one thing that stands out is how lagging behind we are in terms of automation. Shuffling papers about, moving from office to office, signature after signature, all means one thing- more human involvement. 

Having more human involvement in any institution simply opens up room for abuse of office. If you need me to sign something, and without my signature, you cannot proceed to the next step, then you are at my mercy and will be ready to do anything I tell you to. What bugs me really, is that if the many needless paper shuffling and signatures are all meant to authenticate transactions, can't computers through automation do better than humans?

I cannot honestly understand why the government, and for that matter, most African governments, don't just make full use of technology. This abhorring act of plain theft at the Tema Harbor is just one of the many, many unreported cases of thievery going on in this country. And all this can be reduced to the barest minimum if only our government will be willing to move to the 21st century. 

Of course I am not naive to think that our corruption ridden society will heal overnight, no. What I firmly believe in is that when the necessary foundations for fighting corruption are laid, that in itself will surely act as a detterent in one way or the other. We cannot just be losing over $200m US in revenues through tax evasion and then turn around and sing the praises of some really initiatives by the West in the name of taking us out of poverty. 

Instead of the nation bickering about how bad those people there are milking the nation dry, I'd like to hear an honest, intellectual discussion about how to prevent a few insatiably greedy people from milking the remaining 25m of us dry. Let us think of how we can use technology to better our lives and fight corruption. The age of "man-power" should be over, let the time of automation be now.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Streamie- An Open Source Twitter Web App Worth Trying

Streamie is a simple web based application for accessing and managing your Twitter account. It is real time just like Identi.Ca with updates flowing in as they are posted by your contacts.

Built on current web standards like HTML5, it runs on all modern browsers-though it repeatedly crashed Firefox on my box- with the developers recommending Google Chrome. It is open source and can be 'mashed' up to your tastes.

Streamie features a simple and clean interface in an easy to use layout. There are icons for '@' replies, a show all of your stream, a button to show only retweets, favourites, direct message, settings and a compose tweet button.

It also features geotagging of tweets using your current location and the ability to use Chrome's built in notification system. All in all, I like Streamie for it's simplicity and functionalities. 

I am not switching to it full time, but will be using it more in the coming days to send useful feedback to the developers. If you are shopping for a new Twitter client, Streamie might be a good choice to try out.

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