The Ideal Smartphone?


Fujitsu Siemens Pocket LOOX T830 – infoSync World

The LOOX kill. The feature set is just amazing – 3G with video calling, antenna-less GPS, 2 Mega Pixel camera, Bluetooth Stereo, SDIO, Wi-Fi…. I am already panting. Add WM 5 to this and you have a phone any business user will lust for. If marketed properly, this phone is bound to become a big hit.

Wait and watch till Q2 2006.

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No Mercy

Two interesting Graffitis which I happened to see while commuting to Office in the morning today.

Written on the rear windshield of a call taxi: “Hypothecated to God”. (He is so close to God that he can easily send you to Him).

On the back of a Call center vehicle: “No Mercy”. Take that! You can’t have a better one.

Lets make some games baby

These days when I am not playing with my Intel Mac (Okay.. Okay the Compaq V2000), I ‘play’ on another device – my new Sony PSP. The only game titles that I have right now are Wipeout Pure and Ridge Racer. I just fell in love with the graphics of Ridge Racer – and in the last one month made some great progress (by my standards) from Basic to EX tours. I find the 2 cars race in Pro and EX tours to be the most difficult to clear.

The best thing about my PSP is its ability to play homebrews. I still have firmware v1.5 which is great for hacking. I am planning never to upgrade to any higher version of firmwares. (2.6 still requires the GTA UMD to run home brews. No plans to buy this game just to play home brew games. Lumines is a better option for me.). Coming to the point of this blog, I mainly bought the PSP to do some game development. I find game programming to be the most complex and challenging in all kinds of (sometimes silly) programming that I have ever done. I am reading Andre Lamothe’s “Tricks of Windows Game Programming Gurus” currently. Though the book mainly concentrates on Windows Game Programming using DirectX, the principles apply to any platform – I just ignore the DirectX part. The irony is that I am reading the Windows Game Programming book on a Mac ( He.. He..) and developing the games for PSP. (I compiled and installed the PSPSDK cross compiler on OS X). I am planning to publish the source code for the PSP games on this website as I slowly make the progress. We shall start looking at how to display some images, then animate the images, create game loops etc., soon.

BTW, I find mac to be an excellent development platform – the stability of UNIX and useability (more?) of Windows coupled with a great looking GUI, the mac is an ideal platform for anyone doing coding on UNIX.

OSx86 Project returns!

Finally, the OS x86 Project website has returned to life. (http://www.osx86project.org) Thanks to the efforts of great hackers like Maxxuxx and forum members like JaS, many geeks and newbies are running highly useable versions of Mac OS X on their laptops and PCs. In the past, I have observed that whenever apple serves a website or a company with a DMCA violation notice, that sounded the death knell for the company. Very rarely any of them bounced back. But not os x86 project.

The truth is, for several months now, this website and its associated forum and wiki have been serving as a great test bed for Apple’s intel OS X. So many bugs were reported and work-arounds were published by the forum members and I have no doubt that Apple benefited a lot from these sources of info. It is very apparent that the DMCA violation notices were served only after Mac OS X86 came out of beta.

BTW, in this age of internet were you can even host a website from Antartica, Apple’s efforts may prove futile if the number of new win2osx.net-like websites that have cropped up in the last few days are any indication. For a list of these websites, please go to hacker-par-excellence Maxxuss website at http://maxxuss.hotbox.ru.

Well, I do not condone piracy and will never upgrade to the hacked version of OS X 10.4.4. (I am still running 10.4.3 8F1111a build, which was the last developer build publicly available) or above until Steve releases a retail versio of OS X. (Which I don’t see coming. I am waiting for the new iteration of mac mini to come.)