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Wednesday 6 November 2013

New Piece in the Puzzle


It has been quite a while quiet in my documentation as I have been travelling and working on my day job a lot lately. So let’s catch up with the latest.


First of all I got new addition to my digital tool belt few weeks ago. TBS2700 Hamlet Android Tablet. I purchased it with the idea that if it does not perform by my expectations I will just use it as 7 inch remote controller for my apartment. Well not going to happen that it would be dedicated. This beast is really impressive with it’s  1280x800 IPS screen, 4 core cpu, dual core gpu and in normal use easily 7-8 hrs of battery life. I haven’t touched my laptop too much since as the tablet is just convenient enough to do the daily surfing, tweeting and news reads.


There was a good deal for it in aliexpress* and got just under $120 delivered with 8gig extra memory card.


Only the firmware of this TBS2700 did not impress me too much. The apps manufacturer thinks everyone wants to use no matter what was something I really couldn’t agree. So fw upgrade package from tbs** website and I started to poke around. I got the tablet couple of times hanging at the boot and not coming up again, but fortunately the FW flash still worked. So I just dropped next try in and couple of hours of trial and error I finally got the vendor apps cleaned and some of my own into the FW bundle.


Yesterday I was shopping in local Woodie’s*** and got some things to improve my project. Nothing special just a table lamp (which will be cannibalized and instead being mains powered, I’ll fit that with the led stripe as well), 18V cordless drill and some fittings to get stuff hanging on the walls.


At the same trip I also visited D.I.D Electrical**** and got one TP-Link TL-WR841N wireless router. It seems that plain old switches are hard to come by nowadays. No worries, that is running OpenWrt***** already and will be serving my project network in future.


I’m also a bit in shortage of components and have been waiting some bits and pieces from China now almost a month. Today the tracking info gave me bit a light at the end of the tunnel as next 20m of the RGB led strip has arrived this morning to Dublin. Expecting having them tomorrow then.







Sunday 23 June 2013

Jolla With Sailfish OS


I just realized that the new Jolla phone has been in pre order for my region for almost a month. I really need to get my hands on one of those when they come available.


So what is Jolla* and what is Sailfish OS**. Lets start with Sailfish OS.


Sailfish OS is truly open source mobile OS that has it roots in MeeGo. Yeah the mobe OS that was supposed to change the world before Nokia became a Micro$oft store. The cool thing about Sailfish OS is that it does not need full scale app market to be built from scratch. Android apps will work just fine or you can get the native apps when they pop up. The controls are based on gestures rather than small icons or buttons and it has real multitasking. Your apps actually keeps on running when you do something else and you can you can control your apps running in the background via these active covers. Again gestures, easy to use and full multitasking.


Couple of other things around the OS before we jump into the Jolla. Sailfish OS has it’s SDK out already. So you can go to their website (link at the footnotes), download the SDK and start developing your own projects and getting familiar with the platform. The SDK is available for Linux, Windows and Mac so pick your preference. It’s not meant to be just phone environment either. You might see Sailfish OS landing to tabs obviously, PCs, car entertainment systems, smart TVs etc. Current support is for ARM and x86 CPUs and it scales well from single core to multi core systems.


So what’s this Jolla then. Jolla is bunch of enthusiastic mobe people building ecosystem around Sailfish OS. They launched first Sailfish OS phone (surprisingly called Jolla) which should be available by the end of the year. But even they are coming out with their own phone they are trying to partner with all kind of gadget companies to build partnership and that ecosystem for Sailfish OS. They’re not like Apple guys who are like Gollum with their precious iThingies. These guys try to get everyone involved and make the best out of that openness. Really cool.


I was really sad when I heard that the MeeGo was killed and all that great innovation around it was effectively for nothing. Let’s hope that these guys, collectively on their own Jolla (which is Finnish word for those really small sailing boats btw.) can bring that innovation, joy and community back together.