Thursday, November 12 2015

Thursday, September 4 2014

[21:49:56] matt []/Merch Interesingly, where I had service dark areas with the LG/Google Nexus 4, the Nokia N900 has reasonable UMTS reception.

Monday, September 16 2013

[22:34:19] matt []/Trip Apparently Google will reject unsubscribe request for GoogleGroups unless you have a reverse pointer (and a bunch of other rules). That sounds like a violation of CAN-SPAM; there's no sane reason for those rules in place to manage an existing subscription.

Wednesday, May 22 2013

[20:39:39] matt []/Trip Admittedly, most people I know aren't most people. Nonetheless, dropping XMPP makes Google Talk much, much less useful.

Saturday, March 23 2013

[19:44:32] matt []/navic "Screen reader users, click here to turn off Google Instant"

Wednesday, January 18 2012

Cool URIs Don't Change
[20:30:38] matt []/Trip All of the Google Buzz RSS feeds are black.

Tuesday, December 20 2011

Google Alerts
[14:38:33] matt []/Trip Many people may not be aware that I actually use Google for its 'Alerts' feature, which is pretty useful. As Google looks around the Web, if they find something that matches terms you have registered, it will send you an eMail.

I get a lot from various news sources. What I really want is to hit reply and correct them. Maybe that will be in version 2.

Wednesday, October 19 2011

[14:24:17] matt []/Merch With the Android 4 SDK (ice cream sandwich) being released, Google and Samsung have announced the new Google phone (Galaxy Nexus), which looks striking similar to the previous model in terms of hardware spec.
[14:26:34] matt []/Merch I am wondering if the minor bump in spec brought by the Google Galaxy Nexus mobile device is indicatie of a maturation and slow-down in terms of mobile device hardware, and a larger shift towards a focus on software power.

Monday, August 15 2011

[22:09:47] matt []/Merch What is the difference between Google's plus and buzz products?

Wednesday, July 27 2011

One Hour with the WebOS TouchPad
[17:16:54] matt []/Psi.dementia The web browser has different trade-offs with the pre-IOS5 web kit browser. General display is better, but there are instances where the scrolling is broken until you zoom in or out first; support for Arabic is noticeably absent by default.

The device itself collects and displays fingerprints more-so than others I've used (Apple iPad, Nokia N900, Samsung/Google Nexus S).

Oddly, when I set the language to Spanish, it still showed the Google location services terms-of-service in English. Other license agreements were in Spanish.

It required me to create a "WebOS" account with my name and eMail address. It didn't require me to set the timezone, which it presumably got from my location.

My co-worker, and IOS advocate, voiced that there weren't enough apps in the store, and that the UI looked too much like KDE.

I might like it better than an IOS device--the fact that I can switch between the Web browser and other programs without closing each in turn is a large part of this--but I'm not sure that I would buy one on my own. It seems rough still, but still promising. If it hadn't been for the disruption of Palm going out of business and being acquired by HP, I would imagine that a lot of these rough edges would have been polished, and am dissapointed that this hypothetical device isn't what it is my hands.

Wednesday, February 23 2011

Not Quite Ready For Prime Time Operating Systems
[16:17:33] matt []/Psi.dementia

We just got Jamie's Android phone in the mail yesterday, the venerable Google-branded Nexus S--currently the state-of-the-art in Android phones.

It's not immediately obvious how to get a calendar onto the device.

Monday, February 14 2011

[23:29:46] matt []/Merch Between 20:53:56 and 23:23:38 UTC, Google's public mail servers began rejecting my eMail.
[23:30:30] matt []/Merch I can no longer converse with people using Google's mail service. Please use alternative means.

Friday, February 11 2011

[13:27:02] matt []/Merch Google's new "2-step" authentication, not to be confused with the more secure "2-factor"
[13:30:59] matt []/Merch It's interesting that Google both released something confusingly similar to two-factor AND that they called it something different (but more accurate to their implementation.)

Friday, January 21 2011

[20:38:25] matt []/Merch Nokia N8's Web browser supports fixed positioning mostly right--at least it tries. That's a lot better than either Google's Android's Web browser or Apple's iOS Web browser.

Thursday, December 9 2010

[14:16:10] matt []/Merch Interstingly, Google's Jabber system just sent me two auth requests. I haven't changed anything on my side since before the summer; perhaps they have a six month heartbeat?

Tuesday, April 13 2010