Monthly Archives: May 2012

Open webOS Might Have a Future Now

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We determined that we are not prepared to just sit back and hope for the best, so we began our preparations to adopt Open webOS when it is released, and we will continue from where HP left off. But what does that even mean? It means to address the inadequacies of webOS itself, it means to have a constant dialogue with the greater community of users regarding the inadequacies of webOS, and working on adding new features and fixing annoying bugs. And, ultimately, it means to increase the selection of devices that webOS can run on—first by porting it to desirable new hardware already available on the market, and eventually over the long term by working with an established manufacturer to introduce a line of custom webOS devices.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

If I were them, I’d pick just three Android tablets as targets for getting Open webOS running on them.

I’d like to see them target the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7″ (all generations), the Barnes & Noble NookColor, and the current 7″ Kindle Fire.


The Samsung tablets are sleek hardware. So is the NookColor. The Fire is the most popular Android tablet. And by early next year, people should be able to pick up any of these used for about US$99. That would be a very inexpensive entry point for people to experiment with Open webOS.

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This Blog Is Not Dead

The absence of new daily posts reflects a recalibration of my radar.

So much of what’s out there is just too small to motivate me into a post. And so much that’s been happening is just a remix of what’s come before. Or is boring (to me) arguing over “standards” of some sort.

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Memorial Day 2012

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I Can’t Watch Cop TV Anymore

There are still people winding up at this blog searching for the Showcase TV series, King. So I thought I’d explain the lack of new posts here about it.

I’ve had to stop watching it.

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Using A Single Word To Hide The Truth

Number of the Week: Half of U.S. Lives in Household Getting Benefits

The increase in recent years is likely due in large part to the lingering effects of the recession. As of early 2011, 15% of people lived in a household that received food stamps, 26% had someone enrolled in Medicaid and 2% had a member receiving unemployment benefits. Families doubling up to save money or pool expenses also is likely leading to more multigenerational households. But even without the effects of the recession, there would be a larger reliance on government.

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Art Does Not Come From Hallmark Cards

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Advice Of The Year

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The iPad Mini Will Mean The Death of eInk

Oh yes it will!

Let me get the basic objections out of the way:

1) eInk devices are cheaper
2) eInk devices are lighter
3) eInk devices can be read outside
4) eInk devices don’t hurt eyes

None of that matters to the general buying public.

If it did, we’d see eInk devices literally everywhere. We wouldn’t see a single iPad or Android tablet anywhere used for reading. Amazon would not have sold as many Kindle Fire (estimated at five million) as they did. The company that produces eInk would send out press releases about possible shortages due to overwhelming manufacturing demand. Plastic Logic would still be in the game.

You eInk users are a minority that will be ignored.

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Occupy Wall Street: May 26, 2012

Photos taken today Saturday May 26, 2012. Resized and resampled to VGA, click any to enlarge.

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American Degeneration

Photo taken today Saturday May 26, 2012. Resized and resampled to VGA, click to enlarge.

Can you believe it?

What’s next? Outlawing hats and sunglasses so the facial recognition cameras of the Police State can database all of us as we pass them on the public streets?

How about requiring licenses for hoodies? You think the Orthodox Jews will like being told to shave off their facial hair for a good clean face-rec shot?

This shit has to stop.


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