Follow the geek, and you will taste the future ahead of time.
How did Google get this market share?
Let’s just say that it wasn’t only because they do have a great product, think monopolistic-like powers and a lot of bullying and dictating to partners conditions that favor the adoption of this browser over any other browser, and that’s all I’m allowed to say.
val l = List(1,2,3,4,5)
val lAfterForEach = l.foreach(x => x * 10)
val lAfterMap = l.map(x => x * 10)
println("Original List: " + l)
println("For each operates on each element, returns nothing:" + lAfterForEach)
println("Map is like foreach but returns new post-processed list: " + lAfterMap)
Original List: List(1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
For each operates on each element, returns nothing:()
Map is like foreach but returns new post-processed list: List(10, 20, 30, 40, 50)
(and things were hypothetically simple, no federal agencies forcing me to do certain things, sending a lot of partners to hell and deal with the lawsuits) I would…
1. Stop fucking around with the huge dominance I still have over the PC Market and milk it as it slowly seems to die.
This means, don’t try to force a touch experience to desktop users. Keep innovating on the desktop, while you move all the bullshit Metro shit to a separate “Windows Touch” that’s meant only for tablets and phones. This works great for Apple, why try to mix the two and give a shitty experience for both? why frustrate your developer community? why kill all the healthy monetizing ecosystems you have built for decades on the desktop instead of letting them evolve on their natural environment. This means putting a real Start Menu on Windows 8, not just a shortcut to metro dashboard.
I’d innovate on a better experience, on a better file system, memory management, CPU and power consumption, and the latest technologies and breakthroughs for operating system borrowing ideas from those crazy linux guys.
2. Remind myself of “Developers, Developers, Developers”. I’d look around and see that developers have been running away with all the great free options the open source community has created over the years, I’d look at my balance sheets and see that what I make on Visual Studio is peanuts, compared to all my other revenue channels and to how much money I spend on marketing and how much money I’m losing with all the developers not coming back and give Visual Studio FOR FREE!
3. Don’t fuck with the gaming Market on XBOX. React now before I lose 70% of my userbase to Sony. Remove all the bullshit restrictions regarding DRM and used games, and instead of trying to shove the console down on people’s throat with stupid marketing campaigns, if I’m going to lose money, then drop that price down and do like I did with the first Xbox. I might even consider getting rid of the Xbox Live monthly fee, somehow sony has managed to deal with these costs, I need to be competitive, specially after seeing the immediate reaction of the media and users after the PS4 has announced a bunch of non-features I’ve created out of my self imposed restrictions.
4. On Windows Phone (which should be Windows Touch) I’d add a Dalvik runtime, just like Blackberry did, and I’d make all Windows Phones compatible with Android apps, and start poaching Android developers over to Windows Phones.
In this release we improved our search algorithm to include relevant search results that were being hidden in previous versions.
We’ve also made use of Square’s Picasso Image loading/caching library for displaying all the images on the user interface, resulting in less crashes due to out of memory errors we kept receiving. Now when browsing your Audio files you will be able to see the cover art of the track, making music browsing a lot friendlier.
We’ve removed ad display from the player window, no more admob ads, instead we’ll rely on the support of the community and we’ve placed a donation control which you can always turn off on the application settings.
We’ve added a new navigation menu called “Watch TV” which will either launch or take you to the android market so that you try our new app “FrostWire TV ” to watch live TV channels (and a huge library of video on demand content). This app is still in beta testing period, we’d love for you to give it a try and give us as much feedback as you can. We’ll reveal more details about our Live TV initiatives and new partnerships on an upcoming press release. As an added bonus,
this release is compatible with OUYA, however there’s still a lot of user experience details that need to be fine tuned for better feedback on non-touch screens. Here is the full changelog:
FrostWire 1.0.8 - MAY/31/2013
- New main menu entry to launch "FrostWire TV" app.
- Search algorithm improvement brings better quality and missing search results.
- Local audio files now show album art making local music browsing friendlier.
- Fixes bug where audio player would stop instead of pausing when removing headphones.
- Updated Image caching based on Picasso, better frame rate overall, should see
less Out of memory error reports.
- Fixes bug where the search cache couldn't purge old entries nor it could be deleted.
- Fix for parsing torrents with minor mistakes in trackers list.
- Less intensive HTML detection during torrent parsing
- Added jdk14 logging library.
- Fixes bug where .torrent files and magnets would not open with some file/web browsers.
- Fixes crash reported when there is no access to the image cache folder.
- Fixes crash initializing donations Billing Service.
- Better description for mobile network data usage and bittorrent preferences.
- Removed Google AdMob.
- Added donations request component instead of ads.
- Integrates Offercast offers on installation.
- Experimental OUYA compatibility.
I’m personally trying to simplify my life as much as possible, getting rid of the things I don’t need/enjoy. Keys are one of them. When you have too many locks in your life, this is particularly uncomfortable, and those few electronic locks in the mix that you find nowadays with fobs/passwords can only help so much, fobs still can be lost (lost my office’s key fob this week for example, it’s been a nightmare and it’ll cost me $50 to replace if I don’t find it)
In an ideal world, whoever solves this problem in a way that it’s cheap, safe, uses as little energy as possible (none would be sick so it can compete with regular keys, or at least human energy) wil have a billion dollar in his/her hands.
The ideal solution should work like magic, and these locks should be installable in doors, gates and vehicles. No passwords should be shared, and the lock magically opens to those who are authorized to use them.
These news by Motorola/Google are very promising, however I don’t buy the “pill” solution, but I’d definitively be willing to apply some sort of invisible electronic NFC tattoo in my hand or my arm, so that when my hand is near the lock it gives off a unique magnetic signature so I can be validated. Think NFC chips for your body.
For those of you who don’t want to have a tattoo, perhaps there could be a version of the NFC tag that we could place on the back of your watch if you wear one, or if you wear rings or some kind of jewelry at all times it could be attached there.
The idea is that you don’t have to carry your authentication mechanism in a wallet or a key ring, so that you can just go out not worrying about carrying keys with you because you are or have the keys on you all the time.
I was one of the July 2012 backers and I finally received my OUYA right on Memorial weekend on Saturday afternoon.
Here’s my unboxing, thoughts, and if you don’t have time to see the whole thing and you’re thinking about getting one, get it, totally worth the $99. They did a great job overall, this thing can play any Android video game, it runs Android 4.1 out of the box, it can also stream video really nice as well (see the Twich app to watch live streams from gamers worldwide to get the picture of the streaming capabilities)
I can safely say “I love OUYA”.
(and sorry for the pronuciation, the way to pronounce it is “OOH-Yah”
Total video tracks: 3
Master track type: Stereo
Audio 1: Standard
Audio 2: Standard
Audio 3: Standard
Codec: MainConcept H.264 Video
TV Standard: NTSC
Frame Size: 1920 x 1080
Filed Order: None (Progressive)
PAR: Widescreen 16:9
Bitrate Encoding: VBR, 1 Pass (some recommend 2 Pass)
Target Bitrate [Mbps]: 13.89 (nitrate could be lower 8-10 MB/s if file size too large)
Maximum Bitrate [Mbps]: 15.36
Output Channels: Stereo
Audio Quality: High
Bitrate [kbps]: 128 – 192kbps depending on how important is the audio vs file size (background noise vs music video)
Advanced Settings->Precedence: Bitrate