A Dutch Final

Tomorrow, the end of a beautiful month comes to an end in the most romantic of ways possible. Two of the best qualified teams in the world play against each other. It was only fair. Numbers are not the only guests invited to this party though. Both of their styles are rooted in the same philosophy of Total football. Anyone can play any position, possession is fundamental and the sudden masterfully choreographed attack is the reward. Spain’s eight Barcelona players, and some of them core of La Roja, were brought up in the Cruyff football school. Netherlands’ current team still shows signs of that beautiful commanding style. It should be a final for the ages, we will once again have a new champion. No matter what happens, Johan, one of football greatest might finally get to smile and be content with the outcome. Let the best students win

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lget 1.0 for Firefox 3.5

You should be able to upgrade to lget for Firefox 3.5 from the Mozilla’s official addon’s website: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/435

Changes in this release:

  • Use of new SQLite storage API for history
  • Compatible with Firefox 3.5
  • New download window now closes itself after a new download is initiated
  • Some code cleanup
  • Several minor bug fixes

UPDATE: For those looking for the Firefox 3.6 update, please see this comment.

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Why Android?

Several people have asked me why I’m so excited about Android. They don’t believe it can ever rival iPhone’s success. “It is too little too late”. In part they are correct, Apple has done a tremendous job in putting the iPhone in the hands of consumers. Its sleek design, excellent usability, and “hype” have won the mind of just about anyone that uses a mobile device now days. However, they are not looking at what Android promises deep enough. It is not just about the cut and dry technical merits. It is the potential for greater availability of applications and choice of hardware where I believe Android will come out on top. I have been playing with the Android SDK (on Linux, with Eclipse, no NDAs, no payments, no applications) for a few days and from what I have seen, I believe that developers will shift momentum Android’s way. Apple has made that mistake before. “Developers! Developers! Developers!…”; Crazy delivery but very true words.

When we look at how things are turning out in the mobile world, one can’t help to be reminded of the PC vs Macs battle of the 80s and the Internet vs AOL/Prodigy/Compuserve of the 90s. We all know how those conflicting approaches turned out.

This piece from Professional Android Application Development explains very well what I see.

What Will Drive Android Adoption?

Android is targeted primarily at developers, with Google and the OHA betting that the way to deliver better mobile software to consumers is by making it easier for developers to write it themselves. As a development platform, Android is powerful and intuitive, letting developers who have never programmed for mobile devices create useful applications quickly and easily. It’s easy to see how innovative Android applications could create demand for the devices necessary to run them, particularly if developers write applications for Android because they can’t write them for other platforms.

Open access to the nuts and bolts of the underlying system is what’s always driven software development and platform adoption. The Internet’s inherent openness and neutrality have seen it become the platform for a multi-billion-dollar industry within 10 years of its inception. Before that, it was open systems like Linux and the powerful APIs provided as part of the Windows operating system that enabled the explosion in personal computers and the movement of computer programming from the arcane to the mainstream.

This openness and power ensure that anyone with the inclination can bring a vision to life at minimal cost. So far, that’s not been the case for mobile phones, and that’s why there are so few good mobile phone applications and fewer still available for free.

Corporations will also be attracted to Android for the level of control it offers. By using a popular enter prise programming language in Java, no licensing fees, and offering the level of access and control users demand, Android offers an excellent enterprise platform.

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Site Upgrades

Now that school is done for a bit, I took sometime for some time off to apply some much needed updates to this site.  First, I have moved the site to a VPS on linode.  I’m very happy with their service so far. Having the freedom to do with the OS as you wish is a very important feature for me.  It also means greater responsibility but that is part of the fun right?.  Second, I have upgraded to the latest wordpress (2.7) – the update tool on its own its worth the work!

So yes, don’t be surprise if things are a bit off now and then. If there are any problems let me know.

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