Year 2008

Another step.

Towards a thoroughly authoritarian regime, or is the extension of the Russian presidential term to six years a reflection of the democratic wish of the Russian people?

Developer G1 Phone

This, unlocked, sim-free phone sells for $399.
Participating markets include US, UK, Germany, Japan, India, Canada, France, Taiwan, Spain, Australia, Singapore, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Finland, Poland, and Hungary.
Naturally, Hellas could not have been a 'participating market', simply because there are no developers here. Sigh. [Relevant Google page]

Πόλεμος.

Δεν ήθελα να γράψω. Φοβούμαι όμως για τις επόμενες ημέρες, για τις επόμενες γενιές, για το πόσο πίσω — τελικά — είμαστε ως κοινωνία, ως κράτος, ως πολιτισμός. Μερικές σκέψεις: Αναρχικός != ανεγκέφαλος ‘μπάχαλος’. Δεν υπάρχει καμία σχέση μεταξύ ‘αναρχικού’,…

N97: a mediocre stop-gap solution or has Nokia lost it?

Nokia just announced the N97, its first flagship touch phone. The device is evolutionary, or if you prefer ‘marginally improved’ in some areas, compared to, its predecessors, the N95 and N96, while it includes a touch-screen and the new Symbian…

tsai.gr

Μια από τις απολαύσεις που δύσκολα ικανοποιεί κανείς στην Ελλάδα είναι το τσάι. Δεν είναι μόνον το γεγονός πως είναι δύσκολο (εαν όχι ακατόρθωτο) να βρεί κανείς ποιοτικό, καλό τσάι στην Αθήνα (πόσο μάλλον εκτός αυτής), οι διαθέσιμες ποικιλίες στο…

Boxee Invites.

One of the most promising open-source projects regarding the home-theatre/TV (at last!) that combines excellent æsthetics, killer media features and social networking is Boxee. Boxee is based on the XBMC project. Note that while this is alpha quality software, it's impressively stable, yet unsupported. Boxee is currently available for the AppleTV/Mac OS X, Ubuntu Linux 32bit - 7.10 and 8.04 only at the moment - and in source code form. I've got some invites for the invite-only alpha testing phase, so if you're interested drop me a comment below and I'll send you one. Update: No more invites here, comments are now closed. I'm sure you can find some elsewhere pretty easily.

At this point the megapixel race should probably stop

One thing that bothers me with professional photographers, is that often they are completely clueless about the physics and technology aspects behind their gear --- they typically possess a very superficial understanding of it all, defined solely by the tech. slang of the trade, enthusiastic peers and the press. Much like a new linux user learning how to pay a visit to a web forum, mailing-list or irc channel and thinking he or she has become linux masters. Along those lines is the now so common megapixel myth: that higher pixel count automatically translates to better pixels. The 50D review, and indeed the camera itself, provide a pretty compelling demonstration of why, even with the best lenses out there, a very high pixel count can suddenly make 'optical resolution' a much more familiar term to all those that seem to focus only on the electronics; if the top lenses, beasts costing thousands and weighing kilos, are barely sufficient to provide adequate pixel detail at 15MP and an APS-C sensor, you can easily imagine how bad so many compacts sporting 10 or 12MP may very well be with their subpar, mediocre lenses. If anything, the review demonstrates that the 50D probably represents the last of a series of cameras that came before it; for in the future Canon is most certainly going to shift its focus to other areas of the camera besides pixel count; features that are hopefully going to make its successor a much better camera overall.

Breaking The Law…

…or how ‘Le Sénat français a décidé de violer la législation europeénne’. Sarkozy’s authoritarianism seems to be behind this. Yet it puzzles me how violating EU legislation can be so easily accepted by the Senate: « 1° La suspension de…

'Sparse' in all ways.

Yep, the iPhone SDK does not support dynamically linked libraries. And that’s truly fantastic news for all iPhone developers wishing to leverage existing code out there. You can, of course, use a statically linked library in your code, or —…