A bit slow with the updates here 🙂 Anyway there is only one pick for June, which is Front Line Assemblys ‘Improvised. Electronic. Device.’, if you don’t have it, go get it at iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/se/album/improvised-electronic-device/id372319899 or somewhere else. It’s a awesome record IMHO.
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OHM Chess HD has been submitted to the App Store. It will be released under the name “OHM Interactive“, which was founded by me and Kristoffer. OHM Chess was supposed to be our first product. As it turned out Kristoffer did all of the programming, graphics and debugging himself. I had a lot on my mind, like a wedding, so I was not able to help out. But I am still happy, proud and very impressed by Kristoffer and the game he has created. I look forward to see what kind of sales it will bring in the App Store.
We are working together on several other projects and hopefully they will see the light of day pretty soon, and me with a more active role than just cheerleader 🙂
I will add the direct link to the App Store when it’s approved.
I like to listen to new music. I am constantly looking for new music to listen to, obsessively so according to some. At times people have asked me to recommend the new music I find. I am going to try to do that monthly from now. So let’s start with May 2010, which turned out to be a pretty good month for new music!Edge of Dawn – Anything That Gets You Through the Night (futurepop)This is not only the best album this month, but it is also so far the best album this year! It’s brilliant futurepop/synthpop, with Frank’s trademark weird lyrics (Bend over, I want to taste sweat, I want to ride, I want it wild!) and big beats. My favorite tracks are: Beyond the Gate, which features Reagan Jones from Iris, Denial which is a very moody nice track, Save my Soul and Siren’s Call. If you are into electronic music you should get this one directly!
Pain of Salvation – Road Salt pt. One (rock, jazz, 70’s??)So this is a hard one to say a few words about. It’s a very experimental album (but what else to expect from Pain of Salvation), that have some brilliant heights, and unfortunately some pretty boring low points. I really enjoy tracks like Sisters, Road Salt, Where it Hurts and Linoleum, the rest? Nah, far from PoS best record (which probably is Remedy Lane).
Front Line Assembly – Shifting Through the Lens (EBM)FLA is back! Great single. Can’t wait for the whole album! Title track is a great stomper and Endless Void is a nice ambient piece, Angriff is a bit to much Rammstein for me though!
- It’s really really tiny!
- Fun device with a fun form factor.
- They have succeeded with keeping the UI usable on such a small screen.
- The T-9 input method works really well for shorter messages (tweets, facebook status update and SMS messages). But there doesn’t seem to be a way to use multiple dictionaries, so I have to switch between US and Swedish all the time.
- Spotify on Android is much nicer than Spotify for iPhone.
- Timescape is unfortunately really slow when loading the new posts, but when it’s done loading it’s back to being as fast as you would like it to be.
- Roadsync works so much better than HTC’s exchange sync. Sooooo much better. And it works really well together with zimbra.
Can’t believe it’s almost a year since Gordon (our French Bulldog) came into our home, it feels like we have had him forever. His one-year day is coming up in June so I wanted to post some fantastic photos of him. Look at how small he was in the beginning! 🙂
Anyone that have tried to email me (or any other email address) on the xmms.org address the last couple of weeks have received a nice error message saying that the address doesn’t exist anymore, what’s up with that? Short answer, the xmms.org domain was sold to a cyber-squatter. To explain how that happened I think we need to go for a quick XMMS history lesson.
XMMS was originally started as X11AMP, it was a clone of the WinAMP player. It later changed it’s name to XMMS (X11 Multi Media System) when someone claimed that they owned the AMP trademark. About the same time a company called 4Front started to sponsor development of XMMS, this effectively put some of the main developers for XMMS on 4Front’s payroll but copyright and license for XMMS was keept intact.
If you don’t remember 4Front it was the company behind OSS (Open Sound System). The idea was to gain PR with XMMS in order to sell more of the commercial OSS licenses. During the dotcom era this seemed to work just fine and everyone was happy.
Over the years XMMS development stagnated to a very slow pace and 4Front didn’t really make that much noise either.
That all changed a couple of weeks ago when the XMMS.org webserver admin received a email from 4Front CEO Dev Mazumdar, stating that he had sold the domain to a company and wanted a full webpage dump. Needless to say, that was pretty surprising! We immediately responded that we where interested in taking over the domain instead, since a lot of us where still actively using it for email and personal webspace. The reply was “We invested a lot of money into XMMS development”, which is an interesting reply on all accounts. Quickly after that the domain was moved and we barely had time to move all our accounts away from the addresses, Dev told us that we should just use xmms.se and xmms2.org instead.
This is where it turns even more strange. In another mail conversation with Dev, he stated that the company buying the domain also wanted to pay 4Front for restarting development of XMMS. Interesting, what company would like to resurrect a very old code base that is mostly replaced by other players these days?
So we decided to have a look into the company that bought the domain to figure out why they would like to buy the domain and restart the development of XMMS. The domain had moved but the contact information for the domain wasn’t changed back then (it is now), but by going directly to the IP address that xmms.org now pointed (22.214.171.124) someone found goftp.com and from there we could extract a list of domains that was embedded in the goftp installer.
That list of domains are pretty interesting, note the zinf.org in the end, it’s another open source media player, that has been mostly abandoned as well. It took us a while, but finally we spotted something odd on both goftp.com and zinf.org, linked from the first page there is a new button called “Answers” if you follow it you end up on http://www.zinf.org/qna, I bet the original zinf site didn’t have that on there. So far nothing like this has been added to the xmms.org site, but I guess it’s just a matter of time. Buying these sites just seems to be a way to drive his ad revenue.
Recent digging also shows that the same guy have registered xmms3.org and xmms3.com as well!
It seems like the guy behind all these sites is Doug Collins (which we now can see as the contact info on xmms.org, before that info was available we where able to find his name via the 9and that he goes by the nick doug99 and doug99collins. A quick search on Google shows his dedication to Open Source.
I must say that I don’t really believe that this company will restart development of XMMS or pay any money to 4Front for continue the development. I really hope that Dev lied to us directly about it, otherwise he is pretty dense.
In light of all this some of our community members decided to get a new domain for the old XMMS webpage. So they registered http://www.devmazumdar.com/ in tribute. You can also find the webpage at http://legacy.xmms2.org/
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Around a four months ago I got a Nokia N900 from work, it was for me to learn the Maemo system and develop for it, education. The N900 is a pretty large brick, heavy as well, but the keyboard is one of the better hardware keyboards I have ever used in such a small device.
Just a week ago I switched with my colleague to a HTC Hero. One of the reason is that I already have the iPhone in my pocket, carrying around the N900 as well was very very redundant and often resulting in that I only used the iPhone anyway. The only thing that I preferred to do on the N900 was IRC, because of the hardware keyboard.
The N900 is unpolished and it feels very much like a proof-of-concept rather than a real end-user product, which I realize is the exact same view Nokia has on the N900.
Also the battery capacity is horrible, really really horrible. It drains within 8 to 10 hours when you use it normally and if you want to use any of the nice features (like the IM integration) you are looking at a lot less.
There is a lot to like about the N900 as well. It’s a very open system, compared to Android and iPhone and it’s nice that you don’t have to jailbreak it to get root access, you just write “sudo gainroot” and you got it. The web browser is also very good, not as fast as MobileSafari, but it renders the pages very good and you can use most webpages without a problem in it. The inclusion of flash is pretty useless, it’s not fast enough to do anything useful with.
The IM/VoIP integration into contacts is probably one of the better I have seen. Just add all the different IM accounts you use and then you can send SMS, call over VoIP or normally all from the address book, and it doesn’t hurt that the functionality is modular, so developers can write their own protocol integration.
I will eagerly watch Mameo’s Meego’s future, I think that Nokia is onto something here, they just need to polish it way more. Meanwhile, I will use my iPhone for smartphone stuff, and the HTC Hero for making calls.
Today I got myself a HUAWEI E5830 MiFi router for use with my iPad and computer. It’s a very nice and easy to use device, you just put your sim in the slot and then you configure the WLAN settings from webinterface. I hav tried it with my iPhone, iPad and macbook and it works excellent. I can really recommend it. In the UK (and possible other european countries) you can but it directly from Three, in Sweden you can get it from Tele2. I got mine from blocket 🙂
Today Lisa, Gordon and I went to Tjolöholms slott outside Kungsbacka, this is the place we have decided to get married. We meet up with our wedding planner and took care of some pratical information. We are getting married within 2 months, time really flies!
After e wedding planning session we took a stroll around the castle area and it just confirmed that we have chosen a really great spot to hosting our wedding. See below for some nice photos.
Rest of the photos at flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/trundstrom/sets/72157623875660308
Sometimes you just want to start over. I have had my blog over at blogspot for quite some time, but can’t say I have really updated it much lately. I also feel that my original goal with that blog, to blog about things in the XMMS2 community limited me to much.. Why? Beacause I don’t feel that I am that involved with XMMS2 anymore and everytime I wanted to write something about my Cocoa development or something work related I just couldn’t write without thinking about now it would map to XMMS2.
So I am moving on with a new blog over at wordpress instead. The name “thieta” also marks a new begining, while I am still named Tobias Rundström, that will change really soon when I marry Lisa Hieta. I wanted this new blog to reflect that as well.
I am also moving on from XMMS2. This is the fifth year I am working on Google Summer of Code for XMMS2, GSoC is also my big responsibility every year, to meet all the deadline and try to motivate students and mentors to do what is required.the last two years it has become increasingly difficult for me to find that time and do a proper job with regards to this. So I feel it’s time to pass this responsibility on.
I will fullfill the responsibilities as admin (but will not mentor anything) this year, but I will not do it next year, I feel that to many people is counting on me to handle this, so I want to give fair a warning.
The ironic thing is that, lately I have really gotten back into development, but everytime I go to the XMMS2 code, I just get really frustrated. So I don’t thinking that the community should count on me countributing any more code or any more admin work in the future.
I want to stress that this has nothing to do with the wonderful people within the community, I really enjoy your company and ideas, but I don’t feel motivated by the project anymore. All the best to you in the future.
This new blog will be about more personal stuff and some coding as well, but rather than XMMS2 related code it will cover my excursions into Objective-C and Cocoa.