technology notes… mobile and embedded.

Tech this week (Sep 8- Sep 12 ,2008)

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I was very happy for all the response I got for this thread.So ,here is the next edition of this digest 🙂 Let me know your thoughts .

JS wars – V8 vs Trace Monkey : One of the initial feedback on the new browser Chrome was the very fast JavaScript performance,as compared to other browsers. An article on Dobbs explains a somewhat ‘esoteric technique’ thats used by the V8. The V8 could generate assembly code on the fly!!

Dynamic code generation is not a new technology .But whats new is adopting this for a language like Javascript.

The Mozilla camp is also getting ready with another JS interpretor called the TraceMonkey. Initial reports have shown this to be much faster to the current SpiderMonkey engine in Firefox 3.Like V8, tracemonkey also uses some new ideas (Tracetrees) as described here.

What would be the effect of such fast interpreters for JavaScript? :  With such fast engines possible, we will have more and more (time intensive) code done by Javascripts rather than relying on some plug in support.  One more effect on the programing fraternity would be the importance of languages like JavaScripts.

I’m just waiting for a day when JS becomes  the lingua-franca and browser becomes  the new OS of computers.

Ubuntu Jaunty: While the Ubuntu community is eagerly waiting for the Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex ) release , the code name for the April 2009 (Ubuntu 9.04)  release of Ubuntu was announced by Mark Shuttleworth this week.

Ubuntu 9.04 will be called Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope and the focus of this distribution  would be  improvement in boot time and general performance as such (hence the name Jackalope) .It would also bring in ‘tighter integration with web‘.I dont know  what this line means. It could become clear with the blueprint discussion happens later this year where people decide on what components should be integrated onto this release.

On a lighter note, the Jackalope is a mythical cross between a Jack Rabbit and an Antelope.It can run very fast and can imitate human sounds. You find more about this peculiar creature here.

OpenBTS : There was an announcement last week on the launch of OpenBTS . An open source GSM base station project . The project uses a USRP (a $700 device that can be attached to a Unix/Windows box to convert it to a Transmitter/Software Radio ) to provide the air interface (Layer 1 of the GSM standard) and Asterisk PBX to connect calls.

The OpenBTS is a new take at this otherwise proprietary industry. The vision is to provide low cost GSM connectivity in the developing countries in Africa.  The company has managed to get a temporary FCC license and have conducted their field tests at the BurningMan 2008 event.

TechCrunch50: TechCrunch50 is the startup equivalent of AmericanIdol .This event is hosted by the popular blog Techcrunch . Budding software companies showcase their products to a motley of entrepreneurs,A-list bloggers VC’s etc. This is the second year in running and it has created lot of buzz ($2000- $3000 for a ticket !!).

This year’s winner was Yammer. A tool that takes twitter into the corporates. I too believe the tool will be interesting to corporates like the scuttle framework that is  used by corporates to setup their own social book marking system(like del.ic.ious) in their intranet. You can find other entries that won prizes here.

The Microsoft show circus commercial: Towards the end of the week, there was this new ad from Microsoft with Bill Gates and Seinfield. I think this is the first of a series of ads from them.Lets wait to see what want to say 🙂

Sony’s Capuchin: On the embedded front,this week saw the announcement of one more application environment.This time from the Sony Ericsson camp. Capuchin is a J2ME + Adobe FlashLite runtime. A detailed analysis is published here.


Written by sujai

September 14, 2008 at 6:12 pm

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  1. Well, you’ve got one dedicated subscriber to this thread now – I really like the way this is turning out.
    Plus, I’m a sucker for good designs, and this theme is way better than the last one.


    September 15, 2008 at 10:39 am

  2. My 2 cents of info regarding Google Chrome.

    Microsoft has also indirectly contributed to Google Chrome. (why do i get a feeling that it’s consciously ignored?!)

    Regarding JS, i personally feel it might help in improving the productivity atleast in Web services domain because it can just make quite a few engineers jobless!

    One classic example is the Google services apis.

    For ex, if you want to write a Youtube application, it’s much simpler in JS because Google has everything implemented in JS and all you need to do is include the path for the same.

    Apart from webservices, i am not sure whether JS will make sense in other cases.

    Regarding Sony’s Capuchin, the thing that doesn’t make sense for me is “what is the USP of this platform for operator or let alone OEM?”.(or am i ignorant?)
    As long as there is none, this will become yet another platform as mentioned in the article.

    BTW, one addition to your embedded front news. Yahoo has introduced something called Yahoo! Blueprint. They claim that this can be used for developing widgets and apps for all devices. They have come up with a separate Blueprint specifications. Is this to tie the developers to this platform? Here is a slide presentation explaining the development of widgets using the same.

    Again, this also doesn’t make any sense from revenue generation perspective…

    a fan

    September 15, 2008 at 5:45 pm

  3. I guess, posts in this tag”ll give a fitting competition to TWIT (This Week in Tech)! 😉

    Jaunty Jackalope, the name itself sounds ஜெஜெ!. Hopefully, it’ll turn out to be good.


    September 16, 2008 at 12:17 am

  4. @ a fan:
    Yahoo blueprint is looks like a way to access apps that you host in some website and then access its pages from your mobile.So the entire business logic is on the server .Just the GUI runs on your phone. I am not sure of similar application frameworks. And not sure if it would be successful as well.

    Thanks for the compliments :)Never knew of TWIT earlier


    September 18, 2008 at 3:41 pm

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