technology notes… mobile and embedded.

Tech this week (Nov 22 to Nov 28,2008)

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Fennec’s gesture based UI : After a successful launch of Firefox 3, Mozilla has been working on a mobile version of Firefox. Codenamed Fennec the first alpha release was  made last month .  Last week I came across a video explaining the UI of Fennec . The ideas are quite impressive!

fennec As soon as you launch the browse you see a blank area with a huge + icon. Clicking on it opens tabs. Selecting it opens the content in full screen and NO buttons.  How go back,close this page ? All actions are via gestures .. Panning slightly shows the ‘Back’ and associated buttons. Panning even more gives an option to  ‘Zoom out’  and return back to the home area.

The address bar is similar to the ‘awesome bar’ of Firefox 3 and it also has some buttons that help in navigating to popular pages. Here is a demo of Fennec alpha version. A demo version of the browser is available for download (Linux /Windows) here .

Fedora 10 (Cambridge) ..brimming with features :Fedora 10 was released this week. Just like many others ,I gave up on Fedora long back and switched to Ubunutu. But Fedora 10 has got rave reviews ,I am tempted to give Fedora 10 a try.  Fedora 10 brims with new features, including a new graphical boot manager   that uses some nifty features from the linux kernel to provide a ‘flicker less’ boot process.  Another significant addition is enhancements to PackageKit , its  software management tool ,that install libraries and codec’s on demand ,transparent to the user. The idea looks very promising. Need to see how this progresses.

WindowsAzure Windows Azure, updates from PDC2008 : This update is a bit late but nonetheless posting it here. Microsoft’s PDC 2008 concluded recently and there was lot of talk about  many new things coming from them. Important among them was the announcement on Windows Azure, Microsoft’s entry into cloud computing.

One of their presentations helped me understand how Azure would work: Lets say you have a nice idea and made it working for a couple of users. But you face lot of issues when you want to open up to the whole world. There is no infrastructure that makes the application scale for 10’s of thousands of users. How to implement and host a trusted authentication service , how to integrate with other services(for e.g. a map service or search service for your application) ?

Using a system like Azure will help you out in all these. You just have to host your application on Windows Azure and the back end is taken care ! Sounds pretty nice.   You can find more about Windows Azure here . Bluehoo is an application that is hosted on the Azure platform. and about a use case here.


Written by sujai

November 26, 2008 at 6:01 pm

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  1. We should never forget that it was Redhat who actually brought Linux to the masses. I’ve been a fan of Redhat until things became way too bloated for my liking.

    But then now again, the FC 10 wallpaper looks *SO COOL* !



    December 1, 2008 at 11:01 am

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