I bought my Nexus One Friday afternoon around 3 o’clock central time. Without hesitating, I chose the FedEx Overnight shipping option. Because Google hates me, my phone was not shipped on Friday. This means I won’t be getting my phone until Tuesday because it won’t ship until Monday. Damn this infernal wretched bastard world. I’ve been waiting half a decade for this moment. I WANT MY GOOGLE PHONE.
This post is actually about mobile processors believe it or not. The Nexus One uses the newly-released Android 2.1 operating system. That’s all fine and dandy, but everybody knows that software is useless without decent hardware that supports it. Like with any computer, the CPU (or processor) is the most important hardware component in the phone, hands down. In fact, almost every single indentifiable issue with your mobile phone can most likely be traced back to your CPU capabilities. Is your video lagging? You have a crappy CPU on your phone. Do you have low battery life? Crappy CPU. Slow wireless connections? Your CPU may be made of crap.
The Nexus One phone was manufactured by HTC. HTC has been integrating Qualcomm processors in their mobile phones almost since inception. The Nexus One uses the Qualcomm QSD 8250 1 GHz (aka “Snapdragon”) processor. Ok, now we are getting somewhere in this post. After researching Qualcomm some more, I discovered that they are in the midst of accelerating their CPU production line for mobile hardware (phones). Additionally, they’re improving the speed of their Snapdragon processors. In fact, they have already publicly announced that by the end of 2010, they will release their 1.3 GHz processor, as well as their DUAL-CORE 1.5 GHz mobile processor.
Big deal, what does this all mean you might ask? Well, despite the obvious fact that your phones will boot-up and process applications much faster – you can expect many new innovations in mobile computing. For example, with a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor in your PHONE, you can decode 1080p/720p video files. Even if you don’t need this, it gives you a very good estimate as to how powerful these processors really are. And to do this while saving as much battery power as possible… that’s an accomplishment. Looks like the mobile industry is evolving nicely. I’m looking forward to a world with less lag.
I decided to reformat my Dell M140 because my Asus laptop won’t stop giving me the Blue Screen of Death. So before I did this I backed my files up. I came upon this small .swf file that me and a friend made as juniors in high school, for Biology class. The flash movie demonstrates the process of Mitosis, which is the process of cell division (simply put).
For the actual flash project, I used a program called SWF Studio, using a trial version. Trust me, this program is a lot easier to use than Adobe Flash Studio. I own Adobe Flash Studio, and it is overkill if you’re only looking to create simple flash projects like this.
As you can see, there is very little actionscript in the movie. The Start/Stop feature, text transformations, and then the movements of the shapes inside the movie are the only objects using actionscript. Do you remember using Photoshop for the first time? For most people, the program looks intimidating when you first glance at it. But after you mess around with the tools for a day or so, you start to get a hang of it and on you go. Same thing with Flash and SWF Studio and Adobe Flash Studio. Try making a flash movie tonight using some simple animations or controls.
OpenTable.com is one of my favorite websites today because you can book almost any Chicagoland restaurant in about one minute. Additionally, you can read hundreds of real reviews about a restaurant before you decide to dine there. I recently took my girlfriend out to a very nice restaurant called Catch 35, in Naperville, Illinois – and used OpenTable to book my reservations. Great dining. Very elegant…romantic… you know, that crap. But the obvious point I’m trying to make here is that OpenTable.com revolutionized the restaurant industry by making it as easy as pie to book reservations.
Just like the banking industry and ATMs, OpenTable.com provides the transition to the digital age for the restaurant industry.
Of course you can’t give OpenTable.com all the praise. It’s not like they invented the technology to book restaraunt reserverations online, but they certainly seized the opportunity – and succeeded.
I am now renting out my server to anyone in need of web hosting, particularly for Clip Share web hosting. The server is fully equipped with all necessary server modifications, both software and hardware. The server is fast, trying pinging me. But anyways, if you’re willing to pay 10 bucks a month with no obligations… you should really consider starting your own video sharing website using Clip Share (… and my Clip Share web hosting :) ).
For those in the metropolitan area of Chicago, you probrably have riden the Metra Rail system at some time in your life. Well, you would imagine that could buy your tickets online and print them from home right? Nope. Well, not until today at least. Metra surprised the media yesterday by announcing their new $3 milliion web redesign. Now accepting credit cards, buying tickets is easier than ever for the train.
Metra Rail is making it easier for students
I just bought a monthly pass with my Mastercard because I go to DePaul University in Chicago. It worked very well I guess; Credit card processors can only be so exciting. But anyways, I thought this was worth a note because of how much money Metra put into this redevelopment. About $3 million as I mentioned before. And it took 3 years. Kind of gives you a “guage” of what you pay for in the web development market.
See you on the train.