bada: Samsungs new phone OS

Just when I thought I had a handle on what was out there Samsung announced the bada operating system.

Apparently “bada” means ocean in Korean and is supposedly representative of the near boundless limits of the OS. Right, now that sounds familiar. Based on Linux and Enlightenment the general idea is that bada will take on Android and the iPhone. Competition is always good so this should get interesting. Especially if there’s a new spin by implementing features core to Enlightenment such as window grouping, virtual desktops, etc.

Smamsung expects that the first mobile phone handsets based on bada will be on display in the first half of 2010, and to go on sale in the second half of 2010. There’s certainly executive clout behind it, as up to a possible 50 million units are expected to be shipped in 2010.

Samsung also plans to open a bada application store. Now that’s a surprise… Hopefully there are no plans to integrate it with Bing services and give it a name like ‘bada – bing’

http://www.bada.com/developer/challenge/

Google Gears goes the way of the Dodo

HTML5-supported offline access handles basically the same functionality as Google’s Gears browser plugin and that’s a problem. Problems are best handled with quick and simple fixes and it looks like Google has opted for just that by “letting go” of Gears.

Of course now we just need to wait for the interim for the HTML5 spec to get out and running.

How to: Hide the “View All Site Content” link in MOSS

You can hide this particular link from all but those users with full control over a WSS site rather easily.

  • Open the site master page in SharePoint Designer and find the SPSecurityTrimmedControl element.
  • The PermissionsString attribute of the SPSecurityTrimmedControl element determines what users can view this content. Change the value of this attribute to ManageWeb and only those users with rights to perform all admin tasks on the site will then be able to see the link on all pages in the site.
  • Save and reload!

VirtualBox 3.1

Monday was a good day for VirtuaBox. With the 3.1 release, live migration and radically improved snapshot abilities amongst others confirm my confidence in this solution to which I migrated all my virtual machines to this year. I chose VirtualBox as my new preferred standard as it was simple, unbloated, and multiplatform.

Live Migration aka Teleportation in VirtualBox allows one to move virtualized guest environments from one physical computer to another while the guest environment is still running. Minor for desktop users, major for data centers as it allows on the fly physical resource workload management. Right now it is limited as:

  1. It is only invokable via the command line
  2. Disk images must reside on shared storage
  3. Identical VM configurations must exist at source and destination
  4. Intel to AMD chipset moves are a bad idea

Snapshots now supports branching. A massive convenience indeed…

Download the latest versionhere: http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Handbrake goes 64bit with a 0.0.1 release

A minor thing for most but for those who care after a year without any updates, the developers responsible for the “mighty fine” video transcoder Handbrake have released version 0.9.4 of the open-source software. With such a small change in the version number, it would be easy to assume that there are not very many new things included, but that assumption really couldn’t be further from the truth. In total, there have been over 1,000 changes since 0.9.3 and, while they might not all be life-changing, many of them make for a better user experience though the removal of the presets is a blessing/curse at times. The 64bit update apparently increases overall speed by 10%.

As with version 0.9.3, you still need to have VLC installed to rip video from a DVD