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Installing Android 2.2 "Froyo" On the Nexus One

gjt Actually, you can grab it now (154 comments)

And no point trying to get it before you get it pushed to you?

The Over-The-Air update is a staggered rollout. But, the manual method that I wrote about here let's you avoid the wait. That said, it also seems to only be for the Nexus One now. Can't find a Droid update yet.

more than 4 years ago

Is Mozilla Ubiquity Dead?

gjt I wouldn't blame Open Source (148 comments)

I just watched the Ubiquity video again for the first time in years to refresh my memory. It's pretty awesome. But it's also a pretty major project that Mozilla can't really do themselves. Web sites need to implement "verbs" for it to work. And browsers other than Mozilla need to implement it too.

That said, I hope it comes back to life and improves. Hey, maybe this /. post will entice some readers to become Ubiquity developers. Maybe Google can help too and bring it to Chrome - and I don't mean as an extension, but a built in feature (Firefox too). If it's built-in, as opposed to an add on, more users will have access to it and web site developers will have a bigger audience to code verbs for.

more than 4 years ago

The Sad History and (Possibly) Bright Future of TiVo

gjt Re:Apple TV should be TiVo (490 comments)

I always thought Apple should buy TiVo's patents and tech and rebrand the failed AppleTV. Apple has the cash, marketing position, and design gurus to make an amazingly elegant, easy to use device integrated with beautiful TVs and screens, with all the backend apps to add value (iTunes integration, iMovie, etc.), and TiVo has the all the original patents that Apple could afford to defend. And Apple could turn into the big bullies themselves against the cable companies, especially if they can lobby for net neutrality legislation.

Seems like a perfect marriage to me.

That would be nice. But, unfortunately, Apple seems to perceive live TV as a competitor to the iTunes store's selection of movies and TV shows.

more than 4 years ago

The Sad History and (maybe) Bright Future of TiVo

gjt Re:Interesting way to put it all together (2 comments)

I just saw that comment too. Well, I guess you could file a complaint to the FCC. I'm considering doing the same. This is one of the dockets that TiVo themselves filed on:

more than 4 years ago
top Still Remains In China

gjt Try "tiananmen square massacre pictures" (103 comments)

Try that query then look at the results. Compare the results from the query between and It's censored. Sad.

more than 4 years ago

How To Build a Quantum Propulsion Machine

gjt Re:Call me pedantic but... (392 comments)

If you consider a vacuum to be the absence of air pressure, then it is still a vacuum - there are no air or other molecules/atoms/hadrons inside the vacuum. But if you imagine a clear glass bottle with all of the air sucked out of it, the fact that you can hold it up in the air and see through it tells you that light particles (photons) are moving into the bottle (through the glass), entering and exiting, before hitting your eye. Photons are the force carrying particles for the electromagnetic force.

more than 4 years ago

Did Chicago Lose Olympic Bid Due To US Passport Control?

gjt As a Chicagoan, I sadly admit Rio's bi was better (1040 comments)

I was so excited for the prospect of having the Olympics in Chicago. One of the venues was literally just going to be across the street from my condo. But if you look at the bid details on Rio's site ( and Chicago's site ( Rio's was more complete - and more honest about what they need to do.

Most notably to me, Chicago failed to address transit improvements. Transit plans have been critical in recent past Olympic bids. Venues are far apart. There needs to be a fast and efficient way to get from venue to venue. Rio promised a new high speed train linking all of the venues. You could go from beach volleyball to basketball in 30 minutes or less on a modern, efficient train.

In Chicago, there's no proposal for improving the decrepit state of Chicago's train systems. In fact, they actually had the nerve to claim that the atrocious Amtrak service is actually an asset (

Chicago transit is horrible. Some of the train lines are over 100 years old. It's not good enough for the Olympics.

As it is, traffic grinds to a standstill on surface roads and train platforms crowd to dangerous levels when smaller events like the 4th of July or the Taste of Chicago food festival occur. The Olympics would dwarf anything that Chicago has ever seen. It would be a traffic (and security) nightmare. And they largely ignored it and ignored suggestions from people like myself who tried to make that and other suggestions.

more than 4 years ago

Google Takes Top Spot From Time Warner

gjt Re: use this year's P/E instead (477 comments)

The growth is coming from several directions. First, the number of searches done with the core search product is ever increasing as the Internet grows around the world. Secondly, they keep on finding new products to throw in front of users like GMail and Google Maps. If someone starts using Google for multiple services, that's a lot of adds that they can show an individual person. And e-mail is something that many users check several times a day - hence several more opportunities for Google to show ads to someone.

The stock price is very high. But if they keep on making money hand over fist, they might actually be worth the price. It's a very different situation from the 1990's when companies that were losing money had multi-billion dollar market capitalizations.

more than 9 years ago



Installing Android 2.2 "Froyo" on the Nexus One

gjt gjt writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gjt (93855) writes "I awoke this morning to see TechCrunch's MG Siegler post what appeared to be the first news of Froyo's availability. I frantically went to my phone's settings and tried to check for an update -oe but no luck. Then I went to and sure enough there was a very long thread (now over 132 pages) of fellow eager beavers waiting for release (and trying to figure out how to get it). Several hours went by waiting for a semi-technical user to get the update and check the Android logs for the download location. It turns out you can get it straight from Google. With the information scattered around in different places I decided to consolidate the How-To into a single post over here."
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The Hard Drive Death Watch Begins Now

gjt gjt writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gjt (93855) writes "When Intel and OCZ recently announced new "affordable" Solid State Disk drives — offering a meager 32-40GB — we initially yawned. But, then we took a closer look at the press releases and the in-progress research and development in SSD technology and opened our eyes. While the new drives aren't affordable on a cost per gigabyte basis for everyone, it does set a precedent — and most importantly a barometer price of $100. And it really does start the death clock for hard drive technology."
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Did TiVo Succeed in Reinventing the DVR?

gjt gjt writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gjt (93855) writes "So last week Slashdotters looked at my submission entitled The Sad History and (Possibly) Bright Future of TiVo. TiVo just gave us a peak at that future. At their incredibly hyped up product unveiling atop Rockefeller Center in New York, TiVo unveiled it's first major new DVR product in 3.5 years — The new TiVo Premier. But will it do for TiVo, what the iPod did for Apple? Is it enough to turn around TiVo's ailing fortunes? I decided to pick apart the new product's specs and post the verdict.

The key takeaway seems to be that they've definitely improved their DVR. But they definitely did not live up to their own hype. HTPC geeks will probably still be disappointed."

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The Sad History and (maybe) Bright Future of TiVo

gjt gjt writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gjt (93855) writes "For the couch potato geek, one name typically comes to mind: TiVo — the company that invented the DVR, and with it, timeshifting. TiVo's been around for more than 10 years now. And TiVo fans (like myself) tend to love TiVO. Yet, despite being loved and around longer than the Apple iPod, it comes no where close to the iPod/iPhone's success. Apple sells more iPod and iPhone products in a single quarter than TiVo has sole in the entire lifetime of the company. At it's peak, TiVo had only 4.4 million active users — that was over three years ago. Now TiVo only has about 2.7 million active users. So I wanted to find out why TiVo hasn't been more successful. What are the issues that prevent them from being more popular — especially with a seeming lack of competition on store shelves? So I did some research and posted my finding about TiVo's past, present, and future up on my blog.

The key takeaways seem to show that TiVo is a victim of cable industry collusion, loopholes in FCC regulations, and, of course, plenty of their own mistakes."

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Google's Nexus One is Actually a Steal at $49

gjt gjt writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gjt (93855) writes "I initially posted a story ragging on the Nexus One. But then a commenter pointed out a problem with my initial logic. I investigated the commenter's thoughts. After doing some math, I concluded that the $529 unlocked/unsubsidized Google Nexus One gPhone is much cheaper than it appears to be. In fact it's only $49 when you do the math — and that's unlocked! Google likes to say that the Nexus One represents "Our new approach to buying a mobile phone". But it actually seems as though T-Mobile deserves most of the credit by providing a $20/month discount to customers who purchase an unsubsidized phone — which for some reason didn't seem to get much attention when T-Mobile created the new plan back in October 2009."
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