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Open Source as a business strategy?

August 2, 2011


In my previous post about Open Source, Freelancing and the public domain, I mentioned the things to keep in mind when you use and re-use specific (home made) solutions in commercial assignment. But what if you want to do more? Protecting your idea before entering a partnership Say you have the golden opportunity to start a […]

Freelancing, Open Source, the public domain and your copyrighted work

August 2, 2011


About two years ago I decided to make the framework for Smart Spaces Open Source. Starting point One of the reasons was a somewhate strange situation with a client who – after a project was closed – suddenly started to press on having a contract signed by me with which I would transfer all the […]

Slowly moving things together – the long tail of Beyond the Keyboard

March 14, 2011


This blog started as a alternative to my usual work: programming stuff in Flash. The first post covered “Building a pressure sensitive Touch Surface” and successive posts investigated QR codes, Android phones, Android hardware and hacking hardware with the Android OS. Previous to that I looked at using AR toolkit in Flash (FLARtoolkit) to build […]

Android: awesome 3D games are coming up, why do productivity suites stay behind?

February 15, 2011


With “productivity software” we refer in general to: “word processors, spreadsheets, database management systems, PIMs, schedulers and other software packages that are designed for individual use” – from an online dictionary. In the past month, several games are introduced on the Android platform using the Unreal engine. Allowing full fledged (and quite gorgeous) 3D on […]

Hacking away with Android pt 7 – Februari 2011 overview on what you can- and can not do with Android (devices)

February 11, 2011


Although Android tablets are offered for Netbook and Notebook prices and perceived to be the “replacement” for Netbooks (like apparently Acer is assuming), Android tablets are far from “there”. As it its really hard to find anything about where we are right now with Android and where each tablet could be placed related to the […]

Tablets, Android, fragmentation and marketing versus product development

January 14, 2011


The Android market is “fragmented”. Also, it is “not as good an experience as Apple”. Criticasters on the platform blame the OS itself. I think that is not where the pain lies. Bottom line is, that it is really frustrating to have relatively low cost hardware with a lot of potential hacking possibilities and not […]

ARM and the long tail of Acorns RISC computers

January 9, 2011


Right now, ARM is maybe one of the best, most silent and most successful challengers of Intel’s x86 dominance. If you would ask me: “who the fuck is ARM?” I would not blame you. As they have been a very modest builder of dominance in the mobile world and do not advertise: “ARM Inside” on […]

“There really isn’t much of a “tablet” market”

January 1, 2011


On December 31 Marco Arment gave his opinion on the tablet market as he sees it. The bottom line as I read it: There is not much of a tablet market. The devices have no clear use case and except for Apple – who delivered a good and solid product with the iPad – what […]

Hacking away with Android pt 5 – insides of the Archos 32 and photos of LCD screens

November 18, 2010


At the beginning of November 2010 I dropped my Archos 32. Due to the impact the power switch was dislodged. As the warranty is usually only valid for hardware failure due to construction faults I decided to take it apart. [Update, April 2011] It seems I am not the only one with this issue. If […]

Hacking away with Android pt 4 – Researching options to attach sensors and devices to your Android

November 1, 2010


I have been doing some research on attaching sensors to the Android devices in the past days. I have not tested or build solutions yet with this information. That will be one of the next steps. Purposes of this series This series of articles is written with the following uses of Android Devices in mind: […]