More invisible source code

16 years ago, at the end of July | Leave a Comment

Yet another application claims to be open source without actually publishing any source code. While the WordPress folks have a pretty good record when it comes to making source code available it does not excuse this sort of thing. It’s rather simple. You can’t actually claim anything to be open source until you actually release the source. It annoys the bajeebers out of me when I see people use the ‘open source’ as a marketing ploy.
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July 24, 2008 7:27



My Acer ‘Macbook’

16 years ago, mid-June | 2 Comments

Over the weekend I decided to take a little look at one of the latest incarnations of OSX to see what all the fuss was about. One of the real problems with OSX is that under normal circumstances you have to shell out at least 399 GBP before you even get to try it out. If you don’t like it or can’t get on with it you’re out nearly 400 big ones and who wants to risk that?

There are of course ways around this and I took the plunge with a Kalyway 10.5.2 iso. My Macbook Pro (15 Inch)laptop is an Acer Aspire 3692 WLMI which originally came with an 80GB hard drive which I have already upgraded to a 160GB drive. Since I was only going to be testing this out I wasn’t about to erase my current linux install. I dusted off the the old 80GB drive and swapped it out with the 160GB drive and kicked off the install. I actually did the install a couple of times to get used to how Mac people do stuff.
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June 17, 2008 20:06



Please note: We have temporarily removed the Qtopia open source packages from our servers.

As part of our integration work with Nokia, we have discovered there are some copyright inconsistencies regarding third party components used in Qtopia that we need to tidy up. While we work to fix these, we have temporarily removed GPL versions of Qtopia from our servers. We wish to stress that we remain committed to keeping Qtopia available under the GPL, and we will make a GPL version of Qtopia available again within three weeks from today (estimated date is June 30, 2008).

If you have any questions, please contact us at info (at) trolltech.com .

Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this might cause.

The Trolltech Team

Taken from the readme on their FTP site. Of course it’s still all in the OM git repo…. errm and my hard drive. 🙂

You can also get a copy from here: git://git.asheesh.org/qtopia_snapshot.git


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June 12, 2008 7:48



Freerunner production…

16 years ago, at the start of June | Leave a Comment

Go! Go! Go!

“The latest update I have from the factory indicates that mass Production (that means running the SMT line without stopping to check stuff every two seconds) has been CLEARED TO START.”


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June 5, 2008 17:16



Computex 2008 Pictures

16 years ago, at the start of June | Leave a Comment

A couple of my colleagues are currently in Taipei attending Computex 2008. There seem to be quite a few eeepc clones and look alikes. Gigabyte Nick is uploading photos to Picasa if you want to take a look – there’s an eeepc album too. Unfortuneately it’s a fairly slow process since it appears he can only upload 5 pictures at a time for some odd reason. ASUS also have a neat GPS unit (R710) with an optional HUD, though he wasn’t sure if some sort of film would be needed on your windscreen to be sure of contrast. There are a couple of pictures of it in the GPS album. There are some exciting new products appearing so keep an eye out for updates. He also stopped by the FIC stand to ask about the Freerunner and Openmoko but, in his words:

“I asked and they said no very dismissively”

which is a huge shame really. They may be different companies (FIC is the parent iirc) but they really should at least try to fein enthusiasm – this is a trade show after all , they are supposed to be trying to get people interested in product. It simply reflects badly on FIC imho.

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June 4, 2008 11:26

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