May 032007

The GNOME Foundation announced last week the creation of the GNOME Mobile & Embedded Initiative (GMAE), and a software platform for user experience development across a wide range of device profiles. Here’s the site for this new initiative, to tell the truth it sounds exciting to me, a lot of the activities going on in the Embedded space and some in Mobile are generally where the ‘next big thing’ will come from in my opinion.

This graphic from the site gives a high level view of the GMAE platform:
GMAE Platform

From the press release:

The GMAE Mission

The GNOME Mobile & Embedded Initiative will advance the use, development and commercialization of GNOME components as a mobile and embedded user experience platform. It brings together industry leaders, expert consultants, key developers and the community and industry organizations they represent. The initiative aims to:

  • Increase community and commercial visibility of GMAE technology and participating organizations.
  • Coordinate investment in the GTK+ and GNOME platform, documentation and developer tools.
  • Increase development focus on the “mobile experience”, particularly the integration of GNOME desktop and GMAE technology.
  • Facilitate healthy development collaboration between participating organizations, the GNOME community and related projects; and between GNOME platform, desktop and GMAE developers.
  • Pursue standardization opportunities for the platform, and potentially at the user experience level.
  • Ensure that Software Freedom is a reality beyond the desktop, and available in the hands of users around the world.

For a list of the technologies under consideration and the founding organizations participating from the get go can also be found in the press release above. Partners involved span from Intel to Nokia to Debian and many more.

 Posted by at 6:03 am
May 022007

Tired of dragging around that huge ring of keys everyday?  I know my life would be a lot easier if I had less keys to haul with me all day! 

Say Hello to Key-Port: An modular solution to your key baggage woes.

Key-Port 1  Key-Port 2

An all in one key fob… just get specialized blanks cut to match your car, house, boat, locker, etc. keys and the slot right in.  In the press kit it says that it is “created to complement your personal style and organize those jagged objects you can’t live without.” And currently under development are RFID for remote keyless entry (or anything else you can imagine – be creative here), Alarm Remote (for your car entry/alarms/etc), and Flashlight (mini LEDs!)… hey, where’s my usb key? Either way, i’m dying to get my hands on one to try it out, it would certainly work better to slip in a pocket.

May 022007

Killpill service

Killpill is a service and client application that protects the data on your WM device by performing a factory wipe on remote command by you. I know that enterprise systems such as the WM/Exchange can remote wipe a lost or stolen device and I think RIM can also enforce this through policies. But this Killpill service would be effective for power users like yourself that have sensitive data on the device, be it incriminating photos or financial data from your client, but don’t have access to these services.

After the remote wipe has been completed, you will receive a notification that your mobile phone has been wiped and your phone will return to factory settings.

If the SIM card is replaced on your mobile, you can track down your mobile by retrieving the phone number from the person who inserted the new SIM card. This feature is only available before you have sent a KillPill to your phone.

Killpill – Link

[via MSMobilenews]

 Posted by at 11:01 am
May 022007

When looking for a new and interesting wallpaper for my desktop the other week I searched for and found the same pic used on the iPhone screen:
iPhone screen

Link to the wallpaper pic below (res 2560×1600) that is graciously hosted by It’s now on my dual mon at home, at work and the laptop. It’s even more appealing when the Vista screensaver ‘Bubbles’ comes on.

Clown fish Anemone iPhone Wall

 Posted by at 6:02 am
May 012007

I was a bit skeptical about this one, but it turned out to be true.  An unidentified mineral was discovered in a Serbian mine, and sent off to researchers to determine its composition.  After analyzing the mineral, Dr. Stanley discovered its formula already existed in literary form.


“Towards the end of my research I searched the web using the mineral’s chemical formula – sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide – and was amazed to discover that same scientific name, written on a case of rock containing kryptonite stolen by Lex Luthor from a museum in the film Superman Returns.

“The new mineral does not contain fluorine (which it does in the film) and is white rather than green but, in all other respects, the chemistry matches that for the rock containing kryptonite.”


Now the new mineral won’t be called kryptonite.  Instead, it will be called Jadarite, in reference to the location in Serbia where it was discovered.