This is a blog about my work, music, technology and other subjects that catch my interest.
Article About the B&O Project
Read about the B&O project I worked on at the Alexandra website (in danish).
This year I also attended Apple's WWDC conference learning about the latest and greatest Apple technology.
Nabto iOS App Available
The app we helped Nabto develop is now available in the App Store for both iPhone and iPad.Check it out here: http://itunes.apple.com/dk/app/nabto-client/id451114099?l=da&mt=8.
Appy Days Website Launched
Today a website for Appy Days event was launched. A two days apps concept and development kickstart for designers, developers and businesses in Silkeborg, Denmark. The page is based on Catmis with design by Stine Sandahl.
Visit the site at www.appydays.dk.
Input.RefleXx.dk and RefleXx.dk Launched
input.refleXx.dk features a design by Stine Sandahl and a custom forum module.
RefleXx.dk features a design by DMJX and a custom article CMS module. The page is optimized towards iPad browsing but it also available on PC and mobile phones.
Redesign of Interactive Spaces Launched
Geiger Records Website Launched
I have designed a new website for Geiger Records. Visit it at www.geigerrecords.dk.
MediaKiosk Application Accepted In App Store
Last week the iPhone application MediaKiosk I have been working on in cooperation with Raphael Dobers was finally accepted into the App Store. MediaKiosk is an application created for viewing video and audio podcasts on an iPod/iPhone for use in exhibitions or other public settings. It has already been used in a few exhibitions e.g. Bright Green.
Here is a quick runthrough of the application features:
- Loading a list of podcasts with presentation settings from a user-specified xml-file for easy deployment to multiple devices.
- Caching media from podcasts locally on the device makes it ideal in settings where network is not available.
- Streaming on a wifi connection is also possible.
- Lock application to a single podcast with a pincode.
- Run a single media file from a podcast in kiosk mode with controls limited to rewind, pause/play and done.
- Remember last played media for easy startup.
And last but not least a few screenshots:
The website for the application can be found here: http://www.interactivespaces.net/mediakiosk and the application can be downloaded here: http://itunes.apple.com/dk/app/mediakiosk/id352741530?mt=8.
A website for the DIS2010 conference has been launched at http://www.dis2010.org. The site is based on CMIS with design by Liselott Stenfeldt in cooperation with Lone Kofoed Hansen and myself.
Moblin 2.0 and Ubuntu NBR 9.10 on MSI Wind U100
This week I have been playing with some of the latest interesting Linux releases on my MSI Wind U100 netbook: Moblin 2.0 and Ubuntu 9.10 Beta Netbook Remix. This post will try to sum up my experiences so far.
I've been following the Moblin distribution for a while and have been watching several videos on YouTube of the system. I was especially interested in the new Netbook optimized interface and really wanted to see it in action. So I finally grabbed an image and installed it onto my MSI Wind.
Installation went smooth and I was quickly up and runing. The boot time was just amazing. It boots up elegantly without too much terminal output and quickly starts an X session and the interface slides in. The interface looks really slick and polished and it feels great to use. When I started playing around with it there were naturally some rough edges that needs more work.
- The browser is really bare bones at the moment and I can't really imagine using it as a power user. The location bar doesn't even autocomplete URL's yet and there is no real bookmark and extension system so there is still a long way to go. I hope it will be possible to get Firefox customized with the look of the built-in browser. You can install Firefox now but it doesn't really fit in and is not integrated with the system browser menu.
- The mail program is based on Evolution and seems to adapt a GMail style of interface with conversations. I find it a bit annonying that I have to scroll past all messages in the conversation to answer an email. You can't really customize the program as the settings of Evolution is not available. At least I couldn't find it.
- The people section is a good idea and it is nice to have direct access to my contacts. My chat contacts became hard to find though when I synced with Google which was bit of a shame. It would be nice to have some kind of distinction between chat contacts and address book.
- The concept of zones also confuses me a bit and I often found it bit difficult navigating between applications. It really miss the overview of the dock on Mac OS X or the process line on Windows. Ubuntu NBR is also better in this aspect I think.
Many of these things are of course to be expected at this early point. But it looks really promising so far.
Ubuntu 9.10 Beta NBR
After having played a bit with Moblin I discovered that Ubuntu had just released a new beta of 9.10 that featured an extensive redesign of the Netbook release. So I naturally had to try this out as well. I had some trouble downloading the image for some reason but in the end succeeded only to realise there was no USB stick image so I had to install using a cd.
The live cd booted fine and I could see my hardware was working fine except my camera so I decided to install the system. The installation program worked beatifully but at some point the installation procedure stalled at 83% creating users? After waiting a long time I decided to give it another go but installing outside the live environment and it worked a lot better though some of the installation screens didn't fit the screen resolution.
Ubuntu doesn't boot as fast as Moblin but it boots a lot faster than 9.04 on my netbook. The new login greeter has a face browser as the default taking a hint from Mac and Windows.
The redesigned Netbook Remix interface looks really great compared to the last release and has a lot more unified look. The icons, scroll bars and the way the background image is blended in from behind makes the system feel really polished. The status bar icons now have a more Mac-like skinning using gray colors and some nice default backgrounds are now available. All these improvements must come from the recently established design team. It is great to see improvements are starting to appear and it looks amazing so far - well done.
There are still a few weak spots in the interface though imho. It would be nice to have a better visual coherence between the window, the menu bar and the window title bar on the top. Perhaps it could look a bit like the tabs in Google Chrome.
The default theme for the NBR is now a dark brown variant of Human which looks fine but there are a few problems e.g. in the Firefox location bar where it is hard to read entries on the dark background.
All in all this seems to be a really good release with a lot of improvements. I'm especially fond of the UI and graphics changes made so far.
After having spent some time with both distributions the winner for me is clearly Ubuntu. Their interface just feels more polished and easy to use for me even though I really like some of the ideas behind the Moblin UI. And Moblin can't beat Ubuntu's large repository of software and configuration options yet.
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