Monthly Archives: May 2010

Apple iPad – Problems And Solutions

So, received my new iPad and thought I would post some guides on how to work around different problems I encountered.

Air Video on Ubuntu
So I found this lovely app that enabled me to live convert and stream my videos from my computer(s) to my iPad! So excited I took a closer look and found out that the server-software was only made for OSX and Windows. Luckily, the server software was made mostly in Java, which means a port to linux could easily be made.

Here is a guide on how to comile and install the required packages in Ubuntu: http://wiki.birth-online.de/know-how/hardware/apple-iphone/airvideo-server-linux
And here is a forum-post about the issue on providers website: http://www.inmethod.com/forum/posts/list/34.page

Another issue I encountered, was that the ahavi-daemon setup didn’t work – so I found a working one in the forum post. Create a file called /etc/avahi/services/airvideoserver.service – and add the following lines:

<?xml version=”1.0″ standalone=’no’?><!–*-nxml-*–>
<!DOCTYPE service-group SYSTEM “avahi-service.dtd”>
<!– $Id: airvideoserver.service 995 2010-04-12 15:06:53Z sam $ –>
<service-group>
<name replace-wildcards=”yes”>%h</name>
<service>
<type>_airvideoserver._tcp</type>
<port>45631</port>
</service>
</service-group>

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Microsoft kills “Courier”

As most of you read on both Gizmodo and Engadget, Microsoft has terminated the “Courier” project. To be really honest, the “Courier” and “Nadal” are pretty much the only exciting and innovative projects Microsoft had going for them, at least from a gadget-geek-perspective. So I’m not trying to hide my disappointment when they terminated the “Courier”.

http://gizmodo.com/5527442/microsoft-cancels-innovative-courier-tablet-project
http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/29/microsoft-confirms-kills-courier-in-one-fell-swoop/

So why is it, that they suddenly kill this project? Did anyone ever see or touch a prototype? Was this really all a concept-video?

There’s a lot of questions to ask regarding this sudden cancellation, but what I take personally from this is that the road from a concept to prototype to product is not a walk in the park. Another punch in the face could be the cancellation of the HP Slate tablet. If you listen to the sources who tried the Slate – it was buggy and laggy, pretty much unresponsive. How would you then do a double-screen keeping a low-cost AND have touchscreen gestures work smoothly? This isn’t possible if you need to keep the cost down. But what I really want to know the answer to is: was this a decision based on the fact that Microsoft couldnt make it fast enough vs cheap enough? Or weren’t they able to make the product in a reasonable timeframe on a reasonable platform at all?

My first thought that struck me was the comparison to Apple and the way they *never* show prototypes like that, but still manage to hype their products like no one else. I think this is were Microsoft has much to learn. Either way, maybe next time at least have a prototype before you go out and hype it – or else you will look like the loser fools you do this time – because lets face it – there were a lot of interest around this product!

Anyhow, it’s a shame that it got terminated, but maybe they’ll pick up the thread at a later stage when they(maybe) have a better and lighter framework to work on. The Windows platform just don’t cut it when it comes to lighter tablets!

Ubuntu on ASUS UL30VT

So, lately theres been a fair few problems with the UL30VT. This is a post to compile the general solutions to especially the hybrid graphics cards.

This guide is intended to the new Ubuntu release Lucid Lynx(10.04 LTS), but would probably work for the Karmic(9.10) release too.

Hybrid Graphics – The problem
First off, the hybrid drivers found in Windows 7 seems to be developed by Asus themselves. Another problem is that to be able to “hotswitch” between the Nvidia and Intel graphics card it need to be implemented into the Xorg core – and this I would imagine we will not see in a long time. As it stand in Windows, only Windows 7 is able to the “hotswitch”, earlier versions like Vista and XP need to same solution as Xorg – a service restart(re-login).

Hybrid Graphics – Solution
So there are several solutions depending on the outcome you want.

  • Running only Intel
  • Running only Nvidia
  • Running “hotswitch” between Intel and Nvidia

Hybrid Graphics – Solution “Running only Intel”
So – this solution pretty much work out of the box. Since the Lucid install utilize the Intel card by default using the Intel drivers, this is the easiest solution. The only thing you need to do is pretty much install Ubuntu as you would on any other computer.
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