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Welcome to My New Blog

This is my new blog which is now hosted with my new personal website rather than being a separate WordPress Site. First off thank you very much for coming. Here I will talk about my various opinions on the current state of technology  the industry, and other things I care about. This is in no means meant to be a personal blog but on occasion if I think I am doing something noteworthy I will in turn make note of it.

On a side note I would like to mention this site is not meant to be taken as a news outlet or a sole source for information. All opinions are strictly my own and are not intended to sway anyone. The purpose of this blog is strictly as an personal outlet and for anyone interested in my perspective.

Valve saving Linux?

Valve announced Steam’d Penguins recently. It is Valve’s mission to bring Steam and the Source Engine to Linux. This is a very exciting move for Linux as much as it is for valve. With the current move by Microsoft and Apple to locking down the application distribution in their Operating Systems other application distributing services should begin to feel pressure about possibly being pushed out at the Operating System level. So this is probably a good business move by Valve since it will get their service out as much as possible.

More importantly it will be great for Linux. Gaming on desktop Linux has been a subpar experience. The open-source games are usually of low-quality or not expansive enough of an experience. Now that Valve is porting the Source Engine to Linux we will start seeing many games show up. First off they are releasing Left for Dead 2. There are however many other titles sure to follow. Some of these games include Portal, Portal 2, Dota 2, Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2.

Another notable way that this is good for Linux is that Valve will push Linux development forward. Valve needs improved graphics drivers to provide a enjoyable experience. Valve and Intel engineers are working together to provide better Intel driver support. This is great not just for Valve games but for desktop Linux in general. We will probably see Valve talking to AMD and Nvidia as well in order to provide a better service on the Linux platform.

It is worth noting that to begin with the only supported Linux distribution is Ubuntu. This is of concern since there are many users who do not use Ubuntu. However I believe that once Steam is released it will also be released as a .tar.gz and will most likely be able to be used on a variety of distributions. Even if this is not how they package it I’m sure valve will try to get their software on as many distributions as possible with time.

This is definitely good news. I’m extremely decided to see if this helps Linux take off on the desktop. It’s definitely an exciting time to be a Linux enthusiast or a Linux Gamer.

CES 2011 Recap: Android

As usual I did not get to attend CES this year. This, however, did not stop me from constantly refreshing my Google Reader and staying up on the news. From what I have heard the most popular topic at CES was Android Tablets. Android tablets seemed to come in every color, size and price range imaginable. Lots of these tablets were running on Android 2.2 and below which I am uninterested in since Google provides no official support for tablets below Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The few Honeycomb tablets featured however, seemed very nice a few of which could be true iPad competitors. Some people consider the earlier released Samsung Galaxy Tab a superior product to the iPad. I have personally used both devices and dislike both because in my opinion the iPad feels like a big iPhone and the Galaxy Tab feels like a slightly bigger version of my Samsung Captivate. This may just be because I have a wrong impression of what a tablet can be.

Motorola Xoom

First-off the most impressive tablet introduced at CES is the Motorola Xoom. The Xoom sports a 1 GHz dual-core Tegra 2, a 10.1 inch multitouch screen, and an upgradeable 4G modem. The 4G modem will not be enabled until Q2 since Verizon’s Network can not yet handle it. The Xoom also features a 1280×720 resolution, 5 megapixel camera, 720p video recording(back-camera), 1080p video playback through HDMI(yay),  802.11n wifi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and 32 GB of onboard storage. The tablet runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb and supposedly runs it stock with no silly skins BUT a Motorola rep said they would ship motoblur over an OTA update. This would be terrible if it was shipped as a complete skin as Google hired a new UI person, Matias Duarte, who has done great UI work on 3.0 Honeycomb. So hopefully motoblur will either be optional or just be extended features which can not be used. The Xoom will definitely be the number one tablet to look for this year and has an estimated price at $700(with or without contract??) and should be released February 17th.

Asus showed a variety of Android tablets with different purposes at CES. All of which will feature Asus’ MyWave software skin/

First the Eee Pad Transformer is a 10.1 inch tablet which can be docked into an optional keyboard/trackpad and make a laptop experience.

The Asus Eee Pad Slider features a slide-out miniature keyboard for typing. It also acts as a stand when pulled out. I personally find this design appealing but am not sure how well the sliding experience will work and how well Asus’ skin will integrate with the keyboard.

Lastly from Asus the Eee Pad MeMO is a smaller 7 inch tablet with a focus on pen input. The tablet is also pretty then and has a very bright screen with an excellent viewing angle.

T-Mobile and LG announced the T-Mobile G-Slate with Android 3.0 and built-in 4G. Other than this not much is known about the device.

That’s it for the main Android 3.0 tablets. My suggestion is if you want one of the upcoming tablets to probably go with the Motorola Xoom since it appears to be the working model being used on Google Campuses as their 3.0 Tablet test-bed. This means it is likely to receive first updates and the like. You may however want to wait to find out more about the introduction of the motoblur interface before making your decision. No matter what happens 2011 should be a very interesting year for tablets.