Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Devicescape, OpenMoko, StarBucks & Boingo mobile

I finally got a replacement battery for my FreeRunner allowing me to perform a rather important test, namely Starbucks support. Unfortunately the Canadian Starbucks use a different Wi-Fi provider than the American Starbucks, so the free wifi login support with Devicescape doesn't currently work. However, Boingo has a free 30 day trial for boingo mobile, which is a roaming partner with Bell (one of the Canadian Starbucks wireless providers) and Devicescape does support boingo hotspots.

Much to my pleasant surprise, the existing code worked with only a few minor modifications. I came across and fixed a minor bug involving not being able to stop the connection process, so you can take back over manual control if you so desire. Once again, if you are interested in testing this release give me a shout ( holden@pigscanfly.ca ), make sure to include openmoko in the subject somewhere so it gets through.

Now that my FreeRunner is working again I'm hoping to get a UI prototype up at the end of next weekend or two.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

First glance at su.pr

After reading about su.pr I was interested in giving it a spin (especially since I need to be concentrating on abstract algebra, I needed to take it for a spin right away). They posted beta invite code to the stumbleupon twitter feed. Of the features mentioned in su.pr's initial press release, all seem to be functional with the notable exception of "seo friendly" links (aka 301 redirects) so that search engines count the links as going to your site and shorten on your domain. I haven't had a chance to try out any of the other features, like suggested posting times, as it seems like they are tailored to each user so it requires a bit of data first. The settings panel seems a bit buggy (I haven't managed to get it to add more than one site that I'm "promoting"), but that seems like an easy fix. Overall I'm not entirely sure what all the buzz was about, it seems kind of cool but lacks sufficient compelling features to convince me that its not a bad thing to use a url shortener.

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