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New site barryk.org

January 02, 2016 — BarryK
For a very long time, I have been with Hostgator. My account has primary domain puppylinux.com, with addon domains bkhome.org, goosee.com, barryk.org.

I wanted to change the primary domain name, as I plan to give away puppylinux.com (and puppylinux.org), probably to Mick Amadio (01micko).

However, it is rather complicated to do, and I need to redesign my site layout drastically. So, I decided to start a new account with Hostgator.
This time, the primary domain is barryk.org

I created a .htaccess file to redirect bkhome.org to barryk.org, as the latter is now my preferred domain name.

puppylinux.com is still pointing to the old Hostgator site.

goosee.com seems to be in limbo right now. puppylinux.com, puppylinux.org and goosee.com are registered with domain registrar netregistry.com.au, and I have moved, or rather attempted to move, goosee.com to another registrar (omnis.com).

Had a lot of trouble with Netregistry, the EPP code, which is the authorisation code required to perform the transfer, turned out to be wrong, and they gave me another one.
Despite my domain being unlocked, they required me to submit an online application, which they took days to respond to, and then only when I phoned them.

Anyway, when I had the supposedly correct EPP code, the transfer to Omnis took place, with advice that it could take up to 5 days.

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NetSurf 3.4 will have Javascript

December 19, 2015 — BarryK
NetSurf is a very small open-source multi-platform web browser.

It has been under development for many years, and I have liked it, except that it lacks Javascript support. This is the one thing that made it unsuitable as the primary browser in Puppy Linux, or Quirky.

However, that may be about to change:
http://vincentsanders.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/i-am-not-number-i-am-free-man.html

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2TB USB3 hard drive

November 14, 2015 — BarryK
I have a nifty little 1TB USB3 drive that I purchased, um, how long ago? Ah, January 2014:
http://bkhome.org/news/201401/new-1tb-usb3-hard-drive.html

Unfortunately, for sometime now it has been chock-full, also the drive on my laptop, I have been resorting to deleting stuff, which I don't like to do.

Decided it is time to invest in another external drive. I saw this for sale, 2TB USB3, AU$108 on sale:
http://www.harveynorman.com.au/samsung-m3-2tb-portable-hard-drive-black.html

Product PDF:
http://samsunghdd.seagate.com/

Works great!

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Windows 10 Continuum

October 19, 2015 — BarryK
Canonical called it "convergence" and have been beavering away for the last couple of years, reinventing the wheel.

Google and Apple don't seem to have embraced the concept, however Microsoft has. Their name for it is Continuum, and it could be what will cement Windows 10 as a major phone alternative.

Especially now that there is actual hardware, a dock for the new Lumia 950 phones:
http://www.slashgear.com/microsoft-display-dock-hands-on-continuum-could-be-huge-06408536/

However, it does seem to be severely restricted in the desktop UI side of things. Apparently, only one app can run at a time, and there are a very small number of compatible apps.

Google are getting Android apps to run in Chrome OS, which is also a work-in-progress. So That is something, not the convergence concept though.

Remix OS brings a true desktop experience to Android, see my previous post:
http://bkhome.org/news/201510/remix-mini-pc-at-trade-show.html

...true multitasking, the full desktop experience, running just about all Android apps.

But, Remix does not implement the convergence concept either, only potentially so. All we know from JIDE are hints that they are seriously thinking about it.

I notice that the Remix Mini PC will be shipping with Office (or so it seems), so MS is getting their foot in the door with Remix.
Probably a wise move from JIDE, to cooperate with MS.

2016 is going to be interesting!

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Remix mini PC at trade show

October 18, 2015 — BarryK
Puppy Forum member don570 discovered this link.

Here is one of the founders of JIDE being interviewed, showing off the new Remix OS 2.0 and the mini-PC:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNAHH3EpO_w

They are expecting to ship to Kickstarter backers (that includes me) by end of this month.

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Android M course has arrived

October 05, 2015 — BarryK
Rob Percival has announced that his new Android M developer course is ready:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/908213631/the-complete-android-m-developer-course-with-andro

I pledged for that, so intend to get stuck into it very soon.

JIDE, the guys developing Remix OS, and the Remix Mini PC, that I also pledged for, have posted some guidelines on creating Android apps that are RemixOS-friendly:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jidetech/remix-mini-the-worlds-first-true-android-pc/posts/1371897

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Allwinner A83 tablet/laptop with Remix

September 20, 2015 — BarryK
Forum member don570 posted about this here:
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=863287&sid=1226a6ebf3cc590cdfb62f64da7a1762#863287

...that will be Q4 2015.

Here is the video at youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMMhDIAA3_s

don570 also commented about Android apps running on Chromebooks, as a possible competitor for the Remix OS table/laptop.

Yes, but it looks like early days with getting Android apps to run properly in Chromebooks. Though, I don't have much feedback yet about any problems with Androids apps running in Remix OS.

Then there's the convergence thing. ChromeOS does not, it would seem, squeeze into a small phone screen format. So it is only for large-screen devices.
So ChromeOS is out as far as the convergence idea is concerned.

Anyway, it will be interesting to see at what price Allwinner release this tablet/laptop.

JIDE have a tablet/laptop currently on the market, but are apparently working on the next model, so things are getting interesting.

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Remix OS on a smartphone?

September 19, 2015 — BarryK
I reported recently that I pledged for the Remix mini PC, Kickstarter campaign:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1123481999/remix-mini-the-worlds-first-true-android-pc

It looks like I will be getting it late-October.

I am most intrigued by the concept, as I think leveraging on an existing phone OS, being able to use all Android apps, in a windowed desktop environment, is so much more pragmatic and likely to succeed compared with, say, Canonical's reinvention of the wheel with Ubuntu Phone.

When I first came across Remix OS, I immediately thought what a natural it would be for the "convergence phone" concept. I wondered if JIDE (the company behind Remix OS) were thinking along these lines.
Someone (Geoff Topolski) recently asked them:

In the future, will Remix OS be able to run on smartphones? And if so, do you plan on implementing some sort of Ubuntu Mobile style convergence? e.g. when you connect your smartphone to a larger display, it will automatically change into windowed application mode?

Response from JIDE:

This is definitely something we're looking into! Stay tuned!

Reference:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MZ-FZQT3V_uL2cxoHrE0LczKcZtsNxmemdaHgzIRpXU/edit?pli=1

JIDE, incidentally, is not a couple of guys in a garage. They have serious backing, with 100 employees.

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