Thursday, May 27, 2010

American Idol Season Finale: So Long, Simon!

Last night's American Idol finale was bitter sweet as we said hello to a new star and goodbye to our old friend Simon. (His wise-cracks and snooty 'tude were the only reasons I watched the show! Good thing he'll soon be judging a new series!) Check out a few snaps from the extraordinary event including the crowning of this season's Idol. Spoiler Alert! If you haven't yet watched and don't know who won, don't click below the fold!









Sunday, May 23, 2010

gPodder 2.6 for Maemo 5: A visual tour

gPodder 2.6 (an app for Maemo that can subscribe to and download podcasts, YouTube videos and tracks from Soundcloud) has been released today. The package is in Extras-Testing, so please test it and vote for it! A package for Diablo (Maemo 4, N8x0) is also available already, and includes some Diablo-specific fixes (the "New episodes available" selection was broken, but works correctly now).

I've prepared some screenshots to compare the UI of gPodder 2.5 for Fremantle with the UI of gPodder 2.6. Here are a few examples:

The episode actions dialog now has a dedicated "Delete" button for downloaded episodes

The settings dialog has proper "Save" semantics now (close the dialog to discard changes, click on "Save" to apply changes) - this has been suggested during UX-Week 1

The progress bar for the episode list has rounded corners (useless, but looks better)

Another feature that isn't visible at first: If you get "New episodes available", and you can't decide from the title of an episode if it's worth downloading, just long-tap the episode and choose "Shownotes" from the context menu to display the complete shownotes in a window.

This release includes improved support (easier configuration, restoring of subscriptions now works on first run), and will feature more fine-grained episode playback status synchronization with the (yet-to-be-released) new version of Panucci.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sneak Peek at Sex and the City 2

Sex and the City 2

The fun, the fashion, the friendship: Sex and the City 2 brings it all back and more as Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda take another bite out of The Big Apple--and beyond--carrying on with their busy lives and loves in a sequel that truly sparkles.

What happens after you say "I do"? Life is everything the ladies ever wished it to be, but it wouldn't be Sex and the City if life didn't hold a few more surprises...this time in the form of a glamorous, sun-drenched adventure that whisks the women away from New York to one of the most luxurious, exotic and vivid places on earth, where the party never ends and there's something mysterious around every corner. It's an escape that comes exactly at the right moment for the four friends, who are finding themselves in--and fighting against--the traditional roles of marriage, motherhood and more.

After all, sometimes you just have to get away with the girls

Sex and the City 2

Sex and the City 2

Sex and the City 2

Sex and the City 2

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Monday, May 17, 2010

The Box-Office Beat: Iron Man 2 Takes the Top Spot

Iron Man walked away with a cool $52 mill this weekend. What other movies made big money? Glam's got the box office beat...


1 - Iron Man 2: $52 M

2 - Robin Hood: $36.1 M

3 - Letters to Juliet: $13.5 M

4 - Just Wright: $8.3 M

5 - How to Train Your Dragon: $5 M

6 - A Nightmare on Elm Street: $4.7 M

7 - Date Night: $3.8 M

8 - The Back-Up Plan: $2.4 M

9 - Furry Vengeance: $2.2 M

10 - Clash of the Titans: $1.2 M

U-Bahn, Keyboard Repeat Switcher and an updated RaeMote

The last three days can be described as one of the more productive weekends - at least in terms of app count. Two new mini-apps have been uploaded to Maemo Extras: U-Bahn, a scrolling subway plan for Vienna and the Keyboard Repeat Switcher widget. While the former might only be of interest to Viennese locals and the occasional tourist, the latter is really useful when you do more serious work in X Terminal and want your hardware keys to have the "repeat" functionality in the yet-to-be-released PR1.2 firmware update. If you have PR1.2, please try them out and vote for these new packages.

And last but not least: a new version of RaeMote has been released, which adds missing dependencies to the packaging information and also changes the display name of the package to be shorter and searchable. RaeMote is still not in Extras, so your votes are again very welcome on this one.

Coming up: A new version of gPodder is already in the works, bringing you lots of bug fixes and UI refinements that we introduced during the last weeks. Some progress is also being made on getting the new version of Panucci ready, which will bring play position syncing when used in conjunction with gPodder and

Monday, May 10, 2010

Did You See Betty White on SNL?

Betty White was a hit on SNL this weekend. She had me in hysterics. Did you catch her in action? She rocked it. Check out a few clips...





P.S. It was one of the funniest episodes in a long time! I have high hopes for next week too... The season finale with their favorite repeat guest: Alec Baldwin!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Who's Your Favorite Movie Mom?


Without a doubt, I'd have to say J.C. Wiatt (AKA Diane Keaton in Baby Boom). This was one of my absolute favorite movies growing up. I was five when it came out  (do the math!) and absolutely obsessed. And I still am. Anyway, we all know the story. The ultimate yuppie career-driven city girl unexpectedly becomes the guardian to a baby girl. She has to learn to be a mother and juggle work with family. She experiences hurdles along the way (getting fired!, moving to the country!), and eventually realizes (epiphany!) that motherhood is the best job of all. Love love love this movie! Love Diane Keaton. And that baby is insanely adorable.

Honorable Mentions: A few more of our favorites...


Kate (AKA Tina Fey) and Angie (AKA Amy Poehler) in Baby Mama.


Donna (AKA Merly Streep) in Mamma Mia!


Mrs. Gump (AKA Sally Field) in Forest Gump.


Edwina (AKA Holly Hunter) in Raising Arizona


M'Lynn Eatenton (AKA Sally Field - again) in Steel Magnolias.

Monday, May 3, 2010

N810 + pyDance + USB Host Mode + Dance Mat

Most of the cool hacks these days are done using the N900 for obvious reasons. For this little experiment, I needed the good old N810 with its USB Host Mode (as the N900 doesn't support USB Host Mode right now) to get things going. An alternative approach would be to use BlueMaemo running on a N8x0 (with a USB device attached) acting as Bluetooth HID device for the N900 and running pyDance from the N900 on the big screen with its TV-out.

Here's a walkthrough video on how it's done:

I hope to post the packages needed to get this going shortly. Attila was kind enough to package the joydev.ko kernel module for Diablo, so we're just missing pygame/SDL_mixer with OGG support in the repositories. It's not Stepmania, but it works just as well with only minimal code changes.