TechBytes Audiocast – Episode 5 – 12/11/10

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Intro music “I fought the Troll” is by Tom Smith.  You can find his excellent work here.

So it’s the 5th show.  If there was a title it would have been “Best laid plans” since introducing more structure to the show resulted in our longest yet!.

In this show we cover a multitude of current headlines/news articles from around the web:

F# Picked up by Mono

Windows Phone 7 vs. Android: Can you choose just one?

uTorrent Apps Arrive, Plus Free Movies and Privacy Features

Urban Terror HD: Going Away From Open-Source

WordPress Blocks Blog Following DMCA Takedown ‘Comment’

SRA Disciplinary Tribunal for Davenport Lyons Set for May 2011

And we discuss patents, Android, Trolls (not in that order!)  We look at feedback both good and bad.  Roy and myself question why some people take to impersonation in order to try and cheapen another persons viewpoint.  Privacy, stats and PR are also debated in a TechBytes record of approximately 2 hours.

I hope you will join us.

Ending music was chosen by myself and is a track called “Axxo” by an artist known as Binaerpilot (from the album Nordland).  You can find more of his excellent work here: http://www.binaerpilot.no/ A TechBytes recommendation!

Again thank you to Tom Smith for the small clip of “I fought the Troll” which we have to introduce the show.  You are strongly urged to check out his great work here: http://www.tomsmithonline.com

I would also like to thank Will (whom I forgot to mention on the show) He was the one who brought my attention to the Kinect drivers story.  I’ll credit him in the next show!

You can download the OGG version of the show here.

You can download the MP3 version of the show here.

Roy writes his own show notes which can be found on the Techrights website here.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Chips B Malroy says:

    Enjoyed the audiocast, but could not download it all. The first part being on WP7, so a comment is in order here.

    Why Windows Phone Seven is a disaster.

    As much as Microsoft and its supporters love to say that WP7 is a new completely built from the ground up phone OS, its not. While Microsoft would love to distance itself from the Windows Mobile 6.5 disaster, it cannot. WP7 it fact uses the kernel from Windows Mobile and CE, it is only slightly reworked. Also it uses software that has been slightly reworked from other form factors like the Zune and Silverlight. The only thing really new in WP7 is the tile user interface. But there is a lot of stuff missing or having problems:

    1. Camera api so that third party apps can use it

    2. compass api dito (on handsets with compasses)

    3. tethering

    4. sd cards

    5. copy and paste

    6. No Firefox which means users are stuck with IE7. Worse Mozilla has no plans to port it either. Opera or Chrome coming, I doubt it.

    7. No SKYPE which means no cheap or free way to VOIP Same on porting.

    8. Mail Exchange is broken or does not work with the Zune software in WP7 without extensive modification, and even then still not seamless, which the average phone user will not be able to, or want to do.

    9. MS Office is useless without copy and paste.

    10. Very limited App library. Only a very few apps available at start appoximately 1600 compared to 300k for Apple and over 100k for Android. Worse, the few apps available cost more than most the the Apple iPhone apps.

    11. Better carriers do not support or sell WP7 yet.

    12. The WP7 phones themselves cost between $100 and $200, which is too expensive compared to Android and iPhones, which are clearly a better phone/app systems. WP7 cannot compete at that price range.

    13. Ringtones.

    14. Steve Ballmer is still CEO, and one wonders if his promises to deliver upgrades to WP7 or to provide the insights to improve it should not be questioned.

    encription for businesses (its not secure)
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/210581/windows_phone_7_why_its_a_disaster_for_microsoft.html
    “By contrast, Windows Phone 7 is less secure than most other mobile OSes, with even fewer security capabilities than Google’s Android OS. The big three missteps are lack of on-device encryption, lack of support for complex-password policies, and lack of VPN. These are basic requirements of any business to allow access to their corporate email and networks.”

    “More irony: Sure, Office for Windows Phone 7 can connect to SharePoint servers — assuming that you let your security guard down, of course. And when connected to SharePoint, there’s little you can actually do with the documents you have access to. What’s the point?”

    It took Microsoft two years to deliver this half baked product, and yet it was clearly rushed just like Windows Vista was rushed out in seven years.

    Can anyone else add to this list or correct anything I have wrong?

  2. openbytes says:

    Hi Chips! It was a shame your comment came in at the time it did. We were starting to record so I wasn’t able to read it fully and give it proper mention on show 6. That will be rectified in the next one and your points will be raised shortly. Thanks so much, you have gone into depth and it will be interesting to add this to the points made.

    I hope you are well and I also hope you would consider joining us on a TechBytes show. You would be very welcome.

    Kindest regards
    Tim.

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