Software Development, technologies and other matters #3

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Happy 2011 for the developer community, hope everybody had fun during the holidays. Now is time to start blogging in 2011.

  • Apple vs. Android – The view from Google details here
  • Nice Impartial review “From iPhone to Windows 7 Phone” – take your own conclusions, details here
  • FinalBuilder on of the best solutions for build automation included in Delphi XE Enterprise and Architect editions won the “Jolt Product Excellence Award: Change and Configuration Management”, details here
  • Embarcadero DB Change Manager XE our solution for server, schema and data comparison and synchronization won “Jolt Productivity Award #1: Change and Configuration Management Tools”, details here
  • Microsoft is trying to catch up Apple TV and Google TV, look likes today at CES they will announce the Windows TV. I personally don’t think the users want to have their computer on the TV, why I will watch regular programs through internet if I can have much better quality using my regular HD TV, for movies this is a good approach, but the successful experience on this space is Netflix and have been replicated around the world. I’m Netflix customer and I love, I can watch movies through Internet using my PS3 as my Netflix client, so far the best solution in my opinion.
  • A new conference for Delphi Developers is coming “Developer Solution Conference”, it is happening at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on February 8-10, 2011. The conference will focus on cross-platform database-driven business solutions, with a special emphasis on mobile clients. The conference are organized by Rem Objects and Developer Experts and has Embarcadero as Premium Sponsor.
  • Did you have a chance to see the TKinect component for Delphi? If not, just look what Simon Stuart did so far.

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  1. Matt
    Matt says:

    I have to disagree about users wanting a computer on their TV. Why? For 1, I don’t have any console gaming systems, and I don’t want any.

    So the best way for me to watch Netflix is to hook up my laptop via s-video (it’s old) to my HDTV…but I get only standard quality, which is annoying.

    I’d love something like this, but I’m waiting for Tivo-like functionality without a subscription. Or at least the ability to easily mod it for that support.

    That’s the only reason I haven’t bought an AppleTV yet.

  2. Simon J Stuart
    Simon J Stuart says:

    Matt, you can make your Laptop or PC give you Tivo-like functionality without a subscription… all you need is a PVR card (or better yet a HDMI-input PVR) connected to your antenna/cable/dish (whatever)… you can then use online TV guides to retrieve listings and schedule times… simple piece of software takes those times and starts the recording.
    You could go even more high-tech and use a Time-Delay unit to detect ad breaks etc. and cut the recording to eliminate them.

    In a computer age, going back to the TV is devolution, in my opinion.

  3. Andreano Lanusse
    Andreano Lanusse says:

    Matt, it’s time to update your laptop with HDMI plug 🙂

    Using Google, Apple, or Microsoft you will still need a DVR box.

    I have DirectTV and I’m fine with that, where I live you have to have cable or satellite. As you mention you use Netflix through your computer, so you don’t have to buy a console, and this is the great think.

    So far what I saw from Google TV is a web browser broadcasting through a browser some channel and very bad resolution, requesting you to have another keyboard and another box, they think the users will stay in front of TV doing navigating in a web browser, and I don’t think so, the user only wanna watch movies, documentary, etc.. what netflix provide.


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