A month ago I released a basic cat 5 wiring Android app just to learn how the market works. Today I released by first big Android app. It’s a pranking app that you can use against your friends called Prankster. It’s a 2 part application. You can find the phone app in the Android Market and the desktop app here.
I have to say that when I first heard about Google Chrome, I didn’t really think the world needed another browser. I am very happy with the progress that we have been making getting people off of IE and into the Firefox camp. I believe that having more products in the browser market will force more innovation which is always a good thing. I highly recommend you read the comic book explaining many of the technical innovations that Google has put into this product.
This evening I got on my only Windows PC and installed it. I have to say that I am very impressed with it. Google stated a goal was to write a new browser built more for web applications and I think they accomplished that. The speed is the biggest thing that anyone will notice. I am amazed how fast web applications run and it works especially well with Gmail and Google Reader.
Google’s move into this market is to develop a better platform for Google to create web applications. I believe that Google’s move is very similar to IBM releasing Eclipse as an open source platform for thick applications. IBM then started porting many of their applications to Eclipse like Lotus Notes and some development tools. I think this will help give Google a needed performance boost in their heavy web applications like Google Docs.
For those of you with Windows PCs around, I recommend you try it. I am not sure that I am going to switch at this point but it seems like a very promising platform. I haven’t seen any scheduled release dates for a Linux and Mac release but I hope it’s coming soon.
It has been some time since I last blogged. I have been very busy with my full time IT job. We were in the process of moving our corporate office which was quite a large task. I am glad to say that it was a success and is now behind me. After attending and helping at Podcamp Ohio, I have got some new inspiration to get back to blogging.
I was very impressed with Podcamp Ohio. It was well organized and provided a lot of good content. I heard they had 132 attendees at the beginning of the day but never heard an updated number. I would guess they at least broke 150 which seems pretty good for a new conference. I don’t think it’s been decided but if they do it again, I will definitely attend next year.
I recently needed to find where all the disk space had gone on a Windows server. I remembered Steve Gibson mentioning some products on Security Now. He recommended using Space Monger. This software scans a drive and gives you a visual representation of where your disk space is. It allows you to zoom into any folder for more information.
Version 2.x is now a premium product but version 1.4 is still free. The 1.4 UI looks old but it still does a great job. The download is small and the exe doesn’t require installation. I highly recommend using this tool if anyone needs to find where all your disk space went on a Windows machine.
On the Linux side there are 2 tools that do similar things. Gnome has included a tool called Disk Usage Analyzer and KDE has the tool built into Konqueror.