Friday, November 27, 2009

Dead on Arrival!

Dedicated to the millions of hapless WinMo users.

If you have a smartphone running a version of Windows Mobile 6.5 or earlier, you already know about the 10 (give or take a few) applications that make up for the entire ecosystem. iPhone users may have access to a billion applications. Good luck trying to download them all. Hah; problem of plenty. We are, oh so happy with the 10 or so apps.

In what can only be termed as a superhuman effort, Microsoft launched its own appstore called Windows Marketplace for Mobiles with a collection of (hold your breath) 800 apps. Now we have a problem of plenty. Well you may think that it is a start, if not anything else. But there is a minor catch! Only a teeny-weeny one!

The marketplace does not work for Windows Mobile 6.1 or 6.0. I don’t know if it does for 6.5. Even though Microsoft says it does. Webshot below! Good news my posterior end!

I tried accessing the marketplace and was cheerily greeted with the message “Loading…” eternally. After which my phone hangs – much like our beloved windows desktops.

This can mean 2 things. The geniuses at Redmond haven’t heard of the term ‘testing’. Or they got this project outsourced to a national park in Congo, to a team of extremely hairy 300-pound-gentlemen and women.

Screenshot of the path-broken marketplace!

I have this incredible urge to go and break something. Ciao!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Amazing Visualizer!

For fellow geeks out there - try out this visualizer from the University of Utah, which lets you zoom down to the level of a carbon molecule, from a coffee bean!

Link here.