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Comment: Re:UI polish, documentations (Score 1) 891 891

by Ben Escoto (#29407725) Attached to: Why Users Drop Open Source Apps For Proprietary Alternatives

If you were serious about wanting to be the UI designer for a FOSS project, please check out and maybe email me or post a message to the mailing list. This project needs a lead designer.

Of course I'm biased, but IMHO this project has the potential to be big and the UI design of it is really interesting.


Venture Capitalism To the Rescue 88 88

Posted by kdawson
from the doing-well-by-doing-good dept.
theodp writes "Al Gore, Bill Joy, and a Norwegian cutie — a TH!NK open electric car — grace the cover of the latest NYT Magazine, which asks: Can the venture capitalists at Kleiner Perkins reduce our dependence on oil, help stop global warming, and make a lot of money at the same time? While Kleiner Perkins — which funded Genentech, Netscape, Google and others — has a number of other green-tech bets, a partner says its goal is 'to make a lot of money for our investors,' not to save the environment."

Comment: SyncML is very handy today (Score 1) 85 85

by Ben Escoto (#19855111) Attached to: How to Backup Your Smart Phone
This isn't pitched as a heavy-duty corporate solution, but SyncML is supported my most phones today. It is an open protocol that lets you sync addressbook information, notes, bookmarks, etc. with a server (and open source servers like funambol already exist). There are also sites like Mobical which offer free SyncML hosting.

Basically, here's how it works: You set your phone up to sync automatically with the SyncML server every couple days. Then whenever you add, say, a contact, it gets uploaded to the server. If you lose your phone or just upgrade, you point your new phone at the server and sync to recover your contacts. The protocol only sends updates, so it is relatively quick and bandwidth friendly. The sync is bidirectional, so you can also add contacts to your phone from your web browser (if your syncml server has a web interface).

Backing up using SIM cards is pretty inconvenient by comparison. You have to manually swap out the SIM whenever you backup, and the SIM protocol is very basic (it can only hold one number per name I believe).

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.