Linux Celebrates 20 Years

This post goes to one of my friends, the only one I know who uses Linux. He’s been using it for years. I’m going to venture and say for something close to 12 years so far.

With Linux, I feel so outdated with technology; even though I’ve been an avid early Mac user from way back in the stone age day. Anyways, congratulations Linux and baby Android and may you have a Happy 20th.

More info can be found over at the Linux Foundation.

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API login and authentication failure and log in error for Twitter on BB and iPhone

Are you getting an API login error messages and authentication failure with Twitter? You’re not the only one, and nothing wrong with your twitter account, and the answer is very simple.

Twitter have changed the login method for mobile devices starting Sept 1; on the iPhone, iTouch, Android, BB, iPad starting Sep 1st.  Twitter used to allow 3rd party applicatios to store username and password externally, but they changed that policy, all info will remain with twitter all the time. Applications had plenty of time to adjust, and most work just fine. My tough luck got me Twitterific and the BB’s twitter T, one of the few that didn’t work.

  • If you try to login, it won’t let you. You’ll get the message in the pic above.
  • Every application has to be authorized by you. Problem is the settings tab doesn’t have any applications to approve anyway, even if you wanted to.

After spending a couple of hours searching and reading, I got to the solution:

  • All you have to do is update the applications. It works on all Apple products and BB.
  • Problem is the App store will tell you everything is up to date, so you will have to go around it. What you do on the iPod and iPad is just delete whatever twitter application you’re using, then just install it again from the App store. That’s it.
  • As for the BB, it’s takes just a little bit longer. But really, all you have to do is download the twitter application again, using the browser on your BB. Install it, it’ll ask you if it’s OK to replace the old version. Click OK, restart the phone, and your done.
  • The same principle should apply to Android phones, but I wouldn’t know, I don’t have an Android.

I got everything to work again, but it did give me a much un-needed headache before I figured it out. Here’s Twitter’s support page, it explains the problem, but doesn’t help much with the solution. Problem name is OAuth or something terrible like that. I’m just glad everything works again.

Now if only someone can tell me where the hell is the New Lulu Hyper market is? Tweet me here. I really want to go there!

New Blackberry Torch might not be that great

RIM announced yesterday it’s latest Blackberry device, the Torch 9800. Well, it now seems that the device is not all that great; and will not be able to compete with either the iPhone 4 or Android phones.

  • Screen resolution is lousy @ 360 x 480 is no match to iPhone 4’s 960 x 640, iPhone’s pixels are too small to be seen with the naked eye.
  • Slow processor speed of just 624 MHz, where as most of the competitions runs on 1 GHz. This makes the Torch’s performance a little sluggish.
  • Hardware is clumsy and very plastic-like.

Blackberry has been seeing slower sales in recent months, and the Torch was the phone that should’ve fixed that. But with a slower processor, lesser-quality screen, and a difficult app-store; the Torch doesn’t seem to be able to drive RIM’s sales forward as wished.

A detailed review of the Torch can be found here. Older BB posts can be found here, here, here, and here.

New Touch screen BlackBerry might be announced next week

Update: New Torch announced.

The buzz around the net these days is all about the new Touch Screen blackBerry 9800, using the new OS6.

Research In Motion, the makers of BlackBerries, aren’t commenting about anything. But they will be a having an exclusive BB event next week on August 3. Apparently, there is some kind of truth behind the rumors, since RIM’s share went up by almost 5% once the event was announced.

BlackBerry is trying to introduce a new touch-screen high-end device, that can compete with the likes of the iPhone and the Android based devices. Specifically as a net browser and an application tool.