Monday, March 26, 2012

HP TouchPad += Android 4.0

TouchPad is a nice device, even with WebOS.
The screen is the same as on iPad (1, 2), and performance is comparable.
The browser is WebKit based, support Flash... Very good for web browsing...
But there is a very small number of apps.

A solution: add Android OS, as dual-boot.
Since TouchPad is also based on Linux, it is possible to do it.
There are Alpha versions of Android 2.3, and 4.0.
Now, even HP is helping to make this work...

How to upgrade an HP TouchPad to Android Ice Cream Sandwich

by Scott Hanselman

TouchPad Android Kernel Source Code Released By HP » Geeky Gadgets

HP has... decided to release the (WebOS Linux) kernel,
together with other software they developed back in 2011.

7 miles (11 km) underwater

Cameron's Historic Dive Cut Short by Leak; Few Signs of Life Seen - National Geographic

"James Cameron... filmmaker and National Geographic explorer's solo sub
dive—the deepest ever—had taken him nearly 7 miles (11 kilometers)
underwater to the Mariana Trench's Challenger Deep, southwest of Guam."

"It was bleak," he said. "It looked like the moon."

Learn Windows Azure, Help Scientific Research (Stanford)

@home with Windows Azure: Home Page

There is an interesting (free) option available from Microsoft
for learning Windows Azure and helping science find cures for diseases.

"You will deploy an application to Windows Azure that directly contributes to Stanford University’s Folding@home effort, a distributed computing project that carries out simulations of protein folding. By simply running a piece of software, you can help scientists learn more about diseases like Alzheimer’s, ALS, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s disease and many cancers through banding together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world.

In addition to contributing directly to this project, Microsoft is donating $10 per participant to Stanford University to help the cause (up to $5,000 maximum)."