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HTC Launches OpenSense Open Source SDK!

One of the things I like about HTC is that they are going to open source all of their HTC Android smartphones and tablets. Which is great for people who are trying to install new ROMs, unlock their phones, etc…etc…

Finally, HTC launches OpenSense SDK, which is basically a development environment for their HTC devices. The new site also hints at “Unlock Bootloader” feature, which will be coming soon and phones that have been locked as of recently like the HTC Evo 4G, will benefit greatly from users being able to root their phones again.

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How to Convert .AVI files to DVD ISO!

Recently, I’ve been trying to find a free open-source software for converting .avi format video files to DVD files.  Well, I found this really great free program called Avi2Dvd that will convert your Avi files to ISO images.

Upon finishing the ISO images, you can simply “burn them as images” into your CD/DVDs.

The only catch?  It does take 2 hours to convert a 90 minute AVI video to ISO on my Intel Core i7 desktop.

That’s not too of a worry unless you are thi

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Google Chrome Open Source Operating System!

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video://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QRO3gKj3qw

Google has shed some new light on their Google Chrome operating system, which we have been hearing about for months now.  Currently the Chrome OS supports netbooks, especifically an EEE PC.  (you can download the source here)

According to TechCrunch:

We’re not going to go into too much detail about going to market today. We’re working on the software right now, but we are al

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Linux DIY – How to Build your Own Open Source DropBox Storage Server!

Here’s a great way to  build your own open-source storage server just like the commercial version DropBox. (btw, is a great service!)

Basically this will allow you to build easy-to-use linux storage server for private companies as an example.

If you like tinkering with Linux like me,  you might be very interested in this, so take a look!

So a few months ago they made headlines on supporting Linux as they re

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New Nokia N900 based on Linux!

Here’s some great news that the new Nokia N900 is based on Linux, similar to the new Palm Pre.

The new Nokia N900 comes with ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 1GB of application memory, 32GB of storage (expandable to 48GB with a MicroSD card), and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

That’s very similar to the Palm Pre, same processor but 4X more memory and 4X more storage.  Plus, I have to say having a Mozilla browser is a definite plus.  If it’s available anytime soon in the U.S., I will definitely be one of the first get this cool new phone.

FINALLY, Nokia gets on

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Nintendo Hack – How to Convert your PowerGlove into a Wiimote-like Thang!

Do you remember when the first Nintendo PowerGlove came out? It was like the tightest game controller ever.

Well, nowdays “nobody” uses a PowerGlove but here’s a guy who hacked it, added an accelerometer, and now functional just like a Wiimote, or maybe even better.

Over the past month, I’ve done just that. I stripped the guts out of an original Power Glove, replaced the ultrasonic sensors with an accelerometer, the proprietary microcontroller with an open-source Arduino, and the wired connection with Bluetooth. I wrote an input manager to get the

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Multi-Touch DIY – How to Build a Multi-Touch Surface Computer!

Microsoft Surface may be an easy option for businesses to get a multi-touch surface computer but they did not invent it nor is it the only viable option to having one yourself.

The guys over at MaximumPC has done a fantastic job of documenting how to build a multi-touch surface computer all from scratch using open-source multi-touch software Touchlib.  I find it facinating that the multi-touch is

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Laptop Roundup from Laptop Pimp Blog!

Here’s a roundup of interesting laptops from our Laptop Pimp Blog this week:

Looks like Toshiba and Sun are working on OpenSolaris laptops, a good thing for open source.  If you want to check out luxury handbags, you should really check out our BagWhiz blog but here’s a fashionable bag if you want to carry a laptop in it.

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FriiBlog.com in the works, need beta testers!

Well, I have been messing around with more web software (as usual).  Last year, I made SiteHoppin, which is a complete hack job of open source MediaWiki, the same software that powers Wikipedia.

This year, (actually just last night) I am messing with WordPress MU and BuddyPress, both which combine

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Google Chrome is now Official!

Yes, Google Chrome has been around and I have even made a blog dedicated to Chrome hacks, but Google Chrome is now going official.  I really sense that Chrome will start picking up even more users due to the fact that they did fix a lot of security bugs with enhancements from the community feedback.

Go Google!

One thing I highly admire of Google over Microsoft is that they went with open-source when they could’ve made gazillions more money with proprietary code.  Kudos to o

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