Sunday, July 29, 2012

Installed Jelly Bean on my Nexus S

The Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.1) factory image was released by Google very recently. I did not want to wait any long this time. AT&T still did not push the ICS update, so nothing to expect from them. I went ahead and followed the same procedure I went through last time to install ICS. So far it seems like Jelly Bean is indeed faster than ICS. Right after the phone rebooted itself Google Play Store was downloading some 30+ apps I had before and I was browsing, setting up my exchange email account and synching it at the same time. I did not experience any significant lag even though such a large job was going on in the background, something unthinkable with Android before. I am certainly happy with the update but it still has to go a long way to match the instant reaction feel iOS gives to the user for any UI event. It is good to see that they finally started to address the issue.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Blog composed by Ecto

Today I was trying to find a good desktop blog editor for Mac. I used Windows Live Editor few years back and found it to be very good at editing blogs. Not only that I don't use Windows any more but also Microsoft discontinued it. I found a long list of such editors by Hongkiat Lim. I tried QTM but it failed to connect to my blogger account. I tried Qumana, it failed to authenticate too. Then I tried ScribeFire for Firefox but to no avail. At this point I was wondering if my account is blocked or I forgot my credentials. However, I gave a chance to Ecto and voila it could connect. I will continue to use it for some time to see if it is worth to buy it.