Last night, I was in the Opening Ceremony of Microsoft Innovation Centre in Brisbane. There are a number of startup companies, similar with mine being invited. I am very impressed there are that many of startup companies in Brisbane. There are more than a hundred people attended! Moreover, I got the impression from the people I met, the most of startup companies in Brisbane funded by the owners. That is different from US, getting the funding from VC. That is interesting.
Anyway, let's talk about the main point. Microsoft Innovation Centre in Brisbane is the first Microsoft Innovation Centre in Australia. It will be the hub for startup companies and provide the service to startup companies from their partner. Primary goal is helping the startup companies. They partnered with Universities, such as UQ and QUT, River City Lab, which is a co-working area provider and business services providers. That sounds it got a strong backup. I am forwarding to have more information about the services from Microsoft Innovation Centre. I really need some help to bring up my company.
Yesterday, I went to the QLD MSDN User Group Meeting. One of presenters shows his opensource project, Glimpse. That is very very cool! This project is a Server Side version of FireBug in .Net. It will add a collapsible div at the bottom of page. In the div, all about the current request, including the server variable and session id, even MVC route. That is so cool! In addition, inside your code, you can add the track and the div will show them as well. Lastly, there is a remote tab inside this div. In the remote tab, you get the request information about the other clients which are on the same application. That is very helpful to mobile development. You can go into a page in the desktop and access the request information which is from the other mobile clients, rather than directly accessing them from a mobile device. I highly recommend to spend some time on learning this project!
I have upgraded Acer Iconia A500 to Android 4.0. That is easy! A500 will download the package and install for you. I am very happy about the upgrade! The interface is much much nicer. For example, those icons look more 3D. In addition, between actions, it has some fade-in and out effect. That is nicer. Moreover, I found the speed is improved. That is so great!
P.S. Please make AcerNidus and all acer related apps are the most updated version before you process the upgrade. This will make sure the upgrade process be smooth.
Recently, there are a lot of new software/hardware products release or about to release such as Galaxy SIII and Windows 8. They are mostly talking about the experience, such as you can use your voice to control your phone or how the new user interface is easy to use and delivery the context clearly. They are not talking how powerful hard specification or how faster can the software run. That is the sign for computer products are moving our engineer world to the general public. For us, they are care about the functions. They don't care about the packaging. Even they may be happy about using a command port if that is the most effective way to deliver the functions. But the general public, they care about design and whether they are easy to use. That is different. Thus, as a Software Engineer, they need to put more effort on user experience, just building functions.... The world is changed!
Two months ago, I was in Hong Kong, my friend showed me his china-made Android Phone. That is 5" screen with Android 2.3.4. That looks like Galaxy Note. But that is much cheaper, that is only HKD$1500. It got a big screen, that is very comfortable to read! That is good for watching youtube too! There is only one disadvantage, the CPU is too slow. It is only around 800 Mhz. But that is smooth and considering that is HKD$1500, we cannot ask for much. Moreover, it looks cool too! It has a white case.
Wow, that is such a good phone and value for money!