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Ubuntu 10.10, Windows Phone 7, IO Badge

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Ubuntu 10.10

Ubuntu 10.10 came out this weekend and I had a chance to upgrade one of my desktops. I didn’t see a whole lot of design changes from the 10.04 release. I did notice there were a lot of packages that were upgraded. I took a while to upgrade the system but that’s what you get when you upgrade on release day.

Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Unity Interface

One of the things I really like about the new version is the Netbook edition. The interface (Unity) has been well designed for the smaller screen. It reminds me of a mobile OS. I have always liked the idea of putting a mobile OS like Android on a Netbook. For the majority of what people use them for it’s great. Although with the tablet market on the rise we could see less Netbooks around.

Windows Phone 7

Windows phone 7 was officially released yesterday? It’s kinda hard to tell with all the leaks and people already having a copy of it to demo. I was pleasantly surprised on the design aspect they took. I’m not going to say it’s better than the iPhone but it is comparable. They added some nice features like auto wireless syncing. Obviously this just seems like a security issue waiting to happen, but hopefully they did it right. Maybe if I get my hands on a WP7 device I will do some testing. You can watch the demo video here (Need silverlight).

The one thing I thought was a bit disappointing was the lag and and slowness of the device. He even had multiple devices up there knowing that he might have to switch because of speed issues. The thing I care about most these days is speed on a device. I would gladly give up eye candy for speed and reliability. Hopefully they get some of the “vista” bugs worked out.

IO Badge

Now we are getting somewhere. I was able to get some help on Monday from Pierce a logos-electro.com. I was able to get most of the Eagle files done. I still have to tweak the LCD package to reflect the 14 pins on the no backlight LCD vs the 16 pin one that is on there now. Here is a pic of eagle file.

I know the design is pretty crude but its my first board and first attempt at eagle. The next project will be better. I hope to fix this up in the next day or two and send it out to have some prototypes made.