I’ve decided that I’ll be exploring both Android and Windows Phone as possible replacements for my nearly dead Palm Pre.  HP killed future hardware and we need phones, bad. I purchased an HTC Arrive off eBay, slightly cheaper than I would get it from Sprint under contract.  I’ve been using it as a WiFi only device for about a week. Wednesday night, I upgraded it to the developer’s release of Mango, the future update for Windows ...


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With webOS, Synergy just happened.  (OK, it didn’t just happen. Many engineers spent many hours making this work seamlessly. But to the user, it “just happened”.) You don’t realize how nice this is, until you try a system that doesn’t really have it.  Windows Phone 7 with NoDo (the current “up to date” version for the public) has this problem.  The update due out September or October called Mango (or Windows phone 7.5) enables more Synergy ...


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This post is for those who have ripped their DVDs and other video media and would like to load it onto their HP Touchpad.  I started to encode videos for the HP Touchpad using HandBrake, which had given me success for video targeting my Palm Pre.   I used iPad profiles, as the display size is exactly the same.  It seemed that no matter what I tried, the files would not show up in Photos & Videos app.  I tried quite a ...


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While there is no doubt that software for the HP Touchpad is in its infancy, it is hard not to see the great usefulness and potential.  There are a few good writing apps for the Touchpad, including those for WordPress blogging.  I’m composing this in the WordPress App for WebOS tablet.  Any of these are much easier to use with a hardware keyboard, than attempting to type quantity on a virtual keyboard. The HP Touchpad Keyboard is mostly a ...


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If you feel like following my hacking example to load .mobi format books onto the Touchpad’s Kindle App, be ready to have to reload it. If the app has a problem parsing the book for any reason, you are done. With no back gesture on the Touchpad, there is no way to back out of the crashed book load. Each time you start the app, it will load the file into a crash situation. (This doesn’t crash the ...


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I have purchased many ebooks and created others manually in the .mobi format. This is very easy to load onto my Kindle device to read. Unfortunately, the current Kindle app on the Touchpad does not allow loading ebooks other than downloading from Amazon. This is unfortunate and makes the Touchpad a poor replacement for my Kindle.

I did not know if the Kindle App on the Touchpad could even handle .mobi format files, if I could get them there. Amazon ...


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July 1st is the day that many WebOS users have been waiting for. The day that HP releases their first WebOS tablet, the Touchpad. I preordered through Amazon and was delivered my own spanking new HP Touchpad tablet this evening.

Overall it is an amazing piece of technology. Slicker than any Android tablets that I have tried, but not quite as polished as an iPad. However, for me the usability if far above an iPad, whose “multitasking” is a joke ...


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I’ve been a developer, on many different platforms, for just under two decades. Like many code monkeys, I enjoy learning new architectures. I’m not exactly sure why, but programming for WebOS has me more excited than I’ve been since working with GCC on the Palm Personal. The idea of building apps with web technologies on a portable device sounded interesting. I knew that certain things would be easy and others hard. That is always the case with any platform.

With Word Whirl queued up for release in the App Catalog, I decided it might help others to describe some of the things I’ve learned. This is my way of giving back to all the PreCentral users that helped during the process of taking Word Whirl from a request post to a published application. Hopefully this will help some more make the leap from Homebrew to App Catalog and get more apps out there.


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