I’ve found myself scattered across the web (a well as my mind) so 2013 is going to be my year of collaborative consolidation. I’ve found that I spend a lot of time collecting and curating information with some sharing of articles I find interesting, but I lack the final element that’s key to information sharing …creation. In order to become more effective on the creation front I’m consolidating the social networks and tools I’m using with a focus on Google+ as my nexus (pun intended) of creation.
At first this may not make sense to most people as Google+ is seen as a walled garden of sorts with limited adoption and interaction with other social networks. In some cases this is true, but I see it growing to become the dominating social network, at least within the topics of interest I have and capabilities I want to use. I’ll still use Facebook to interact with family, Twitter to share tidbits of knowledge and links back to content, but Google+ is where I see the big conversations happening, dealing with bigger topics…an opportunity for real change through collaboration.
I’ll be posting content around all my topics of interest on my personal blog at http://www.imjamiethompson.com
Google+ Profile – https://plus.google.com/u/0/117027726962961487053
This is a must have add-on to Firefox if your running IBM Connections internally, or just accessing Greenhouse or developerWorks. I only wish I could set up multiple environments at once, but I’m hopeful that will come in a future update.
With the toolbar installed and configured the key feature is the ability to search quickly and get your results from the Connections Search. Each Connections application gets it’s own icon, right from the IBM Connections 4 icon set. Clicking the icon brings you into the application, or you can click the dropdown arrow on the icon. The drop down gives you easy access to your most recent content, community, wiki, blog, files etc as well as a button at the bottom to quickly create new content.
I have to say, of all the plugins from Connections to date, this is the simplest interface, and the most productive for content consumers.
Check out this developerWorks community for all the details
So I finally decided I’m not willing to wait for Verizon to release Jelly Bean to the Galaxy Nexus so I rooted (will go through that adventure) and loaded Jelly Bean, and then BuglessBeast.
I started off following the directions at the aptly named http://galaxynexusroot.com/. These guys put together a great picture and video documented walk through of rooting the Galaxy Nexus.
The Root process was rather easy except I could not for the life of me get the drivers to work for my GNex. In the end I found a post from the most helpful of people over at AndroidCentral that included a link to an app the would reinstall the driver for me. You’ll need to create an AndroidCentral account to download the installer if you need it.
Once you’ve rooted, I recommend installing ROM Manager, you’ll want to try out the different flavors of Jelly Ban all the developers are putting out now, and start with the base Jelly Bean ROM here or get the BuglessBeast from Pete Alfonso’s site here, the guys over at Droid-Life did a quick write up on it. They also have links to other Jelly Bean builds here
Check out the Google info on Jelly Bean for features http://www.android.com/whatsnew/
Ken Ellis is a talented IT guy with similar interests as me…and he picked up the Vita before me. I did just get mine this week so I’ll have a follow-up, but here is his review. Thanks Ken!
He’s on Google+ here – https://plus.google.com/113902107060574445391/posts
PS Vita WiFi – first impressions by Ken Ellis
(picked up a 3G as well but have not used the 3G)
Love it, very nice piece of hardware. Bigger than I anticipated but then again my kids have/had PSPs.
The Vita feels very comfortable in hand. Though mostly plastic the build is solid. Controls are well laid
out. The OLED screen is outstanding, bright sharp and fluid. The few minutes I spent in my car with
Uncharted the screen was difficult in the sun. The firmware and GUI is fast which one would expect
from a quad core. The GUI is customizable but not much. You can arrange the bubbles and change
the background but no sub grouping etc. at least not yet. The dual analog sticks have the same type of
grippy head as a Sixaxis. The small sticks respond well but take some getting used to when compared
to a Sixaxis or Dualshock. The directional and action buttons have a nice responsive feel as well. The
translucent L and R shoulder buttons work nicely. The front multi-touch screen reacts smoothly and
accurately. I have only used the rear touch briefly on Little Deviants but it appears to have similar
responsiveness and accuracy. I can’t speak much about the motion sensors since I only checked that
out briefly in Super StarDust but my input was immediately reflected on the screen. Having a built in
GPS is cool and the Vita pulled up my location accurately (as well as others) via Maps fairly quickly.
Maps also includes satellite view and traffic which is nice. The front and back low res cameras are a
disappointment. In addition to low res the cameras need adequate light otherwise the preview and pics
are grainy. Unfortunate since Sony puts out some nice optics otherwise (Alpha, Nex, Cybershot etc).
Will be nice though to have the camera(s) once Skype is released. That being said my daughter really
enjoys the AR Cliff Diving game (1 of 3 free AR downloads). Little gimmicky but I can see many liking
AR. Sound, asking the wrong person, I am half deaf. I’ll have to put on headphones to check the DSP/
codec but the speakers are adequate from my first impressions. Microphone, I have not used but my
kids are digging it since you can make your own “mouth” music which I found quite annoying the other
night. Video playback is exceptional on both movies I loaded onto the card as well as Netflix. The kids
really enjoy having Netflix steaming on the Vitas. They were both too engrossed with Netflix last night
to answer me when I asked if that was their favorite feature.
The Content Manager works well on the Vita. Using the Content Manager you perform all actions from
the Vita itself instead of from the PS3 or PC. One caveat though when installing a game or app Content
Manager removes it from the PS3 so you either have to copy it back (haven’t tried) or re-download to
re-install or load on a second Vita. So far no option to disable that “feature”. I do miss the convenience
of working on my PC though with Media Manager for the PSP.
Bluetooth no experience as of yet. WiFi works very well, very quick setup and in my tests consistently
receiving strong signals and no drops. Too bad there’s no hardware switch to disable WiFi, Bluetooth or
3G. You have to go into settings to get to any network options. Future update will hopefully enable this
from PS button or something.
Accessing PSN from Vita is a breeze and is cleaner and quicker than from PS3. The big thorn in my
side (as well as many others I see on blogs) is that many or almost all previous purchased PSP and
Mini games are not allowed to be installed onto Vita including LBP (perhaps since the touch version is
coming), Killzone Liberation, SOCOM, Ratchet & Clank and SW BattleFront to name a few. I was able
to install Lego Pirates OTC, Lego Batman and No Heroes Allowed. Hopefully firmware, account policy
or something will change this. I am torn between that and the fact that now you can only register
two portable devices under your PSN account as my biggest gripes. To register the Vitas I have had to
virtually brick the kids PSPs. The PSPs are now only good for music, pictures and videos (not purchased
It’s bad enough that Sony created a new expensive memory format but to not include even a 4GB card
in any package is unreasonable. It also would have been nice if the memory slot and game slot could be
used interchangeably so perhaps you could stick two memory cards in the device.
Remote Play though touted as a major feature does not currently add much value. Vita can barely play
any game. The only one I have come across is Feeding Frenzy. So for now Remote Play is only good for
viewing media etc. I read that Sony was demoing Killzone via Remote Play but have not heard of anyone
getting that working. I have not tried.
Bottom line, I’d give the Vita 5 stars. It is an exceptional unit with minor flaws considering just launched.