Google is Cracking down on android “fragmentation”

So, I was reading a blog. The link is here. Now, the title says it all. I think it is a good idea to stop the fragmentation that android has in the cell market. I think that is wonderful and there is nothing wrong with that idea. But there is something that I am missing. As far as I know, the Android OS for cell phones is released under the BSD license. I don’t now if that has change lately. But I remember reading that it BSD.

As far as I know the BSD license allows the open source code to be used by another company and what ever is build on top of or derived from that code does not have to be return to the company, like the GPL 3 license says.

My question is: why is Google now forcing companies not to make the changes that they want if in reality the software is has the BSD license?

I don’t know a lot about this subject, I just want to know why this is happening.


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Bangarang Music Player

So, I was thinking about the fact that I need to give a try to a new music player. I usually use Amarok for my music needs, and I love it. but I thought that maybe, there might be something else. Then all of the sudden, I came a cross a tweet on my statusnet micro-blogging about a new project called Bangarang.I got to tell you. It is not bad at all. It is light weight, and easy to use. Although, I need to say it takes some time to get use to the control. Not because it is bad, but because it is a new learning experience. Here is a couple of pics of it:

It can also play movies, but for that, you will need to download to see it.

TTYL. :)

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WordPress and Theora video and Vorbis audio Free Software formats

Well, there is a good news for those who are Free and Open Source Lovers. WordPress has finally implemented the Free formats for audio and video. That means that it can play Theora and Vorbis files. What I like the most is that the Administrator can choose just to play the Free video and audio formats. :) It is located on the user’s dashboard under settings media. There is an option just to choose that.

I do not know when was the time that this was implemented. But now it is set by default.

Thanks WordPress.

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Any video files to vorbis audio.

Guys, people do not know how much power they have with free and open source software, but a neat tool is out and the name is ffmpeg2theora. I wrote a little bit about it before, but this time I am going to talk about how to convert any video file into ogg Vorbis. That is the extension that end on “OGG” Well, I usually try to find out what are the bittrate for the video and audio. There are a number of ways to do that but I usually use a tool which is call “mediainfo” if you would like to go to their website just click here.

With “mediainfo” you can find out information about any about any files out there, so, install it and take advantage. Now, going back to the subject. there are files that I download from the Internet, video files I mean, and convert them to Vorbis media that is OGG file. Any how here is the code: ffmpeg2theora –novideo –no-skeleton input.videofile -o outputmusicfile.ogg . And there you have it, the sound of the file rip from it and encoded in ogg format. There are more tricks, but for that you might want to use the man pages or do ” man ffmpeg2theora”

Now, you have the power to rip any video files into OGG audio files.

The power is users. Just like Captain Planet. :D

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Bloggers’ Rights

As I was Browsing the web I found the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). While I was browsing their website I found the Bloggers’ right in the EFF, and I thought some of you might be interested on what the EFF has to say about Bloggers’ Rights.

Here are some good points that they make: Bloggers are entittled to free speech, Bloggers have the right to political speech, Bloggers have the right to stay anonymous, Bloggers have freedom from liability for hosting speech the same way other web hosts do. click on the link provided above or the image below for more information.

Thank you for reading this Blog.


Bloggers' Rights at EFF

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