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Installing Sun Java, Eclipse, and Android SDK on Ubuntu 10.04

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Ever since Ubuntu (and Debian) removed Sun Java from their repos, the official instructions┬áhave been out of date. (Additionally, Debian’s and Ubuntu’s wikis about installing Sun Java have become out of date.) Google knows about this since I’ve seen the issue brought up on their mailing lists, but they’ve never updated the documentation. It is yet another reason why I feel Google does not care so much about third party developers, but c’est la vie.

Additionally, the Google release cycle moves much faster than Debian’s. Ubuntu also has trouble keeping large packages like Eclipse up to date, so it’s not always certain that the version of Eclipse available in your package manager will be the version by the ADT Plugin. For example, the version of Eclipse in Natty (11.04) was 3.5, which was originally released in 2009. Google still advises developers to use Ubuntu Lucid 10.04 even with all these outdated packages. (Anyways, Linux package management doesn’t fit with today’s model of desktop computing.)

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2012 April 15 at 11:49 am

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Android bug: “Couldn’t Install On USB Storage Or SD Card”

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2011 July 24 at 9:45 am

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Skyfire browser for Android review

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Skyfire is an Android browser built on Android’s Webkit core. The functionality and interface of the browser is pretty typical. The interface exposes some often used browser buttons without hiding them behind a menu, but Skyfire does it in a clean and minimalist way. But Skyfire offers one great feature over all the rest: flash video conversion. For a more general review, Engadget’s video is pretty good.

First question: Is the video conversion done through a proxy or on the phone? The logical answer would be to do it through a proxy, which means there may be privacy issues.

Let’s look at their Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Thus your requests are processed through Skyfire servers and activity will live on Skyfire servers during your session.

Their privacy policy states that your browser may be uniquely identified. Before using Skyfire, you should know that your browsing history may be uniquely identified and exposed to Skyfire and they may be required to provide it if subpoenaed.

Second question: Is just video proxied, or normal browsing as well?

I browsed to ipchicken.com, and the IP showed my Verizon Wireless IP and CMU’s IP when I was connected on wifi. So normal browsing is likely not proxied. You can be reasonably safe of entering your Google account passwords here.

Third question: What sites work?

I tried Liveleak and it worked. I tried Hulu and it didn’t work. The error message was from Hulu and it said “platform unsupported,” even though I was on the Desktop user agent. My guess is Hulu is blocking the proxied user-agent. Even if it didn’t block, I would bet that it wouldn’t work anyways because of Hulu’s DRM.

Sadly, Robot Unicorn does not work.

EDIT (2010/05/05): Hulu, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report works now, if you use the Desktop user agent. Totally awesome! Skyfire is unbelievable.

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2010 April 29 at 3:46 pm

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Barry O’Neil missing the mark on the Android market

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Via Slashdot, a mobile gaming executive Barry O’Neil blasts the Android ecosystem, calling it fragmented, hard to use, and bound to fail by drawing analogies to the feature phone Java mobile games market. About the only thing I agree with him on is the usability of the Android market, which is terrible. There’s no way to sort a search that’s made. The only way I install apps these days is searching them on Cryket or AndroidZoom, then using the QR code.
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2010 April 2 at 8:59 pm

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