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Android: Chrome Going Crazy

The last few weeks Chrome on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 goes crazy: some parts of certain (relatively long) web pages do not display correctly. Instead of showing those parts while scrolling down or up, about half the screen goes squiggly: text and images start to flicker until at some point I get a screen such as this (note the text below the picture of the flower):

flickering-chrome-small.png

Click the picture to see the original screenshot on Flickr!

For the technically inclined, these are the specifications:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (with 3G)
  • The tablet runs a “standard” Samsung Android 4.0.3
  • The browser is Google Chrome 30.0.1599.92

Is it just a bug, to be corrected in a future version of Chrome? I do hope so!

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It’s worth noting that JavaScript is making quite a few headlines these days, at least in the software developer community. No, it’s no exactly a new language, and I have been using it in many apps on a small scale since many years. jQuery has become an important tool in my daily work (and that of my close colleagues). But these days we’re not just talking about developments added to a webpage; the latest JavaScript talk is about much bigger things.

First (well, to me at least ;-) there was Node.js. In its own words, ”Node.js is a platform built on Chrome’s JavaScript runtime for easily building fast, scalable network applications” – on servers, for example. The recently announced blogging platform Ghost is written in JavaScript and based on Ghost. I just read that Groupon is also migrating (parts of) its main web app to Node.js. Not just ”because JavaScript is cool”; Node.js has a high performance reputation in serving web pages, as evidenced again in ”An example of how Node.js is faster than PHP”.

Then came Fargo. Fargo is an outliner from the King of Outliners, Dave Winer. You can try out the essential features of outlining in Fargo’s little brother, appropriately called ’Little Outliner’.

And now I have written the draft of this post in another interesting web application: StackEdit. A wide screen is advisable, but yes, it even works in Chrome on my Android tablet. Well done, guys.

What will be next?

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Questions, Indeed

“Why aren’t economists rich?” “Why are there mustaches everywhere?” “Why do testicles move?” “Why is Arwen dying?”

Questions found in Google Autocomplete (xkcd)

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Gary Marshall writes about Tech: how old is too old? Laziness could be making us chuck old tech in the attic too soon:

But the iBook in the loft was a perfectly good machine for word processing, web browsing, listening to music and doing email a decade or so ago. Surely the hardware is capable of the same now?

I tend to agree, and I cringe each time a youngster decides that a smartphone bought six or twelve months ago is already ‘passé’.

My 2001 iBook is still serving as a movie player and text editor – my 14 year old daughter only complains about the missing wireless network connection (but WEP has never been an acceptable protocol in this house). So why throw the machine away?

The apple 2001 iBook (c) Baku13

The apple 2001 iBook
(c) Baku13

I was lucky, of course, but the 2007 family iMac just qualified for an update to OS X Mavericks, which it is running while I’m typing this. I will admit that it took some time to install, though, but patience is one of those things you can exercise while using older gadgets ;-)

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Says Sam Droege, head of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program: “Just the sizes and shapes and colors [of some of the 4000 bee species in North America] are awe-inspiring“.

Augochloropsis Metallica

Augochloropsis Metallica

So are these pictures: Beyond Black and Yellow: The Stunning Colors of America’s Native Bees.

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They promised us a bit of sun and a bit of rain for today, and we went riding on our motorcycles anyway. And we did get a wonderful, sunny morning; a few threathening clouds – and a few drops of rain, when we were already back home ;-)

View over the Krammer, from the Philipsdam (NL)

View over the Krammer, from the vantage point on the Philipsdam (NL)

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I could have used the image of the Harley-Davidsons to illustrate this post, but the Mac is cuter, of course ;-)

Hello (2013) by Chris McVeigh

Hello (2013) by Chris McVeigh

There are a few more samples of Lego art in the Wired’s article “These Are Some of the Most Amazing Lego Projects Ever Built“, but I guess the book is much, much better:

In his new book, Beautiful LEGO, Mike Doyle has curated more than 200 pages of the world’s best Lego art. From museum-ready sculptures to indulgent geek references, the book highlights the impressive evolution of the legendary toy.

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