Profile

Cover photo
Hubert Taler
Works at BLStream
Attended Uniwersytet Szczeciński
Lives in Szczecin, Poland
774 followers|478,370 views
AboutPostsPhotosYouTubeReviews

Stream

Hubert Taler

commented on a video on YouTube.
Shared publicly  - 
 
Miałem tak samo :D A ściągałem z Usenetu przez łącze 128kbps :)
 ·  Translate

Hubert Taler

commented on a video on YouTube.
Shared publicly  - 
 
OMG Donnie Darko! <3
 ·  Translate

Hubert Taler

commented on a video on YouTube.
Shared publicly  - 
 
+NRGeek czy ta reedycja to masz na myśli  Maxx: Maxximized? To nie do końca jest w środku to samo, poprawiona jest kolorystyka i podobno na nowo lepiej zeskanowano oryginalne rysunki, i poprawiono liternictwo. Dla chcących obejrzeć sobie komiks polecam w comixology można poszczególne tomy kupić po ok 7 PLN (wersja cyfrowa). Dzięki za materiał o Maxxie, ja znałem tylko animację! :)
 ·  Translate

Hubert Taler

commented on a video on YouTube.
Shared publicly  - 
 
Mój ulubiony FPS z PS2! Thx +NRGeek 
 ·  Translate

Hubert Taler

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
Okay, got the new Ouya update.

Verdict:    :(

Unfortunately this build appears to fix none of the criticisms I had with the previous build. For the record, those criticisms are:

• They have a pretty reasonable home screen/main UI design, but basically every operation ends up falling back on stock AOSP Holo to one degree or another. They use the stock progress spinner, stock dialogs, etc. As you know, I'm as #HOLOYOLO  as any man, but the effect here is very jarring.

• Specifically, they use the stock Settings app. Aside from the fact that this uses stock Holo, they haven't even turned off unnecessary features. For instance, they still have the menu entries for tethering/portable hotspot and VPN, even though this obviously makes no sense at all on this device. Also: that Battery Info screen is not terribly handy, guys.

• The system reports to apps as 1080p/xhdpi even when running in 720p/tvdpi mode. I need to research this a bit more, but I think this means that they are violating one of the density-independence APIs of Android. (I've forgotten all the nuances of how this is supposed to work on TVs, and even if they get it wrong they may be doing some behind-the-scenes software scaling to address it. But given everything else wrong with this build, I doubt they're doing any magic here.) While not a show-stopper on its own, this means that they will cause headaches for developers, who will have to have custom builds for Ouya to handle this. If I'm right, this defeats one of the key points of Ouya (i.e. piggyback on Android development.)

• Their own UI is janky as all get-out. Their store UI has painfully slow animations on the thumbnail gallery; you can see individual frames, at least at 720p. Given how much work the Android graphics team spent on Project Butter for JellyBean, I almost take personal offense on their behalf over this one.

• Their servers are extremely slow right now. Opening a new page in the store means you have to wait 15+ seconds just to load thumbnails, which then come in one every few seconds. This is probably more about server capacity and implementation than the system software, of course, but it speaks strongly to launch readiness (see below.)

• Quiz: what's wrong with this statement: If you find something you like in their store, you can "Download" it. Answer: wait, "Download"? Yep: you have to (manually) download first, and then (manually) install. This two-step model exists for aftermarket apps. Android has a permission and API call available to any preloaded app that can bypass this and force-install any APK specifically for this use case. It's a standard public API, and is This is what Play Store uses, as well as Amazon's store on devices where it's preloaded. It is, if I recall correctly, literally a 2-line change to the source code. That they aren't doing this already is very worrisome, because it is so trivial to do that it implies they don't know about it. (Oh, and when you do kick off that install? Yep, stock Holo permissions dialog.) Edit: +Kirill Grouchnikov says I am not correct about this being a public API; I'll figure out what crack I'm on here, later. ;) But it is definitely an API available to system image apps.

• They appear to have no global download manager UI. Did you find 3 games you like and kick off downloads for all 3, and then forget which ones you downloaded? Too bad for you; there's no list. You'll just have to stumble across it again, later. 

• The controller has a button on it. In the middle. I don't know what they call this button, because it has no single effect, as far as I can tell. Press it once, and it appears to pause a game? But since Android has no facility for this, they appear to be implementing this by simply taking that process off the Linux kernel ready list or something?

• Worse, this button doubles as Home -- but only if you double-tap it. (Single tap is pause, as above.) This is not even remotely discoverable, and I literally stumbled across this behavior by accident, after I got caught in the Canabalt tar pit (i.e. because it has no Quit feature) and started rage-spamming buttons. I suspect that they are planning to implement a Wii-style suspend-with-system-overlay UI here, and it's just not implemented yet. But that's wild speculation on my part.

• The controller's touchpad is super-twitchy and kind of low fidelity (meaning it doesn't "feel" like it is tracking my finger motion well, at least to me) and there is no menu I can find to tweak acceleration.

• You can't turn the device on with the remote. Yes, that's right: you have to walk to the device and press the hardware button, like a god-damned animal. This may or may not be fixable with a software update; hard to say. Certainly the system software seems to distinguish between a shutdown request and a normal power/screen-off request, as a phone would. (Using -- yep, you guessed it -- stock Holo shutdown dialog.) So it may be possible to fix in software.

The astute reader will note that this stuff is all hypothetically fixable in software. And, of course, I'm sure their engineers are working hard on some or all of it. But as I recall, this thing is supposed to launch retail in July (or even June?), and it's just not ready. It doesn't even look feature-complete right now. Based on this build, I'd say this needs at least another 2 or 3 months of development time, before they start doing release candidates.

What's more worrisome is that I don't know whether their PM/eng team even realizes that all of these problems exist. Maybe they do; but they haven't been talking about it, even to backers, as far as I know.

Also, even assuming they get the system software done, they have to have the servers ready. I fear that this will be their Achilles heel: they'll get their software done and launch with great fanfare, only to have a SimCity-style disaster with servers falling down under load.

So, yeah. Lots of issues, lots of work remaining. There are only three possible outcomes, here: 1) they delay retail launch until September or October (or later); 2) they launch with more or less this build anyway, and shoot themselves in the foot; 3) they pull off a Herculean miracle and make it all work.

Let's all root for #3, of course. But, you know, just sayin'.


Footnote: I'm intentionally not even getting into hardware stuff (though generally I find the hardware pretty reasonable for this price point), or launch title selection (which, yeah, has major issues right now.) This is all about the core system software.
1
Add a comment...

Hubert Taler

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
My two-week review of Google Glass: it all depends on the price

This week I gave five speeches while wearing it.
I passed through airports four times (two more in a couple of hours).
I let hundreds of people try my Google Glass.
I have barely taken it off since getting it other than to sleep.

Here's my review after having Google Glass for two weeks:

1. I will never live a day of my life from now on without it (or a competitor). It's that significant. 
2. The success of this totally depends on price. Each audience I asked at the end of my presentations "who would buy this?" As the price got down to $200 literally every hand went up. At $500 a few hands went up. This was consistent, whether talking with students, or more mainstream, older audiences.
3. Nearly everyone had an emotional outburst of "wow" or "amazing" or "that's crazy" or "stunning." 
4. At NextWeb 50 people surrounded me and wouldn't let me leave until they had a chance at trying them. I haven't seen that kind of product angst at a conference for a while. This happened to me all week long, it is just crazy.
5. Most of the privacy concerns I had before coming to Germany just didn't show up. I was shocked by how few negative reactions I got (only one, where an audience member said he wouldn't talk to me with them on). Funny, someone asked me to try them in a bathroom (I had them aimed up at that time and refused).
6. There is a total generational gap that I found. The older people said they would use them, probably, but were far more skeptical, or, at minimum, less passionate about the fact that these are the future, than the 13-21-year-olds I met.

So, let's cover the price, first of all. I bet that +Larry Page is considering two price points: something around $500, which would be very profitable. Or $200, which is about what the bill of materials costs. When you tear apart the glasses, like someone else did (I posted that to my Flipboard "Glasshole" magazine) you see a bunch of parts that aren't expensive. This has been designed for mass production. In other words, millions of units. The only way Google will get there is to price them under $300.

I wouldn't be shocked if Larry went very aggressive and priced them at $200. Why would Google do this? 

Easy: I'm now extremely addicted to Google services. My photos and videos automatically upload to Google+. Adding other services will soon be possible (I just got a Twitter photo app that is being developed by a third party) but turning on automatic uploads to other services will kill my batteries on both my phone and my glasses (which doesn't have much battery life anyway). So, I'm going to be resistant to adding Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Evernote, and Tumblr to my glasses. Especially when Google+ works darn well and is the default. 

Also, Google is forbidding advertising in apps. This is a HUGE shift for Google's business model. I believe Larry Page is moving Google from an advertising-based company to a commerce based company.

The first thing I tried that it failed on was "find me a Sushi restaurant." I'm sure that will get fixed soon and, Google could collect a micropayment anytime I complete a transaction like reserving a seat at a restaurant, or getting a book delivered to my house, or, telling something like Bloomingdales "get me these jeans." 

There is literally billions of dollars to be made with this new commerce-based system, rather than force us to sit and look at ads, the way Facebook and tons of other services do.

When you wear these glasses for two weeks you get the affordance is totally different and that having these on opens you up to a new commerce world. Why?

1. They are much more social than looking at a cell phone. Why? I don't need to look away from you to use Google, or get directions, or do other things. 
2. The voice works and works with nearly every one and in every situation. It's the first product that literally everyone could use it with voice. It's actually quite amazing, even though I know that the magic is that it expects to hear only a small number of things. "OK Glass, Take a Picture" works. "OK Glass, Take a Photo" doesn't. The Glass is forcing your voice commands to be a certain set of commands and no others will be considered. This makes accuracy crazy high, even if you have an accent.

I continue to be amazed with the camera. It totally changes photography and video. Why? I can capture moments. I counted how many seconds it takes to get my smartphone out of my pocket, open it up, find the camera app, wait for it to load, and then take a photo. Six to 12 seconds. With Google Glass? Less than one second. Every time. And I can use it without having hands free, like if I'm carrying groceries in from the car and my kids are doing something cute. 

I've been telling people that this reminds me of the Apple II, which I unboxed with my dad back in 1977. It was expensive. It didn't do much. But I knew my life had changed in a big way and would just get better and better. Already this week I've gotten a new RSS app, the New York Times App, and a Twitter app. With many more on the way.

This is the most interesting new product since the iPhone and I don't say that lightly.

Yeah, we could say the camera isn't good in low light. We could say it doesn't have enough utility. It looks dorky. It freaks some people out (it's new, that will go away once they are in the market). 

But I don't care. This has changed my life. I will never live a day without it on. 

It is that significant. 

Now, Larry, find a way to make it $200 and you'll have a major hit on your hands.

(Attached are dozens of photos I shot over the past two weeks with it).
1
clean Heart's profile photo
2 comments
 
How are doing now
Add a comment...

Hubert Taler

commented on a video on YouTube.
Shared publicly  - 
 
Zbylu rządzi! :) Też miałem takiego znajomego, również z Amigą... Ech.
 ·  Translate

Hubert Taler

commented on a video on YouTube.
Shared publicly  - 
 
Stary dość przekręt. A usługi typu "robię przelew ale bank da kasę dopiero jak coś tam" nazywa się escrow. Polskie banki też oferują takie usługi http://www.bph.pl/pl/klienci_korporacyjni/rachunki/rachunki_escrow
W Twoim przypadku potwierdzenie przelewu pewnie był podrobiony.
 ·  Translate

Hubert Taler

commented on a video on YouTube.
Shared publicly  - 
 
Cool!

Hubert Taler

Shared publicly  - 
 
Trochę nowych zdjęć z wycieczki do Świnoujścia
 ·  Translate
1
Paweł Wimmer's profile photo
 
Pogoda mało letnia.
 ·  Translate
Add a comment...

Hubert Taler

Shared publicly  - 
 
Wywiadówka :)
1
Add a comment...

Hubert Taler

Shared publicly  - 
 
Jeden z prezentów na urodziny :)
 ·  Translate
2
Marcin Ćwikła's profile photo
 
Najlepszego :)
 ·  Translate
Add a comment...
Story
Tagline
Senior software developer in Szczecin, Poland
Introduction
Z zawodu informatyk, z zamiłowania czytelnik i gracz, prywatnie ojciec i mąż :)
Bragging rights
tata bliźniaków :), kończyłem Dooma na ultraviolent na samej klawiaturze :)
Education
  • Uniwersytet Szczeciński
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Work
Occupation
programista, analityk
Employment
  • BLStream
    Senior Software Engineer, present
  • ObjectConnect
    programista, analityk, 2012
  • SoftVig
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Szczecin, Poland
Previously
Łagów, Poland
Links
Contributor to
Jedyne kino na prawobrzeżu, kilka sal, do tego kawiarnia i dobry popcorn. Warto pytać o plakaty!
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Sklep który spełni twoje potrzeby sportowe, jeszcze się nie zdarzyło abym odszedł z kwitkiem. Czy potrzebujesz butów, czy bluzy, czy deskorolki, czy batonów energetycznych, czy wędki. Posiadają swoje marki, ale trzeba patrzeć na jakość.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Doskonałe jedzenie, piękne widoki z okna, cisza i spokój. Dunajec 5 minut w dół.
Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
Najpiękniejsze molo po polskiej stronie Bałtyku
Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
12 reviews
Map
Map
Map
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Najładniejsze szczecińskie centrum handlowe
Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago