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BeOS Workshops

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Posted by:Deej on Saturday, 12 May, 2001 @ 2:55 AM
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Technix is organizing some online BeOS workshops taking place from June 5th thru July 14th, targetting BeOS topics such as BeOS Basics, C++, and Audio usage. They’re absolutely 100% FREE, that is, unless you count time as money, but they are on a first come, first served basis. Go here for more information.

A Thought About A Path To An Open BeOS

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 09 May, 2001 @ 12:45 AM
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I’m putting this under the “submitted news” category, as I guess I’m submitting it. I’m bored tonight, and have been reading so much arguments for/against the whole OpenSource BeOS issue. Anyways, not trying to start yet another flame war… we all know the issues behind it, and that it’s not going to happen. Just a bored thought follows, read it if you like, but please don’t flame me about it. Long day… :P

What if… ah, the everlasting “what if” scenario… what if it was an undoubted fact that BeOS was to cease to exist. And another “what if”… what if Be signed on a semi-large group of dedicated BeOS developers, guys that have been around the trenches for a while. Put them under NDAs, real heavy, real strict NDAs that would reach far beyond Be, Inc’s demise. Hand them the code to BeOS, and let them strip out the licensed stuff. No charge to Be, Inc. or it’s shareholders. These devs could work on getting rid of the licensed code, and put together a detailed requirement sheet of what would be needed to get BeOS operational again, in an open source version.

Obviously, this depends on all those licensed parts and the wording of such. It also depends on whether BeIA is still a viable product for Be, as they couldn’t plan to open source their core business. There are many other dependencies, and whether Be, Inc. would even consider it a possibility, being the “leaked” stuff already. Not to mention it would be a ton of hard work for those devs working for free, I sure wouldn’t voluteer for the job. :P

But like I said, a bored thought. Take it, leave it, but, by all means, don’t flame me for it. Just me ranting about a mindstorm a bit. Anyways, cheers, and goodnight all. :)

BeFAQs Contest Reminder - New User Mailing List

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 09 May, 2001 @ 12:24 AM
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Just wanted to post a reminder about BeGirl’s site BeFAQs.com and the contest that she is running. BeFAQs has been running a fake BeOS screenshot contest to see who can come up with the coolest faked R6 (or later version) screenshot. The prize is an Old Style (read: cool) T-shirt donated by Be, Inc.

Also I wanted to make sure that people know about the mailing list she has started. It is an alternative to the beusertalk mailing list that Be, Inc. recently shifted to Yahoo!, a seemingly unpopular move. Find out how to sign up for the list here.

Net Kiosks a good opportunity for BeIA

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 09 May, 2001 @ 12:16 AM
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BeGroovy reader Michael S. sent in this tidbit that should get us looking to what Be can do with BeIA soon, rather than what should have been done in the past. His email reads:

Net kiosk market is expanding rapidly. Increasing problems with delays on U.S. domestic airlines and poor wireless email services have led to the rapid growth of Internet access points in airports, hotels and other places where people must wait. The leading supplier of net kiosk points, eKiosk, claims to operate about 1000 points in the U.S. now. The company expects to increase the number of net connections to 10,000 by the end of this year. The first 10 minutes of Internet browsing at an eKiosk terminal is free. After that the cost is 25 cents per minute. The biggest use of the access points is to download email.

For the article he is referring to, click here. Anyhoos, food for thought.

An open plea to Be from ZDnet

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 08 May, 2001 @ 1:39 PM
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Well, from another mainstream publication comes an open plea to Be, Inc. to release BONE and “give it’s orphaned OS all the options it can.” I tend to agree. For god’s sake Be, do something. I have had people “in the know” basically tell me BeOS is dead, and had other people “in the know” tell me that there is some double-top-secret undercover reason I should be bullish about Be. Whatever. I don’t care what the next release is anymore… I just want there to be a next release. And hopefully more after that. Please Be. You created something great. Don’t let it just sputter out.

Scot Hacker speaks the awful truth

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 07 May, 2001 @ 3:30 PM
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In his most recent Be View column for Byte, Scot Hacker discusses Be’s recent changes, with a startling amount of candor. Now, many people will knee jerk about how this isn’t “what the community needs” or how “it’s counter-productive.” That said, I fall on the side of the fence that thinks a bit of frank honesty is exactly what the community needs right now. That said, I can’t help but make Scot into a bit of a liar later on today, as I plan on releasing as-is beta versions of the forever-in-development rio300 drivers. Sorry Scot. :P

San Diego Company needs a BeOS programmer

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 01 May, 2001 @ 7:53 PM
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So a friend of mine looking out for me, in light of my current situation, sent me this link for a BeOS job in San Diego from Dice.com.

Too bad I just purchased a house here in Denver and would loose out on a ton of cash if I relocated. Besides, I’m not all that of a programmer. Maybe one of you developers out there would be interested though. :)

Thought I’d add this quote from the job description too…. kinda “makes one say hmmmm”:

They are a subsidiary of one the world’s premier electronics companies. They are poised to be the leading provider of digital content, services and devices in the 21st Century. Must have BeOS experience.

BeScream wants developers that want to get cash

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 01 May, 2001 @ 7:19 PM
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BeScream is looking for interested developers for a new system they are setting up on their site. It will allow users to donate cash to developers, likely through PayPal. This helps users show interest where it counts (the pocketbook) for freeware apps and drivers, as well as new projects underway - and even help us website maintainers with server costs ;) .

This system is not yet ready for donations, so don’t go there yet wanting to send me money. :P But if you are a developer interested in moving this forward, or getting a few pennies for your efforts, contact David of BeScream.

B&W Site Optimized for Net+

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 30 Apr, 2001 @ 11:35 PM
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Reader and BeGroovy activist Scar sent in word that The Guide, a Black and White faq site, is actually touting an Optimized for NetPositive logo, and even has a free.be.com logo right below that.

While Black and White is not anywhere in site for BeOS, it was really a nice gesture by the developers, considering. The Black and White game is a very popular game right now, and the only other logo showing on the page is a W3C logo. Who knows, it could actually generate a little interest in FreeBe, and possibly new users… but that’s probably stretching it. :)

Update: as pointed out in the comments, I forgot the link.

DrayTek ISDN USB Terminal Adaptor supported in BeOS

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Posted by:Deej on Sunday, 29 Apr, 2001 @ 6:26 PM
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Got an email this morning that brings some good news for ISDN users! It said this:

The smallest ISDN USB Terminal Adapter (miniVigor128) in the market now supports BeOS !

The web site gives this description:

The Draytek miniVigor128 is a great little USB ISDN Terminal Adaptor. It is compatible with all Basic Rate ISDN lines, including ISDN2e and BT’s Highway. It’s much smaller than the photo above, measuring just 78mm x 41m x 20mm. The miniVigor128 is ideal for any Internet activity.

The BeOS driver is here. Hope that makes someone’s weekend a good one. :)

JLG interview on Silicon Valley .com

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 18 Apr, 2001 @ 7:32 PM
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JLG sat down to talk with SiliconValley.com about Be Inc’s current financial trouble and their history. Of note is his discussion of open-sourcing BeOS. He says he doesn’t know why he should do the work and release it, but if he felt that Open Sourcing it would please the investors, he would do it. So, lets try and figure out how open-sourcing beos pleases investors in Be, Inc. Here’s one thought: OpenSource BeOS, and sell the BeIA kits to companies wanting to use it in an IA. Thus you have the same competition level on the IA field, but with the benefits of open-source such as enormous goodwill & mindshare, buzzword-i-ness, and mass bug-hunting. Then again, linux is a bit of a nightmare to work with, so opensourcing could destroy a good thing. The good will may be worth it though… 9 months ago Be had a growing community of people anxiously awaiting BeIA devices. Now they have a static or dwindling community of people getting more and more upset. What are your thoughts on this stuff? Any idea how to make it seem like a good idea to shareholders? Do you think it isnt such a great idea?

R6 Screenshot Found?

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 16 Apr, 2001 @ 2:58 PM
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Ok. So this is a complete rumor. There.. Disclaimer complete. A reader pointed out that the Be Rumor site, La Belette, posted some new screens of a supposed “R6″ of BeOS. They claim it is being developed for a french company called NaBox who is working on some sort of BeOS based device/pc/thing. I usually don’t post supposed screenshots, but elements of these shots seem realistic. A close analysis of the images shows weird artifacting around the edges of the windows and icons. At first I thought it was leftovers from a photoshop job… but then I remembered how BeOS’s JPG translator does that to my images all the time when i convert from TGA’s. So it could be legit. Who knows? Read on for mirrors of the images, and then Discuss below. :)

Qubit drops BeIA as it’s appliance platform

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 03 Apr, 2001 @ 6:43 PM
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Qubit has dropped BeIA as the platform for their net appliances, and moved to Windows CE 3.0, according to IA Zone. This is a confirmation of rumors that have been circulating for a while, and is just another of the not-so-good things that have happened in the past week. For other views on the IA field, have a look at this article on yahoo, about why IAs failed, and this C|Net article on the Be Inc layoffs and IA problems.

Sony postpones eVilla until May

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 02 Apr, 2001 @ 12:35 AM
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Cnet has an article about the Sony eVilla release being delayed until May. Sony says the device will be ready for April, but they decided to wait and add more features. Sony will start shipping the devices May 1st, and will begin accepting web pre-orders the last week of April. UPDATE: Just in case you were concerned, here is a press release from Sony from the 29th of March this year. It basically announces a focus shift to a “Personal Broadband Network Solutions Company”. Not only does this mean their goal is 95% buzzword, It also shows that Sony is really behind eVilla, and in it for the long haul.

BeMail.org Transfer

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Posted by:Ryan on Thursday, 22 Mar, 2001 @ 6:30 PM
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Just wanted to let you guys know about a note sent by the maintainer of bemail.org - it is currently transferring to a new host, and thus the domain isn’t resolving. You bemail peeps can apparently access your accounts at http://mail.bigmailbox.com/users/bemailorg/ until the domain has resolved.
Update: BeMail.org is back online, and email has successfully worked with test accounts. Everyone should be back in business. :D

Interview with Caz at beemulated

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 21 Mar, 2001 @ 11:44 AM
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BeEmulated, the definitive BeOS Emulation Site, yesterday ran an interview with Caz, the man responsible for tons of different BeOS based emulators. Its a good read, and has one of the strangest (and slightly disturbing) lines I have ever read, where Caz wishes for “an emulator which could simulate Heaven and Hell, so I could decide where I want to go when I die.”

Windows Apps on BeOS?

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Posted by:Ryan on Thursday, 15 Mar, 2001 @ 6:57 PM
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A reader submitted some news they heard on BeOSRadio that, should it prove true, will be AMAZING. A japanese Be site has screenshots of an app that seems to run windows applications under BeOS, using Be native GUI widgets and stuff. He says he thinks the app will be released at “BeCon”, a japanese BeOS conference. A lot of the screenshots are of error messages, and the project may not be anywhere near usable, but a few (1,2,3,4,5) are quite interesting. What do you think of all this?

I-bug pushing BeOS in the schools

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 12 Mar, 2001 @ 5:13 PM
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Cale Lewis of i-Bug (hosted on site5 btw ;) ) has been pushing what I think is a great idea… BeOS in schools. He has a page at i-Bug about it, and is seeking help from anyone who can spare time to work on various aspects of the project. Email him if you can help! I hope i-Bug is succesful in this, cause it could be a big thing. Can you imagine schools that had easy to use, virtually crash proof computers. Wow. :)

MP3.com BeOS Station needs your help

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 12 Mar, 2001 @ 5:03 PM
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DJMayTag, a prominant BeOS musician, asked us for help in getting the word out on his new MP3.com BeOS Station underway. If you are a BeOS artist on MP3.com, let him know so he can add you to their station and help get exposure for you and for the os. If you arent, email him for help getting set up.

Scripting BeOS the BeView way

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 05 Mar, 2001 @ 2:05 PM
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In the latest BeView over at Byte magazine, Scot Hacker talks about scripting the BeOS, with an interesting focus on dealing with attributes. Scot used similar techniques on TrackerBase, and has always promoted more use of the BeOS’s native features such as attributes… the things that make it great. Hopefully this article will cause some of you scripting wizards to create some great stuff, or help some of you newbies to become a scripting wizard. :)

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