Be, Inc. raises concerns about their ability to continue as an operating company in their SEC filing from last wednesday, according to this news article. While the article is pretty straight forward, it also doesn’t give much extraneous information, so I don’t have much more information. Maybe Sony will decide to bail Be out, and continue. Or maybe this is the other shoe, inching closer to the edge. Or maybe it already hit the ground. Thoughts?
Be has an interesting Job Listing on their site, which looks for someone to “Understand, maintain, extend, destroy and recreate various levels and branches of the BeOS GUI, from interaction with the graphics drivers up through the update mechanism and font rendering, and topping off at customizable UI components tightly integrated and extended with web standards”. Does anyone else find the pospect of “customizable UI components tightly integrated and extended with web standards” to be interesting? Maybe this is a BeIA thing, but why does it say BeOS? Hmmm.
3ivx has updated their beos software again, this time including an encoder, so you can save your movies as 3ivx. This is great news. I really think we should be pushing 3ivx as a format for popular things like movie trailers, since they are offering support for lots of platforms. Thanks 3ivx guys!
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.
Several companies in the internet appliance market are now leaving the market, citing it as an immature market that is “likely to generate losses for the foreseeable future.” Most recently, 3com dropped their device, Audrey, after less than stellar performance. Gateway and Netpliance both stopped their IA plans, and Intel and Compaq have had slow sales. Does this all spell the beginning of the end for BeIA (and possibly Be Inc), or is it just cold feet and growing pains? Perhaps the upcoming e-Villa or the new phillips devices will help us find out. What do you think?
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.”
In an effort to get the Any Key back up after our recent “crisis”, Rob has sent in several of his other comics in the form of one frame strips. They will be running temporarily while he builds up a lead time for the main strip again. Of course, you regular readers already know this, cause Doug explained it all on monday.
Just a quick note to point out that I updated our forums last night, which added several new features, including poll threads, avatars for users, thread ratings, much faster response, and a community calendar which i will possibly create a menu item for as well. Also, In the next few weeks there will be some work done on the user system to integrate the two sections of our site, so be prepared. Finally, I have added a new banner management system, so we will be announcing custom advertising plans in the near future, for those of you who have asked. You can vote on and discuss the changes to our forums here.
I just wanted to post a quick item explaining the downtime recently, as several people contacted me about it. I was in the process of travelling home from break when the error occured, and didnt see it until 20 minutes ago. I notified site5, and it was immediately fixed. The page you were seeing was our old page before we launched with 2.0. Apparently the routing tables were pointing to the wrong server location and thus the wrong results occured. It’s a testament to how great site5’s service is that they fixed it that quickly. (under 10 minutes from time reported to time fixed) Sorry for any inconvenience.
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?
Several people have emailed me asking what is going on with the Any Key, our (formerly) regular comic strip. Well, first off, it isn’t dead. Rob’s (windows) computer died, along with all the templates he needed to produce the strips on time. It was unfortunate timing, as we had let our leadtime dwindle a bit, and ran out of strips. So until he can repair the damage and get back to producing the strip, it will just be sitting there. :-/ I am sure Rob isn’t feeling too great about it, so why not email him your support if you want to see it back sooner.
Be has announced that they will be including the official Macromedia Flash player in BeIA. This will allow lots of cool content to be seen on BeIA devices. Hopefully this will make it’s way to become a standard BeOS component as well, but in the mean time, The General Coffee Company makes a great flash player for beos, which can act as a plugin for Opera on BeOS. As a side note, sorry this is a bit late in posting… I am home for break, and not online as often as usual. Anyway, read on for the full press release.
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.
This doesn’t really fit any standard BeGroovy categories, but I wanted to post a quick note congratulating Jean-Baptiste Queru and Eugenia Loli on their recent wedding. Eugenia met JBQ using the BeOS (she works for BeNews and he works for Be). They were married on Saturday in Nancy, France. Congratulations to you both!!
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.
The 3ivx site has posted notice that they will be releasing version “delta 3″ of their video codec at CeBit, and it will include an encoder. They have been maintaining all platforms (including BeOS) and hopefully the encoder will appear on Be at the same time as the others. If the encoder were to convert sorensen to 3ivx, i would be VERY happy. As is, 3ivx could end up being important, and its great that they are bringing us beos users along for the ride.
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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