Thursday, February 24, 2011

Discovery has launched on its final mission - STS-133

Spaceshuttle Discovery left earth at about 21:50 GMT this evening on its way to the International Space Station (ISS). The ISS is travelling at 5 miles / seconds with 6 crew members on board. But the ISS crew will not meet with the Discovery crew of STS-133 until in two days from now. Good luck, Discovery.

Beautiful image from the NASA TV during the lift-off !

Saturday, February 12, 2011

"Nokia surrenders and enlists Microsoft in smartphone war"

Very good news.

It will be easier to be a developer in the mobile market when the players are Google, Microsoft and Apple. For more information watch the Reuters video about the announcement.

This is especially true for Rue de Net, as our products are developed for the .NET platform, WPF and Silverlight, and this will make it quite easier for us to deploy our software to a larger audience.

Changing my Windows Phone 7 (WP7) Ringtone

In the beginning of this year I got my new Windows Phone 7, the HTC Trophy. And just recently started to configure it to my own liking and developing software for it.

Firstly, I wanted to change the ringtone. This turned out to be a challenge :-) Unbelievable. Buy yes, WP7 is delivered with a set of ringtones for you to choose from and there is no way to get your own custom ringtones onto the phone.

The solution I found was to jailbreak the phone using the ChevronWP7 utility and then use the ChevronWP7 Ringtone Installer. After jumping through the necessery hoops this is working quite fine.

For further instructions you can take a look at the TechHackz's How to Jailbreak Your Windows Phone 7 Device and TheTechJournal's ChevronWP7 Ringtone Installer Has Released[How To] blogs.

Don't know how long this solution will work because Chris Walsh et al. have discontinued the ChevronWP7 unlocker. But, it is good as long as it lasts.