Archive for March, 2012

The $35 Raspberry Pi Linux computer continues to be dogged by delays. Earlier in March, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced a “minor” manufacturing hiccup, which involved the diminutive PC getting fitted with the wrong type of Ethernet jack by accident. Now the UK-based charitable organization responsible for the eponymous Pi is having compliance issues in the land of the stiff upper lip. Hit the jump for more.

“Following on from last week’s discussions, both RS Components and element14/Premier Farnell have now informed us that they are not able to distribute the Raspberry Pi until it has received the CE [European Conformity] mark,” the Raspberry Foundation stated on its blog.

“While this differs from our historical view (as we’ve said before, we believed that the uncased Raspberry Pi was not a “finished end product”, and could be distributed on the same terms as earlier versions of the BeagleBoard and other non-CE-marked platforms), we respect their right to make that decision.”

However, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has been told by the UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) that the CE mark, a mandatory conformity mark for certain products in European Economic Area (EEA) countries, is required in their case (no pun intended).  Apparently, BIS does not deem the Pi a development board, for the “volumes involved and the demographic mix of likely users” is most likely to result in it being used as a finished product.

“The good news is that our first 2,000 boards arrived in the UK on Monday and that we are working to get them CE marked as soon as is humanly possible, in parallel with bringing the remainder of our initial batch into the country.”

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In our second newsletter springing from the 2012 Enterprise Connect conference, we note that Genband has announced it is expanding beyond its current client base of service providers into the enterprise communications market — with a focus on offering unified communications (UC) and SIP trunking solutions to an increasingly mobile workforce.

Business applications and the way we use them are undergoing a radical change, and this is leading many companies to modernize their network. Here are some "best practice" considerations for modernization strategies.

The mythical Google Drive cloud storage service just keeps getting better and better. Within a few days, the perennially-rumored service has gone from having 1GB of gratis storage space to 5GB. As is the case with most unsubstantiated reports, this latest GDrive rumor is also based on an anonymous tip. But the anonymous source in this case was kind enough to provide some ocular proof. Hit the jump for more.

Earlier this week, published an allegedly leaked GDrive screenshot and claimed that the service would offer 2GB of free space. But now the site has published a new screenshot and retracted its earlier claim, saying it was “completely wrong” about the amount of free storage.  This is because the latest screenshot, which appears to be of a GDrive download page, promises 5GB of free storage.

In its earlier report, the site had also claimed that Google Drive would be releasing during the week beginning April 16, and not in the first week of April as reported by GigaOm’s Om Malik. According to the site, the release schedule remains unchanged from what it reported earlier.

Despite Google Drive rumors heating up lately, the reports so far simply aren’t consistent enough to elicit true belief. So don’t mark your calendars yet.

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The Plex media server is purdy, flexible and capable of handling gobs and gobs of metadata, but one major hurdle has been holding it back: relatively skimpy device support. Yeah, you could run Plex on Google TV, some LG products and (starting recently) Roku, but that was about it. That’s poised to change with a new beta release that adds support for the widely utilized DLNA protocol.

Theoretically, all supported content should flow easily between all DLNA-compatible devices, but in the real world, manufacturers sometimes handle DLNA streaming differently. To that end, while the Plex beta should be able to send shows, pictures, music to scads of HDTVs, Blu-ray players and home receivers (assuming they’re DLNA compatible, of course), Plex has focused its development to deliver the best possible experience on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and WDLive.

As a beta, there’s bound to be the eventual bugs, and Plex admits that subtitles aren’t quite working just yet. The media server also supports metadata and channels if the receiving DLNA device will accept it. A couple of interesting features have been added to the mix: myPlex queue support allows you prep web videos for watching using a bookmarklet, then stream it to a DLNA device, while the myPlex shared content support lets you play media shared remotely by your buds. We like the way the blog post describes the last shared content support: This is, like, mind-boggling. DLNA isn’t supposed to work across the Internet, but with our new server, I get all Obama-like and yell “Yes You Can!”

Interested? Head on over to the Plex downloads page and give the Windows build a whirl. (Be sure to select the beta version with DLNA support, all the way at the bottom of the screen on the right-hand side.) A Linux version is currently wrapping up testing and will be available shortly. This blog post includes all the nitty gritty details about the release

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