Android 3.0 Honeycomb

Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It was Google’s first entry into the tablet world and remains the most infamous Android release out of all of them. It was a commercial failure in part because of the Google’s confusing policies, poor guidelines, and Honeycomb’s propriety nature limited it’s reach. But it was a step in the direction in terms of the operating system’s overall evolution. A lot of what we get from Android today originates from Honeycomb, such as the software buttons and Material Design could be traced back to Holo UI.

I was not a smartphone user at first. I began with…


Announced in November 2019, .NET 5 was intended to unify the once fragmented .NET ecosystem that only got worse with Windows 8. It would by combining CoreCLR and Mono into a single runtime to be used and have the Windows and Xamarin APIs under one roof. However, COVID interrupted those plans and forced Microsoft to scale back their efforts. As a consequence, they were able to focus on refining server-side, AI and Windows desktop development, by finishing Blazor: WebAssembly, expanding upon ML.NET, …


WebAssembly is a stack-based virtual machine designed to meet the needs of a ever demanding web wanting to get more power and performance from their website and now web apps. It’s designed to be language-agnostic, others target it, and has no formal language or standard library of it’s own. This allows it to very small, efficient and flexible. In the past, these languages would have to compile down to Javascript, known as transcompiling, with subpar results. …


My time learning .NET with C# in the past has mostly dwelled in experimentation by creating sandbox solutions. Though it made it easy to scale it was also overkill for Hello World-like projects — the only exception would be ASP.NET. A more ideal way be to use something like Jupyter notebooks, but .NET was not built for that in it’s original incarnation as the .NET Framework.

Jupyter notebooks are an interactive computing environment that enables writing code and presenting it’s output in a document-like format. It enables sharing of research, particularly in the statistics and machine learning fields. …


Prior to the 2016 election, advertising online was unregulated. There wasn’t much holding anyone back. It’s one of the reasons ad-blocking has become a selling point for the anti-virus industry. But bad actors have exploited this freedom for their own personal political gain. Now we’re now nearing a threshold where companies can no longer sit back, relax, and idle by. We are finally seeing these companies be held accountable for letting their advertising system be left unchecked for so long. With 2020 only a month away now, companies are reacting as fast they can.

The first high profile case was…


At first glance, what I’m saying might sound nostalgic, and that’s true. While MP3 players are still being sold, the industry treat them like a relic from the 80s or 90s. Yet the technology in it are hardly from those eras. But, as true that also is, that’s not why I’m saying we should bring them back.

Like desktops, we’ve accumulated everything into our smartphones. This has a lot of advantages and disadvantages. But there is a lot of trade off you get with multipurpose devices. You become good at everything but master of none. Ironically, Bitcoin illustrates this perfectly…


America’s infrastructure is crumbling. We haven’t had a proper bill to address these problems under this new administration since it began in 2017. “Infrastructure week” is a phrase ripe with mockery. So it’s no surprise cities would face a level of stress to the grid they wouldn’t normally have to deal with. Yet America’s power grid was also attacked by Russia. So you have to take that into account too.

New York City generally only sees outages after hurricanes but lately it feels like they’ve edged into becoming more frequent. This wouldn’t feel so uncanny if it weren’t only New…


On June 24th, 2019, Bill Gates said his “greatest mistake ever” was Microsoft losing to Android. He is right. Not just for the company itself but in that it gave Android a monopoly as a consequence of their loss, in my opinion.

Android is now and has always been in competition with the iPhone because of Microsoft’s late but quick rise and fall in the smartphone industry. The problem is Android was designed for OEMs and they’re up against a company, Apple, who are their own OEM. Apple has had a unfair advantage over Android because of their tight integration…


In my last article about the 2019 Lion King remake, I briefly mentioned at the end that I ended on that this film being unnecessary when you compare it to the original. I felt the original was at it’s best because it was a cartoon. It did not have to worry about the restrictions of real life that the remake now has the burden of dealing with. Disney claims it’s “live action” but I’d argue that’d be the only part that would require any amount of imagination to believe for this movie.


The new remake of The Loin King is set to be the most highly anticipated and probably the most controversial of Disney’s current live action catalog. But calling the this remake “live action” is rather misleading as it’s more hyper-realistic CGI at best then true live action and this is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to controversy surrounding this film.

My focus, however, is on the expansion of the Lion King universe. So far Disney’s remakes are a double-edged sword. You’re watching the same story told again but in a live action format. To make up for…

Tony Bark

Artist, writer, programmer and all out chill guy.

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