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Anatomy of a tweet – 140 character mystery August 15, 2009

Posted by Anand Mallaya in computers, internet, social media, technology.
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Everybody tweets now-a-days. Even cats tweet(@sockongton). A tweet is a burst of 140 characters from all those interesting ‘characters’ around the globe, describing ‘what they are are doing’. I wonder why just 140 characters. why not 130 or 150. So I started digging and the search lead me to check the technical anatomy of a tweet. And it gave some interesting facts about twitter. I will put the tweet anatomy examination report.

  • Number of charactr in a tweet is 140
  • Total content length(XHR request) when a tweet is 140 exactly(maximum length) – 262
  • Minimum content length(XHR request) when a tweet is one char long – 107
  • Meaning XHR header content length is 106 byte- a constant

So I checked for an answer with twitter API response

We can check a users’ status using User/show APIhttp://twitter.com/users/show.xml?screen_name=anandcv

The response is an xml file( given below is the response of my user id @anandcv when my last tweet was 140 char long)

Twitter user/show API respone

Twitter user/show API respone

Ther response got an interesting field in the status – <truncated>false</truncated>.

Probably a remainder of early implementation, which allowed more than 140 characters. Currently twitter web interface allows only 140 chars.

The other fields are

<created_at></created_at> – the time stamp
<id></id>  – the unique message id
<text></text> – the tweet itself
<source></source> – source of the tweet (from web or other tools etc..)
<in_reply_to_status_id/> – Replying to some tweet?
<in_reply_to_user_id/> –  Replying to somebody user id?
<favorited>false</favorited> – favorited?
<in_reply_to_screen_name/> – screen name of the user.

No clues yet. The search continues…

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Zii StemCell computing revisited- Plazma and Android power August 7, 2009

Posted by Anand Mallaya in computers, computing, multimedia, technology.
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Some time back we have seen the mystery of the Zii StemCell computing being unravelled.  After that many were wondering what Creative is up to with the chips. Now they have come back with Zii EGG Handheld StemCell Computer that Supports the Plaszma OS or Android™ OS . Good move !.  Android hmmm!

The platform boasts multi-gesture touch display(cool!) , Text-to-speech Feature, Hardware GPS Receiver, Wifi, 32GB of internal memory and up to 32GB of external memory, Bluetooth, USB 2.0 and accelrometer.
They are heard of iPhone.  No 3G? shame! Check dictionary for competence. Get USB 3.0 dudes.

Plazma OS, based on the linux 2.6 kernel is said to show some gimmicks like 3D grphics (‘ in a battery powered small handheld’),  advanced media and communication capabilities.  But they say it is not a phone but a computer! in 108 gms.  Hmmm! I wonder.

Also support a Zii optimized Android OS. Supposedly to harness the power of the StemCell computing technology of the ZMS-05 processor.

Added value – bulk prize of 199$ per piece price tag plus  lot of development support and  market ready design.

Gonna rock or bust?! Its all about the all-knowing crowd and the economy. 😉

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