Sunday, 20 November 2011

Phones, phones, phones

Ive got a lot to think about when it comes to phones. Currently, I have a few offers lined up for me:
There is an Incredible S on offer for 170 and then I can buy a SIM only deal to accompany that, I can get a contract with the Galaxy S II, for 25.00 per month with 50 handset cost, or 20.00 per month with 190 handset cost (it all depends on the minutes and texts as to those prices), or I can buy a Nexus S when it goes down in price and SIM only that.

Two things: Why are similar phones all priced randomly, with the Wildfire S going from over 300 down to 160 or lower, and then other phones all outselling each other? It makes no sense. The phones all fit into the 150-500 range and that is a massive problem. They need to be put in smaller brackets.

And the other point is, when buying a phone, try and keep it simple for yourself. It make life much better.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Gnome, Guhnome, Genome...

I've just been thinking about Gnome 3.2 and Gnome Shell.

The new updates of 3.2 have included some good and bad stuff. Good has been the new Documents app, and some theme integration, and making things more shell-like, but the login screen is different

Yes is looks like Shell, and not the old Gnome, but there is a purple border around the password box, which is not at all fitting, and you have to press on the up/down key to be able to select the username and press enter to login without using the mouse.

Other things like Online accounts, improved Usermenu (when you click on your name in the top right corner), and general Theming is awesome.

As a concept, the desktop is awesome. Fullscreen program menu, with search and categories, search for documents, contacts, etc. and tucking everything away in the Activities overview. Also, the CSS theming, and the default black is very subtle, making for a nice experience. All they need to do is keep improving stuff, making it simpler without removing functionality, making it look nicer, and easier to use, and to redesign the login screen. Again.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

If you don't have an iPhone, well, you Don't have an iPhone...

When the iPhone 4 came out, they said "This changes everything"

The 4S should say on the ad "This changes the whole course of human history. A bit."

Let's break down the iPhone.

iPhone smartphone... Not really good as a phone... i Smart... Not that clever, really... I... The whole world doesn't revolve around you.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

If it's crap, then it's scrap

I've been playing with Wordpress, but have decided to keep the blog here on Blogger,  as the only way to get the most out of Wordpress is to set up your own server with your own installation on it. (just noticed, that Blogger recognises Blogger in the spellings, but not Wordpress!) I don't have the time, and prefer Blogger for most stuff, so i'm staying here.

 I won't budge!

Also, if you _DO_ read this/mine/whoever posts on it the most's blog, then tell others about it Please

Don't make me write it all in the HTML editor, i hurts my poor brain!

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Google? Froogle? Scroogle?

If you haven't already, read Scroogled, by Cory Doctorow. It's a short story about what would happen if Google got hold of all his data. it makes you think. It's a free PDF to download, but make sure you don't get the Spanish version.

Of Habits and Googles

Just thinking about Google and their phone making, i looked closely and saw this:

Google tried htc but Sense prevailed. They tried Samsung but when the touch was so Wiz they gave up and bought Motorola. Now they will be the Android people and that weird moto interface will be no more. or Google will try LG. Google will own the Hardware and software.

But for companies they have the habit problem:

Take off the h and a bit remains. take off the a and bit remains. Take off the b and it remains." The quote from some old English teacher.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Dependant on Dependancies? "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em"

I think I have just found the best Package Management system ever. Probably. Definitely. And, as far as I'm concerned, even though I would rather get rid of the Packagement problems and have some sort of Mac-style App system, but with a Libs folder for all external libraries to go to, this is as good as package managers get. It's even got an awesome name.

...The world's best package manager ever, is.....

Pacman!!! from Arch Linux. I've been installing Arch (and am using it at the moment to write this post) and it's so simple to use

Like normal commands, options can be strung together, rather than Apt-get's way of making you either update, upgrade OR install, but not update and then install a new package.

To update the mirror list and upgrade to the latest packages, you simply run (as root) pacman -Syu

To install package foo, simply type pacman -S foo

It can also install package groups, so for example instead of having to install each dependency of gnome like sudo apt-get install gnome-system-monitor empathy empathy empathy-dbg... you just type pacman -S gnome and it asks you for the packages you want install (it displays a list)

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Gary the Snail

Windows users are like snails. And so is Windows to be fair. It takes ages to do anything, and puts in features what happened ages ago, but the most snail-like thing I have found is this:

Back in the early 2000s and before that, we had the browser wars with Netscape Navigator, and Internet Explorer (4,5,6) and a few others. But, then it all ended and we now have FF and Chrome, and other stuff. But Windows users, with the release of Windows 7 have discovered the browser wars, and are fighting Chrome against IE.

That was so last decade, lads! keep up!

So, in 20 years time, when windows is Dead, it will be Linux vs MAC OSX, at the rate everything is moving in the proprietary world.

Hair, sorry, hare and tortoise, except the hare wins

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Dyslexic, Illiterate, and utterly useless

Have u ever read the laptops for sale in the paper?
You get stuff like:
Dell 1.8 photoshop 2GB dual windows 15" silver

I'm like oh dear at least put the right specs together!!!!!!!!!! a 1.8 photoshop? Dual windows? WTF? Get someone who knows what their putting in the ad to write it
Come on. Dual core 1.8Ghz Celeron, Windows Vista or something and 2GB RAM, 15" display. Ya Know. It makes my life hard, but at least they sell it for a ridiculously low price :)

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

"Package Managers...Why"

Right, a quote form Mike Saunders about package managers, and it applies to most of the Linux desktop in general. The problem, is the ongoing choice vs cohesion battle. We want competition for apps, and choice is always good; it means we end up with better quality software (well, sometimes, *ahem LIBREOFFICE-SLOW-STARTUP-TIMES*) and if not, we can change to another program. But, it ends up rather silly with Linux, because even though most of us accept multiple web browsers, email clients, word processors, even calculators and text editors, there has to be a line.

Sometimes this line is over-stepped, and we have multiple desktop environments, and shells within these environment (looking at you, Unity). This has got to the point where there is too much choice, and even distros which use the same package format use different package managers. Now, standardizing on these would be impossible (especially as the LSB have picked the wrong package format for a standard) so I propose a solution.

Have all the desktops, window managers, text editors, shells, compositors you want, but for packages have some single unified program to install them, so maybe the Ubuntu Software Center, or PackageKit, but it uses either Deb or RPM underneath. (Actually, maybe discount Ubuntu as it seems to be trying to become an open source Apple). Then, make a standard toolkit and theme format for dekstops (CSS and either QT or GTK). Now, all you need to do is to make an official Linux 2011, Linux 2012, where all the distros pool their resources into to create some super-uber desktop OS. All the normal Fedoras, *buntus, Debians, Gentoos and Crunchbangs happen underneath, but for newbies there is a proper 'official' standard to go to.

Have Gnome-shell, KWin with KDE4, Unity and Compiz, but make something that has a simple mode, an Advanced mode and can be used by anyone from Windows, through to OSX, through to Solaris or even FreeBSD

Then Linux might be taken more seriously by manufacturers. And, give the user a default, but let them change it, let them choose Thunderbird or Postler over Evolution if they want, but make sure there is a default.