Monthly Archives: May 2010

Over the Air Full OS Updates, or Why I love Maemo (Soon to be Meego)

The ability to update one’s mobile phone / device is an excellent service that a handset manufacturer or operating system can offer a customer as it not only extends the life of the mobile but it also expands and builds on the array of services and software available on the mobile.
One of the big enticements for me to consistently choose Nokia mobile phones over other manufacturers has been the high quality cameras, the great hardware, and the software/OS updates that are available for your mobile even a year or two after purchase.
Only one not so small, not so wee problem…
Up until the last year, all of the updates have only been available for Nokia customers with access to a PC / Microsoft Windows based computers, as one would have to use a Windows machine to update the Nokia in question.
Now, I don’t know about you, but if you are a Nokia Nseries owner in the US, you are possibly not a PC owner. If you prefer to buy hard to find, high end, well designed hardware, then you have been mostly buying Apple for years and used to paying extra premium for great devices. If you are a Nokia Nseries owner in the US, you may be a creative surrounded by other creatives with Macs, not PCs. And on top of all of that, the PC owners around you might be the sort who don’t own or ever run anti-virus and so you wouldn’t want to hook your precious, expensive Noka up to their virii-addled PCs even for an update that will take 45 minutes to set up.
On top of hunting down a PC to update one’s Nokia, there is the added irritation that every time one wants to update on a borrowed or ancient PC, the Nokia Updater software on the PC wants to be updated itself. And given that the lame computer in question is a Windows machine it means a lengthy download, a restart of the machine, plug your Nokia back in via USB cable and START ALL OVER AGAIN. SO ANNOYING.
Can I type it again? SO ANNOYING.
30-45 minutes to just get one f*ing update. UGH.

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Tidbits :: Sunday May 23, 2010

Mr. G. on Post I/O Thoughts : “Post-Google I/O, there’s not much room left to see iPhone-vs.-Android as anything other than an all-out war. What we’ve got here is a good old-fashioned epic rivalry.”
I wonder if the “Big Rivalry” is more than a bit planned out to benefit both companies and mobile platforms…
Andrew Sullivan on Jesus and Christ, Ctd : “Christianity is in crisis – and in a deeper crisis, in my view, than many Christians are allowing themselves to believe. I start from a simple premise. There can be no conflict between faith and truth. If what we believe in is not true, it is worth nothing. The idea that one should insincerely support religious faith because it is good for others or for society is, for me, a profound blasphemy if you do not share the faith yourself. I respect atheists and agnostics who reject faith; I find it harder to respect fundamentalists – of total papal or Biblical authority – because of the blindness of their sincerity; but I have no respect for those who cynically praise religion for its social uses, while believing in none of it themselves.”

Shabbat Shalom

Today at Tuttle Club LA, David A. said to David G., “Shabbat Shalom. Can I call you tomorrow or do you not pick up your phone on Shabbat?”
“Yep.”
“Ok, I will call you on Sunday then.”
I waited for Mr. A to go away and I turned to David G., “That’s cool! If you don’t pick up your phone on Shabbat, then I take it you don’t turn on your computer?”
David G, “Yes, that’s right. No computer, no phone, no iPhone, no…”
Me, “How wonderful.”
Really, how wonderful. I didn’t ask what he and his family did about emergency calls or anything of the like, instead I asked him if he had read a lot of books recently and he had.
Right now, after months of working on one big project and several smaller ones, of which I am tying up the loose ends of all of them, I would *LOVE*LOVE*LOVE* to take one day a week where I did not turn on the computer or phone or whatever, but instead took the whole day off and just rested.
I need it. I don’t need a 2 week vacation right now, what I need to do is to carve out one whole day every week that I don’t even do a smidgen of work at all. A day where I read or sleep or hang out with friends or walk or whatever but not turn on the computer or phone.
At the end of Tuttle, David G. asked, “Are you Jewish?”
Me, “No, but I really respect it.”
Right now more than ever.
Shabbat Shalom.