20 June 2010

1.x version of something sucks, film at 11

Jack Shedd rants about Android: Android is an asshole of an operating system. Stuck with an Android device for the last five days – the specific model of which I won’t mention because it doesn’t matter – I’ve been subjected to every inconsistency, idiocy and poor quality of thought Android has to offer. Oh, but it does matter which specific model. It matters a lot. The thing is, Android is a very young OS, and there’s a world of difference between Android 1. ... Read more

13 June 2010

Google/Android tip: Birthday reminders

If you open up Google Calendar and choose the Add link under “Other calendars” (on the left), there’s an option to “Browse Interesting Calendars”. On the Interesting Calendars page is a “More” tab. On the More tab is “Contacts’ birthdays and events”. This magic calendar contains the birthdays and anniversaries for everyone in your Google address book, which of course is synced with your Android contact list. The next step is to get reminders somewhere where you’ll see them. ... Read more

3 June 2010

Twelve fatuous arguments for the iPhone and iPad remaining jailed

1. You can just jailbreak them …except Apple holds that jailbreaking is illegal, and will not provide even hardware warranty support. 2. There will be lots of malware without the jail Mac OS X and Linux have no jail, and they have no malware problem. 3. The jail keeps out porn Add a parental lock, like the one that already exists in OS X and Safari. End of problem. 4. The jail keeps out poor quality applications ... Read more

25 May 2010

Why I won’t buy a Nokia smartphone

In 2007, the Nokia N800 came out. Nokia released Maemo OS 2007, and dropped support for the N770 they had been selling a few months before. The OS2008 / Maemo 4 release wasn’t released for the N770 by Nokia, though hackers released an unofficial distribution. Next came a point release, which was a major pain to install, but added APT support so that the OS could be updated without having to mess with firmware tools. ... Read more

24 May 2010

New study on bullying

My attention was drawn to a recent news story, which reported that bullying can be good for children. Oh, really? Assuming for a moment that the Daily Fail story was accurately representing the results of the research, I drew a very different conclusion from the one in the headline (and URL). A study has shown that youngsters are more popular and more admired by teachers and friends if they return schoolyard hostility in kind. ... Read more

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