29 posts • joined Wednesday 23rd December 2009 14:40 GMT
I went rather the other way -- I was given a Mac at work, and tried to use that for development, somehow hoping that the Unix internals and Terminal would cut it. But for me it just doesn't. Try Python development on a Mac for example, such a pain of getting all the modules. So I promptly installed Kubuntu on it and happiness prevails. Apart from the crappy Apple mouse anyway.
For generic desktop usage the Mac is fine, I suppose, although that depends on what you're used to. For me not being able to middle click to paste etc is a severe slow-down factor. But at least with virtual desktops and things that tend to actually work, Mac OS X is still miles ahead of Windows on desktop, albeit that's setting the bar pretty much as low as it gets.
Perhaps they realise lots of people wouldn't want a Microsoft system on their phones, regardless of how good it was? There's just a common dislike to the brand thanks to their desktop garbage. Besides, I would be highly surprised if I was the only punter to whom WP is so ugly that there's really zero inclination to try it even far enough to see if it works well or not.
"Improved web browsing and app download times are also promised by Nvidia."
The rendering speed would give a boost to web browsing, but how exactly do these cores speed up app downloads? Wouldn't that only depend on the network?
At one previous work place I had to disable ipv6 in Firefox, otherwise it would do these random lock-ups. Maybe your network is similar? Other than that I'd just have to assume the Windows version is a lot worse... I've been using FF in Linux far longer than I care to remember and (other than that 1 network) never felt any need to change.
So, for the same price as this and keyboard, and for the same weight too, you could get a MacBook Air. And therefore type properly, use on your lap, and have an OS that doesn't look like Fisher Price. And none of that touchscreen smugde either. Pretty clear which way I'd go, but to each their own of course.
Re: Uh........perhaps it has something to do with average income?
I think you got the currency wrong there. An average salary for college educated people would be a lot closer to 2500 RMB than USD.
Re: Citizenship / Residency, No difference
Actually there is a big difference when people travel abroad. Those with citizenship get in to most countries without visas, while the mere residents still need visas assuming their citizenship is of a poorer country.
Re: They're making the wrong one redundant
Maemo/Meego would have been a 1-horse platform meaning it would have entirely reliant on Nokia to spend money on enticing devs to code for it. Let it die. Face it, it's not as if anyone's using it or coding for it. All it did was delay grabbing an OS not restricted to Espoo and cost a metric fuckton of money for no return on investment.
Apple seem to do rather well with a 1-horse platform. At any rate, no-one's using it or coding for it thanks to it being killed off a year back. Therefore also no return on investment. And giving up this upgrade path hastened the demise of Symbian, which would be the cause of the financial difficulties. But be that as it may, Maemo/Meego was killed off over a year ago and it's too late to lament for it now. The only relevance is that now Meltemi is also dead. Tempted to add that so is Nokia, but let's wait a couple of years for that to be official.
Re: Tsunami of Failure, that is
Yes... but interestingly they seem to be opting for Qt / QML, so guess they're targeting the Symbian / MeeGo developers that Nokia has alienated.
Re: 7 bit US-ASCII - Grrr!
"Ah well, I guess you're just screwed then if you don't have a finnish keyboard available at all times?"
Not completely screwed -- most of us change the keyboard layout and type "blindly" since we remember where those keys are in the Finnish keyboard. So you press the semicolon for ö for example, or apostrophe for ä.
But imagine what the Chinese would have to do? That is *really* hard to decipher from ASCII.
Anyway, technology is supposed to be there to make things easier for the end user, not to create all these unnecessary complications and forcing changes to writing systems that have been in use for centuries.
Not to worry
The ever-so-brilliant CEO Stephen Elop stated that the success of any WP7 OEM, be it HTC or Samsung or whatever, is good for Nokia. As it clearly doesn't matter to him if no-one buys Nokia phones, don't see why it should matter to anyone else either. Except maybe the few stockholders left, and if they care, then just get rid of Elop and WP -- problem solved.
Crazy version numbers
I like Firefox, and am not moving away from it, but this kind of release cycles -- when they increase the main version number that is, no problem releasing 4.3.7 or whatever -- does lessen my respect for the outfit. In 3 years we'll be at Firefox 34?!
The lack of buttons suggests that's the N9, not lumia.
Operators would have wanted an alternative to Apple and Google just the same without the Elopcalypse. WP offers very little of an alternative, given that it's the same closed platform as iOS. Had MeeGo been pushed, it could be that alternative and WP marginalized.
So MeeGo doesn't have a Kindle app -- given that the platform was killed off 8 months ago and the first product is just out, that should surprise no-one. Without Feb. 11 things could've been very different.
My wife has Vista
Most of the time I see her at the computer she's either waiting for it to respond to commands or rebooting since the (wifi/MS Word/input systems/...) don't work anymore.
On the plus side, the athletes will get lots of exercise having to run the races many times given that the computers crashed again. :-)
Well, I for one synchronized my mails to my N95 and browsed the web with it daily, plus navigation and camera usage of course -- pretty much the same usage as I put the current touch screen slab through, but 2-3 times the battery life. Very true about the screen size though.
I had much the same view of KDE4 after trying the first releases, but then Unity came along with broken classic Gnome in Ubuntu 11.4 and pushed me to retry with KDE4.5. After a while of tinkering with it I actually got it to work my way, and was so pleased with the result I converted the work computer to KDE4 as well.
It's all about choice though and I'm sure we all like different desktops, but for the moment KDE4 is doing well for me.
The same problem here as in Elop's speech on feb, ignoring the fact that option 2 wouldn't take years since it already existed. The one MeeGo device he's still agreeing to ship will go out before you see any WPs from Nokia. And with Qt it would've provided the existing Symbian users with an upgrade path, in fact the UI was to be copied to Symbian also to make it more competitive and smoothen the change.
One more UI library not really talked about in the article, in the Linux team libdui was replaced by the meegotouch library (or renamed to that perhaps?) and its use was mandated by the agreement with Intel.
You must be talking about the N97, the N95 didn't have a touch screen and was actually a quite nice device to use.
That's the funny thing, MeeGo IS practically ready for prime time! Yes, there's some small issues still, but even in their announcement they're saying the one MeeGo phone will be launched before any of the WP7 garbage. So just when the years of hard work is done, they yank the carpet from under our feet. Don't know if anyone will have the motivation to fix the last minor things now, we're all searching for new jobs. Nokia is being flushed down the drain by the M$ clown in the helm.
not just that...
but they should buy Nokia also and end the insanity of WP7. They'd be praised as the saviours of Finland, not just Nokia, and could say f*k you to Microsoft along the way. Or just buy the MeeGo department if not wanting the excess baggage. The bloody phones are practically ready, gorgeous, and a million times better than WP7 will ever be. But none of that matters to that M$ puppet at the helm.
/from a crumbled and betrayed soon-to-be former MeeGo developer stil pondering how to do a corporate revolution and dump Elop's "strategy" where it belongs/
behind the times
I know I must be behind the times, but I've watched the videos and still can't imagine why would anyone want an iPad? Or at least why would anyone be willing to part with more than $100 for one, given that it has such limited functionality. I know the UI looks nice, but what good is that if you can't really do anything on it and it's just as big as a far more functional netbook? Or maybe people are buying those just thinking they're behind the times and will figure out the usage once they own one...
I remember discussing location-based content delivery back in 2005 but of course didn't file any patent applications as it was both obvious and well-known at the time. And then Apple files a patent on it years later. Just when will the patent-craze end?!
Good news about Google at last! Hats off to them if they really do this, about time some big corp maintained any moral standard.
Just a compile of Linux Firefox would probably run on N900 but it would be slow and the UI would seem clumsy on a smallish touchscreen device.
Hope the final version will be optified (installed under /opt), had to get rid of beta5 due to low disk space on /. It was slower than the version that comes with the phone too, guess that one is tweaked by Nokia?
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