Re: computing will evolve faster in the next 10 years
"...now try to select a large passage of text when posting to El Reg forums using an android device and you'll find that the text input window scrolls like mad instead of slowly, when you try to select above the visible text"
"Read before commenting - did I ever suggest that the E90 was the pinnacle of mobile handsets? No. It could have been massively improved with a touch display. My point was that we've gained, (useful), touch interfaces at the expense of losing some of the functionality of the old handsets."
Like I said: "The problem in your example is not in the concept but execution."
There is no technical reason for the touch interface in an Android to scroll like that. Neither am I suggesting that touch interfaces have reached their pinnacle.
"because the manufacturers use it [app store] as an excuse to slack on the built in functionality."
Repeating something doesn't make it true.
"Is there an echo in here? Read and understand before posting - already you are contradicting your own point of view. "Not satisfied with the built in applications", means one of two things, either you need an additional capability not provided for by the device, (e.g. a game), in which case it could run in a sandbox, because it is nothing to do with the core functionality and doesn't need to mess with contacts, messages or anything like that. Or secondly, you want, (for example), a replacement email client because the built in one is crap."
Maybe I don't articulate well enough. You definition of 'core functionality' differs from mine. I expect the core functionality to include only the OS kernel, device drivers, APIs, and on a handset I'd like the calling functionality to be there too.
Your definition of core includes a web browser - 15 years ago (or so) Microsoft was dragged over coals for insisting the same. Many would be similarly satisfied if your core text editor was vi, but not all.
Your "single browser" monoculture proposition is in use with the IOS devices. Chrome, FireFox nor others are allowed. Some people are not satisfied (not saying they're crap!) with Chrome either in Android - hence the option to install others.
"Yeah, April 1st has passed you know. If you're looking for a mobile technology success story, NFC is not it. Sorry, but at least this point made me laugh."
You are easily amused then. NFC payment by phone isn't ubiquitous but people are using it.
"Are you winding me up or are you really this dumb?"
Based on your ad hominems I'd say you were already wound up. Chill.
"Spend an afternoon in Argos and count how many cameras under 100 quid they sell."
Apparently that's your workplace since you seem to know how many units they sell. I'm sure there are cameras on the shelf, but do they fly off the shelves?
Of course there are digital cameras still sold, and the better cameras with changeable lenses have a somewhat steady market outlook. There's still some market left on the compact shooters too, but the sales are dwindling rapidly with them from the heydays of 2010 (108M units) to last year (29,2M). This year the sales from Jan-Feb period are already about 20% down YoY. (source: CIPA)
For GPS units there's no data available (or I'm too stupid to find it), but my Tomtom 720 is gathering dust since my phone is "good enough" and the maps are also free. I see many others use their phone for GPS since it's a common feature on even low-end.
"Things come and go. They all seemed great and unstoppable at the time."
Of course. I detest Facebook but it has made huge waves and changed peoples usage of computers or phones. Several sites use it for authentication, and millions are hooked on social media. Nowadays you don't have to have any HTML skills like back in the days of Geocities et al. to bring yourself or your causes for others to ogle. It's a site where IT declined people can post their ramblings to select or wide audience. And I mean people who used to read their mail maybe once a week/month and call you when they send email just in case. (hi dad!)
"I mostly use a perl script and curl to slurp interesting stuff from El Reg, actually."
Do you submit your posts with scripts too?
"Real programmers tend to do things like that."
"Sorry, but at least this point made me laugh." :-)
"If you can't see how the proliffeance of web-based email has added massive inefficiency to businesses, you probably shouldn't be working in IT."
The businesses I work mostly with use a mail client you'd probably disapprove of greatly, and use webmail only as a backup.
"I can and do write assembler, but why on earth would I write everything in a language that is inappropriate for the task?"
Well, I do not know your tasks. That Gibson guy at one point coded everything with asm IIRC.
I'm objecting to your snobbery regarding to coders fresh out of schools. They rarely are adepts at anything and learn the real-life skills while working. This applies to all trades.
Laugh all you want at the beautifully constructed but inefficien code but what matters is what the code does. The ready product may be filling a need no-one else catered before, and it's important to ship it before someone else does unless you're not interested in making money. Witness the idiotic Flappy Bird game craze couple years ago. The simplest possible game brought the author in Vietnam what, $50k daily? I'm not contesting his skills here, but that was a game that could have been done by less skilled coders to put it nicely.
"Any more dumb posts for me to reply to?"
Do you feel threatened and thus resort to condescending language?
If you want to start a flame war go somewhere else. I'm not interested.