* Posts by jonoMT

13 posts • joined 30 Sep 2011

Why I'd pay Apple more to give iPad factory workers a break

jonoMT

They are in the best position

Apple is certainly not alone. Probably every bit of tech on my desk or person is involved...and I am feeling bad about those chocolate bars I bought today. It seems, however, that its practices are opposed to the image and ethos that Apple has always espoused. What's happening isn't a surprise and is to be expected from Walmart or Dell. But Apple? Are they that greedy they can't make a better effort at improving conditions and environmental health? If you think about it, with Apple's huge cash position, raising worker wages would be a great way for them to hurt their competition, whose lower margins wouldn't give them the room to follow suit.

Microsoft's uphill battle to push Win8 tabs into punters' paws

jonoMT

Kind of Amusing

Having played around with the Win 8 Dev Preview (on a non-touch-based laptop) I'll say that Microsoft still has some major work to do on unifying the user experience between Metro and the trad desktop UI. However, it is amusing that when Apple takes its time to get something right nobody does any handwringing. If Microsoft does, then they're too late to the party. As much as I'd like to have seen Win8 out by now, I'd rather they get it right than rush to market. Honeycomb, anyone?

Nokia's Windows comeback: Great but what's next?

jonoMT

Carriers onboard?

They may be elsewhere, but even after Verizon got the iPhone and Trophy, in my area they both are advertising Android phones exclusively. Nokia is right to get phones into the hands of sales staff and consumers. Microsoft should have really pushed on this hard a long time ago.

@Tony Smith: I am most definitely not in the 20-something demographic that Nokia's ads are targeting, yet have found the WP7 OS to be a very functional and useful system.

One thing I certainly agree on from the article is that Nokia will have to step up and exceed the competition. They won't get any slack down the road. I found it surprising that the much-touted Zeiss optics still don't do better than most and are outshined by the iPhone 4S.

The Register Guide on how to stay anonymous (part 2)

jonoMT

Not realistic

Get rid of javascript, Flash and Silverlight? Avoid HTML5? Might as well chuck your computer, get off the grid and smash your phone while you're at it. A better approach would be to watchdog the major sites/services that people use, e.g. Google, Facebook, Twitter. As long as the big boys are made to play nice and you use a few of the tools mentioned to mitigate most other abuses, then you can enjoy a reasonable amount of privacy without sacrificing so much functionality.

BTW, using the Canvas element to read encoded information from an image is very devious. The coverage and description of the threats was very well done. I just took exception to the overly drastic advice.

Fixing Android mobes costs telcos millions

jonoMT

What about developers?

I wonder what kind of headaches they get to deal with, hearing from customers that apps they were used to on their old mobes don't run on the new.

Leaked Nokia WinMobes ready for midrange scrum

jonoMT

I would say it's a little too anecdotal to prove that not all programmers are good or good at writing programming books. However, checking out his book's reviews on Amazon, it got a lot of negative comments. So maybe you're on to something. I do get paid for programming, but it is incidental to my primary fields of expertise, which are UI/UX design and GIS. So I still consider my efforts @ writing an app amateur. Yet I was able to accomplish what I wanted with WP7 and Visual Studio. It took some hammering to render a list quickly - more so than in a desktop Silverlight environment - but it was clear to me that Microsoft has put a lot of work into optimizing these things for mobile CPUs.

jonoMT

More to it than just raw specs

A programmer who has written books on iOS programming wrote an app that I'ved used for a long time on both a 2nd gen Touch and an iPhone 4. I wrote a comparable app for the 7.0 version of Windows Phone and it delivered the same charted results in half the time of the iPhone 4 (on a Samsung Focus) and I'm not a professional programmer. Under Mango, it runs even faster. Apple and MS have foregone LTE to save on battery life. Most people I know are okay with 3G because they are often near accessible wi-fi.

Anyone who actually uses or programs for Windows Phone knows that it falls somewhere between the iPhone and the best of the Android offerings for overall usefulness.

Canonical: Mobile OEMs are going to love our Linux

jonoMT

SPPFFFFTTT! Good luck on the mobile OS

Would you like an ecosystem with that?

Google dumps + from Boolean search tool

jonoMT
FAIL

Google-

Asinine.

Googler squeals: 'We don't get platforms'

jonoMT

One-trick Pony

I had read the Google+ part of it, but found the rest more interesting. It is surprising that internally Googlers like him are most concerned that they aren't adequately delivering a platform. I tend to see Google's larger problems revolving around legal issues related to its de facto monopoly on search/web advertising and Android, as well as a systemic need to know at least as much if not more about its users than Facebook does. The latter is by far the worst. Not long ago, I read a thoughtful article by a developer who pointed out the benefits of users paying for software or content, namely that there was no need for the company to bombard them with advertising or mine their personal habits. In this regard, Amazon has a few problems as well and is willingly heaping on more by selling the Fire at cost. But as Yegge alluded to, Amazon doesn't have a profit model predicated entirely on one type of revenue source - and let's face it, selling books, power tools and music is somewhat useful to society. Advertising is corrupting.

The problem is really broader than the programmer's view that Google doesn't deliver a platform. What Google doesn't have - even with Android, Google Office, Gmail and Google+ - is an ecosystem (whether narrow like Apple's or broad like Microsoft's) that provides a variety of revenue sources. Apple gets money from hardware sales (which are split between ioS devices and Macs), music and other media, and iOS apps. Microsoft gets money from hardware (Xbox, input devices), Windows, Office, Server, SQL Server, developer tools, consulting and hosting. Amazon also is a far cry from the online bookseller. By and large, Google is still a one-trick pony and you see it more and more when trying to do searches that advertising is skewing the results. And it's what you don't see that might be more concerning. Google has admitted and explains to users in the fine print of its agreements that every email, ever document, every picture you send through its servers is subject to analysis. Coupled with the patterns it can glean from the searches you do (whether public or private, if done close enough in time), click-throughs and locational data, Google can know a lot about it you. Of course what it knows is always less complete than if the details were directly provided by you, but like an erroneous credit report, that could be worse than if you just provided a complete profile on your own.

My point is, Google has to stoop to these things because it has to keep feeding a business model that not only narrow but prone to corruption. Its competitors have their own faults but at least have had the vision to actually create things that people buy (or in Amazon's case, a store where you can buy them) so they have a more varied and direct revenue model. Perhaps the object lesson for consumers is to think about paying up front instead of in a roundabout way. Either way, you're gonna have to serve somebody.

Microsoft! touted! to! buy! Yahoo!

jonoMT

Why???

But if Bing already powers Yahoo's search then it does have 30% of the business (despite whatever revenue split there is). So why? Yahoo! as a brand is 1998.

Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is dead at 56

jonoMT

Nicely written. I was, for many years, a Mac fanatic. Although in the last decade I went in other directions and have only acquired an iPod nano and a Touch, my own work and design ethos has been formed from my experiences with Apple products. May every Mac ever made issue a chime for Steve Jobs.

Microsoft takes the Android profit, the Wonkas take the pain

jonoMT
Pint

Spot on, except that Google didn't buy Motorola Mobility for its patents. They bought it to keep MMI from going after other Android OEMs. That makes the acquisition all the more pathetic. Google is getting groin-kicked from all directions. And rightly so. Anyone who cherishes the naive notion that they are pure and "do no evil" while Apple, Microsoft and Oracle are the bad guys needs to update their thinking.

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