Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

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Coriolis Affection

Replacement Android: Arrived. Old android: shipped off to HTC. AndroidGeekery:

I was impressed at how the phone managed to migrate most of my settings from some storage place out in the GoogleCloud - not long after booting, the phone reinstalled all the applications the old phone had, restored most of the settings, and was good to go. The only things I lost were the message TXTs (pity - I would've liked to've kept those) and the arrangements of apps on the desktop. It's a little thing, but I also like the minimalist packaging HTC used for the swap device - so far, I've a good impression of them.

It's nice to have a phone with a working camera and a happy screen again. Only downside: I probably won't be getting the next generation Android Nexus device as a replacement. Oh well. Maybe I'll get a G-Pad or some other neat toy. The not-yet-released tablet I got is too sluggish to be interesting (I might still dig into the OS to see if that's fixable, but my hopes are not high and maybe I should be playing with my SheevaPlug or writing Android apps when I'm in that mood instead). Maybe next year will be the year of the tablet, as more tablet-friendly versions of Android will probably be more suited for the hardware we're starting to see now. I imagine buying Android and continuing to develop it will prove to have bought Google a lot of influence - it'll be interesting to see how they avoid becoming like how IBM was with regards to PCs (not a perfect analogy, but ..).

(unrelated to the replacement) I remain a bit dissatisfied with the Android music app - It can play music randomly, or by individual track, or by specific album, but there is no way to play by an artist. That's irritating - for some artists, like TMBG, I have a lot of their albums and want it randomly selecting from all of their stuff. I've tried a few other music apps, but most of them either:

  • Ignore what I want them to play and play something else (This "cube" app did that. Ugh)
  • Have advertisements built-in (seriously? On *my* device they have the chutzpah to display adverts?)
  • Suck.
  • Are nagware for some commercial app
Maybe some of this is culture shock, as I've become quite used to the share-and-don't-show-people-junk-they-don't-want-to-see Opensource community. Also: annoyed at seeing adverts on the web in the browser app. There must be some reasonable way to setup filters.

I'm curious to see what the next Wikileaks release will have.

I sometimes think keeping an eye on Sarah Palin is like watching the Jerry Springer Show. Maybe I'm partly in disbelief of exactly how repellent her views are to me, while in certain sneaking admiration as to how powerful it can be to tap into the base instincts of humanity - the disgustingness of patriotism, anti-intellectual protection of the ego, etc. What she has or represents can't qualify as wisdom, but it's a weasel cunning elevated to an art form. I would like to see her fail, her movement to vanish into obscurity (even as, with anti-earmark efforts, we may be able to get a few small good things out of it as it passes), and the earlier regressive tendencies she's voicing vanished as we push onwards in our goal to progressively improve ourselves. Still, there's a twisted vital beauty in the way she talks and tacts. (this is entirely distinct from the occasional excessive bluntness we hear from people who really should know better)

Amused and slightly dismayed to see that there are two competing forks of the RPM Package Manager (same name, same extension). Gah!

This is an interesting issue I think - some weekend schools in the UK are using Saudi curriculum, with heavily anti-jewish content. It looks like the UK will respond by regulating that content (sensible, I think). I wonder how we'd handle similar cases in the US. Are our hands tied from the beginning, or would we see some non-court action (akin to how "the NYC Mosque" is being delayed and lent upon)?

Hopefully I'll hear back about the SSD soon.

Campus is a ghost town right now - holiday season is always lonely. Trying to decide if I want to head into work tomorrow.


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