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  • Dcn Joseph Suaiden 8:50 pm on May 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cellular, , technology   

    PinePhone and how the consumer cellular market may be the next big profitable area for GNU/Linux 

    So I’m basically all over the hype and joy for PinePhone, the newest Linux phone (and by far the cheapest) hitting the markets today. It’s far from feature complete (it seems to be a really spur of the moment choice to add Ubuntu Touch), but it seems overall flawless. Add in the UBPorts community supporting the hardware, and you have a no-brainer.

    But this got me thinking: if they make this work, we know they’ll be able to scale up– and can they go even cheaper?

    The one difference between phones and most computers is the bricking problem. On most computers, if you try to install an operating system that it didn’t come with, you can usually restore the operating system it shipped with or put in a new one. On a phone, there is no such safety. Outside the phone’s own OS updates, you’re usually not changing anything. And when you do make a change, it usually has to be built to the phone’s own architecture. With the PinePhone, this changes things as the phone already has multiple distros being optimized for it. Your phone can become an extension of your computer. Or, as in the convergence ideal, simply replace it.

    What won’t happen, however? Bricking. The phones are being designed to be hackable. And this means that people looking for an accessible, hackable phone will soon find them. But who else will be looking? People who just need a phone and might not want an Android or iPhone. So worth considering is the market of users who don’t want an Android or iOS device who actually have no intention of hacking their phone anyway.

    It’s worth considering.

     
  • Dcn Joseph Suaiden 5:27 pm on May 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Sortbox, technology   

    Busy building the Sortbox 

    Basically, this site is a solution to a problem which has plagued me since it was clear that Big Social was out to own all of the data, but at the same time solved a fragmentation problem that seems to plague the average website. I’ve had websites before (I’m now starting to consolidate them into this one) but for the most part, they suffer from the problem of theme: I can’t talk about politics or tech on an apologetics site. I’m not reviewing movies or soccer matches on NFTU.

    Well, why not just put it under my name? Put simply, I didn’t really want something titled as my name. I did that before. I just don’t like it. I don’t know why: maybe that’s why social media works, as you feel like you are part of something greater.

    But when you boil it all down, it’s really just people posting on a website. The real question is: who owns what you are writing? As of May 17, 2020 (May 4 OS) I’ve decided my data will be owned by me. And my socials can go back to what they were being meant for: primarily interpersonal communication (which will also work here.)

    There’s a lot of people to thank to getting to this point. But first I have to finish building the Sortbox.

     
  • DcnJosephSuaiden 5:00 pm on April 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: technology   

    So long, Objectis, We Hardly Knew Ye 

    Well, today is the day. I’ve spent nearly a month disconnecting myself from Google. I’ve changed to a different phone online, moved the blogs, turned Reredos into a book and moved my main site to Objectis.

    And then I had to leave Objectis. Again.

    The first time I left was my own fault. Plone is an incredibly complex CMS. However, if you get into the deep grind of it, you have virtually unlimited power to do what you want. Of course, when I started, all I wanted was a blog client to replace Blogger (it’s taken 2 years since I first wanted to get rid of Google) and so I went back to Blogger when I realized just how complex Plone was.

    The most recent time, however, I found that the system is so powerful you can lock yourself out and if you aren’t hosting your own Plone site, you have to wait for the administrators to do it. I earned my own defeat, and don’t fault them– they are busy with hundreds, if not thousands of sites, and it appears to be an involved process to make a new admin on a single site.

    After over three weeks of waiting, though, I am holding myself back with the wait. So I am leaving. Since I did try wordpress.com last year, I figured I will return to it. It is far more limited than the self-hosted installation, but it is free with an ad, which I think is more than fair.

    As for Objectis, I wish them the best. They are promoting a good CMS and if you are a power user or non-profit I say give them a run. Outside of fighting the supercompanies (Google, Facebook, et cetera), though, I am simply not so dogmatic about getting out and moving.

    This will be fine here.

     
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