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Comment Re:weakly disguised hit-piece (Score 1) 294

Apple invented basically none of the UI metaphors they capitalized on. What they did was put them all together in a way that wouldn't shit the bed constantly. That's no small achievement, they were the first to manage it with smartphones and you have to give them credit for that, and for successfully appropriating all these UI concepts. But that's about where it stops. That's a significant couple of achievements, but still don't add up to innovation. It's really just about taking the time to refine what you're doing before you add more features, which is a lesson which more corporations (and people, probably) could stand to learn.

Comment Re: The new normal for Android (Score 1) 110

4. Suggested Solution is to remain on said Platform, and purposely and permanently break Device's bootloader's security in order to install random, unsupported, un-vetted "Custom ROM" from the Internet.

Who's gonna steal your antique phone?

Given that the Custom ROM could very well be a Trojan itself, doesn't this cycle seem like the "cure" could be just another disease?

You don't think anyone would notice? I do.

And even if that isn't the case for a particular iteration, doesn't the next vulnerability simply end you up at Step 1, above, but simply with the "Custom ROM" instead of the OEM ROM?

Nothing is supported forever. When Apple drops an iDevice, you're just fucked. When an Android device is dropped, at least there's hope.

Comment Re:GOOD GRIEF! (Score 1) 252

At $1 plus a bottle (plus the almost always not recycled plastic bottle), why don't people just get a Britta filter for home or office?

A brita filter is pretty crap. It's fine for filtering vodka but pretty lame for tap water. It's just some cotton balls and carbon granules. If that's what you want, you can do that yourself.

It costs about $40-60 in stuff to add a halfway decent carbon-filtered drinking water faucet to an existing sink setup. A brita isn't even that much cheaper.

Comment Re: The new normal for Android (Score 1) 110

That rarely if ever covers that though. Take for example the HD Voice and voice recording features. None of the roms mention that those don't work, you just have to find out after installing it.

Sorry you've found that to be the case. For all four of my android devices covered on XDA-Developers (nobody there cares about the mk908, you have to go to freaktab) the information is quite good.

Comment Re:Remembering what Microsoft did (Score 1) 127

what Microsoft did to stop Lotus

This is actually urban legend. Never happened. Pure myth. Remember, Microsoft was, in the DOS days, utterly dependent on Lotus to sell PCs. Every Lotus employee involved at the time also deny there ever was such a problem.

Lotus 1-2-3 dies because Excel was a (in areas vastly) superior product. It certainly had its flaws, but from a usability standpoint it blew Lotus out of the water. You only have to look at the Apple side of things. Lotus Symphony and Excel existed at the same time on the Mac, and I would guesstimate that Excel outsold Lotus on Apple by about a million to one.

and WordPerfect

This isn't even an urban legend. This never happened, and there isn't even a myth that it did.

Word Perfect committed suicide. Word Perfect on Windows was a deeply flawed product. It was, for any windows user, a usability nightmare. The morons insisted on staying with WP shortcuts and their own (horrible) menu system despite the fact that nobody wanted it. Refusing to change, and at the release of Microsoft Word 2.0, which was a far inferior product from a technical standpoint, but good enough for 97.5% of all use-cases, WordPerfect was dead. By moronic suicide. WP refused to go the proper Windows route, their product (on Windows) was buggy as to be unusable until version 6.0a and by then the fight was over.

Comment Re:weakly disguised hit-piece (Score 1) 294

The very article you linked to describes NeXT as having a clear technical direction rather than aimless development.

NeXT never had significant market success.

In fact, it specifically says that NeXT was carrying on with the same technical direction that had been going on inside of Apple.

Apple didn't have a technical direction. That's why they needed a new OS.

Comment Re:My Nexus 4 does this too (Score 1) 50

Mine is failing at both the digitizer and the radio and the display is one of the ones that is fiddly to service. Digitizers are cheap, but unless I trip over a cheap repair service it's just going to lie around waiting for me to find something to use it for. It also only has 3.3v USB host which is stupid.

Comment Re: The new normal for Android (Score 1) 110

I would love to know how to do this. Go ahead and call me an idiot, but I've gone through the ROMS for about a day and a half and then asked on the forums for suggestions, but I got no help on that

OK, here is your short short short form of how to change your ROM.

Step 1, find your ROM. First, you go to XDA-Developers and find your device, then you look at the first page or so of the applicable "Android Development" forum at the different active threads. If you have an enormously popular device, you will also want to look at page 2. Look for threads with high post counts. The thread titles should tell you which version of Android the ROM is based on. Check inside the threads to see what is working/nonworking.
Step 2, follow instructions. They usually look something like this and come with links to the things you need:

1. Unlock your bootloader. Usually done with an app from the handset/tablet maker. Many cheap devices come with an unlocked bootloader. Sometimes you need to do something extra-secret to accomplish this, so this can be outside the scope of the install instructions. Usually you can find unlock instructions someplace in your device forum.
2. Install a fancy recovery, usually CWM or TWRP. The recovery is a minimal Linux using a kernel for your device which supports the hardware. It makes and restores backups, installs ROMs and other stuff from ZIP files, wipes and converts partitions, etc.
3. Use your new recovery to make a "nandroid" backup, a dump of all partitions but the sdcard.
3a. Backup virtual sdcard if present
4. Install ROM from recovery

Even if you don't install a custom ROM, a custom recovery is a wonderful thing to have on your phone, so that you can make backups, fix perms if they get mangled (rare) and so on. You can even mount partitions and twiddle files. If you're confused about which ROM is good, you can just make a backup and then try some different ROMs. If you don't like any of them, no harm done; just restore your backup.

There are subtleties to various platforms, but if you can handle computer maintenance, you should be able to work this out. It's a ton easier than it was back in the feature phone days, because all Android devices tend to have a lot in common, whereas a handset maker used to have two or three different platforms and all of them sucked.

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