Re: Gadgets

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Actually we have to go to the Apple Store today and exchange it for a non-busted one.

I have a new brick!


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:09 AM
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Gah! stupid non-remembery browser.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:09 AM
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A very fancy brick that just doesn't have sound.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:13 AM
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I have a brick with form memory.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:14 AM
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Be careful.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:20 AM
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I really am excited about the phone, despite the busted-ness.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:23 AM
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I'm getting google glass but apparently it only has limited functionality with iPhones, so do I act like the sheep they want me to be and switch to an android?
You know what I hate? Programs on your PC that take 30-60 seconds to launch, then jump to the front of the screen when they do start, so that if you're typing a comment or password it's suddenly being displayed in the other program.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:29 AM
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I have a new brick!

I LOVE MY BRICK!


Posted by: Fr. Jack Hackett | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:41 AM
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3: My Android phone is awesome at a bunch of things except being a telephone. It regularly loses all contact with the cell network, and the phone calling app crashes about once in every four times I try to use it. Also the GPS has a constant 2 block offset to the north west.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:41 AM
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Why is every story I've ever heard about Android like 9?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:43 AM
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When your Android phone is having trouble, sing it its song.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:44 AM
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The song of my Android phone is very dramatic, with swooshy sounds and tinkling sounds every time it's turned on or off. I suspect it's the AT&T branding of the phone rather than a decision by Samsung that I need to be sonically reminded of the awesomeness of the telephonic experience I'm about to have as long as I don't try to call anyone or navigate anywhere.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:51 AM
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the GPS has a constant 2 block offset to the north west.

Or the phone's map has a 2-block offset to the south-east. Have you checked its lat/long against another GPS, or while standing on a point whose lat/long is known precisely? (Such as, for example, the North Pole.)


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:55 AM
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South pole would be easier. It's inhabited. With a little energy you could contact somebody who works there and persuade them to take your phone next time they go and run the experiment.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:05 AM
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or while standing on a point whose lat/long is known precisely? (Such as, for example, the North Pole.)

In the pre-Internet era, I had a guide to a luxury hotel chain that, along with driving directions and the name of the nearest airport, listed the longitude and latitude of every property next to a little helicopter symbol, in case you were planning to arrive by helicopter. I always wondered how much that was genuinely intended to be useful to the guest*, and how much was intended to remind the non-helicopter-using guests that "Hey, I'm staying at a property where people routinely arrive by helicopter!"

*this was in the days before widespread use of consumer GPS devices, so it wasn't for that. Also, there was a little silhouette of a helicopter.


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:05 AM
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a point whose lat/long is known precisely

Such as this spot in the Dutch city of Almere.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:07 AM
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14 is correct. Taking your phone to the North Pole would be a silly idea.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:12 AM
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The song of my Android phone is very dramatic, with swooshy sounds and tinkling sounds every time it's turned on or off.

My dad was staying with us this weekend, and his phone makes a whooshing sound just like when they get a Shemail on RuPaul's Drag Race.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:22 AM
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My wife got an iPhone 5 a few weeks back. She totally loves it. She's had some sort of Nokia feature phone for ages, but after envying mine for ages, finally decided to bite the bullet and get a smart phone. So she can now send me little videos of the offspring while I'm at work, and generally bugger about on the internet when, say, feeding the baby which is a bit of a lifesaver.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:30 AM
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The song of my Android phone is very dramatic, with swooshy sounds and tinkling sounds every time it's turned on or off.

Grr. I hate that *so* much. Otherwise, mine works just fine and I still feel superior for not being part of the iEverything cult.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:31 AM
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I still feel superior for not being part of the iEverything cult.

But just think of how much more superior you'd feel if you were.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:35 AM
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It seems ghoulish and voyeuristic to post this, and yet . . . intense video of the fertilizer plant in West, TX (a little north of Waco) exploding.

It seriously scared the hell out of me even though I knew it was coming, so watch at your own risk.
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Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:38 AM
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I still feel superior for not being part of the iEverything cult.

That was part of my motivation for going with Android. I have (and love) a Mac at home, but I've gotten kind of pissed off with iTunes for BSALB about DRM and also I have some vague ambition to write some software for my phone, which is marginally easier under Android, as far as I can tell.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:39 AM
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I just got a Nexus 4.Haven't made a phone call yet but it's otherwise great.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:57 AM
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Also, I genuinely dislike iPhones. My nearsightedness means I need a wider screen and better accessibility settings.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:06 AM
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Grr. I hate that *so* much. Otherwise, mine works just fine and I still feel superior for not being part of the iEverything cult.

There are ways of turning that off. Rooting your phone and replacing the files is the surest method, but you may not want to do that. There's also a free app which implements a workaround, but it might not work on your particular phone. Finally if your phone is a Samsung, you may be able to disable/turn down "system volume " in the sound settings, which should turn off the power on/off jingle. I don't have that particular setting on my HTC phone, so I'm guessing it's not available on all (non-stock) Android devices.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:21 AM
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26 is the other thing that I always see with Android phones. If you tweak parameter settings and recompile your kernel you should be able to get 10% more battery life assuming you're watching .mp4 and not .avi movies, too!

23: writing software for your phone is plausibly quite a bit easier (I mean, language-wise it's Java vs. Objective C which is maybe a wash or maybe a slight win for Objective C but the developer program thing makes Android probably nicer for the casual developer). Writing software to run on other people's Android phones might be much harder what with the versions and forking and whathaveyou.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:34 AM
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16: Is that someone dragging a dead body down a pier?


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:05 AM
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28: there are those who wonder.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:11 AM
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27.2 is crazy talk. Steve Jobs's greatest accomplishment was building a device so compelling that people were willing to write Objective-C to work on it.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:27 AM
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Versus Java, which is an unalloyed, unsupported, bloated joy? Pffff.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:37 AM
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Objective-C starts out a headscratcher, but once you've acclimated to the brackets and so on, its language constructs as against Java's don't matter too much for phones because both the iOS and Android SDKs add so much on top. iOS is more flexible as you get more advanced: you can do closure blocks, for instance, which are, let it be said, far nicer than Java's anonymous class business. It used to be that iOS was a pain about making you manage your memory, but they've swept most of that under the carpet by now.

At this point, I'd say that getting started writing software for your own phone is pretty much a wash between the two: either way you have to learn the IDE and a bunch of frameworks, but after that, simple operations tend to be precooked for you.

As far as "software that can run on other people's phones," the multiplicity of Android flavors causes a few problems, but distribution is much, much simpler with Android than with Apple. With Apple you have to go public through their store and the accompanying vetting process; unofficial distribution isn't really an option, since they still make you register as a developer and go through many minor hells with certificates and provisioning profiles. Android apps just compile to executable packages that you can fling about the world as you please.


Posted by: lourdes kayak | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:47 AM
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32.last: fair.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:50 AM
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You really can't turn off the sounds on some Android phones? That's annoying.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 12:05 PM
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Finally if your phone is a Samsung, you may be able to disable/turn down "system volume " in the sound settings, which should turn off the power on/off jingle.

Oh my god, I heart you so much -- this worked!


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:39 PM
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That was me.


Posted by: Sir Kraab the Grateful | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:40 PM
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I'm an Android guy through and through, but to each their own! Mostly, for me, it's the ability to get the actual phone that I want rather than having to want the phone that the maker wants to give me. Well, not *exactly* the phone I want because physical keyboards are going the way of the dodo. But something close to it, with a replaceable battery, SDHC card, and larger screen (which, as a SAHD with a six-month old tying up at least one of my arms most of the time, turns out to be more important than that keyboard).

I still resent the fact that I could do things with my old Windows Mobile phone that I still can't do with my Android phone, but I'm learning to get past that.


Posted by: Trumwill | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:46 PM
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