I like hardware ‘throwbacks’, ‘retro’ computing.
I really like old Apple hardware as it takes me back to the halcyon days of my youth, I am of course speaking of my old Performa:
A pure powerhouse… ok perhaps not but still it occupies a special place in my heart, sadly it was replaced by a PC from the now long defunct Tiny Computers. That Wikipedia entry is three lines too long in my opinion, but I am glad to see them get the recognition they deserve. Anyhow that PC was a typical beige box and although it got me into PC gaming, upgrading and the internet; it occupies no special place in my mind.
Which has gotten me to thinking about the world (see how that naturally slips into the conversation, takes skill that), old computers are big business. I mean of course recycling, lots of copper and precious metals contained in processors and motherboards. They are also a humanitarian and environmental crisis that’s happening right now, their are countless reports on the squalid conditions of those in the 3rd world who seek to reclaim our digital legacy.
We need to truly think through the implications to our environment of the next must have upgrade.
The time has long departed where we can throw away our old IT and forget about it, I think we should stop throwing it away at all.
A typical office computer will run four products:
- Mail/Calendar/Address book
- Internet Browser
- Office productivity suite
- Operating System
You may wonder why I put the operating system in that list, it consumes resources and its critical to the usage of the device. It’s also a large reason why someone might choose to upgrade their computer (add more ram, a larger hard drive) or invest in a new one (Apple’s move from PowerPC to Intel forced a migration).
What if we removed that need?
Cloud computing is well established in the Enterprise market but hasn’t made all that much of a visible dent on the consumer (I say visible because although someone might use a cloud based service they are probably unaware of that fact).
“X is running too slow, I need a faster computer”
I’ve spoken that phrase many times, as I am sure you (or someone close to you) have. This is where I think Cloud computing can really make a difference, you can have all the latest software available to you instantly with little to no lag and yet still be running an old device.
Why? Because the device used to interact is irrelevant, all it needs is a connection to the cloud. Which brings me back to the Performa, it is possible for that machine to run the latest software even though its prehistorically old.
By offloading the OS to the cloud we no longer need to be slaves to the 3-5 year upgrade cycle and we no longer have to throw old hardware away.
In short old hardware is cool, we shouldn’t discard it so easily.
Currently awaiting access to Palm/HP’s Enyo alpha program.
I’m a web developer by nature, so I’ve always been attracted to webOS, I had started to learn mojo but stopped due to the impending release of the new JS framework entitled Enyo. It’s a scalable framework that enable a developer to code an app once but have it available for multiple devices (think Veer > TouchPad and beyond).
As a developer saving time is always a good thing, I dont want to have to develop two versions of an app if I can avoid it.
Details for Enyo are still quite sketchy (indeed all who have access to it are under NDA), but an example is sizing of elements uses em rather than pixels to ensure that any content can scale infinitely.
Work smarter, not harder.
I don’t think there has been a single month where more mobile unveiling have occurred than in February.
- Google demonstrate honeycomb aka Andriod 3.0, it fixes a lot of my issues with Androids UI
- HP finally take a step in the right direction with the Touchpad tablet, Pre 3 and the super cute Veer
- Nokia announce that they are dropping Symbian and MeeGo for WP7, people weep lamentations and cry exultation
- MWC unleashes a range of new Android tablets
- Motorola Xoom is priced at $799 off contract
And the month is only half over!
I cant wait to get my hands on some of the new tablets, especially the TouchPad.
Exciting times indeed.
There is no longer a day that goes by that another issue with the HD7 becomes evident, this morning? Unable to download the Adobe reader app via WiFi and then the phone crashed.
The fact that the WP7 doesnt have a pdf reader built in is shocking.
I am considering giving her my iPhone4 for a day and seeing how bad it really is, I refuse to think that the phone can be this bad.
Apple have once again rejigged their App store terms of service:
“The company has told some applications developers, including Sony, that they can no longer sell content, like e-books, within their apps, or let customers have access to purchases they have made outside the App Store. Apple rejected Sony’s iPhone application, which would have let people buy and read e-books bought from the Sony Reader Store.
Apple told Sony that from now on, all in-app purchases would have to go through Apple, said Steve Haber, president of Sony’s digital reading division.”
Which means that popular Apps like Kindle also fall foul of this change…
Now it isn’t clear what “going through Apple” actually means, but if they take a cut of the purchase price then it can only mean bad things.
Especially with new tablets being announced in February….
The clock is ticking, I dont feel that the HD7 is going to be staying in L’s ownership for long.
The reason? Stability.
The HD7 seems to crash a lot, combine this with random graphical glitches and a it doesnt make a convincing long term package. She has also noticed the lack of cut copy and paste (I had failed to mention it before hand…), she still likes the phone but the honeymoon period is well and truly over.
In fact I’m glad that she isn’t a massive multitasker as if she were, it would highlight another drawback in WP7…
Now we know that there is an update coming through to WP7 later on this week (hopefully) this will bring improved memory management which will speed up application, stability fixes and copy cut and paste (but not in third party apps unless they use the textbox control).
Will it give the HD7 a shot in the arm? Only time will tell