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It baffles me why phone makers such as HTC below (and Apple included) are pushing so hard to put 64-bit CPU in their phones but none of them have yet to put 4GB RAM in there. For me if you can't put 4GB RAM in the phone then don't bother to go 64-bit. It just shows that you're not ready. I remember when AMD became the first to make 64-bit desktop CPUs in early 2000s. However they managed to provide support for 4GB RAM at the same time.

Putting a 64-bit CPU in a phone is like making a train without the railway, the reason why Richard Trevithick's locomotive failed, until George Stephenson came up with both locomotive and railway at the same time in order to make the locomotive actually usable.

As of now mobile apps don't need that much RAM. The only reason why Android seems to need more RAM than iOS or WP is because the design of the OS where it will try to load as much apps as possible in the RAM to make the apps run faster (RAM is way faster than the internal or external/microSD storage). However with Android Runtime (ART) is getting more mature and Android becoming more efficient in memory management a larger RAM may no longer necessary. Sure phones will get there eventually but I believe that won't happen in a year or two.

A few tech promises from the past decades that have yet to be fulfilled

I'm not sure if people are really still finding a way to bring those promises to life but so far I haven't heard anything about it since it was speculated over a decade ago.

1. Multi-boot OS side by side:
I first heard about this when dual core CPUs started to emerge in consumer market. Multi-core CPU would allow hardware rerource partitioning, which means hardware like a soundcard would be able to handle processes from more than one OS at one time. That would mean to load two or maybe more OSes at one time side by side without having to reboot the machine or without having to use a VM. That would also allow the machine to load a 'copy' of the currently being used OS so that in the event where that OS crashed the 'copy' would take over from where it's left without a user noticing a thing. This could also allow 2 or more people use the same machine in a separate environment so one person could restart or shutdown his OS without affecting the other person. Too bad none of the above has happened until today.

2. Load two or more different Linux distro side by side:
Similar to the above, this would be better since many Linux distros share the exact copy of the Linux kernel, which means there's no need to load a separate instance for each OS at kernel level. Currently I can only see the effort with Ubuntu for Android, where Canonical is still trying to use the Android kernel to load Ubuntu. In desktops the current limitation is that distros are not always using the very same kernel which is why this is quite impossible. Maybe it's possible for derivative distros, for example Ubuntu and Mint may be able to be loaded side by side but it is probably impossible to load both Debian and Fedora like that. Until distros start using a full-compliant kernel then this would never be possible but to use a full-compliant kernel would mean having to sacrifice a lot of things that work for some distros.

I don't know what's the deal with all those bluetooth speakers. They are small yet overpriced and mostly under-performing and often comes in mono setup. You paid hundreds of RM that could get you a good 2.1 speaker system but in this case you usually got one speaker, which means you'd get mono sound.

I've seen and tested some of them (including the branded ones) at stores and PC expo and they did turn out poor. I do admit some of them like Logitech UE Boom does sound good for it's size but I can't say the same for the rest. I know those speakers have mobility and portability in mind but then I think the price doesn't do much justice.

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The situation doesn't look good for Ubuntu Edge, with only 3 weeks remaining for you to pledge your support. I know it's good and I wanted to support it but $32mil is pretty much an unrealistic goal for a very short time given for the fundraising process. It might be different if they announced this like telling people to save money or get ready to pledge support, months before they actually start this campaign. That way people would be ready once it began.

That said I have a feeling that this fundraising will fail. It's not that I wanted it to fail but unless a miracle happens or Bill Gates drops by to cover the remaining then I can't see it become reality.

BTW besides money, another reason that people are reluctant to pledge support for this phone is that they haven't seen Ubuntu Mobile in commercial market yet, thus the lack of confidence in this project. People have been waiting for the 'actual' Ubuntu for Android but Canonical still failed to deliver it properly.

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The OEM response to "Android" has been to produce a wide range of machines sporting novel form factors to fit all sorts of niches....


Although they're the no.1 smartphone maker right now it was achieved by producing many craps that only a number of their high-end and flagship products stay around while the rest didn't last that long to be remembered. Although the article below is not about Samsung, I could see how they are related. Admit it, there are dozens of Galaxy devices that should not exist as well.

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Finally a small (smaller than 10") Windows 8 tablet appeared. It's from Acer and I know many people here have issues with them though it's no mistake that Acer is the no. 1 PC brand in Malaysia. However I must admit that their quality has improved a lot since their acquisition of Gateway Computers in 2007. You can see the proof in their lines of Iconia Android tablets.

This W3 tablet of course have its own issues too. The resolution is quite low to today's standard (1280x800) though it exceeds the minimum requirement to run Win8. Even smartphones these days have 1080p display so the only excuse I could think on behalf of Acer is to keep the price down (325 eur0 is around RM1325).

From the article there seem to be an issue with the wifi connectivity too so hopefully the retail version will have that fixed. After all wifi is the only wireless data connectivity it has so it better solve that problem first. So far no word on a 3G/4G version but that would be a different story (and different price too).

There's no mention about the battery life either but for this to success it better be bale to run more than 8 hours or people would just ignore it. Will I buy it? Most likely no. Right now I's still waiting for what Nokia has to offer in the form of a tablet. Remember, Nokia has the history of making Windows computers too (remember the Booklet 3G netbook that never arrived in Malaysia officially?). And I'm also waiting for a smaller version of Microsoft Surface, that is if the rumors were right, and if it does right, hopefully it there will be a Windows 8 Pro version too instead of just RT.

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I always have Opera installed in my Android phone to complement Dolphin which I use as a default browser. A few months ago Opera announced that their future browser will be webkit-based. Now I wonder is a webkit Opera really a new thing to begin with? I mean I've been using Opera on my iPad too. AFAIK all browsers on iPad MUST use webkit or it won't make its way to the appstore (FYI Opera does available in the appstore, therefore it means it complies to the appstore policy). So if they've been making a webkit browser for iOS why does this webkit browser for Android sound like it's their first time using webkit?

The Techie Dilemma - An Idiot's Guide to Operating System

Today a colleague of mine just showed me a China-made 7-inch "tablet PC" (powered by Android ICS) complete with a bluetooth keyboard. Then he asked me if it is possible to "install MicroShaft Office" in it so that he could use it for work. Apparently he thought it was a touchscreen netbook. A few years ago the same question could have made me facepalmed myself but since this is not the first time somebody asked me that question (already got used to it) I could answer "No" with a straight face.

In my office I could say 99% of us are computer literate (using computers for work) but it doesn't mean they know what an operating system is and don't even get me started on the difference between Windows and other OSes, let alone Linux. For them it is not computer if it doesn't run Windows, and even some who own a Mac think that it comes with Windows.

So I wonder what is the best way to explain the concept of operating system to somebody who doesn't even know it exists, somebody who think that Windows is yet another software that you can install/uninstall by simply double-clicking the installer/uninstaller and follow the wizard. I've been using the "residential lot-house-home appliances" to explain that for a while but I don't think it's the best for a long term solution. I know I could just ignore them if I wanted to but as a friend I can't just let them screw up in the future.

The most effed-up tech 'suicides' in history:

1. Leo Apotheker, then HP's CEO, pulled the plug off from Touchpad sales, even before it gained any traction, effectively making WebOS descended to being the most unpopular mobile OS. Many speculated that it was part of Apotheker's strategy to turn HP into a software-only company. As a result WebOS was 'forced' to become fully open source following a big loss and significant drop of share prices, and Leo Apotheker himself was fired from his position.

2. Nokia stopped the development of Symbian OS in favor of Windows Phone OS. There was no strong reason for Nokia to adopt Android but had them adopted both Android and WP back then instead of making WP phones exclusively they would have held the position where Samsung is now. After all unlike Samsung, Nokia had a strong reputation in mobile market which could have gone well with Android.

Blackberry 10, and my problem with Blackberries in general

Everybody sure is aware by now that RIM has just recently changed their corporate name to Blackberry and announced their latest smartphone OS, the Blackberry 10. Alongside that was the announcement of 2 latest BB smartphones, namely Z10 and Q10. Despite many tech publications claimed that the announcement "was not that excited" or "not impressed" I do admit that it got me "impressed and excited".

I have never really used a BB before, except for occasional times when I was needed to help my BB-owning friends to troubleshoot their devices (I've also been troubleshooting iPads for my friends even before I actually bought one!).

And just yesterday I discovered one VERY BAD thing about BB, something that I think is intolerable by today's standard! It has completely turned my excitement off and I swore to myself I will never buy a BB, at least until Blackberry (the company formerly known as RIM) fix that up.

The problem I'm talking here is the payment system in the Blackberry World (BB's appstore). My housemate asked for my help to pay for this one app he wanted to purchase. He doesn't have a credit card or PayPal account (and not techie enough to solve the problem himself) so I agreed to pay for him online and in return he paid me the cash. Since BB devices are known for their security I didn't mind and proceed to the payment like it's a normal thing to do.

I decided to pay using my PayPal account and entered the account credentials. Then a notification popped up saying that "Payment method has been saved." I was like WTF! There wasn't even a question asking me to save the credentials or not, let alone a checkbox to choose to save it! Even worse after the payment was made I found that there was no way to clear the payment credentials unless you changed it with other payment credentials! The worst of all? I Googled for solutions and found that RIM (no Blackberry) admitted that it is an acknowledged 'bug' and currently unable to provide solution for it for the time being. Hello Blackberry! That is not a 'bug'! It's a DEFECT! And according to reports in various internet forums the problem has been around for years yet you still unable to fix it? Seriously how hard is it to implement a checkbox and a notification to confirm about saving the payment method? Or at least provide a way to clear the payment credentials other than wiping (resetting) the device?

Blackberry seems to assume that the device owner would never change the payment credentials or assuming that the owner would only pay using his own payment account, as if device sharing is impossible. Sure Blackberry World is inaccessible without BB password but sorry it doesn't make me feel secure leaving my payment credentials in a phone that is not mine. Heck even if it was my phone I wouldn't feel secure either knowing that my phone is not always with me, like when I'm having a shower or taking a dump. I even confirmed that it was a bad behavior because the next "test purchase" didn't even ask for my PayPal password. Google Wallet always asked for my password every time I make a payment so I can't imagine hi-tech device these days don't see that (not asking for a password) as a problem. This is madness ridiculous! I don't know if Blackberry 10 will fix this but for now I'm not going to get the upcoming Z10 or Q10 no matter how awesome they are.
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