As I look back over the past year I have noticed much, both in how I interacted with tech/linux and how others have. I have noticed that there have been some changes by those who care and nothing by those who just cann’t be bothered.
I don’t know if its me but the internet has got less interesting to myself, I seem to be finding less that is new. By this, I am referring to the lack of things that are new or exciting and everything seems to be not much different. This saddens me because there is potential for technology to be advanced for the better with individuals/users being able to adapt their stuff for their own personal situations. I do however, think that those who would do this are finding it difficult to find the time. I am also noticing that the big corporations seem to be locking their users into their systems much more. Not just Apple but Google as well. Google seem to be making it more difficult for people to have things how they want (for example the gmail app settings). I was however pleasantly surprised by the antics of Microsoft. They have not only released Android apps which give some features not otherwise available but they have open sourced things like .NET. It will be interesting what they do over the next 12 months.
On a personal point I have been having fun with my pebble watch and trying to get it and my phone set up to make my life easier with automation and other things. My Nexus 7 seems to have slowed somewhat but I will hopefully get that fixed over the next week or so after some research on how to fix it. I can currently see the potential of several projects that I have in mind but these take time in research and to set up but the results should be pleasing.
You may have noticed all the reports of Playstation and Xbox live games being hit over Christmas. I won’t go over it again because it has been reported to death. But the companies need to think not why? but how did they manage to cause the chaos?
Millions of people, both older and experienced users and new ones who got their new toys over Christmas were affected and are somewhat upset. Not me, I don’t game but I can see why, and the whole thing as highlighted something which needs attending to. Companies seem to be more interested in developing new stuff but they have sadly neglected something more important than anything and its security. The whole attack as highlighted this and someone is going to be in deep trouble. What both companies need to do is fix their security before all else other wise new start ups are going to get a mass influx of interest because the older companies are letting their users down.
All I can say is good that this as happened as it as highlighted something that needs fixing. Computer security needs fixing and NOW, forget all the other stuff… get this FIXED Sony, Microsoft and all you other big companies!
Most nights sees me checking my phone for updates, largely so that I can do the updates at home on wifi (and no, I am still not doing the gmail update on my phone because I still think it totally sucks!).
When I checked last night I found a new Beta was available so downloaded it to try out the new features. The biggest of these was the ability to reply with simple emoji’s as well as other functions for dealing with emails. Text messages seem to just have reply and no other option which really isn’t much use although I suspect that this will change. Although this functionality is welcome it is somewhat limited compared to Awear with its pre done replies (still a limitation but is still useful). The functions that are bow available are dismiss (as before), and then there are more. Now delete has been added (always be careful with this one!), reply with emoji’s only. These replies are OK but I am really not keen on them. I prefer the written word! I am sure there are other functions and stuff but I haven’t found these yet.
Yet, despite the limitations it is hoped that they can be further developed to allow the user to add there own pre-written replies that they use most often. Yet, despite the features added, the Pebble watch remains remains a watch and not a wrist computer (like all the more expensive ones). To be honest, I don’t see these new functions making it that awear becomes obsolete as awear still as so much more to offer (but only when it is able to reliably connect to google which is the main issue at the moment).
I was also recently pleasantly surprised to see pebbles appear in Currys when I stopped by for something else. It was hinted that accessories where also going to be stocked but we will have to wait and see. There was only one watch and display with all the other suspects as well and it was the one that had the most easily read screen!
Update: after some more use and getting used to the newer functions I have found that there are preset replies but these still are somewhat restrictive and to improve there needs to be some way add more personal ones that are more suited to the user.
I hadn’t bothered to set up scrobbling on my phone for Spotify, mostly because I had forgotten to do it since the new phone arrived in my hands. This past week I have been stuck in the office doing survey stuff and getting some what bored, especially with the silence, I needed music to keep me going. First stop was Spotify seeing as though I had wifi available to stream music. I went to click on srcobbling and realised that I hadn’t set it up. So I typed in user name (correct) password (correct). Login failure each time and I tried at home as well, several times. As most people would, I kept thinking it was the password. How wrong, it was in the evening I thought I’d check the user name in case this numpty had used the suggested word in swiftkey. I had, so the moral of the story when your login fails is to check the user name and not the pass word and DON’T use suggested or predicted test when filling in login form.
Thought I’d mention this for two reason, first to show human faults and second, I haven’t read about this solution to login failure before.