Things come and go

As I write this I realise that I haven’t said what has been going on with the various technologies that I use or play with for while and this post was started a few weeks ago. Recently has seen a few changes with things that I use or used to. For example, I used to use Skype to keep in touch with friends over seas and family but as I have written before its no longer an option for various reasons, mostly its now Microsoft and they have ruined it. The sound quality now sucks even more than it did and the android version was good at crashing and I thought it was just me but a a recent chat with the a windows user confirmed it was a wide spread problem. The linux version was also a problem in that it hadn’t been updated fora long time and was often not working, etc. In the past couple of months they have announced a new version of the linux application, however I feel that this is mostly aimed at the chrome people because it seems more of a web app than a desk top app. Off course they would do this because they see that system as a possible cash cow. In my opinion Microsoft still don’t like linux, just look at their patent record. Will I give it a try? No, because I don’t use it often enough and won’t give microsoft money. What is really needed is a cross platform video calling system that is independent of all the major companies so that they cannot favour their system and chase trouble for others.
Other changes in progress is the phone. My phone contract is up for renewal in a few weeks and it will not be renewed! EE have been fobbing me off for two years with their so called high speed 4g service, I cannot get it at home instead I have to rely on  Wi-Fi booster box which actually has become down right unreliable. Last week I tested a giffgaff card which worked perfect straight off with 4g in my home. Perfect but I still have to wait for the contract to run out. With the new company I can change what I pay each month depending on my situation and it’s half the price. My current phone still works fine but I expect I may change it before the end of the year to another unlocked phone which I can root and make my own. I am off the option that this is the best way to go and will go as far to say that contracts and locked phones need to be phased out, even banned to give the user a lot more freedom and control. I expect this will never happen due to the large companies having to much control in the world. About time time users went to a better deal like giffgaff  in the UK or possibly ring in USA, not sure about else where.

I have also got my raspberry pi2 working as a media player, kodi but installed it using one of the preconfigured systems. Its not perfect and is a work in progress, certain things are causing problems but these can be ironed out. As I move forward with this I am learning more of what it can do, dealing with tiff files isn’t one of them so I am having to go through all of my photos and remove the tiff photos (on a seperate harddrive to the main storage). Not a bad thing though as it means that I have been able to find pictures in the wrong place as well as a lot duplicates.