... it's a simple phone OS plus a web browser and some Google services.
It lacks some pretty fundamental things you'd expect from a smartphone.
This is Google's fancy new phone platform? Call me again in a few years, once you've grown up a bit - right now, even the iPhone OS is a more solid choice.
Why does NOBODY bother to support X.509 client certificates properly? They're a weak, poorly implemented afterthought in many systems if they're supported at all.
... are two of my favourite things. I do, admittedly, have a great many "favourite" things.
I've been playing with my pressure cooker. Having made a yummy chicken stock and turned it into fairly successful chicken and corn soup, I thought it was time to tackle something trickier.
Attempt one: wow, I don't often make things that bad. I didn't finish it. Insipid, and somehow kind of chalky. Ick.
Attempt two: took the lid off the pressure cooker and thought "yup, that did it" as the awesome cinnamon + star-anise + garlic + chilli smell punched me in the face. Silly happy dance time.
Experimental cooking is fun.
I saw FourPlay at the Fly By Night in Fremantle on Friday. They were awesome. Literally jaw-dropping, as those with me on the occasion can attest to. Those folks are astonishingly good with their instruments (a violin, two violas and a cello) when playing conventionally, but ... they're not very conventional. The creative variety with which they all used their instruments was astonishing and seriously impressive. They would've been great foley artists if they weren't such amazing musicians. Banjola is only the beginning.
As well as being incredibly good - and creative - with their instruments, as a group and as individuals they're interesting and delightful composers and arrangers too. Both their original and adapted music is fascinating.
I can't recommend them enough. Alas, they don't come to Perth much, but it's well worth keeping your eye out, especially since the tickets were only $25 each. They usually play at the Fly By Night, which is a pretty reasonable venue.
The only downside of this particular performance was the sound engineer they Fly By Night had on. I can only hope he was a stand-in on short notice. He was terrible. The band at several points were throwing oh-my-god glances at each other. He totally missed strong signals from band members to turn them up/down during or between songs, managed to make them sound kind of muffled for some of their songs, and evenmanaged to create feedback in the last set. Despite this attempted murder of music, the band sounded fantastic throughout most of their performance.
Fantastic show. Their recorded music really doesn't do them justice, especially if what you've heard is their earlier covers like Enter Sandman.
(I only wish the show hadn't conflicted with Friday night hangouts with folks I haven't seen in way too long)
The point? You don't have to be technically savvy to use simple problem solving skills, whether with computers or anything else. Instead, people seem to jump to a random conclusion, or at least one that's been the right answer one or more times in the past (but not always), try that, and get stuck.
I don't get it. I'm honestly puzzled and confused. We learned this stuff in primary school, right? Simple problem solving is a basic life skill. Why is it that so many people can't, or won't, do it?
Sure, they're often scared of computers and "turn their brain off" to an extent, but I see this all the time in other areas, technical and non-technical, to the point where I wonder how some people manage to live day to day.