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2013 in mobile

Windows Fail

Well waddayaknow, it’s 2013 already. No idea what the year is going to bring, but just the news from the first few days promises that it’s going to be an interesting year for mobile phones and tablets.
Microsoft still doesn’t understand consumers. It’s amazing how they can keep getting things wrong for years on end even with so many examples of how it can be improved. Hell even Samsung is better at copying Apple.

Ubuntu is heading to phones, and while it looks lovely I think Mark’s doing a little too much wishful thinking, not to mention he’s been watching Steve’s keynotes a bit too much, from the choice of outfit, hand gestures and using words like ‘magical’:

‘Ubuntu is the first platform to offer full convergence across mobile, the cloud and desktop computers…’ really Mark? Really? Somehow makes it look less serious and more ‘awww, cute, look at him try’. Which explains the top comment at the moment.

Samsung and others are beginning to realize that Windows Phone won’t be going anywhere and Android isn’t quite what Google promised, and promised, and promised. And so Samsung is looking at Tizen, an Open Source mobile platform. No idea what this is going to bring but at least it’s open and made for the sake of being a great platform, instead of just made for the sake of offering a Google search bar. Hell even Google itself is making better Google apps for iOS than for Android. Sweet irony.

Meanwhile said Google seems to have developed a grudge against Microsoft and is currently blocking Maps from being accessed on a WP device. Which comes after them blocking YouTube access, which comes after cutting ActiveSync support. Ah well, this should get entertaining.

In other news no one really knows what Apple is up to, other than some rumours about the new iOS, a watch/computer and perhaps even an iPhone mini, which doesn’t make much sense to me but who knows.
Let the games commence.

USB drive failure in OsX Lion and older

Bought a new 2TB external USB drive by Samsung for the iMac. I know Samsung doesn’t like Apple but this is ridiculous. Whenever the computer goes to sleep the drive ejects, and when the computer wakes up again, the drive doesn’t.
Looking into this I discovered this has been a common problem for a lot of people. It seems several brands/models exhibit this behavior. It’s not limited to Lion btw, older versions are affected as well. So buyer beware.

In my case the problem was easily ‘fixed’ by swapping it with one of my Mac Mini’s drives as that one runs 24/7 and never sleeps (being used as a server and all).

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Trying to get all/most of the new code working before I start on the eyecandy.