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Yet another negativity (you’ve been warned)


iFags keep rationalizing every moves/decisions by Apple never ceased to amuse me, and so does Linuxfags who in a similar way keep rationalizing Linux OS design as always superior in every aspect to other competing OS-es. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Linux user too, and not just a mere user, it is my main OS but it does not stop me to criticize it. The reason to this is because I want to see improvement on the OS. I now my criticism alone won’t improve it directly but with me make it available to other people, the more people share my ideals, the more likely it will reach the developers. Then it’s up to them on how to react, either to arrogantly shoot down every criticism they received or take it into consideration.

It’s safe to say that open criticism is like an indirect petition to the targeted personnel/party. It doesn’t matter whether it’s pointless or not because every criticism you give, as long as it’s from your heart will worth it. And because of the same reason too I don’t hesitate to criticize anime and/or other form of art. Just so you know, for me to criticize things doesn’t mean I have to be a master in that faculty/field. It doesn’t mean I have to be a better one in order to criticize a crapwork. Excellence in a given field is not required to have a critical insight into that field. After all crap does exist and any attempt to deny that is useless. That being said, any negative respond to this post would be a purely ad hominem argument.

And yeah don’t try to tell me that I’m stubborn or arrogant just because I refuse to accept certain things. The fact is you saying me as stubborn or arrogant is made based on your own definition only. In other words you see me as stubborn or arrogant is because I refuse to do or see things the way you do. Let me tell you, just because I don’t follow your way doesn’t mean I’m stubborn or arrogant. Besides for you to see me like that is like you want to force me to follow your way or you want to impose control on me. Oh, you asked my why there are only negativity here? Let me tell you. That’s the sole purpose why this blog is here. Of course I do have my own all-praising, all-complimenting, all-buttkissing blog but I don’t need to tell you everything here.

(98/99 people who think I’m arrogant are arrogant people themselves.)

What if Apple App Store never existed?


App Store
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What if Apple did not be the first one to roll out a centralized application store for mobile devices? What if it was pioneered by Google Android Market? I think most iFags would say a centralized app store is a bad idea, citing this and that such as “it restricts developers to one place only”, “developers have to share revenue by placing their apps in the centralized app store”, etc. Yeah, it’s not a new thing for iFags not daring to change Apple’s business ideas. Anything that comes from Apple, especially in the post Mac 3G era will always be deemed as good. The only thing they would have balls to do is complaining about one of two missing features. They even bragged about “nobody needs a multitasking on a smartphone” in the similar way they bragged about “nobody need a right mouse button” back then when Macintosh’s default mouse has only one button. Now with iPhone they are bragging about “nobody needs keypad on their smartphone anymore”.

This is a trend among iFags, and it has started since long time where they used to say PowerPC architecture is superior to x86 but now with Apple switched to Intel processors, those legacy Apple fanboys have lost their point. Not to mention when they used to say Mac OS (pre OS X era) is superior too but then they had to take back their words when Mac OS adopted BSD-variant kernel (Darwin) as the foundation for the Mac OS X. For iFags, iProducts are not just mere objects, they are religious relics. Steve Jobs is a saint, and whatever statement coming from Apple deemed as words of God that can’t be denied.

No, I don’t hate Apple as a company, but I hate their policies and the way they manipulate their fans to become their evangelists for free. They said their products are the best but they don’t care about befriending low-paid people. They are aristocrats. From what I see, the only iProducts that’s not really overpriced is the iPhone. No Apple rivals dare to sell their smartphones at higher price than a iPhone, unless they are offering lotsa extra features. Anyways I’m not gonna buy a Mac even if I have money because I think it’s pointless to buy a computer that lacks modularity. Yes, I could prepare enough money to buy an average Mac but then with that amount of money I’d buy an average PC and use the excess money to buy extras to make the PC performs better.

I’m not sure whether this is because of Steve Jobs but I have to admit that it’s only after the return of Steve Jobs to Apple that we started to see lower priced Macs (lower but still unaffordable to most). Now I wonder what would happen to Apple’s future without Steve Jobs. He seems to be irreplaceable, or should I say currently there’s no candidates charismatic enough to replace him. Let’s cross our fingers if things will change.

The biggest lie the IT world have told me (resurfaced)


 

Windows XP Virtual Machine on a Mac
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My first experience with Linux was 10 years ago. Although I started my computing experience earlier than that (I attended computer classes since 1995) but I remain a n00b because the beige boxes scares me. I only started falling in love with computers and IT stuff when my father purchased our first family PC (powered by Pentium III) in year 2000. By having our own PC I can freely tinker around it without having to worry too much. Although the PC was pre-installed with Windows 98 SE, an article in local PC magazine drove my curiosity to try Linux and ended up installing RedHat in a dual-boot environment. I admit that I fell in love in Linux but I love Windows more because of it’s ease-of-use thus I set Windows as the default OS. Actually nobody in my family knows there’s Linux in the PC because it is only bootable via a boot diskette. Despite using Windows most of the time, I keep using Linux occasionally out of curiosity and started mastering it unknowingly in the process.

A couple of years since my introduction to Linux, I learned about the existence of special kind of software that would allow me to use Linux without having to set my beige box to dual-boot system. The software is known as virtual machine. I installed Connectix Virtual PC and began experimenting with various Linux flavors, often more than 2 at one time. Sure, having such load in a Pentium III box with maximum RAM of only 512MB is a pain but for a geek it was a pain worth bearing. However it still does not enough to make me a Linux convert because I still think that Linux was still immature for a beginner’s use. It was during the same time I introduced Linux to my family and nobody accepted it. Yes, the heavy reliance on CLI freaked my family members and unlike Windows which they can fix themselves, they’d left dumbfounded should they face problems in Linux. And I was more convinced that Linux is still not good as a beginner’s OS. Well, perhaps I’ve used the wrong distro but how should I know if the one I’m comfortable with may be too scary for others?

Fast forward a few years and I’ve almost gave up being a Linux evangelist to my family. Yeah, I know it wouldn’t succeed because I still not using Linux as my main OS up to that time. It’s not that I don’t want to but virtualization software consumed too much of my limited system resources, although my PC was among the most powerful of that time. Even if I set my PC into a dual-boot machine and dedicate all system resources to whatever OS I booted, it wouldn’t help either because I’m not happy with the hassle of having to reboot the machine just to switch the other OS. Then I think why not the computer developers simplify it? My computing knowledge were pretty much limited on that time. All that I could think for improvement is either to make the virtualization less resource hungry or something that I described as “hardware-level virtualization”. The former might be impossible because no matter how small footprint the virtualization software has, the overall system resources is still shared among the host SO and the guest OS. For the latter, I thought it was ridiculous until I read an article in another local PC magazine about the so-called “hardware-assisted virtualization” in 2005, around the same time of the emergence of multi-core consumer CPU.

From what I understood about hardware-assisted virtualization, it’s similar to my vision of hardware-level virtualization, where system resources are partitioned at hardware level instead of in software level as in the traditional software virtualization. In the article both AMD‘s “Pacifica” and Intel‘s “Vanderpool” were mentioned well. I thought the technology I’ve been waiting for has arrived but I was wrong. It’s all liars. The article mentioned about having a machine where we can boot into both system at one time without the need to install the virtualization software and we can switch between the OSes in real-time without having to reboot the system (let’s call it “double-boot” instead of dual-boot) or reloading the same OS without restarting it. Sounds nice because should the current working environment crashed, the loaded copy of the OS would take over and this could be done without the user noticing it. However I still haven’t seen my dream of “double-boot” system become true despite the technology is already available. The technology becomes useful only if the virtualization software is installed, which means it still need the host-guest relationship between the OSes, of which I think kills the purpose of having the hardware-level virtualization. I am highly disappointed. However there was one time in local PC expo where I saw an Apple representative demonstrated switching between Mac OS X and Windows XP in real-time using certain key combination. I asked him whether there are any virtualization software installed or not and he answered me the Mac only use Bootcamp. I’m not sure though whether it’s true or there were just some tricks because I never really have a chance to use Windows on Macs but whatever system it is, I only want to see the “double-boot” system become true.

Justifying the iPhone


got the iPhone4 in my hand, finally (gonna put in on a stress... on Twitpic

Just a couple of days ago I was talking about my ‘genius’ friend who was about to get the iPhone 4. Well, it looks like I’m being the one to get it first before him though I never really planned for it before this. Yes, I’m now officially the owner of iPhone 4 (pictured above), but I have to say that ownership part is half-true, half-false.

It’s half-true (or half-false, depending on how you see it) because I paid half of the price while another half is paid by my girlfriend. In other words, I’m holding 1/2 share of the ownership, making me a co-owner of the iPhone 4. Actually it was my girlfriend who’s so passionate about getting it. She could have bought it herself but I somehow wanted to experience it myself when my girlfriend first mentioned about getting it thus I agreed to have a share on it. My first impression? Not that bad but not that great either.

Having the phone in my hand makes me wonder what if Apple didn’t make a smartphone but went for a ‘dumbphone’ instead? I bet nobody would buy it even if it is from Apple. Chances are the ‘dumbphone’ from Apple would be just another overpriced Nokia and won’t sell that way. So it’s quite makes sense for Apple to make it smartphone and on top of that to build the best smartphone possible to make it stand out from the rest of its rivals.

As usual Apple seems don’t mind selling their products with premium price but somehow with iPhone they used a modified formula. In order to make buyers feel like they are getting what they paid for Apple not only rely on the design but also adopting the latest and the best technology they could carry out on a phone. So what makes a cellphone a smartphone? Touchscreen alone is not enough. Many earlier smartphones already have it, except that most of them rely on stylus for the screen input and most of them are also geared for one-hand operation in order to compete with the traditional keypad operation. Apple thought giving a smartphone a multitouch capability for its screen would give it an edge over the rest of rivalling models but I personally think it’s a bad idea. Most people only use one hand for phone operation which is why it’s a phone, which also means most people wouldn’t bother to use the multitouch feature anyway. Therefore from Apple we get a phone with capacitive (multi-touch) screen and a few other whistles and bells.

Should a smartphone has capacitive display instead of resistive? Some might argue that a phone is bad if it requires more than a hand to operate it. Alright, iPhone is not a phone that needs both of your hand to work but because of it’s multitouch nature, it has extra functions and features that traditional touchscreen smartphones doesn’t have though I doubt not many people bother to use that feature anyway. Some other people might argue differently by saying there’s no point of getting a touchscreen smartphone if you’re only going to use one hand to operate it; better get a traditional keypad-type phones. For me I have to say the latter argument is weak because touchscreen offers an alternative to keypad input since writing is more natural, flexible and dynamic than typing. Speaking of writing, multitouch display isn’t as good as most people thought. For instance capacitive requires special kind of stylus if you want to write on the screen, unless you’re OK of doing so using only your finger gestures (which I prefer not to). Resistive allows virtually any tip of solid object to substitute the stylus if you lost it. I remember writing notes on iPaq PDA (anybody remember that?) using the tip of my necktie clip. Not to mention how I missed the Graffiti on the legacy Palm PDA series. It was fun and my only concern was the handwriting recognition algorithm although things keep improving each year which greatly reduced the error rate in the recognition. By the way I prefer the way Palm separated the Graffiti from the working display, because the stylus won’t get in our sight, although input on the screen works too. I also like the way Nintendo doing the similar thing on their mobile console, the N-DS where despite it adopted the dual-screen design, the user’s focus is emphasized on the upper screen while the lower, secondary display acts as a touchscreen interface for the stylus as part of the game controls. That’s why even if this iPhone 4 support some awesome 3D gaming, I won’t dedicate it for mobile gaming as how I did with my Nokia N-GAGE QD before, because I don’t like my gaming display disturbed or interfered by my fingers.

So does being the co-owner of iPhone 4 makes me more tolerant towards iProducts? Not a bit, in fact I still hate it. It took Apple three generations of iPhone before they could first came up with multitasking OS, despite the OS is a derivation of Apple’s desktop system counterpart. The only explanation I could think for this is the iPhone OS (predecessor of iOS 4), a mobile port of Mac OS X is not stable enough for multitasking (for your info, even the multitasking in Mac OS X itself took a very different approach than most other OS, which may be the culprit of why the OS initially is not suitable to be re-scaled for mobile device). I even heard there’s this issue about memory leakage or something like that, making multitasking in iPhone OS was not a good idea or almost impossible. I could say the previous iPhones are unfinished product because they’re preloaded with immature OS. Not to mention the arrogance of Apple of ignoring the current standards (eg. Flash). In my case I’m getting the iPhone 4 as a geek, not as a fanboy. This is just another hi-tech toy for me to play around, so I guess I’ll tinker around it a little more (and add some more troll in in the process).

And I don’t understand too why developers (both hardware and software) keep spoiling and favoring iProducts from time to time. It even irritates me more when they somehow has special unit or division to develop stuff specific for iProducts, as if iProducts are that important to the IT world. iProducts may be influential enough to control the tide and wind in the IT world but not jumping into the Apple bandwagon is not a bad thing either. I hope those developers didn’t doing so just because they think having Apple in their product support range is cool.

Don’t complain about the unavailability of something you’d never use, dammit!


Note: This is not my phone, and I have not pur...
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I have this one ‘genius’ friend. Among my friends he is one of the earlier adopters when it comes to technology since he got money although most of the time he never use his tech toys to their fullest because he’s too dumb to play around with them.

He’s now using the iPhone 3GS and thanks to him I got to have a taste of that Apple fruit too and able to experience myself what’s great and what’s bad about it. Now he’s about to get the iPhone4 and he offered to sell his current iPhone 3GS to me half of the original price. Not bad but I think I’ll pass.

I remember before he acquire that iPhone 3GS he was using Nokia N97. N97 IS a good smartphone no matter what (at least to me) but since this ‘genius’ friend of mine believe everything that Saint Jobs told him, he was deceived into buying that iPhone 3GS when his Nokia N97 has not even reached 1-year-old in his possession.

Before he bought the iPhone 3GS he started to make up stories about how bad his Nokia N97 when compared to iPhone, although he never complained about it before. In fact he used to brag about having a N97 and I remember how annoying he was.

So what did he complained about N97? First he said there’s no multi-touch. Then I asked him why didn’t he make research about it before he bought it before? He could have asked me too because I’m willing to give tech advises for free and that’s what I always do. Oh well, he’s a ‘genius’.

Actually he never use the multi-touch interface even after he got himself the iPhone 3GS. The point is NEVER BITCH ABOUT SOMETHING YOU WILL NEVER USE YOU GENIUS! Now he’s complaining about the lack front-facing camera on iPhone 3GS and making it as an excuse to get the iPhone4.

Man, how long you’re going to throw money at your personal preferences? Do you still remember your old Nokia N97 has this front-facing camera but as far as I know you never use it not even once and in fact you don’t even know (or bother to know) how to use video-call because you DID told me “I don’t need that”.

Me: Why d’you want to grab that iPhone4? That 3GS still works great for you, y’know?

Mr. Chump Change: Oh, because it’s the new toy from Saint Jobs.

(When I said ‘genius’ here I really meant the opposite, which makes me think how stupid people can be?)

Will Apple be run out of business if the…


Will Apple be run out of business if their so-called ‘platform’ is open and they allow people to install Mac OS X on non-Macs? Well, contrary to popular belief that Apple is a strong IT company (based on their current performance), coupled with the fact that Apple ‘platform’ is not really a platform anymore since their transition to x86 CPU (intel), things may not favoring Apple much in those situations. In fact they are not too confident that they may prevail as strong as they are right now should the above situations ever happened, which explains why it is not legally possible to clone a Mac today. Heck if they are confident enough they should have removed all kind of vendor-locking on their products and prepare themselves to compete in a completely open a and fair market as a standalone brand.

Come to think of it, Apple does not cont…


Come to think of it, Apple does not contribute to the emergence of computer geeks. Computer geeks exist mainly because people are able to build their own system from scratch and freely customize it, which is a ‘pleasure’ that Mac users would never enjoy (unless Apple acknowledge/approve the ‘Hackintosh’ or legalize Mac-cloning or even allowing Mac OS X on non-Macs, which is very unlikely to happen anytime soon – the possibility is almost zero).