My HTC Desire Z Android phone from 2010 died. I am taking this as a re-ware design/lifestyle provocation. As such I am now running an even older smartphone - my development iPhone 3Gs from 2009. Do we even need a modern smartphone for our day-to-day computing needs?
Things I have learned:
- No, we probably don't.
- "Add to Home Screen" for web apps remains an amazing innovation that is now in Android's Chrome browser too.
- I missed my ebook reader so I wrote a web app called MindReader.
- Most other things I do on a smartphone are available via the browser now.
- I'm un-Googling. I've moved my contacts list & calendars to my own CardDav/CalDav server running Radicale.
- The "touch" experience of the iPhone 3Gs is still aesthetically superior.
Here's a screenshot of MindReader self-hosted ebook reader:
In other news my HP Folio 13 screen also cracked a couple of nights ago. It has been a really wonderful machine and I am sad to have to upgrade.
My favourite thing about it has been its rectangular shape in each dimension. It will live on in our house as an HDMI media box under our television.
She SSH'es into her father's machine from her Raspberri Pi. Presumably like any good hacker she used social engineering to obtain his password. She then uses the
top command to find the process ID of the "Sublime Text" editor he is using - the number she reads out. She then uses the OSX
say command on the command line on his computer to make it speak to him:
$ say "Dad watch out"
Given his reaction it appears he doesn't consider the possibility that anybody has remote access to his machine and he also doesn't seem to know about the OSX
say command, hypothesizing incorrectly that the kids have set up a timed MP3 file. Finally, she uses the
kill command on his machine to kill the "Sublime Text" process, closing down the windows he is working on.
Ha ha ha, adorable!
Source code is on GitHub.
Last Northern Hemisphere summer we were fortunate enough to spend a week in the French Alps Du Sud in a small town called Beuil. Stunning place that isn't properly captured by these photos.