Showing posts from April, 2014

The Problem with Open Source - Part II

The recent Heartbleed problems (see Heartbleed coder admits 'oversight' but backs open source), only cast a bad shadow on open-source software.  Every time anyone points out problems with open-source software, its proponents get over-emotional and begin attacking Microsoft's products as if that helps solve or overcome open-source software's problems. Instead, they should acknowledge problems and suggest solutions. Like someone said, it took over 2 years for the problem to be discovered. In my view, the person who "screwed-up" here should be discouraged from ever participating in future updates. Further, the open-source industry should be thinking of ways to make sure that such a thing doesn't occur again. Before that happens, one should be careful using open-source software as problems will most probably arise again.

The Problem with Apple's iPhone

In a CNET article titled Six ways Apple can fix what's 'broken' about the iPhone, Rick Broida what he would like to see in the new, as yet unnannounced, iPhone.  Here are my thought on what Apple needs to do.

I think that Apple needs to change its stance on products that they make and sell. The stance has always been - from the Steve-Jobs days - that customers do NOT know what is good for them or how they should be using their products. That might have worked in the PC / laptop era and in the beginning stages of the innovation cycle at which the iPhone was introduced. That cycle is now past that stage and we are coming close to the maturity stage in the cycle. Things work differently there than they did at the initial stages. In addition, the sales volume has overturned for Apple. They weren't leading in sales of PC and laptops but ARE leading in smartphone sales. With widespread adoption comes more wants by a now-larger consumer-base, with different people liki…

The External SD Card and Android 4.4.2 - KitKat

Several articles have appeared online after the release of the newest version of Android, KitKat, that pointed out the problems with accessing the external SD card in Samsung and other phones. Many were very critical of Google's intention to discourage their use in phones.  In addition, phone users chimed-in with their displeasure about having to ditch external storage that they extensively used. Overall, everyone complained vociferously, lamenting the demise of the SD card slot that added significant extra storage to the phone.

I have closely followed the events occurring after the initial fiasco and I found something quite the opposite of what was initially reported.  Initially, Google apps like Camera had read-write access to the micro-SD card, something that led me to believe that the online reports weren't necessarily accurate.  Since that time, many apps have changed the way they access and write to the card, and are now able to write to the SD card without any problems…