May 14, 2013

Why it's so hard to switch from the iPhone

I never was a huge fan of Apple for many reasons but once I had to buy a smartphone I let myself be tempted by the iPhone 4 (talking about the time it got launched).
There wasn't another smartphone that was as good as the iPhone 4 back then. Android? Nah, too buggy. Windows Phone? No comment...

Truth is... I immediately loved it: smooth, slick, fast, *insert whatever you want*, it was just great.
I still use it very intensively everywhere I can and if it wasn't for the battery life and the fact it's getting slower and slower, I wouldn't bother to change.

I could upgrade to the next best thing, the iPhone 5, but where I live it costs more than 600€, which is still a huge amount of money, if you ask me.
Which leads me to go to the competition...

There are 2 options: Android or Windows Phone.


Although I like love the Command Line Interface, I still don't like the look and feel of the GUI on Linux-based devices. It just doesn't feel right. I don't know if other people feel the same way, but that's me.
I also heard because of the numerous types of different screens and hardware, the devs have much more problems creating bugfree apps.

Windows Phone

As much as I love the CLI, I'm the biggest fan of Windows GUI. I feel good and comfortable when I'm using Windows and that's important to me as end-user (and helper of family and friends when they have PC-issues).
Windows Phone was the ugly brother of Windows. Who remembers the HP PDA's from 10 years ago?
That's what I mean! And it took Microsoft years to get to a decent mobile brother for Windows.
Windows 8 Phone is really nice to look at and to work with. Combine this with the latest Nokia Lumia 925 and you got yourself a sublime and pimped out phone.

BUT... You have to use IE to browse the internet and that's a big no-no for me. Not because it's IE, but because I can't use Google Chrome.

What now then?

I haven't mentioned 2 reasons why I don't want to can't switch from the iPhone:

  1. First one is that we have several home entertainment devices with built-in connector for the iPhone. I know there are now some for Android, but compared to the amount of available for iPhone, it's peanuts.
  2. Being a big music fan, I was a big fan of the up-rise of MP3, but I became rather quickly annoyed by the soundquality of some. Also my OCD detested the bad/wrong titles or artists, which made me search and type all the correct information in every MP3-file I had.
    And thanks to iTunes, all that was gone. Same quality, correct info and album covers for all the songs. I gladly pay for these 3 advantages, too bad the artist himself doesn't get lots for every sale...
    Back on topic, iTunes is the second reason. It works on the iPhone and I love it.
Basically, I'm stuck... I can't switch to Android or Windows Phone, not because I'm an Apple fanboy, but only because the other don't fit in my every day life.

What are your thoughts?

New easter egg

I love Google, I really do.
They have awesome software and most of them are free of use (free is very subjective of course), but also the doodles and the easter eggs!

Last one is the commemoration of the 37th Anniversary of Atari's Breakout.
Go have a search on Google and type in:

atari breakout

Now click on Images aaaand have fun ;)

PS: for the lazy

May 3, 2013

What if the 10 commandments weren't God-related?

As I was lucky enough to have been born in a secular country with non-believing parents, I was free to think whatever I wanted.
I'm very well aware that not everyone is as lucky, sadly, but I strongly believe all religions are losing a lot of their fans and that's, for me, a positive thing for our future generation(s).

Now this being said, let's commence this post.

Since my young age I've been taught to be good, not because I would be sent to hell if I wasn't, but because it's just a basic and logical way of living.
And if there are others out there like me, you sometimes struggle with what you limit yourself to, how to separate good from bad.
While lots of religious people need to look in their Books to find answers to their questions, non-believers need to seek their answers elsewhere. Some find their way, others don't.

That's the reason I think there should be a guidebook for non-believers, but just guidelines, nothing mandatory, as freedom of choice is -to me- a key-point in a non-believers life.
On the other hand, I'm convinced people need authority, limits must be set by some sort of laws, to prevent (for example) killing each other for no reason.

Another key-point for me is free-thought and one of my favorite quotes since my childhood about this subject is one that was on a poster in my Ethics classroom, from PoincarrĂ©:

“Thinking must never submit itself, neither to a dogma, nor to a party, nor to a passion, nor to an interest, nor to a preconceived idea, nor to whatever it may be, if not to facts themselves, because, for it, to submit would be to cease to be.”
My interpretation of this quote is that thinking shouldn't be a privilege, but a common necessity to all.
If you want to read more about free thoughts, read this.

Finally, the reason that made me write this post, is "My Ten Commandments" from Bertrand Russel.
His first amendment Don't lie to yourself is to me the most important, if you'd follow only one of his amendments, this should be the one.
I cannot count the number of times friends and myself included would have done less stupid things and hurt less people if we wouldn't lie to ourselves...

If there should be a guidebook for non-believers, than this would be its Ten Commandments.

Lastly, I want to thank my Ethics teacher, who didn't teach us, but let us discover how to think.