[maemo-users] Repeat quetion : Diablo update to OS2008HE ? (Was: Software Choices for New Nokia 770?)

From: Mark wolfmane at gmail.com
Date: Tue Oct 28 23:50:04 EET 2008
On Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 1:35 PM, gary liquid <liquid at gmail.com> wrote:
> Denis,
> From the very first day I bought my tablet I knew I was on borrowed time.
> Just the same as when I purchase a new desktop or laptop or car or phone.
> Evolutions occur and hardware becomes old.

Talk about "disposable society"... Have you no shame? Hardware only
becomes obsolete if you are a slave to fashion or are a compulsive
gamer. My laptop is over 8 years old, and I'd still be happy and using
it if the backlight hadn't gone out last fall. My car is a 2000 model
with 100,000 miles, and I maintain it very well and wouldn't trade it
for a new one if you paid me. My phone doesn't even have a camera, and
I'll probably never get another one unless it dies or I change
providers to a different network type. My desktop PC is a Via Epia
M10000, and if it weren't for the electronics manufacturers' lobby
successfully pressuring the legislation that forced HDTV
(planned/forced obsolescence on the grandest scale!!! >:o  ) I
wouldn't be looking to upgrade that, either. I wouldn't have tried to
set aside my Handspring Visor if it weren't for my N800, although it
turns out I _can't_ set it aside because the ITs don't have a PIM that
plays nicely with my data....

Newer and faster is all too often NOT better!!!

> I have had my tablet now for 10 months, it remains valid and up to date and
> I can do more with it now than the day I bought it.
> People who purchased n800s have had a much longer lifespan, Nokia maintained
> compatibility with the hardware when the n810 was released and even gave a
> clockspeed boost to the 800.

The N810 is *not* a replacement for the N800. I don't like the N810,
and it's extremely doubtful that I will ever get one. They have
different features, and for me the N800 not only has a lot more bang
for the buck, it has more bang period.

> In the same way that 770 owners still exist, the n8x0 series will continue
> and people will still run applications on it, but I and most people queried
> on this would not expect it to run every single brand new piece of code out
> there at the same performance level as currently (if at all for some
> things).

Well, my 8-year-old laptop runs every new WinXP application that I
need, and ditto for my basically equivalent-horsepower desktop running
Kubuntu. Sure, apps may load a little slower, but once they're loaded
there's no reason at all for me to want anything newer or faster.

> If you go and have a look at the difference with the omap2 and the omap3,
> you will understand there is a lot more that can be done with the new chips
> and this opens up new avenues for development in all aspects.
> Those new areas however do not mean what we have now simply ceases to exist,
> and if done carefully even some new software can expand into the newer
> hardware and simply perform better there whilst still maintaining
> compatibility with the previous generation.
> Shall we expect Nokia to simply cease development work and stop everything
> because they have users of a current generation who can't use the newer
> faster better way of doing something?

I repeat: "newer faster" maybe, "better" definitely not! Even Diablo
is several steps back with all the problems it's got. I won't be
"upgrading from Chinook to Diablo until I know for certain that the
troubles that everyone else has been having with the apps that I use
have been ironed out.

> Should Sony have remained at the playstation1 level because they had a lot
> of owners?

On the other hand, you can still get peripherals and software for the
Playstation 1...

> I personally can't wait for the upgrades, I think the omap3 and everything
> that enables will make for a terrific experience and for me it cannot be
> released soon enough.
> Gary

I can and will wait for the alleged "upgrades". For the most part, the
"upgrades" are solely for the purpose of creating flashy, showing
fluff and don't actually speed anything up, they just allow you to get
the same amount of work done at the same speed (and sometimes a lot
_slower_) with lots of bells and whistles and flashing lights.

If you can't get something as basic and important as a built-in
workable PIM out of the box, who cares if you've got a 3D,
inertial-scrolling, multitouch interface? I certainly don't.

You can try to keep up with the Joneses if you want, but personally
I'm only going to pay for what I really need and want, not what
somebody else tells me I need and want.


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