Me and My Phones

A bit more than a week ago I got a new OnePlus One and last weekend I spent some time installing and configuring it. Changing phone is always a painful experience, even if Google make it easier with Nexus phones.

Until now I was using a Nexus 5, and before that a Galaxy Nexus (yes I did skip the Nexus 4, as I don’t need or want to always have the newest phone in the market).

The main reason that made me buy the OnePlus One (OPO) as soon as I got an invite was that I was getting really annoyed with the lack of a way to manage permissions on the Nexus Android. Google Android had that functionality back in Android 4.2 or 4.3, and removed it in Android 4.4.2. As far as I could tell for the time I was using that functionality, there was no good reason to remove it, as I didn’t have any real trouble with any app.

But, more than that, Google is working around the Android permissions by using the Google Play Services to give any apps using their libs unblockable accesses – I mean, you can block the “Google Play Services” from accessing your location, but the the Google Maps will not work, or you can allow every single app to access your location.

for some time I thought about installing CyanogenMod on my Nexus 5, but I’m not really a fan of all the work that implies – I mean, I use Debian Linux on my desktops, but that’s mostly because I don’t really like to spend time with antivirus and crap like that – I keep updating my Linuxes and they keep working the way I configure them – every couple of years I replace one of them, spend a couple of days configuring them the way I like them and that’s it – Next time I get a new one I’ll probably even automate that process.

So, when I saw that OPO was being released I tried to get an invite, and finally a friend sent me one, so I got it. So, now I’m using the OPO for a week. And in general I’m happy with it. Except that the full disk encryption is not work, which really annoys me. It does, however, annoys me less that the apps having access to everything, and that’s the only reason I’ll stick with the OPO for now.

To me, now, it’s a matter of which of two things happen first: Google releases a new version of Android with proper support for access restriction or the OPO getting an OTA (Over-the-air) update that will fix the problem with the full disk encryption. I’m almost ready to be that the second will happen first, specially because I don’t thing that Google wants to lose the access they now have to every single information we have in our phones. And most users don’t care enough.

Also, from this week using the OPO, I tried using several happens with “always ask” option set for several accesses. For instance, Facebook tries to get your location everytime you open it, once. The new Foursquare app gets your location once for each single block of the app. But the one app I simply uninstalled because I was not really using it was Evernote Hello – the app asks tries to get your location so many times that the phone ended blocking. It’s also interesting to see that their “Buzz based connect” – the thing they have to connect people in a meeting – doesn’t really work without location, so the buzz is just for the show. It does NOT work.

Also, I would like the “Privacy Guard” defaults to be a lot more restrictive or configurable than they are. For instance, they allow the apps to take pictures, to record audio, get your location. So, yes, immediately after I install any app, I’ll get check what they have access to and remove as many permissions as I think as worth.

Talk with your kids about sex

This video can be seen in primetime in most TV channels in the Netherlands. The text in the black boxes in the end of the video says:

Kids watch pen in the internet.

Talk with them about sex
Before they do it.

It doesn’t say “watch out and forbid them from using the computer” or “don’t let them in the computer alone” or any of the many other usual discourses that can be found else where.

It puts the emphasis in the right place. As a parent it’s your responsibility to talk with your kids about sex if you wasn’t to have any control over the message. And you should do it earlier, not later.

Men think less about sex than advertised…

According to a couple of studies, men don’t actually think about sex once every seven seconds. That was a relieve, I was starting to think that something was wrong with me, as I sometimes manage to go for sometime without thinking about it.

But then the first study says that men think 19 times per day about sex, and women 10, while the second study even says that men think about sex even less than that. Something must be wrong with this dudes!

Apple Swift

Apple launched a new programming language called swift. After s quick look at the docs, the language seems to deserve a second deeper look.

There are several things on it that look interesting.

But for now, there is one example from the documentation I need to share with you:

var occupations = [

"Malcolm": "Captain",

"Kaylee": "Mechanic",

]

occupations["Jayne"] = “Public Relations”

Whoever wrote this code, thanks. Specially Jayne as public relations!

See more about Apple Switch.

the Codeless Code: Feedback

At breakfast the visiting novice monk sat next to one of the senior abbots.

“Why are there so few women in this temple?” asked the novice monk.

“Because very few girls apply for admittance anymore,” replied the abbot.

“Why is that?” asked the novice monk.

“Because it is widely known that most girls do not meet our rigorous standards,” replied the abbot.

“Why is that?” asked the novice monk.

“Because productivity requires harmony, and many female applicants are a poor fit for our culture,” replied the abbot. “Indeed, most have wasted the time we invested in them by leaving soon after arriving.”

“Why is that?” asked the novice monk.

“Because they were unhappy here, and did not work well with the monks,” replied the abbot.

“Why is that?” asked the novice monk.

“Because like so many great temples, the culture of this temple is a boy’s culture: rough and rude, cruel and crude, in work and in play,” replied the abbot.

“Why is that?” asked the novice monk.

“Because there are so few women in this temple,” replied the abbot.

Extracted from The Codeless Code – Feedback

Have you been to this meeting?

I have the feeling that when this post is published I’ll be in a meeting that have everything to go pretty much like this one.

I truly hope that we manage to find a solution that works for everyone and that is way better that what we are going into this meeting with.

As Seth (in Have you been to this meeting?, where I got the video from) I can’t say that there is anyone evil involved in this project, but I really feel that the expert in the video:

– But, but… not, it doesn’t really work like that. Let me explain this a bit better…

Andrius Kovelinas

yin-yang by Andrius Kovelinas

 

While looking for an image for a post that will be published here tomorrow around lunch (and that I ended not using) I found Andrius Kovelinas portfolio (I don’t think this is an official portfolio, but it’s the best I could get.

But, the point is that if I’m ever going to spend 4 digits in a painting, the first one should be from this guy. I love the expressions, I love the colors, I love the details.

If anyone have a better link for him, please send it to me.