upgrade syndrome

Olá,

for a while i’m bugged thinking about upgrades of my tools, gadgets, systems, or consolidating them to a few or even one device, liking some of the new toys presented, that again would push me too much into multi-spending big amounts of cash into toys I don’t need.

I bet many have similar circles of thoughts, when other more important tasks are sorted. Yeah it’s a luxury to have these stupid problems, you’re right.

On the other side everybody keeps asking me what I’d suggest to do…

People have different priorities: “all apple”, “cheap”, “battery life”, “hate apple”, “fitnut”, “watch this”, “watch that”…

The trends I am seeing are clear:

a) the PC industry is trying to get back into the game, after loosing so much into tablets.

b) Hardware Brands who want to keep their margin, they all have gone fashion and ask ridiculous up-charges for it.

c) A smartphone is a commodity for over a year now, no relevant innovation happens here. We see new UI and new colours. We know by now how good a tiny camera can get and how good enough the average tiny camera is.

d) The eco-systems got commodity now, too – free storage space, AV-streaming, wireless pay, free cloud-office-apps and voice-angels talking to you available everywhere.

e) While Microsoft will continue trying to keep up with Android and iOS, they focus on the low and mid mobile market, clearly. Blackberry is done, still, no comeback planned, trying to find a business-niche.

f) Tablets are kind of dead, they just don’t get enough usage beyond consumption of media. productivity apps on the high-end iOS devices and the new high-speed hardware show that more could be done with those, but that’s limited on purpose. User-experience is the argument, panic, that light Macs would dry out quickly is the fear. The technology is here.

g) The industry now declares the Smartwatch to be the new digital swiss-knife, no, not your Smartphone, that takes now the middle-ground between phone and tablet for real everywhere – phablet, killing all tablet need for once, while creating a new hip market to sell stuff into you.

h) Smartwatch the new holy market. I can see you working-out, sweating all over your brand new digital rosegold device, that needs to communicate to your Smartphone to get a real cloud-communication going – live – and provide you – live again – all necessary statistics. Yes, it might be sort of the future, but it’s ridiculous, too. Constant Arm-twists, constant lugging of a phablet and a heavy watch, digital devices with people sweat and grease all over, more than any time before? I’d rather use a fitness tracker on purpose and switch to a beautiful watch (yes, even smartwatch if you like) after the workout.

i) On the PC/Desktop front, Microsoft and Adobe are taking the lead with professional Cloud offers for some time now, but slowly getting more aggressive about it. Adobe with its mobile apps, Microsoft with its Cloud storage and open platform and mobile app offers. Windows 10 goes back to the classic UI roots with a modernized OS (internal). Yosemite, I can’t tell, don’t have a Mac.

Ergo sum:

What I like, the desktop is predictable, the smartphone too, the tablet as well. The industry tries to obfuscate and blind you heavily with the new Smartwatches and the fashion approach, but, it’s all done, we’re in IT commodity phase right now, and Apple-pay will facilitate digital wireless payment commodity for all others at the same time.

Now to You:

You have the total choice, it is all a matter of taste, performance, style requirements you have for your desktop (Win/Mac/Chrome), mobile (iOS/Android/Windows) and optional inbetween consumption device (Android/Kindle/iOS/Windows). On the watch side, I’d rather stick to the classic approach for another 2 years, fitbits and jewelry separated. Oh, one more thing, don’t get caught into the “more apps here than there” discussion, religious crap. All systems have all kinds of apps that work well – and you really don’t need an app for everything.

MySelf?:

I have an old iPhone 4 that’s getting slow with the newer complex and larger apps and it won’t receive any OS update anymore. I have an iPad 3 64GB LTE, that I’ll give away to my nice, clean, like new, I’m sure it’ll give her a good use out of it. My Desktop is a still very well performant i5 machine. My preferred Smartwatch is a NOMOS, it’s too smart to bother you with any more information than the most relevant: “NOMOS Glashütte”, Time, Date. And I kindly feed her every morning with some exercise, winding her up.

Related to the phone, I’m undecided yet, I don’t like Android, but I don’t like to invest my cash into a non flag-ship Windows phone either, the new iPhones don’t really attract me and I bet next year they won’t be much different. As expensive as they are, it’s a tough bite.

I’ll try to reset/-org the iPhone 4, giving it more space, it may speed it up again. We’ll see. Until wireless digital payment hits the ground in every shop, it’ll take a while. I might wait till then and invest into travel instead, meeting unknown people.

Bom dia,

@pessoist

AWS comes to Germany as Amazon unveils second EU region, out of Frankfurt

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Amazon has launched its long-awaited German-based region – its second in Europe, after the one based in Ireland, and its eleventh worldwide. It was scheduled to go live at 3pm local time, or 6am PT, on Thursday, though it seems to have fired up earlier.

This is also the third [company]Amazon[/company] Web Services (AWS) region that the company claims is carbon-neutral, after US West (Oregon), and GovCloud. It provides two availability zones.

The region is run out of Frankfurt. According to AWS EMEA chief Steve Midgley, this is because “Frankfurt is one of the largest internet exchanges globally.” Of course, sticking it in Germany is hardly a coincidence: the country has very strict data protection laws, even by European standards, and companies are…

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Innovation – done

Olá,

the industry has roled their dices.

innovation has been promoted now for the latest products:

  • gold
  • 2nd core mobile CPU
  • smartest watch since CASIO
  • phones bigger than your palm
  • tablet get thinner
  • heart-rate monitor hardware
  • 4K Screens

I’m impressed.

The effects:

  • Palm-size Smartphones get replaced with Smartwatches that require a Phablet in your purse
  • Tablets will never be a professional productivity work platform, even though the speed and technology is there.
  • The big PC brands can now restart selling laptops, instead of quirky tablaptops
  • Desktops are back, attractive as never before thx to 4K

What? We have to switch from our small smartphones to phablets and smartwatches? From powerful tablets to Laptops, or even Desktops? That sounds like a Windows 10 strategy – all old is just new, newer actually.

I call this renovation, not innovation; or misleading evolution on purpose.

The next step is not innovation, but fashion, we’ve been in a mixed phase, already but the strategies and products will focus on fashion-sale strategies much more clearly.

A tool is a tool. There are some nice tools, here and there, too.

Make a choice, your choice.

Bom dia,

@pessoist

bigger and bigger

Olá,

Bigger and bigger they pump your head up in demanding you to by the newest phone, again, and again, wether you like it or not, just create enough pressure so you buy one of them.

Apple is selling:

  • a) a smartphone
  • b) an apple-owned ecosystem (media, cloud)
  • c) a new ecosystem (pay)
  • d) a new ecosystem (wear)

and gives you with that a paid upfront with a-d) updated OS.

While a) is subject to your taste and b) is available to your choice, both are available, useable and excellent products, but over 60% of the price for the new devices will go in selling you the other dreams of apple marketing:

  • c) is a promise at its infancy, taking years to be globally implemented
  • d) is a promise at its conceptual state, taking decades to be globally implemented, beyond a pure notification screen and basic fitness tracker.

As the iPhone 5S was a promise for security in the cloud (not there yet), high-speed 64bit (not necessary, today) and parallel mobility applications (not envisioned yet), so is the iPhone 6 and 6plus nothing but interim devices until c) or d) really cranks on and creates benefits.

Keeping on track with the OS made available just means to get to the iPhone 4S/5/5C level, you can safely ignore the rest, unless you feel better with thump-login.

Make your own decision, don’t follow anyone elses, lesser if pressured by the “system of demand creation”.

Bom dia,

@pessoist

stills capturing device

Olá,

lots and lots of new features and cameras come to market replacing already advanced and excellently built cameras making them look old continuously.
While this stressful market for manufacturers even moved Leica to produce new lifestyle feature-rich photography devices, there’s one constant that we seem to be forgetting.

A perfect stills photo taken on purpose requires preparation, time, thinking, light and shadow judgement and framing experience.

Some of the most advanced cameras might try to take this burden from us, but effectively are only making bad or lazy photographers achieve a better more or less average but satisfying result. These tools are excellent in doing this.
On the other hand – the interaction with light, the subject and your target idea of a photograph is lost – totally.

I like to filter the existing systems, tools to a non-obtrusive device allowing, or even demanding the physical and mental interaction with the subject, context, illumination to take and improve your skill of taking a photograph on purpose.

you need:

  • a sensor with reasonable sensitivity and size
  • a excellent lens with smooth aperture and focus mechanisms
  • a well balanced body
  • a selective lightmeter
  • a shutter with some speed control
  • with a manageable size (as big as your two hands can cover it completely)

and no distraction by any other features that are key to (semi-)automated, “tricking”, tech-“supportive” pictography

These are the cameras I can find newly available that comply with the above creativity demanding restrictions:

– Sigma DP1, DP2 (all variants, even the new Quattro)

– Leica X2

– Leica M7, M-E, MMonochrom (no! not M240 and not MP) with one lens (28/35/50/75mm)

– Out-of-scope LYTRO is opening a new dimension beyond a pure still photo camera by demanding the photographer to create a range of images in one, a dynamic still photograph, not for the watcher to select, but to appreciate all dynamic aspects of the pre-planned and captured lightbeam photograph. Like a Video is planned in all scenes for the Watcher to appreciate – you do not select a scene of the video to watch, only, typically.

Don’t get me wrong, I hate the unflexible and slow way of Sigma DP performance, but finding its sweetspot and focusing on applying its excellent capabilities there is the key to master a Sigma DP. It’s cheap, if you take an older model (i.e. DP2x).

The Leica X2 is pretty much similar in slow handling and reduced functionality as ist the Sigma, just with more sensitivity on the sensor at a higher price.

The Leica M-E and Monochrom are unobtrusive and yet flexible enough cameras for the ones with a bigger pocket. Ignore the lens prices thrown at you. You only need one lens, take the one you can afford, then buy the cheapest, well inspected and maintained camera you can afford. The lens will survive your camera and is applicable on the excellent M7 film-camera, too. There’s no bad currently offered lens from Leica or Zeiss for this system. The most precise film camera on the Leica Market.

If you’re watching the Fuji hype, please do not get distracted, they became a feature monster, more than ever before. All X cameras are beautiful and excellent, but if you’re looking for the essence you’d look at the hybrid-viewfinder versions only. Although their feature buttons might not be positioned perfectly (fixed with the newer EVF models), the mechanics, image quality and essential optical viewfinder photography is so well supported, than you can work it your way without getting distracted with its bells and whistles. By then a M240 might be the rich-pocket alternative, too, if you keep away from capabilities and just look through the optical viewfinder to see, what you see, not what you may get.

ciao

pessoist

gadget outlook

Olá,

All the wonderful presents have been opened and got some usage by today.

Looking out into 2014, what are the developments we’ll be seing, from my personal subjective perspective?

security and privacy
2014 you’ll realize, that obfuscation is the new privacy. Public policies and regulation will ensure you’ll be less informed on the “secret activities” of the agencies. They’re prepared now. On the social side: Public posting is your proof of existance. Social trust is based on proven public existance. You’ll have to choose how public you’ll be with your most private parts* (readings: jeff jarvis – public parts).

mobile devices
64-bit and a mobile processing unit is the technical core of what’s coming. Car/public-transport-navigation, Health-sensoric integration, Home-automation, are the key areas you’ll see as Generation 1.0 products in 2014.

In 2014 we’ll see who’ll be setting the sensor-based services standards, who’ll lead as the eco-system of “connected things V1.0” with a set of apps and sensors covering all relevant areas.

I bet on Apple Mobile (iPhone M).

photography
DSLRs are dead! We heard that, and I still believe strongly, this is absolute nonsense. NYT-Reuters today said only Canon, Nikon, Sony will survive. Really?

2014 will show us consistency with Fuji (X 1″/APS-C), Nikon (DSLR, 1), Canon (E-M), a alpha-line built-out and improvements with Sony and cheap me-too knock-offs from their excellent 2013 top-of-the-line products at Olympus and Panasonic. The game is set until the exhibition photokina in September where the manufacturers may stirr the rumours for their 2015 line-up strategies.

Mobile phone photography, -video and -action cam usage will increase and take the remaining breath out of low-end amateur cameras. Excellent examples can be found in the iPhone 4&5, Lumia (MS WP8) and Sony Z (Android) series.

New focus
home-automation and health-sensoric, smart navigation, mobility markets will run the product-news in 2014.

Bom dia.
@pessoist

one less more

Olá,

is one happy with more? does one need more? does more need one? one less is more? one more is less? is there one way? is more ways less than one?

whish one good holidays with less

Bom dia.

@pessoist