Tag: smartphone

Getting Old Sucks, Especially if you are a Smartphone

The march of time stops for no one, rich or poor, for whomever. While humans may be able to mitigate their demise with a bit of compassion, there is none for old phones. Android phones grow old, older than 2 years old, slow down, and then get pitched into the back drawer, replaced by a new Android model, never to be turned on again.

Toronto Star Treating All Browsers like a Smartphone = Crap UI

Headscratching, it is, when I browse on the internet and the site treats me like a smartphone. I’m not on a smartphone, have lots of screen space and do not like the experience. Different pieces of hardware should be treated differently. We are all not smartphones.

The Toronto Star recently changed their web site UI so that all browsers are treated like smartphones. While this is great if you use a smartphone, it breaks all the rules if you are using a regular PC, or even a tablet.

Using QQ from Ubuntu

Usually I’m working in Ubuntu, so cannot use the PC version of QQ. I’ve had to either switch to Windows or use QQ International through my smartphone. Typing on my smartphone in Chinese and English is challenging and fraught with spelling mistakes. I’m having trouble accurately typing Chinese pinyin on my phone. The alternative is to use QQ with a browser.

You can use the browser version of QQ when you are on ubuntu, but I could not find any instructions on how to do this. Here is what to do:

The Scourge that is Smartphone Bloatware

Buy a smartphone, you did, but do you really own it? You use your phone when new, but after a while the phone slows down. Is it the phone or are you just getting irritable and impatient with yourself. Relax and wait a bit, right? Maybe not, because your phone may actually be slowing down. It is at this point, around the 1.5 year mark, that you consider buying a new phone. Has your spanky new phone really degraded that much? Smartphones are at least a couple of hundred dollars, so buying a new one every 1.5 years can get very expensive. But do you really need a new one? Remove the bloatware from your phone first, then decide. Bloatware can account for 1/3d of all apps running on your phone, so removing them can make a significant positive difference to the smooth operation of your phone.

LG P690B Smartphone: Root, CWM, Delete Bloatware

Old phone I do have. All extra cash goes into the kids, and I scrounge whatever is left for myself. While a new Android phone is ~$200CAD, a neighbour gave me a 3 year old LG P690B smartphone, 2011, 512mb, AKA LG Optimus Net P699, LG Optimus Link P690. It was new, and low powered. I rooted it, installed Clockwork Mod, installed the Cyanogenmod 7.2.0 rom, then reverted back to stock and started deleting off bloatware. Here are some hints and tips.

Smartphone and Inattentive Parenting

The scene is an all too familiar one: A parent takes his/her kids to the park to play. The parent then gets on their cellphone to either talk or surf, leaving the kids to their own devices. The kids beg the parent to help them, all to no avail. The kid gives up and plays by him or herself. This is just morally wrong. Why squander the opportunity to spend some quality time with your kids, rather than give your undivided attention to a small 3″ x 4″ box? We are negatively addicted to our smartphones. All this observed in my predominantly Mainland Chinese community here in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.