Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 223. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org  From: Jonathan Reeve
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.219: limitations of devices (45)  From: Jim Rovira Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.222: limitations of devices (55) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: 2018-11-25 15:54:43+00:00 From: Jonathan Reeve Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.219: limitations of devices I'll jump in. I agree with Jim's point about distinguishing between device and app limitations, and want to add that it's also important to distinguish between device and operating system. These days, the way computer hardware is almost always sold with pre-installed software, it's too easy to be led to believe that the limitations of our devices and our software are coextensive. We are led to believe that our devices will only run the operating systems that come with it, and that, especially on devices like an iPad, that if it's not in the App Store, it's not possible with that device. But ultimately, it's your device, and you get to decide what software it runs. Most computer users I talk to refer to their software limitations in terms of their hardware. A complaint like "I can't run that, because I have a Mac" implies that MacOS is the only operating system it's possible to install on Apple hardware. Not only is this not true, but usually MacOS is the worst OS to run on Apple hardware. A Linux-based OS, which is the product of thousands of hobbyists, is almost always going to be more stable, more efficient, and more secure than MacOS, which is made by comparatively few Apple employees. (Not to mention, given the recent class-action lawsuits against Apple, that quite credibly allege that Apple has been purposely designing their OS updates to be more resource-intensive, in order to drive sales of new hardware, it seems like you'd want to get your software from a different company than the one that sold your hardware.) Every time I buy a new device—laptop, phone, or otherwise—I erase the hard drive and install my preferred operating system and software stack. While I realize that this is not for everyone, the process is not as difficult as one might think. The only skills required are following directions and googling around if problems arise. What I've seen happen with commercial OSes over the past couple decades is: for every advance in user-friendliness, there is a setback in user-centrality. That is, we can use our fingers to swipe around on a screen, which is undoubtedly convenient, but manipulating text files with tools like `sed` is becoming much less common. So while new interfaces might be friendlier, friendly is not always better for us. -Jonathan Reeve -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: 2018-11-25 12:12:23+00:00 From: Jim Rovira Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.222: limitations of devices Intelligent enough to have an opinion, but not enough, unfortunately, to tell the difference between a recommendation for an app and a recommendation for a device or a company. I was recommending an app that I assume is cross-platform. If you think you can own any device with a screen and not be complicit with bad labor practices, you're kidding yourself. (The following is a list of Foxconn's present or past major customers; their country of origin or base of operations is in parentheses) Acer Inc. (Taiwan) Amazon.com (United States) Apple Inc. (United States) BlackBerry Ltd. (Canada) Cisco (United States) Dell (United States) Google (United States) Hewlett-Packard (United States) Huawei (China) InFocus (United States) Intel (United States) Microsoft Corp. (United States) Motorola Mobility (United States) Nintendo (Japan) HMD Global (Under Nokia Brand)(Finland) Sony (Japan) Toshiba (Japan) Vizio (United States) Xiaomi (China) But I guess that scrappy little mom and pop store Barnes and Noble is inherently more virtuous than the evil empire Apple. Jim R Sent from my iPhone Date: 2018-11-24 07:37:13+00:00 > From: Dave Postles > Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.219: limitations of devices > > Depends on whether you want to promote a gross global tax avoider, which > has had persistent problems of workforce conditions at, e.g. Foxconn, and > has an astronomical markup price. Personally, I'd prefer my Nook and > Bookeen, which can do most of those actions, and not support a company > like Apple. Still, we're all different, I suppose. > >> If you're in a position that reading large quantities on a tablet would >> be a convenience, I highly recommend iAnnotate. It works best with a >> pencil or stylus, costs a little bit, and takes a little time to learn, >> but it was worth it to me. >> >> Jim R >> _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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