Systems, coffee and summer

I haven’t been as often as I thought I could, but the week was a joy anyway. I was busy, as you already could assume: great weather, cats, coffee and operating systems. This last one has been an activity of installs and tests, as I am someone who just cannot WASTE his new laptop on Windows, so I have reviewed, for myself, few linux distributions I loved in the past too, and picked one for my desktop: Old beloved openSUSE Tumbleweed with the Plasma desktop.

I could use Windows 10, but I just love freedom.

Freedom in every aspect of my life, and if that is true, then it goes to my desktop as well. Choosing the amount and type of software goes onto my PC, setting up myself the grade of security, with the tools I do choose for, the way I like it, not a company. I love that I do NOT have to trust a commercially interested company with no ethics and consciousness with them having 24/7 access to my computer (with valuable data and activities on). I love that they CANNOT screw it up with their incompetent updates, forced whenever they see to fit. And that I don’t have to accept their agreement which nobody could ever read through (boring and long)anyway. And from all, I love most the fact that I can use a system makes much more sense and does things as common sense would dictate, and not wasting my time unnecessarily.

But let’s not go on without making recommendations for those fellows are thinking about a switch and ditch. My favourite distributions of Linux in orde of LOVE:

openSUSE Tumbleweed with KDE (Plasma 5.xx desktop today)
Manjaro with XFCE (Arch for those who want things easier, faster)
Xubuntu (Ubuntu derrivative with XFCE)
Ubuntu (Unity greatness, but heavier load)
Fedora (because you like challenges and want to be able to appreciate above four distros more)

You are free, so, make yourself entirely free, shatter your digital chains… 🙂

In other news: Roxy, our Bengal mama, amazed my mind again! Yesterday evening she reminded me that I promised her earlier we go out for our usual walk and play time once the heat goes down…a promise made is a debt unpaid. I take such seriously. She is smart and sweet. My intelligent tiger and friend.

Cameras for everyone!

I would say, after 2010 became really clear, our dream will come true: we all will have a good/great camera without carrying a burden of kilograms weighing packages. We will be enabled with devices under the 200 grams(!) having gradually improved camera hardware, combined with super fast processing units on board and great camera software.

In 2017, we do have! We finally live the dream and practicing whenever and where ever we choose. Thank technology for that (and for the awful duck faces and billion foodies), the evolution of smartphones has been rapid, and if one really wants and has built up motivations enough, can start to shoot awesome artworks, true art I mean, right away. I don’t say that standalone cameras are rubbish and overrated, hell no. They are marvelous tools, and they have their well earned places and roles.

But smartphone cameras these days shouldn’t be quickly voted down and seen as overrated amateur toys. There are many evidences for on the web, coming from pro photographers, in combination with the right person and eyes, they can produce excellent experiences. We reached the point when the old and the new ways of photographing can be equally considered.

Some of our shots:

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Pictures coming from shots made with:

  • iPhone 6
  • Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
  • Galaxy S7 Edge

Where edits have been done, very minimal, were also done on the devices.

These aren’t such what you would put under category Art, but the quality of images can be taken is clear, I guess, point is made somewhat.

One more thing…to charge!

Yay! One more freaking thing to charge. Just because we don’t have enough and we never get lost between our devices’ charging cables already, now, we can charge…wait for it…SHOES! Yes, indeed, those items you wear on your feet outside. Now there are rare models to charge, here in Holland they can be bought at InterToys stores, for kids mainly, in their usual sizes.

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Looking good, right?

And there it is, the charger, a mini USB one, connected on the top of the shoes. I first saw these this weekend when I visited family and my little niece had them in their charging spot. But why?!

As I figured, the reason is very simple. This brand, whatever it is, redesigned the old light giving shoe theme. This time battery goes longer, rechargeable and shoes have better LED lights, and…user can choose from seven different colors for each of the shoes. Lights also can flash or just be in standstill position. Red lights are on while they are on charge:

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Shoes are sporty, comfortable to walk and run, decent build quality. While we can look at as gimmicky and asking for reasons to purchase (although the approx. 40 euros price tag makes it easier, sure), there can be ONE very legitimate reason: SAFETY. Like, in lesser light conditions. These shoes, I tested shortly, give damn bright, nice lights, if it gets darker outside, it’s definitely easier to spot the kids while they’re walking, playing outside, next to roads maybe even better. Car drivers, bikers see them better.

And hey, it has, for a while at least, the cool factor for them.

And one more damn charging cable around, every household’s sweetest, naughtiest dream! 🙂

Isn’t?!

OnePlus One, 2 and 3/3T users’ launcher-POLL

It is poll time OnePlus users, as some of you requested such on our official forum! This poll is about a very famous topic as you can see, launcher (home screen app) choice of you:

“Your Assistant is here…”

…with an update through Google Play Store, as I was informed, and a server-side switch ON, my (supposed) new assistant has arrived earlier this morning. Actually, much to my delight, I can activate with voice any time for any search/info queries, no need for Allo or Now app to open anymore, well, quite a difference. Besides the fact that pretty much the best quality voice assistant from all the available ones.

And if there is nothing sensible to use it for at the moment, why not for fun?! Like, having some short jokes (ideas for later, telling those to others) 🙂

– How does the train eat? – It chew-chews

I know, I know…le sigh…and worse! 😀

But, there are some more, just to make you feel 100%……desperate:

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But hey, there is usefulness in too, like showing what you already knew when you stood up: it’s a shitty day to be alive:

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Btw, the weekend seems to be better…there is some good news (can’t rain forever!)

And the epic query, unquestionably the most important from all the technological advancements:

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And for the utterly curious (or very lonely), there are some other answers as well:

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Thoughts on the 3T…and the complaints

So, some weeks ago decided to part from my loyal assistant, my Samsung S6 Edge Plus (5.7″ top notch, still top notch, phone. Or pocket computer rather) in favour of a new OnePlus 3T. I just loved its design, fast software upgrade news, and raving reviews. And its much lower price point with flagship specs of course, with really speedy charging and big battery. It’s great. It’s huge (Trump’s voice over). 😉

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Seriously, look at that design! Gorgeous. Feels good too in the hand, and feels certainly premium…

Well, understandable, right?!

Naturally, after I started using the device, much to my delight, became a member quickly of their community, forum too, through the preinstalled OnePlus Community app. Makes sense, who knows what kind of valuable information you gather, tips and tricks, some specialities.  Sure, there are enough such if you take your time to browse through, however, what more obvious is…the many complaints about its battery usage time and camera quality, both are concerns for me too, as I love to photograph with my phone and both are crucial aspects with daily usage. Logically, because of the many complaints, I started to think I might have made a bad choice. Well, did not! My device functions as expected: awesome!

About its camera:

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And the battery, besides it’s charged in an hour thanks to their Dash Charge tech, lasts definitely long enough for a smartphone today. Above 5-6 hours Screen On Time, often 7++. Yep, so much about battery issues I guess. I might be lucky, but truth is, its performance is consistent (also could thank Android’s more optimal working perhaps, as recent version is to find on the device and even more recent one is on the way), every day experiencing the same. It is a solid device, marvellous design and handy features.