Slackware Linux!

I first started using Linux in 2011 and ever since I learned about Slackware Linux I always wanted to try it. But Slackware Linux is for advanced users, they said, and so I thought I would give it a try later when I become advanced. Well, the year is 2017 and I still don’t consider myself to be advanced, but Slackware suddenly started to tempt me. I watched a few videos on Youtube and today I finally took the plunge! (actually it is 1 AM right now and I installed the thing somewhere around 11 PM yesterday).

Ubuntu is just for the curious amongst us. But Slackware is the doorway to Linux madness.

First you descend down  Slackware, then you grope around the endless dark tunnels of Gentoo Linux, and finally LFS (Linux From Scratch) entices you and ensnares you.

Boy am I looking forward to LFS! I just spent the last 15 minutes installing Gedit, a simple notepad like program, in my machine. But it was fun and completely worth it.

I am now a Slacker! 🙂

 

Stock Android is Overrated

There, I said it. Stock Android is overrated. Let the Android purists huff and puff, but that’s the truth. I am an Android user myself, and I would never buy an iPhone. So don’t think that I am one of those Apple fanboys. What I am trying to say is that Android, with its custom skins, like HTC’s Sense, or Samsung’s Touchwiz is a lot better than the pure Android found in the Nexus devices amongst other phones such as the Moto and OnePlus phones. The complaint that a skin might slow down the phone is not 100% true in 2016. Sense is one of the most light, smooth and beautiful launcher out there and Samsung has streamlined Touchwiz a lot and it is only going to get better. Let me explain.

I have been using an HTC phone for the past 3.5 years and for the first time I bought a stock Android phone — the OnePlus 3. True, it’s not exactly pure Android and OnePlus calls its skin “Oxygen OS”. But this Oxygen OS is just stock Android with a few modifications and so I classify OnePlus, and also Moto phones, as stock Android phones. I have observed that stock Android simply does not have the many options that I found so useful in my four-year-old HTC One X. A month ago, I was reading the reviews of HTC 10 and I read about how HTC, in its attempt to make Sense even lighter, has shipped the phone without some of its Sense applications as they did not want duplicate applications on the phone in addition to the stock Google apps. Why, HTC, why? This is simply stupid because people are anyway going to hunt the Play store and install apps to replace the stock Google apps anyway! The stock Google apps are too simple and lack the features that companies like HTC and Samsung provide. So there will be duplicate applications on all stock Android phones! The default Google phone dialer doesn’t even have the option to block calls! This is something that the HTC One X has and I don’t have to remind you again that this phone came out four years ago! So far, I have replaced the phone dialer, the default browser, Google Chrome, the messaging app, the stupid Play Music app, the joke that is Google Photos (at least OnePlus provides a proper gallery app), and the featureless camera app. I have a duplicate app for every single Google app except for the Play store, Gmail, YouTube, and Google maps. So HTC, please tell me, again, why did you replace some of your applications? The so-called Android purists are going to install duplicate apps anyway. One of the reasons why I dislike iOS is because it is such a boring OS and now stock Android is almost boring to me. Why can’t Google learn from HTC and Samsung? I see that they are borrowing ideas from Samsung and other Android OEMs, but they are still slow. Even the calendar app is so primitive to what I had in the HTC One X (and that came out four years ago). The number one app that frustrates me is the phone dialer (which also includes the contacts), and the number two app is the messenger. Pathetic. Why is Google doing this? Is it because Android will become too slow if they add more features? But HTC phones are not slow. Is it because they follow a stupid policy of minimalism? I am not a fan of this “material design” and I also hate Microsft’s Modern UI. Why do we have to put up with this kind of crap in the name of minimalism? Windows 7 still looks good and Microsoft should have gone in that direction. If Android purists really love pure Android, then there should not be any app on their phones that duplicates a Google app. But clearly, that is not the case. Hypocrites. These people have no right to criticize HTC’s Sense and Samsung’s Touchwiz. How many reviews have I read that make fun of the fact that there are two email apps, two browsers, two messaging apps on Samsung phones. Whose fault is that? It is Google’s fault for making such stupid apps that lack so many features. And it has been widely accepted that Samsung makes one of the best browsers and it is lighter and better optimized than Chrome. So who makes these “bloatware?” “Stock Android is clean, lean and is buttery smooth” — that’s because it doesn’t have the features that a 2011 HTC phone had.

It took about five or six years for a company like Google, with all its technical expertise, with all its financial might, and its great engineers to stabilize Android. It makes me wonder a lot. What could be the reason behind this? Of course, Android always has attempted to be better and proper OS compared to iOS and this could be a reason. But I think the main culprit is Java. And with all the trouble that Google is having with Oracle right now, I hope that Google ditches this language and moves on to something else. But would it Go?

OnePlus 3 Review

After more than 3.5 years of using my HTC One X, I finally bought a new phone — the OnePlus 3!

Why did I choose this phone?

I’ve been looking to buy a phone for more than a year and all the phones that I came across had one issue or the other. I wanted a phablet with the latest Android OS that didn’t cost a ton of money. This criteria of mine eliminated most of the phones in the market and last year’s OnePlus 2 came out with the dreaded Snapdragon 810 processor which suffered from heating issues. In fact, Snapdragon 615, 617, 808, 810 — all these processors suffered from overheating issues and so I had a hard time choosing a phone without any of these processors. So when I saw this phone being announced on June 14th in India, I knew that this was the one and ordered it the very next day. Amazon delivered this beauty as early as 17th.

Key Specifications:

Display: 5.5-inch Samsung-made 1080p AMOLED display with a PPI of 401

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (details given at the end of the review)

Primary memory: 6 GB!

Internal memory: 64 GB

OS: Android Marshmallow

Camera: 16 MP rear camera and 8 MP front camera (both from the house of Sony)

Battery: 3000 mah

First things first, this phone looks stunning! The full metal body and the build quality is as good as those premium phones made by HTC, Apple, and Samsung. I mean, this phone costs only 28,000 Rupees, but the build quality is that of an iPhone! The 5.5 inch 1080p AMOLED display looks great and I really have to appreciate OnePlus for not falling for the quad HD trap. Frankly, I can see no difference between quad HD and full HD displays. Quad HD screens are more taxing on the processor and it consumes more battery, and so naturally one might think that OnePlus 3 with its full HD display has a great battery life. It’s not great, but just good. This is something that I really don’t understand. Both this phone and the 5.7 inch Samsung Galaxy Note 5 have the same 3000 mah battery, but still, the battery life of the Note 5 is better than the OP3 in spite of having a QHD! What is OnePlus doing wrong? Or should I ask what kind of optimization does Samsung do? Both the Exynos 7420 processor, in the Note 5, and the OP3’s Snapdragon 820 processors are manufactured with 14 nm process, which means, their power consumption should be more or less the same. Even if the power consumption is different, it shouldn’t be a big difference. Maybe, if I root the OP3 and underclock the processor, will I get a better battery life? I’ll think about this when I see better custom ROMS out there. To be more concrete on the battery life, my SOT (screen on time) regularly crosses 4.5 hours (I don’t game) which is good; the phone solidly lasts more than 24 hours.  I am really enjoying the quick charging time of the “Dash charger” that comes bundled with the phone.

Audio: Call quality is crisp, clear and very audible. The volume of the speaker at the bottom is loud and good. To me, obviously, this phone is a fantastic upgrade over the HTC One X in every single way. Except one thing. Just one thing. The HTC One X, which came out four years ago, still beats the OP3 in one single area and that is the audio quality! Hearing music from the headphones is not as good as it is from the One X. I hear that OnePlus is prepping an update to fix this. It’s nothing serious, the audio is good, but I am so used to the superior audio quality of HTC phones. This makes me wonder how great the audio quality of the current generation HTC phones must be.

Known issues:

  1. RAM management: Much has been said about this and I didn’t feel this much on my day-to-day usage. I am not a heavy multitasker and I’ve seen a couple of reloads (mostly Facebook) now and then. But I am starting to suspect that this is a Facebook issue as I have not seen much reloads in the other apps that I’ve used. As I said, I am not a heavy multitasker and so the RAM management issue is not a big issue to me. The five or six apps that I use stays in memory without any problem. If you’re coming from a phone that has 3 or 4 GB of RAM, don’t expect a huge difference in performance. Having said that, the performance of the OP3 is extremely good. Applications open up quickly upon touch and the touch screen is silky smooth. If you’re coming from a phone that was powered by the Snapdragon 810 with 3 or 4 GB or RAM, the difference in performance would be negligible.
  2. The 5.5-inch display has been called “worst” by the people at Anandtech.com. This is exaggeration of the highest order. Not a single reviewer said this prior to Anandtech’s review and now a few reviewers are saying the same after reading about this. Anandtech’s review came out on June 20th. When you google for OP3 reviews look at the difference between the reviews that were published before and after June 20. That tells us a lot, doesn’t it? The display is good, but not as colourful and vibrant as Samsung’s Super AMOLED panels; but then, no other display is as good as Samsung’s. Gsmarena, which published its review on June 24th,  rightly said the following about the display criticism: “you really have to be nitpicking to go so far as to criticise it.”

Anyway, OnePlus’ CEO was fed up of the RAM and display criticisms (after explaining that these two were conscious decisions made by the company as most users will not find any difference) and promised an update to fix these issues. “What is the purpose of  6 GB RAM if the phone doesn’t use it all?” Some angry users have asked and it is a valid question. The answer lies in the upcoming update.

Camera: Both the 8 MP front and the 16 MP back cameras are really good. Of course, the Galaxy S7 is still the king of cameras this year, but the OP3’s camera comes a little closer to the crown. S7 beats OP3 when it comes to low-light photography and macro shots; I noticed that the images lose a little bit of detail in macro shots. But for Rs. 28,000, the camera you get is more than worth the money. A similarly priced Samsung or HTC phone usually comes with a slow, subpar camera module. Having said that, I still haven’t explored the camera completely and will be testing it more. The good news is, the upcoming software update is supposed to improve the camera quality even further!

A note on the processor: The Qualcomm-made quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor has a custom modification — it is actually a dual-dual-core processor! It follows the Big.little architecture that Samsung introduced but employs two dual-core CPUs instead of two quad cores. The most powerful dual cores are clocked at 2.15 GHz and the less powerful cores are clocked at 1.6 GHz. More cores doesn’t mean more power, it is the quality that is important and the 820 performs! No overheating here.

For the price I paid, I am amazed how fast and fluid this phone is. Apps snap open with just a light touch and the whole interface is buttery smooth. The build quality is top-notch and the phone is near-perfect. Thank you OnePlus, for making such a great phone at such a low cost!

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How I fell in love with Linux and How you could too

Age of Darkness

Operating System — mankind has fought many religious wars over this topic in its brief history.  Before I was a silent observer to many of such bloodshed, before I myself occasionally partook in such battles, before I even learnt that such holy crusades had happened, I was a happy Windows user. It was a time when nobody ever compared Windows to any other operating system. This was mostly because we never knew that such systems existed (I live in India, a place where Apple’s influence is still not as powerful as it is in the West). I lived in a Windows world without knowing it. So did I love Windows? To this, I ask you: do you love your toothbrush? Because I neither love it nor hate it. I don’t think anybody even thinks about their toothbrush when they mechanically brush their teeth without giving it a thought. The only time we think about our toothbrush is when we want to buy a new one. Windows was like that — I neither loved it, nor hated it. It was a tool that I needed to browse the web, watch a movie, program, play games, and so on. It was a tool for me to do things and I didn’t think about it much. But all this changed on that fateful Sunday in the year 2011.

Age of Enlightenment

It was sometime during the last quarter of that year, and I was lying on my bed on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I was feeling bored and suddenly the word Linux popped into my head. ‘Linux,’ I thought. ‘What exactly is it?’ I got up and logged into my desktop and googled. What followed was enlightenment. There are hundreds of Linux operating systems out there and we could choose the one that best suits our needs and tastes, I learnt. It was a mind-blowing moment. ‘There are hundreds of operating systems out there?’ All I knew was Windows and an operating system that runs on Apple computers. And the best part: it’s all FREE!

The desktop of an operating system, in the Linux world, is extremely customizable, and if you still don’t like it, you can install a new desktop and get rid of the default one — WOW! And all these years I was stuck with the same boring desktop.  I decided to install a Linux system in my computer and I was spoiled for choice. I couldn’t decide which Linux system to install. Then I googled, ‘the best Linux distribution for beginners’ (in the Linux world, an operating system is usually referred to as distribution). All the roads led to a Linux distribution called Ubuntu. I wasted no time in downloading Ubuntu, followed some online instructions to install and dual-boot it alongside Windows. It was simple (although I did end up accidentally formatting the entire D drive when I tried this the second time). I loved Ubuntu. I spent many months, downloading and installing various software, and customizing the desktop environment to my heart’s content. It was a period of great enlightenment and empowerment. I felt so happy with my new-found powers and control. As days passed, I learnt that I could rip apart the whole Linux operating system and put it back together! This was too much power and fun for me. I learnt that I could even touch and manipulate the brain of the operating system — the kernel  (Each operating system, at its core, has a kernel. Windows NT, is the name of the kernel used in Windows operating systems, Darwin is the name of kernel used in Apple’s Mac OS X, and Linux is the name of the kernel used in Linux distributions. In fact, it is the Linux kernel that gives Linux its name). I could manipulate the kernel itself? That is exactly what I did after learning this fact. I followed an online tutorial and made some minor edits to the kernel. I felt like a mad scientist. This is how computers should be used, I realized. We’ve been using computers wrong! We’ve been doing computers and ourselves a great injustice!

Age of Enlightenment Redefined

A couple of months rolled by, and it was February 2012. A wandering wizard from the West visited India, and he traveled all the way down south to Chennai. It was someone called Richard Stallman, a name hitherto unheard of in these parts. He gave a speech to a packed auditorium of 3000 students at IIT Madras. On the next day’s newspaper, I read about him and his entire speech. It was mind-blowing. Never in my life has any speech altered my mind so quickly and deeply. It was a call to war. Here was a man of such greatness, here was a man of such courage, here was a man of great character, will power, and self-discipline. If the science of computers is a religion, then Richard Stallman is certainly one of its Gods. Suddenly, people like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs appeared as little children in front of his greatness. We are looking at the wrong people for inspiration, I realized. As I started learning more and more about Stallman and his principles, I started loving him more and more. When I learnt about the pain and hardships that he had undergone, I could deeply connect and empathize with him. Richard Stallman is an American software activist, creator of the GNU operating system, which along with the Linux kernel, is now called as Linux, the Founder and President of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), and he is the giant upon whose shoulders the entire Open Source movement stands.

OKAY, what exactly are Mr.Stallman’s principles that I am praising so much?

It is Stallman’s grand vision that has made me one of his biggest fans. Being a fan of Bill Gates or Steve Jobs is like being a fan of Alexander the Great or Napoleon Bonaparte. Yes, of course, Alexander and Napoleon were great leaders and geniuses and they both wanted to conquer the known world and did succeed to a certain extent, just like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs have. The similarities between Alexander and Bill Gates, and Napoleon and Steve Jobs makes for an interesting study. Alexander conquered more countries than Napoleon, but Napoleon was a better tactician and even during his time, he was that rare person who understood what “being cool” meant and he made sure how the general public perceived him. But in spite of all their brilliance and bravery on the battlefield, who are these people? Men who wanted power, men who wanted money, men who wanted more. And who are Bill Gates and Steve Jobs? Ruthless businessmen who have destroyed competition, even illegally,  that came in their way. Both of them even have a dark side, but that is beyond the scope of this article. But if you’d like a taste of it, then read this New York Times article on Jobs: Steve Jobs Defied Convention, and Perhaps the Law. Here’s an interview of Steve Wozniak, the guy who co-founded Apple along with Jobs, and the guy who actually built the first Apple computer explaining how Steve Jobs cheated him of his money: Steve Wozniak: I Cried When Steve Jobs Kept Atari Bonus to Himself.

Remember Netscape Navigator? That friendly browser that we all used more than 10 years ago? Well, Bill Gates played an active role in the illegal destruction of the Netscape company so that Internet Explorer could be a success. Read all about it here. Microsoft was taken to court, but let off the hook and later Microsoft funded George W Bush’s election campaign.

How could these people be our role model?

The thing that I love about Richard Stallman is that he’s above all these politics and this mad rush for money. He sees everything from a God’s standpoint. That’s right, I said God’s standpoint.

Stallman’s Point of View

We have come to a point in time where software is everything. Software runs this world. We need software to travel, software for handling money, software in life saving medical equipment, software to make medicine, to process food, to wash our clothes, to refrigerate our food, and so on. The amount of money in our bank accounts, our life and medical insurances are all regulated by software. Think about it. Our entire destiny is intertwined with software. So why should we allow certain private companies to dictate terms for the usage of software?

Stallman asks: Why is it illegal to share my Windows 7 DVD with my best friend? After all, it’s my best friend and the DVD is mine. I paid money for it! Don’t you think that something is wrong here?

He says that we have every right to get the source code of the software that we buy, to modify the software, and to share it with others. Such software is called FREE software and Dr.Richard Stallman founded the Free Software Foundation (FSF) to spread this truth. Free software means software that respects the users’ freedom and community. Roughly, it means that the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. Thus, Free software is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech,” not as in “free beer”. So the “Free” here doesn’t refer to cost. It means Freedom to users and software developers.

But doesn’t Free software sound like Open source?

In many cases Free software can be Open source and Open source software can be Free software, but not in all cases. The Open source model came into existence later and it focuses more on software — it is a software development model. But the Free software movement focuses not on the software, but on the users; it is ethics.

When Human Beings collaborate, rather than fight against each other over patents, great things happen

To prove this point let me give you an example. More than 10 years ago, when a group of people decided to create an Operating System for mobile phones, they thought that instead of reinventing the wheel and wasting time and money, they could use the Linux kernel as the Operating System’s kernel. Today, we call this Operating System Android. Linus Torvalds created the Linux kernel in 1991,  and until Android came into existence, the kernel was primarily used in personal computers, servers, and supercomputers. But now, Linux is more widespread, thanks to Android.

You see what happens when people share? Nobody can use the Windows NT kernel because it belongs to Microsoft. But anyone can use the Linux kernel because it’s a Free software. Richard Stallman started this revolution by creating the GNU system and giving it away for free (free as in freedom and also free of cost). Linus Torvalds created the Linux kernel and did the same. Why do you think there are hundreds of Linux operating systems out there? Since it is free, many software developers, without fear of someone accusing them of theft, take the source code, modify it and create their own versions of Linux. This is why there are so many Linux operating systems out there.

It has been more than two years since I stopped using Windows for my personal computing altogether. So far, I have used at least seven or eight Linux distributions and I will be trying out more in the future. So what are you waiting for? Get that external hard disk, backup all your data, and give Linux a try.

If you would like to explore more about this, please follow the links below.

One Man’s Fight for Free Software — a New York Times article that came out in the year 1989.

http://www.gnu.org/ — The GNU website that explains everything about Free Software.

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Important Note: When I say Linux, I mean GNU/Linux. Linux is the name of the kernel used in the GNU Operating system. The proper way of calling this system is GNU/Linux (pronounced “Gnoo-slash-Linux” — the G is not silent). For the sake of brevity, people commonly refer to this system as Linux.

Samsung’s Design Language

I found this fantastic comment made by someone under the username “lilmoe”. The guy points out the efficiency of the company, it’s policy of practicality over design, Samsung’s underrated innovations, media bias, and much more. This comment was made in “The Verge” website under an article about the Samsung Galaxy S6.

“Samsung is the fastest to respond to market demands. Their corporate culture is a very focused and disciplined. They are one of the top 5 spenders on R&D and most innovative companies that supply the best in class components. Their latest Galaxy is the first to come in Samsung’s own QHD SAMOLED, 14nm process, UFS 2.0 storage, and LPDDR4 memory. Other companies tout innovations by othermanufacturers as their own and gives them fancy names to mislead consumers, not Samsung. Their enterprise/security solutions are best in class as well, and used by key governments and enterprises.

The problem, my friend, is misleading articles, tech-blogs, TV programs/shows, other media outlets, and false general conception.
Consumers are being mislead into thinking that metal = premium, and form > function. They’re being mislead that a company who’s employees have great respect or even “fear” of their boss is “weird” and bad thing. They’re being mislead in thinking that other companies have a single god-set figure responsible for design. A culture isn’t wrong because it’s different than what you’re used to. But sadly, the “different” therefore “evil” card is being played skillfully by veteran and ^wannabe journalists.

What people don’t hear is that the BoM of flagship Galaxies is higher than those of competitor devices built with full metal, despite Samsung being a component manufacturer/supplier (which should logically influence lower costs).

Galaxy devices are anything but cheap. The plastics/polymers used are NOT flimsy. Flexible =/= flimsy. This is equivalent to saying that carbon fiber if flexible, therefore flimsy, and therefore cheap. This demonstrates the great lack of knowledge (and/or misleading intent) of said media outlets. This is a mobile device with 4+ radio antennas running simultaneously. Plastics and polymers are the best complement for that functionality. That’s a fact that Samsung tried to truthfully convey numerous times. Not once did they say it was the consumer’s fault. Here’s a little piece of information you might find interesting; SAR levels emitted by Galaxy devices are far lower than competing devices. No one talks about that.

Flagship Galaxy devices have always been equipped with the BEST components. Not only the latest SoCs, but actually the best and most expensive Screens, RAM, NAND flash, batteries, camera modules, etc. What other super-sized smartphone has a Wacom digitizer?? (surely not the more expensive competitors).

Samsung’s design language (post-GS3) was focused on being neutral/non-offensive. No one minds their design because it’s “safe”. No one minded plastics. Until recently, because of all the uncalled for criticism of these materials.

No one minded Touchwiz except authors and the comments section. Normal consumers actually preferred it over Stock and other skins from Sony and HTC. It can be argued that LG (the second largest AndroidOEM) has built its skin very similar to Touchwiz, and that’s for a reason.

What Samsung realizes now isn’t that the people want “better materials”, it’s that the vast majority of the non-well-informed want to be mislead into thinking that they have a premium device with a “premium” build. They’re doing that now, except in a actually more sturdy build, using harder metal alloys, harder glass, and a yet-to-be-seen more robust design. Similarities? Sure, how else can you drill holes in an aluminum frame at the bottom for a speaker (since consumers didn’t like the previous speaker placement on the back and Samsung is responding to that). Front facing speakers introduce a huge burden in internal design of the phone and they were trying to avoid that. How else would you build a non-polarizing design (which by the way screams “Samsung” in the front and back)? You quickly run out of design options you know… The iPhone isn’t as “iconic” in design as others want you to believe (well, except for the circular home button I guess?), it’s a very generic non-offensive, non-polarizing design distinguished by the visible elements of its simple components. It’s a great design, yes, but not “iconic”. Timeless is the word you’re looking for here. It’s not easy to build a design that appeals to the (non-niche) mass market, and designs that target the same segment are fated to look the same in most aspects. Take a look at mass market luxury sedans as a good example. If anything (throwing bias out the window), the iPhone 6 looks more similar to Samsung’s of the past couple of years than it does to other iPhones. Previous iPhones had more “Sony” vibe.

Thanks to all the previous nonconstructive criticism, Samsung got rid of everything that hinders design and performance. No more removable battery (for design’s sake), no SD card (for performance’ sake). They kept a glass back for better antenna reception and the added universal wireless charging feature. They also complemented the lack of SD with 32GB standard (which is a nice touch). Samsung has arguably the best Smartphone in 2015. They’ve outdone themselves in every aspect and then some.

We should leave our bias at home this time and commend Samsung for a job well done. The Galaxy S is back strong and has shut a lot of mouths.”

Why Apple Sucks

I read this interesting article written by a former Mac user on Reddit.

25+ year former Mac user says Apple sucks and why

Windows versions get upwards of around 10 years of support, even longer in some cases like what occurred with Windows XP, supported for nearly 13 years (and in some cases is still getting support).

There are still 10-13 year old PC towers that are still running today with Windows XP on them. Find a Mac that is 10-13 years old and still running a supported Mac OS version. You can’t because Apple doesn’t support their older hardware nor supports OS X versions older than 4 years old.

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XP is going down only because Microsoft finally had to retire it and end support. The Win7 & 8? is SUPPORTED on 32 bit hardware. Apple’s PPC processors and 32 bit Intel were rapidly forgotten.

Annual operating system upgrade hell

A new OS X version UPGRADE gets released annually, with a maximum of around 4 years of support per version. Apple rolls new features and software bloat with each new OS X version which cripples most of their older/slower hardware. The upgrades are REPLACEMENTS of the entire operating system (not patches), with kernel, partition changes and firmware updates that are beyond most of their unsuspecting naive install base to handle when it breaks. If you don’t upgrade, your denied security updates in 3 years. If you upgrade after 3 year AppleCare is expired or after your standard 1 year warranty, your paying out of pocket if it bricks.

Most experienced Mac purchasers know to buy the most powerful hardware in the area they require, because Mac’s are not upgradable and the annual OS X upgrade bloat slows them down.

The core software and hardware was designed to work perfectly together before a new machine goes to factory for production. Apple even touts this as a selling point why their platform is better, however it goes and screws all that up soon afterwards with substantial core/UI changes that interrupts people’s lives, looses their data and slows down their hardware. For a platform that is supposedly more friendly to new computer users, it’s just not the case.

Microsoft announces support cycles. Apple doesn’t, ambushes users

3 year old OS X 10.6 is currently UNSUPPORTED by Apple, makes up ~20% of OS X users per Net Applications where all OS X versions combined is only 6.5% total market share Apple refuses support, 1 in 5 Mac’s vulnerable

Apple really screwed OS X 10.6 users who upgraded to 10.7, didn’t warn them during the install process that 10.7 had no Rosetta compatibility for their PPC processor based software. Hundreds of thousands of people were asking support how to revert their machines back to OS X 10.6, dragging their machines into Apple, because they needed their software to work LIKE RIGHT NOW!

The annual OS X upgrades tend to break your third party software and hardware drivers, many have to pay for software upgrades and/or buy newer hardware as some makers won’t supply drivers for their older hardware despite them still working fine.

Almost every OS X version one upgrades their Mac annually to robs the machine of performance. Many newer Mac’s now come with non-upgradable RAM, so the machines performance can’t be increased to counter the software bloat.

Even the neutral exFAT format Disk Utility does can’t be hardly read on Windows.

Problem was fixed for OS X 10.7+ but not for the 20% on 10.6, see what I mean now about Apple? 2011 was a mere 3 years ago, 10.6 was being sold on NEW machines back then. Apple just forgets you exist after 3 years and hopes you upgrade your machine or gets malware so it breaks and you can then be sold a new one.

Microsoft gave a free exFAT download to all Windows XP users, a 12 year old operating system.

Higher than normal hardware turnover rate, hardware obsolescence built in

I’ve replaced my primary Mac computer 4 times and the operating system 9 times in the same 13 year period my $1000 Dell Pentium XP tower (+ $500 for monitors/keyboard/mice) using friend has had his.

  1. eMac – died 3 years/obsolete due to operating system version, clogged with dust (can’t clean them) ~$1,000.
  2. PowerMac G5 – made obsolete in ~3 years because Apple didn’t release a OS X 10.6 version for PPC processors, otherwise it being a tower with replaceable parts, can clean the dust out, SHOULD HAVE lasted 10 years. ~$6,000 with 30″ displays w/AppleCare.
  3. 15″ MBP – died 3.5 years due to cooling fin clogging as Apple had no process in place to inform users to clean or provide cleaning to prevent overheating. Won’t let user self clean the cooling fins without violating AppleCare. Also the keyboard on their laptops is weak cheap crap. ~$2500 w/AppleCare
  4. 17″ MBP – (2011) EDIT Despite using the best of care, cleaning the dust out annually, using external devices for input, raising the hind legs a little to make sure there is adequate airflow under the machine. The 2011 machine just recently died on Black Friday 2014, 3 years 8 months from purchase. The cause was a failed dedicated GPU like many Mac users are reporting due to over-application of thermal paste. (see below) ~$3500 w/AppleCare.

My XP friend has had a much more reliable computer at a much lower price for far longer with less trouble than I had with Apple. XP might have gotten malware, Win 7+ hardly does. Apple is a hardware company using software (and planned hardware obsolescence) to force rapid turnover. High Price <> Quality or Longevity.

For instance Intel HD graphics are substantially behind their dedicated graphics cousins.

Using OS X/iOS upgrades to cripple hardware

Steve Jobs, the founder, got kicked out of Apple by the CEO John Sculley he himself hired from PepsiCo. After many years of exile, and after several ineffective CEO’s of Apple, this is the Steve Jobs sales pitch to get rehired as CEO.

“If I were running Apple, I would milk the Macintosh for all it’s worth — and get busy on the next great thing. The PC wars are over. Done. Microsoft won a long time ago.”– Steve Jobs

Jobs declared his Mac’s dead, says “we lost” to Microsoft, trying to shift users to iPad

Milking extended to Apple’s iOS product line as well.

“You mean my two-year-old iPad can’t take this year’s software?”

The Mac only makes up 6% of Apple’s current revenue, the iPad 10% and the iPhone a whopping 68%! Why?Because they can cause a 2 year hardware turnover rate by slowing your device down.

iPhone global market share trending downwards

Can’t self-remove the storage with sensitive files if the machine won’t boot

Filevault passwords have to given up to get the machine repaired. With “Fusion Drive” (aka hybrid) the SSD portion is on the logicboard. SSD’s and flash drives can’t be securely erased (unlike hard drives can). NSA says grind or melt them. Nice huh? Confidential Data Not Safe on Solid State Disks

Removing/crippling hardware/software lines as they exit

Xserver gone. XRAID gone. 17″ MacBook Pro gone. MacBooks gone. Hobbling hardware performance. Anti-glare screens gone too, to the dismay of many.

Apple released that abortion of Final Cut Pro X that had Hollywood screaming and many running to Avid on HP Workstations.

Windows Pro versions have downgrade rights to the previous versions, not Mac’s.

Apple announces end of Aperture, their Pro level photo editing program.

Apple is constantly changing interfaces, requiring a slew of adapters to get everything to work and then it doesn’t work well or long as they just drop hardware lines. Go in to get a replacement monitor for a three year old machine, it’s gone.

Apple employs a severe expensive hardware and software Stockholm Syndrome Effect with their annual change up that is unlike anything seen on Windows.

The general attitude in Apple Stores is if you can’t/won’t replace your iOS device every two years and your Mac every three years, it’s all your fault. They don’t care how they treat you because they got a brainwashed fools right behind you they haven’t burned yet.

People are being sold on the looks and the fad status, “Look at me, I’m fabulous, I’ve got a fashion product”. Apple’s hardware isn’t any better than others, it would be if there wasn’t so much dust clogging planned obsolescence built in, annual OS X upgrade bloat crippling performance.

Mac users typically make up dozens of reasons/excuses why it’s better, but no clear reasons why the world far and wide has rejected their platform. Every year when Apple changes up OS X, hardware or software (like FCPX) there is yet another huge outcry on the Apple forums.

Apple dupes people into buying quality and doesn’t deliver. See what Reddit says!

Mac users have to run Windows and keep their skills up as 99% of the business world uses it. The software selection on OS X is poor, it’s expensive because of the lack of competition, due to the decreasing market share.

Treat fellow human beings like dirt. Forced U2 download anyone?

Took 3 years to fix a active iTunes exploit they knew about and was used by suppressive regimes all over the world

David Rice, head of Apple Product Security, ex-NSA guy, never left it seems.

100% access to the iPhone suspected AND CONFIRMED Backdoors in iOS devices, bypasses encryption

Governments, law (crooked or not) and hackers can download a iOS devices FULL CONTENT, and location data, remotely, without your knowledge!

Apple enacted location tracking without telling anyone and the Webcam activated remotely with no light

Brainwashes it’s workers. AND Psychological tricks used on customers

“A modern surveillance state isn’t so much being forced on us, as it is sold to us device by device, with the idea that it is for our benefit.”

Apple product crime spree

Apple responsible for 14% of NYC crime Jealous people pour liquid into Mac’s keyboard or try walk off with the machine.

Ripping iOS devices out of people’s hands is common. Police warn people to not to use their Apple devices in the open.

Mac’s have been getting malware. It’s rather easy since 20% of the platform is unsupported for security updates and that’s only going to increase when 10.10 is released and 10.7 is ignored. Apple never learned, 500,000 Macs and HQ pwned.

Windows is more calm, consistent and stable, security updates come out fast and not three months to 3 years later like with Apple. Microsoft may be wrong at times, but it corrects itself to market forces and doesn’t ignore older hardware. Apple forces you to do things their way EVERY FRIGGING YEAR and uses updates/upgrades to slow down your machine, trap your files into only their formats and backups. No TimeMachine for Windows!

“Tie all of our products together, so we further lock customers into our ecosystem,” – Steve Jobs.

With Windows PC’s one has a choice of hardware vendors. Mac’s have a very limited hardware line and have been removing products as they switch to the more profitable and rapidly disposable iOS devices.

I was supportive of the underdog Apple for LONG TIME (since the Apple IIe) but finally just had enough of the “New Apple” abuse, the built in planned obsolescence, the constant mistreatment and manipulation of their customers.

Buying into Apple is buying into a problem, it’s not buying to solve a problem.

Please, pass this far and wide and let others know the truth about Apple.

 

The original article can be found in the link below:

http://www.reddit.com/r/MacSucks/comments/28docp/25_year_former_mac_user_says_apple_sucks_and_why/