Silly me was puzzled by my phone connecting to the HSDPA network service instead of showing 3G for the past month. Finally wikipediaed it and realised that

“High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) is an enhanced 3G (third generation) mobile telephony communications protocol in the High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) family, also dubbed 3.5G, 3G+ or turbo 3G, which allows networks based on Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) to have higher data transfer speeds and capacity. Current HSDPA deployments support down-link speeds of 1.8, 3.6, 7.2 and 14.0 Mbit/s.” – Wikipedia.

Okay… I see now.


OS Fragmentation

It used to be that phones were all known by their model number and you could easily recognise the top 5-10 phone models. Now… its getting crazy. The average so-called “IT” user used to have to deal with mainly the variants of Windows, knowing how to use Win XP and Win 7 can get you by. Now, one needs to know about the iOS (in the iPhone form, iPad form), the Mac OS, the Nokia (symbian) OS, Android OS, Blackberry OS. And all these are the very commonly encountered ones. Each contain its own bunch of quirks, capabilities, features, unique features, settings, addon applications. And then you have the layers of applications that permeate the systems, like the social networking systems, the instant messaging systems, the different email systems, the call systems. What you once knew about the classic Sony Ericsson, Motorola, … phone interfaces are all largely outdated unless you are handling an old phone, although that is still visible.

So, how’s anyone supposed to handle all that? Its kinda insane. There’s this acronym: GTD – Getting Things Done. Coined for apps that help you to GTD, eg task schedulers, calendars, notepads. So what we might need, is to really get things done and not have to play around with all that insane I T. No way are my parents ever going to be able to handle all that technology.

By the way, have you heard of Chrome-to-phone? Its a function that allows you to transfer the url of a website that you are currently viewing on the pc, over to the phone. ie so that when you leave the pc, you can continue reading on the phone. Fantastic. Just the next level of sync/connectivity I need. It requires Chrome or Firefox, and Android 2.2. I wish for the day where I can ‘dock’ my phone to my laptop, and/or ‘dock’ my laptop to my pc, and gain combined functions when using them together.


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