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Politicians, corruption, and stupidity

Gyude BryantThree natural bed-fellows I guess, especially when it comes to African politicians, but surely I can't be the only person who thinks Liberia's ex-president Gyude Bryant is frankly, a bit pants.

The guy was president of an African nation, and the best he could half-inch was a million US dollars? Frankly, that's just pathetic, ruler of three million people and he can't embezzle enough to buy a nice family-sized house in the South of England...

[Wed, 28 Feb 2007 14:19] | [rants] | #

Are Operators adding Value?

That's a contentious point, I'm sure they think they're adding value, but many people are beginning to question what exactly the operator does to make life better, here are some examples:

To add some further context, my experience with Orange and their modifications to my Nokia 6680's firmware certainly have me wondering who all this added value to suppose to benefit. It certainly doesn't appear to be me, and it is my phone after all, my property.

Quick summary of Orange's anti-benefits in their firmware changes: I'm stuck with their ugly and unmodifiable home screen, which disables Nokia's active standby screen, said home screen gives me easy access to a selection of apps that I rarely use, hogs memory (a big issue on the 6680) and crashes from time to time. Also because I've got Orange's firmware Nokia's firmware update won't allow me to upgrade my phone to the latest generic firmware, instead I'm stuck with something a little elderly and buggy.

What else do Orange provide? Oh, an email service, wow that's really useful, it's not like I've not got an email address already. I've always wanted to have a memorable email address like joe-anon83754@cheapskate.customer.email.orange.co.uk

Oh, and here's another thought, my 6680 was cheap, because I signed a one year contract, so the real price was spread over 12 monthly payments. Now, if this was some sort of real hire purchase or credit deal, my monthly bill would drop after I'd paid back the loan subsidy, you can guess what happens with Orange can't you...

Now perhaps I'm being unfair to Orange, and they do have some hefty payments to make to the UK government to pay for their 3G licenses (another stealth tax on the UK public?), and none of the UK operators offer any better services (dare I say cartel?). But, it's really not a great situation for the consumer, and when you see initiatives such as a Vodafone specific version of S60 I can hardly get too excited.

Are lock-in, restricted functionality, and price-gouging the best they can offer?

[Tue, 27 Feb 2007 20:53] | [mobile] | #

Twittering nonsense

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So I've succumbed to the meme, and joined the Twittering masses. Like Matthew I'm probably the wrong generation, being ancient enough to be Nathan Barley's dad, and experienced enough to remember life before Web 0.0 (shudder).

First thoughts:

[Wed, 21 Feb 2007 21:28] | [blogging] | #

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Taken from Jim’s del.icio.us links

[Thu, 08 Feb 2007 06:30] | [linkblog] | #

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