[openmoko-announce] Openmoko on Design
stroller at stellar.eclipse.co.uk
Tue Jul 29 01:54:33 CEST 2008
On 28 Jul 2008, at 21:31, Jay Vaughan wrote:
>> Sorry to hear it doesn't work for you. But like I said, we each have
>> own ways of understanding and making meanings.
>> You are free to create your own meanings.
> I just can't see how you honestly believe all this panty-waiste
> dilettante waffling about "not having a design because its up to the
> open community" is going to drive things forward.
I read Sean's message quite differently to the way you did, apparently.
I read it as "we do have a design for ASU" and presumably when he
said "we're not taking votes on piddly little implementation details"
this is because FIC just want to get on with things and as quickly as
possible and get ASU to the sate where it's the reference-platform
(with the nice-looking GUI) that you desire.
Having said that, I had to read the message more than once to arrive
at these conclusions. From Sean's message & Will's  it seems to me
like people at Openmoko sometimes speak a different language from the
rest of us, a language with over a thousand words for "blue sky".
I don't want to sound negative (again!) because over the weekend I've
had a bit of a revelation about Openmoko, and I'm feeling much more
positive than I was a couple of days ago. I've just spent quite a bit
of time trying to express that in a reply to "Openmoko on Design"
that I sent privately to Sean; I've asked him if I can post that to
the list, but I don't want want to publicly post "my interpretation"
of Openmoko if he thinks that mischaracterises them. Initially I was
really angry about the whole removal-of-the-keyboard-button-by-
shadowy-designers thing, and I've come to realise it's irrelevant and
that I was stupid to get upset about it.
Nevertheless, the problem with the explanations made by Sean & Will
is that one shouldn't have to "interpret" statements of official
policy at all. We shouldn't be "free to create your own meanings"
from your explanations. I found these posts surprising because they
seem to have borrowed their manner of response from John McCain's
recent interview on gay adoption . They approached some clear and
specific concerns in a way that geometry does not address - had they
done so tangentially it would have been a vast improvement.
I think my first project will be called MokoBingo! (with the
exclamation mark!)! It will check the mailing list on a regular basis
and the Freerunner will make a squeaky noise when any of the
following terms are encountered:
Open, free, innovation, imaginative
creative, community. Resources, sharing,
imagination, struggle, essential ideas.
Foundation, openness, art, growth.
Understanding, the power of open.
Actually, you will get two squeaks for "self-organize".
 onimas at gmail.com is an Openmoko employee, right?
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