Why one cannot recommend the freerunner as a daily phone (was Re: Is a FreeRunner sufficient for me?)

David Ford david at blue-labs.org
Thu Jun 25 20:35:10 CEST 2009

actually - and i'm not picking on you, it really bugs me that developers 
think "oh, i don't need to trim this down and it's ok to suck up more 
resources because next year ram will be cheaper"

that's the reason why we have desktops that still bog down with half a 
dozen programs running even though we now have orders of magnitude more 
resources.  imagine what our desktops could actually do if we didn't 
have 183 levels of abstraction, 52 different sound ways to do sound, 
themes and rendering, etc, etc.  just imagine having a browser that 
could actually scroll smoothly with multimedia objects, without 
requiring a quad xeon system and 8gigs of ram.

please don't buy into the wasteful use of resources as "planning for the 
future".  it's bothersome to go through accessories like a pair of 
shoes.  that's one of the things that makes linux (*nix) so much better 
is that it can still run on "old" hardware.

i nearly miss most of my calls on my phone even when it's sitting right 
here next to me because it takes so long for the phone user interface 
software to respond to me and tell the gsm modem to answer the call.  
that's entirely silly.   i answer it and i can leave it sitting on the 
desk for another 7-15 seconds while it keeps on ringing before i pick it 
up and can talk.  every other cellphone i've ever had, had a nearly 
instant transition from ring to talk when i answered it.


On 06/25/09 06:26, mobi phil wrote:
> How long do you think people will carry arround the freerunner in 
> their pockets, when next year the same time you will be able to buy a 
> "crap" :) nvidia tegra based device with 500MB memory for 200$ ?
> Plan for the future, not for the past :)

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