On Mon, Jun 07, 2010 at 02:36:18PM -0400, Timothy Ball wrote:
> so the "idea" of these new fancy "android" based fons is that you don't
> "sync" anything on the fon to anything on your desktop. rather you sync
> it to google and then it all gets handled.
This is where the "cloud" is incredibly powerful, yet incredibly annoying, and
why we need to think more about how to
approach the changing world without denying it exists.
The near thing about Android's APIs is they're not entirely Google-centric-
they just are by default.
Let's take the contacts API. It actually has support for multiple providers. If
I use the Facebook app, all my
Facebook friends show up in my contacts, and if they put their phone numbers
in, I can call them, etc.
That's incredibly powerful.
And it's also incredibly powerful to have my contacts synced up so that when I
use my phone and get someone's email
address at an event, it's available on my computer without me needing to do
The utility of such features is undebiable. In fact I'd say that if the
community's response is "Cloud is bad, don't
use cloud"- you've lost the fight.
The real question then is how do we get FLOSS developers to start building
applications that work the same way as
There's no reason the cloud server which sync up with my phone can't be
something I control.
It's just a matter of writing some code.
> as far as tethering is concerned you should root your fon asap so you
> can install the fantastic root tether for wifi users OR you can wait for
> the new froyo (all android releases are named after deserts) which will
> have built in tethering. the best part of this tethering? the fon
> becomes a std 802.11b adhoc AP. everything and anything should be able
> to connect.
As I mentioned to Tim offline, if you're going to unlock your phone, do it
ASAP, as it wipes your settings.
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