Re: Slashdotted

2009-04-06 Thread robert lazarski
On Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 1:52 PM, Lalo Martins lalo.mart...@gmail.com wrote:
 quoth arne anka as of Mon, 06 Apr 2009 18:01:11 +0200:

 This is getting ridiculous.  Now the misreportage is spreading through
 the blogosphere:
 ...

 in what respect a mis-reportage?
 that's, what i concluded from these long mails with 99.9% quote and half
 a line at the bottom ...

 The articles (Slashdot, Phonescoop, Engadget, Giz) are saying Freerunner
 was cancelled.  That doesn't even make sense, since Freerunner is out,
 what's there to cancel?  But I believe it was said explicitly that
 production of the Freerunner is *not* stopping... (I certainly still want
 one, buzz or not)

 best,
                                               Lalo Martins

Talk is cheap. The GT03 was announced and canceled, a tentative A7
release was announced, canceled and replaced with a 5 point plan or
something , so I certainly wouldn't be surprised if neither the A7 nor
plan b happen at this point. You don't fire or create conditions for
the most important kernel / hardware / UI guys to leave if you have
growth in mind. Something new may happen, but IMHO its time to at
least consider that what you see is what you get.

The one thing for sure is that OM a company generally has a bad
reputation at this point with all this recent press - unfairly or not.
If they can overcome that image and also release new products with a
skeleton staff, then I'll be pleasantly surprised - like many of us,
I'd rather not have my time spent go down the tubes.

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Re: Slashdotted

2009-04-06 Thread robert lazarski
On Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 8:17 PM, Steve Mosher st...@openmoko.com wrote:

 WRT the general phone market, I'd say we are content to have the android
 distribution cover that demand. That effort is being carried out
 independently of us. I see that as pure upside business. In brazil for
 example, we see a market for 13 million android phones. Do I put this in
 my forecast? No. Will our business change overnight if it materializes?
 yes.

I live in Brazil and I'd be curious to see how you generally could
come up with those numbers. Not doubting, just curious. Its a 200
million people country and my guess is there currently are not 13
million cell phones operating in the entire country that cost more
than the cheapest Andriod-based phone on the market. Even still, I
wish you luck.

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Slashdotted

2009-04-04 Thread robert lazarski
http://mobile.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/04/04/228240art_pos=2

Not pretty. As someone who has been lurking on this list for 1 1/2
years, patiently waiting to buy a phone but trying to avoid buzz fix
parties if I could help it, I suppose its not surprising. On the
positive side, I'll stick around to see what happens with plan b - if
that is there's anyone left to develop it and its not vapor. I like
the idea of Freerunner, just not its execution. I'd like to surprised
though and see a turn around. And yes, I'll probably buy one that
ships without hardware problems.

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Re: GUI responsiveness (was Re: SHR first impression : it's slow ?)

2009-02-27 Thread robert lazarski
On Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 11:35 AM, The Rasterman Carsten Haitzler
ras...@rasterman.com wrote:
 On Thu, 26 Feb 2009 11:31:43 +0100 Helge Hafting helge.haft...@hist.no said:

 Joel Newkirk wrote:

 When I try to impress people with the FR, I show them cool apps like
 linball. Not the icon interface. It is not that hot anyway - and
 slowness is simply bad.

 if i want to impress i do not show them a freerunner. i show them something
 with much better hardware :)


You mean like this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6J5EtiQ1ps

Its not opensource, but still impressive and far beyond anything FR is
dreaming of I'm afraid.

BTW, see you soon in porto de galinas :-) .

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Re: Survey about the Touchscreen

2008-11-22 Thread robert lazarski
On Sat, Nov 22, 2008 at 7:28 AM, Anton Persson [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 And note that Apple doesn't have it's reputation since they make
 poor
 hardware decisions, but the opposite.

Converesely, one could argue that apple has very mediocre hardware and
its strength is both UI and things just work. Not that use apple for
anything. More clutter ;-( .

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Re: Will there be a hardware revision for the buzzing issue?

2008-11-20 Thread robert lazarski
On Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 3:00 AM, Joerg Reisenweber [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Am Mo  17. November 2008 schrieb robert lazarski:
 Hi all,

 I'm about to buy an openmoko, as I finally have some time and cash.
 However, my understanding is that the latest phones for sale have a
 buzzing issue and its confirmed to be hardware related. Will there be
 a hardware revision? Or I'm a stuck using a soldering iron and new
 parts to fix it? Please correct me if I'm misinformed.

 We are actually in the process to figure out how to fix *all* devices sold, by
 implementing the so-called big-C fix (which means add a 100uF, replace one
 R), which can be done by those experienced in soldering. Not yet clear where
 this will end, but we're on it.

 Very next thing is we will publish a rework SOP paper.

 Also see other answer in this thread.

 cheers
 jOERG


Thanks for the info. While I'm good at soldering, I'd prefer to wait
for an A7 revision if that happens. Searching the hardware archives
mentioned there might be one:

http://www.mail-archive.com/[EMAIL PROTECTED]/msg00696.html

I realize it may take a while. I'm guessing A7, if it happens, may
also have other updates which may help some other issues of the phone.
Looking at the hardware wiki, I see no list of confirmed or even
suspected hardware issues. My interest in openmoko is kernel and
bootloader related, and there's just somethings that can't be fixed in
hardware despite the steady stream of patches I see on the kernel
list. So I'm unclear if some issues like suspend, battery life amd
missed calls are perhaps hardware issues? Just trying to make an
informed choice between buying now or later.

Best regards,
Robert

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Re: Will there be a hardware revision for the buzzing issue?

2008-11-20 Thread robert lazarski
On Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 6:07 AM, robert lazarski
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 On Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 3:00 AM, Joerg Reisenweber [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Am Mo  17. November 2008 schrieb robert lazarski:
 Hi all,

 I'm about to buy an openmoko, as I finally have some time and cash.
 However, my understanding is that the latest phones for sale have a
 buzzing issue and its confirmed to be hardware related. Will there be
 a hardware revision? Or I'm a stuck using a soldering iron and new
 parts to fix it? Please correct me if I'm misinformed.

 We are actually in the process to figure out how to fix *all* devices sold, 
 by
 implementing the so-called big-C fix (which means add a 100uF, replace one
 R), which can be done by those experienced in soldering. Not yet clear where
 this will end, but we're on it.

 Very next thing is we will publish a rework SOP paper.

 Also see other answer in this thread.

 cheers
 jOERG


 Thanks for the info. While I'm good at soldering, I'd prefer to wait
 for an A7 revision if that happens. Searching the hardware archives
 mentioned there might be one:

 http://www.mail-archive.com/[EMAIL PROTECTED]/msg00696.html

 I realize it may take a while. I'm guessing A7, if it happens, may
 also have other updates which may help some other issues of the phone.
 Looking at the hardware wiki, I see no list of confirmed or even
 suspected hardware issues. My interest in openmoko is kernel and
 bootloader related, and there's just somethings that can't be fixed in
 hardware despite the steady stream of patches I see on the kernel
 list. So I'm unclear if some issues like suspend, battery life amd
 missed calls are perhaps hardware issues? Just trying to make an
 informed choice between buying now or later.

 Best regards,
 Robert


s/can't be fixed in hardware/can't be fixed in software/

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Will there be a hardware revision for the buzzing issue?

2008-11-17 Thread robert lazarski
Hi all,

I'm about to buy an openmoko, as I finally have some time and cash.
However, my understanding is that the latest phones for sale have a
buzzing issue and its confirmed to be hardware related. Will there be
a hardware revision? Or I'm a stuck using a soldering iron and new
parts to fix it? Please correct me if I'm misinformed.

- R

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Re: Sold out aaaah

2008-08-23 Thread robert lazarski
Unfortunately that means people who live in a place that does not have
a distributor - like Brazil - are SOL for like, forever, appearently.
Sigh. I guess I should unsubscribe from the list for 6 months and then
check back. My optimism tells me to wait a bit still, but its not
eternal.

- R

On Sat, Aug 23, 2008 at 1:47 PM, Steve Mosher [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 check with the distributors. Its the same product.

 Jeff Sadowski wrote:
 http://us.direct.openmoko.com/products/neo-freerunner
 Maybe by the time I get a chance to buy one they will have enough
 processor power, ram and disk space to replace my laptop.
 Every time I even look to buy it I see the sold out.

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Re: stupid guy! thinks it's a train wreck!

2008-08-18 Thread robert lazarski
On Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 7:22 PM, Steve Mosher [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 As for new product in our store. Our distrubtors continue to take
 everything we can build. So, check with them first. Its the same
 product with the same or better pricing.Our goal is not to be in the
 retail side of selling product but to empower our distributors.
 Otherwise I have to spend a large amount of money building up a sales
 and marketing staff. I would rather spend our money on engineering.
 I would rather let those folks who already run distribution centers
 use their expertise. So please check out the distributors. They
 provide the same product at comparable prices.

There's no distributor for Brazil. I became part of a group in the USA
- I have contacts there - but there hasn't been a 900mhz phone sold
via the online store yet. My group was assured you could mix 900mhz /
850mhz phones, bought a 850mhz phone that I can't use, and is waiting
to exchange it. I've been reading this list forever without a phone to
use. I understand your strategy may make general sense, but there be
casualties. Just ranting.

Any rough idea of when 900mhz phones will be available via the online store?
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Re: The GTAs

2008-07-26 Thread robert lazarski
On Sat, Jul 26, 2008 at 4:51 PM, Joerg Reisenweber [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Am So  27. Juli 2008 schrieb Marko Knöbl:
 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Openmoko  GTA04 will likely
 have 3G support as well. Is that correct?
 nope
 /j


Is no 3g motived by hardware limitations , licensing problems, or a
decision from the silent and mysterious design department ?

RANT
I'm not a developer ATM machine, ie, I won't keep buying these devices
and developing on them if they never will have competetive hardware. I
Already bought the Freerunner thinking the hardware on a future device
will someday catch up to the current proprietary market. Now I
realized that is not going to happen. I can't figure out the
evolution, not revolution purpose of the GT03 , and now that GT04
won't have 3G , it makes me wonder who are going to buy these things.
My pockets and patience are not endless.
/RANT

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Re: The GTAs

2008-07-26 Thread robert lazarski
On Sat, Jul 26, 2008 at 5:47 PM, Joerg Reisenweber [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Am So  27. Juli 2008 schrieb robert lazarski:
 On Sat, Jul 26, 2008 at 4:51 PM, Joerg Reisenweber [EMAIL PROTECTED]
 wrote:
  Am So  27. Juli 2008 schrieb Marko Knöbl:
  according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Openmoko  GTA04 will likely
  have 3G support as well. Is that correct?
  nope
  /j
 

 Sorry my fault. GTA04 is completely unclear yet.
 I read GTA03, where in fact you asked for 04.
 Nevermind.
 /j


Ah, thanks for claryfying. .

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Re: Heller versus DC

2008-06-26 Thread robert lazarski
On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 2:02 PM, Kevin Dean [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 My apologies, auto-completion took the wrong li.

 That was not meant for the list. I really need to stop using Gmail. :(


ok, fair enough. Now the genie is in the OM list, I suppose it would
too much to ask to move this discussion elsewhere?

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Re: Why not use votation system?

2008-06-15 Thread robert lazarski
On Sun, Jun 15, 2008 at 4:18 PM, steve [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:


  Could we  weight votes by  code committed. No code. No vote.


Seems like the Apache project rules, +1 !!!

;-)

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Re: Free Runner price vs iphone 3G price

2008-06-11 Thread robert lazarski
On Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 9:55 AM, Shawn [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 My question is this:
 say I buy a freerunner, but decide to switch to ATT as my provider (as I
 plan to do in the near future), will they not hit me with a contract
 agreement anyway? Isn't that how you get the cheapest minute/plans? If thats
 the case, then yeah, it looks like the iPhone is cheaper for my situation.
 If you already have a mobile plan and do not intend to switch, then the
 freerunner is the way to go. . .

 just my 2 cents.

Depends on the country and even more on personal preference. I
personally have never used a cell phone via a contract - I buy
pre-paid minutes, because I know what I'm spending that way. Plus the
contract terms are comparable to an EULA - scary stuff to this
individual.

In fact, in Brazil where I live its illegal to sell a blocked phone -
in no small part because those predatory telephone companies do
curious things on their bills and limit their services. I think
perhaps the USA is the odd ball in their locked way of doing
business, so ymmv.

I personally would find it ironic if I had an open source cell phone
but had to have a contract to use it - but that's just me. Would I be
paying extra on minutes? I only make about 10 minutes of calls a month
and a little more when I travel, but even if it made modest economic
sense, I prefer to pay more for my freedom. Sort of like paying more
for an unlocked openmoko rather than some comparable alternative - if
there's a choice, I'll pay more for freedom. Whether other people
would or wouldn't pay more for their freedom isn't an interesting
question to me - I simply don't care.

Robert

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Re: QVGA V/s VGA for GTA03 (was something about yummy CPU-GPU combos!)

2008-06-10 Thread robert lazarski
On Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 12:12 PM, The Rasterman Carsten Haitzler
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 On Tue, 10 Jun 2008 15:57:36 +0300 Dotan Cohen [EMAIL PROTECTED] babbled:

 2008/6/10 The Rasterman Carsten Haitzler [EMAIL PROTECTED]:
  nb - your chars just become tall (3x7). eg:
 

 I understand. I would still like to see a screenshot of fstab or
 xorg.conf open in vim with such a font on qvga screen. I don't mind
 getting used to some displeasures, however others I avoid if possible.

 http://hea-www.harvard.edu/~fine/images/fonts/atari-small-samp.gif


That's painful for this reader. I couldn't write or read code - or
anything really - in that font for more than a few seconds. IMHO, It'd
be kind of ironic that a totally hackable phone wouldn't have the
ability to read or write text. FYI, I did lasik corrective surgery so
my eyesight is relatively good .

Robert

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