The smart-phone has a camera. A whopping 5 megapixel one.
Being a photographer, I guess I’m critical when it comes to photographing. I can tell you that this “camera” is a piece of crap. The previous phone (HTC) had a 2 or 3 mp camera and that was even crappier, and I assumed that the camera technology since the first version of that HTC -I’ve had it for about 1,5 years before it turned retard on me – would’ve been improved since than, but no. The quality is still crap. The amount of pictures I shot with the HTC you can count on the fingers of 2 hands. I predict that it won’t be much more with this phone. I’ve considered getting the Nokia N8, one of the reasons was because it has a 12 mp camera, but I can’t say anything about the quality of it (decided against getting it anyway after some good advise from a friend).
But anyway… I think it will take still a very long time (if at all) before phones will have cameras with acceptable quality. They are just too flimsy, you can’t do any decent manual settings and I’m even having trouble shooting an in-focus image, because the phone is so thin and wobbly and you can’t really hold it firmly to make pictures.
For a quick snap-shot it’ll have to do, though, even if it’s got “camera” shake, a shitload of noise (@ ISO400, how sad is that?) and very flat colors (funny values in phone for taking this picture, too!):
So I got this new phone. Another smart-phone. It actually looks quite smart. And I can even call with it! 😀
And it’s got all these fancy widgets that you can install. First I thought I’d install the Facebook app, so I checked it out, downloaded it, and got to reading to what I have to agree to when installing the app. I knew already that Zuckerberg was a sneaky little weasel, so I read carefully and quickly canceled. It read this:
This application has access to the following:
System tools: Prevent phone from sleeping, write sync settings
Network communications: Full Internet access
Your personal information: Read contact data, write contact data
Your accounts: Manage the accounts list, act as an account authenticator
Your location: fine (GPS) location
So… I don’t think so. I mean… Read contact data? Write contact data? Manage the accounts list and act as an account authenticator? WTF? No way!
There’s been already a whole lot of discussion going on about applications on today’s smart-phones that access private information, with or without the phone’s owner knowing about it, and I’m sure there’s something going on in my phone, too, with pre-installed things, that I don’t know of. But when installing third-party applications, you just have to be really careful.
So I checked on, found a couple of nice widgets that could give interesting info. AccuWeather Clock was one. So again, I downloaded it and got to reading what I have to agree to when installing. Did you think that Zuckerberg was a sneaky little weasel? From him I sort of get it still, since he has this whole social networking thing going on. But from the AccuWeather Clock? That app has no business sticking its nose in my private information! And it wants to access even more information than the Facebook app. WTF????
The above is a real-time photograph of the AccuWeather Clock application, just before installation. I don’t know who of you has actually installed this, but have you read what you’ve allowed this thing to access?
Allow this application to directly call phone numbers (services that cost you money).
Allow this application to act as an account authenticator, contacts data in Google accounts, Google mail, manage the accounts list, use the authentication credentials of an account.
Allow this application to modify or delete SD card contents.
Allow this application to modify global system settings, prevent phone from sleeping, retrieve running applications, write subscribed feeds, write sync settings.
Seriously, why the hell would you put the authentication credentials there in the first place, if you allow these kind of applications to freely use them? And why would this application need to have access your Google account, calendar and be able to add stuff to your calendar and to send people in your contact list mails? That’s just SO screwed up.
Have you read the terms and conditions on everything you’ve agreed to? Do you realize what implications these things have on your privacy?
I suggest you start checking what you’ve got installed on your phone and what it’s accessing. You might be surprised. Not pleasantly…
Was feeling a lot better today, luckily. Not completely 100%, but good enough to go downtown and do my appointments.
Driving back home around noon I got stuck on the motorway behind a car which was going 65-70 km/h and kindof swerving from left to right on his lane. Motorway on that particular stretch allows 80 km/h. So, you’ll probably say, stop nagging and pass the car. Right. But the car was driving on the left lane. And overtaking on the right as such isn’t allowed (yes, yes, I sometimes do it).
So I drove behind the car for about 4 kms and then it finally moved to the right lane. I passed it, and the driver was typing a message on his phone. Of course, figures!
So here -and Finland in general- are two things, notorious left-laners and hand-held drivers, that I think should be permanently banned from traffic. Finnish people in traffic, or at least 90-95% of them, are otherwise likes saints on a celibacy-workshop.
In Holland the fine for hand-held driving is 150€, and is pretty strictly enforced by the police. In Finland it is prohibited by law (not sure what the fine for it is here), but I don’t think the problem is accepted for its full danger, unfortunately. My trip home was about 25 kms and took about 30 minutes. In that time I passed a lot of cars (yes, yes, I drove about 10 km overspeed on the motorway) and I counted 11 drivers either talking on the phone or typing a text message or email, or whatever.
That’s 11 x 150€ = 1.650€ made in about 30 minutes. I wish I made that kind of money! Talking about the Golden Goose!
Get those off the road would be a whole lot better than chasing people driving 5-10kms overspeed on the motorway… I think…