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I caved in and bought a Nexus phone

I had never been completely sold by the philosophy of the Nexus’ smartphones before now. Powerful hardware, minimal software and not much love given by Google in the multimedia components (camera and audio, mostly) didn’t appeal me nor were what I looked for. A smartphone is meant to be a device that can do a bit of everything, pretty good at every thing it does without surpassing dedicated devices. A pc can be customized and improved in specific areas at will, while a smartphone is a block that you can’t modify. Buying a smartphone thus is a more a long-term choice than a new computers is. To be clear, I never expect a smartphone camera to beat a reflex or to listen to music as crystal clear as with an amplifier and above 100€ headphones nor to play games that run as fast as with a console. A smartphone, especially those in the high range, should simply do all of this in a easy manner that doesn’t delude the user. It shouldn’t be the best in any area, just good. But, more importantly, it should not lack in any of these areas so much as to render them useless. I had given up taking photos with my old Lg Optimus One, for instance, they were terrible. I could accept it from a low range phone but not from a high range one.

A Nexus doesn’t cost as much as an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy but as per hardware specs it’s definitely in the same league. That’s why I hated why Google didn’t furnish the previous Nexus models a better camera or something more in the audio compartment. The Nexus phones looked to me as “no frills, fast phones”, which was partly what I was looking for but not a complete smartphone experience.

Then, why did I end up buying one?

Lack of choice. All phones suck, the Nexus simply suck less.

It may sound over-pretentious to claim that there’s not a good phone among hundreds available. Indeed there is, if you are willing to spend more than a reasonable human being would. I wasn’t. The thing is, all phones in the mid-range and below are terrible. Really. Either they lack hardware power (1Gb of ram is ridiculous in 2014), or have an abysmal multimedia quality (screen resolution is limited, but often you can also forget your camera outside of perfectly sunny situations) or are not future-proof at all (no LTE? When the technology is spreading everywhere? They must be kidding…) or lack expandability (8Gb of storage and no microSD slot? Moto G I’m looking at you). I can accept some or even all of these shortcomings for a sub-100€ smartphone, you get what you pay for after all, but it’s unacceptable for 200€ and above phones. I don’t fucking care that you have a shiny UI if opening 2-3 apps render the phone sluggish. I don’t fucking care that you have a couple of pretty widgets if shooting a photo at dusk means that I should destroy its colours by abnormally increasing the exposure in order to distinguish what’s been depicted. I don’t fucking care that you have tweaked the equalizer to improve audio, something that anybody can do anyway, if the phone doesn’t even have a 720p screen (c’mon, we are introducing 4K and we can’t even have semi-HD? What a joke!). I don’t fucking care if you have a pretty led that changes colour according to the music I’m listening if you take months to update the OS and basically abandon phones after less than 1 year of life (Sony, do you hear me?).

To have a decent smartphone, where with “decent” I mean something with good hardware, modern technologies (LTE, HD screen etc.), good support from the vendor, with a multimedia section that doesn’t make me cringe at its results and that it’s not a phablet (because, phablets != smartphones), you got to go to the high-range phones. Which, well, costs, a lot. 700€ for a smartphone isn’t rare. Crazy. I can’t accept to buy something that does half the things of a modern laptop but which costs more. 500€ is the absolute maximum a smartphone should be sold at, no matter what hardware or OS it has. Period. More and it becomes overpriced given what it can do.

With these assumptions, the Nexus 5 became the obvious choice. Priced less than the others, less bullshit installed, modern technologies and good software support. Yes the camera is average at best, but the alternative was going with a S4 or an iPhone, both would entail a whole different range of problems to face (software for Samsung and locked-down ecosystem for the Apple devices). Plus, 100€ more at least, honestly not worth for just exchanging class of problems. Or, for a really great camera, I could have gone with Nokia but then Windows. I haven’t abandoned it on the desktop to find it again on mobile, for fuck’s sake.

Therefore Nexus 5 was. The smartphone that sucks less.

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Jep Gambardella is here
#gambardella #thegreatbeauty #lagrandebellezza #igersitalia #igersnapoli #napoli #naples (presso Corso Umberto I)

Jep Gambardella is here
#gambardella #thegreatbeauty #lagrandebellezza #igersitalia #igersnapoli #napoli #naples (presso Corso Umberto I)

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Replacing Python with Go

I think I may have reached the point where I write all my code in Go, for personal needs at least. It’s not as quick as writing it in Python, nor I am knowledgeable enough to do so as fast as I would, nor the standard library and availability of 3rd party libraries is as big as Python’s, but so far I am enjoying writing code in Go.
Also, which is after all the main reason I started learning it, the performance gains are pretty huge even without refactoring so for anything more than quick and dirty scripts (where Bash or Lua are still better), Go is becoming my first choice over Python.

Not thinking of completely abandoning Python, no. I do see me writing code in both languages at the same time, yes, for different objectives and areas.

2 months ago URL
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Rosemary flowers, right from the balcony
#rosemary #flower #purple #green #plant #earlyspring #balcony #ipadders #igersnapoli #igersitalia #nofilters

Rosemary flowers, right from the balcony
#rosemary #flower #purple #green #plant #earlyspring #balcony #ipadders #igersnapoli #igersitalia #nofilters

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Almond pastries. Homemade by my mother’s friend
#almond#pastry#sweet#homemade#ipadders#igersnapoli#igersitalia

Almond pastries. Homemade by my mother’s friend
#almond#pastry#sweet#homemade#ipadders#igersnapoli#igersitalia

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Stuck in Windows hell

I have been trying to boot into the Windows 8.1 partition I have on my pc, which I keep just for gaming, for 3 days now. Windows just refuse to boot (black screen). Suddenly, no programs have been installed nor updates to installed ones have been applied in the last 7/10 days. Not even Windows’ own updates (they already screwed up the installation once so I am not installing them anymore). No other programs are installed outside of Skyrim, Football Manager, Firefox and obviously the drivers.. What I tried so far:

I don’t see any other option than reinstalling (and thus waste a whole morning). Anybody has any suggestions?

2 months ago URL
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I’ve listened to thousands songs from hundreds of bands spanning dozens of different genres but the only band I always come back to, always feel at home with, the only I can’t stay without for more than a handful of days are Pink Floyd.

Thanks Roger, David, Syd, Richard and Nick for your music.

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Writing Go Code

runtimeintrospection:

Go code…

if err != nil { 
    if err != nil { 
        if err != nil { 
            if err != nil {
            }
        }
    }
}

Minimalism is the way! (maybe)

2 months ago 3 notes URL
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urtube:

How long after arriving at someone’s house is it appropriate to ask for the WiFi password?

(via cjbrowne)

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