A letter from the Cuprohastes-in-Chief

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Android Dementia

The trouble with Android is that aftr a while it ends up with brain rot.

My 2012 Nexus 7's physical hardware is fine, but I found it was getting slower and slower and some features weren't working, software was failing to operate correctly.

So I wiped the tablet and started over, and it's now snappy and responsive and glides along fine.


E-book readers.

I found Nook e-book reader, Barnes & Noble's display and store interface, had a process running in the background of the tablet constantly. Its by no means the only app that thinks it needs to subvert your OS for poor reasons.

This leads to a situation where you either carry the minimum software on your tablet, or you install the software for the services you use and kiss goodbye to stability and response.

This would be poor if it was merely an Android problem, but it's also a problem on other operating systems.

My desktop PC is virtually unusuable for the first five minutes after booting. The log in prompt pops up in a few seconds, but then... Oh dear. THere's at least three apps which insist that they need to do a hard drive scan and a haost of otehr apps that wantt ot load up and stay resident, and all of them either want to upload a lot of data to cloud services, or fight each other over who gets to check for software updates.

And unfortunately it's all software I feel strongly that I want or need.

I think the next wave of OS features will have to address this.


One day I'll remember to update and post...

In the meantime I have things to do.

If anyone read this blog I'd do a survey to find out how many people would be interested in seeing me write a book on Photoshop/Digital art.


Scott '”Not as smart as I think I is” Adams strikes again.

Scott Adams' blog makes me happy. Not because it's well written, thoughtful or any other redeeming quality, it makes me happy because it's my Three Minute hate: It gives me something to be angry about that's not actually important. I can be angry about so many important subjects, and afterwards, just feel depressed because my blazing righteous fury affected nothing and these terrible events just keep going, smashing everything in front of them. But Scott Adams? He's just doing comic strips and posting incredibly stupid blog posts.

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Anatomy of a fraud

There's a new smarwatch being touted as the solution to all your problems - A miracle of technology that will be all things to all people.

It is of course, a scam. Let's look at it:

Too good to be true

The Emopulse smart watch can be found at where they have a youtube video demonstrating how amazing the product is. Here's their demo-reel:

Very tempting, and quite delicious looking. But also very ight on details! Any smartphone user knows that running your screen eats battery life with disheartening speed, and that's in a phone with  a fairly large surface area to hide a battery behind - The Emopulse is waver thin! It only thickens to show a camera and a slot for a SIM card. Yet the website claims it has USB3 and Thunderbolt connectors.


By the way, Thunderbolt and USB both require some reasonably chunky chips to deal with the IO. So does the touch interface tech, the CPU, battery, storage, motherboard, Camera mount, and the radio for WiFi and Cell data.

And none of these components take well to being flexed. 

Which brings us to the operating system which aparently has functional AI, can determine what you do and do not like, supports multitasking, video cals, and so on, but oddly, has never been mentioned before, even though it's apparently on a par with the best that Google, Microsoft and Apple have to offer. 

All of these things.. even jsut one or two of these things would label this as complete tripe. 


Got a mystery? Follow the money. Emopulse is vapourware consisting of a render, and a concept demo video.

Why? because they're raising money via Indiegogo - For $480 you can get a 128gb watch - Which is either a typo for Gigabytes or a reative way of saying it's got 16 Gigabyte storage.

All for the low, low price of $480 - Assuming they get their $300,000 goal. And if they do they can toss up an 'in development' page and quietly evaporate with a third of a million dollars.