Monday, April 21, 2014

Iphone vs Android switch to new phone experience

I signed up 2 year contact and got new phones today for me and my wife. My wife upgraded her Samsung Infuse to Samsung Galaxy S4 and I upgraded my iphone 3gs to iphone5.  Off course the first thing you want to do is dont have any change in the life and just upgrade the hardware.

Well that is exactly I got from Iphone. Apple really nailed this thing. All I did was went to Icloud and did a backup which was off course incremental so took 2-3 minutes. Then I setup my new iphone as a phone with existing icloud backup. All I needed was to provide my Apple Id 2-3 times during restarts/restore and within 15 min I was up and running and ditched my old phone for good.

Also AT&T activation was a piece of cake never seen someone porting numbers between services within 5 min. Best part is I didn’t needed to interact with any human at all.

Now I needed to repeat it for android and it was mess.  God knows what was wrong but I didn’t found a similar backup/restore on android, there all these 3rd party apps that will do the backup restore but I don’t trust any of them.  So I compromised and said to my wife that I would import your contacts and rest we can just do via usb cable which is mostly photos. And importing contacts is a mess. it seems I or she had turned on syncing new contacts to gmail contacts when they were added or may be I imported it from sim card 2 years back but now the android wants me to save it one by one which is a mess as she had 700+ contacts (many duplicate as her contact list was a mix of facebook + gmail contacts and most of them without phone numbers).

Anyway long story short I had just 1 hour as I was tired so I just synched up my gmail phone contacts on her by adding my gmail account to galaxy S4 in addition to hers, we share 80% of our contacts so would at-least get her going for tomorrow and rest she or I can input manually if needed.

But I got to say just because of this feature I may never go back to Android.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

GPL for seeds

Heard an interesting story about how some university seed breeders borrowed the idea of opensource from computer industry to seeds.

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

In US and world farming is leading more towards monocultures  and we need more diversity. Not sure how much this open source seeds initiative will work but I wish it becomes as successful as open source software. The good thing is that it works like GPL where if you use any of these seeds to produce a new seed then you cant patent it and you have to open source that also, what a brilliant idea :).  As per wikipedia

David A. Wheeler argues that the copyleft provided by the GPL was crucial to the success of Linux-based systems, giving the programmers who contributed to the kernel the assurance that their work would benefit the whole world and remain free, rather than being exploited by software companies that would not have to give anything back to the community.[11]


I wish this open source seeds project get same success as linux.