Monday, December 17, 2007
A device too sophisticated?
Not long ago I was thinking about buying a digital camera. But seems that most cameras are quite expensive, ranging from 3000000-4000000 ($300-$400). Yet I owned a monochrome colored nokia handset, I don't know which type. Bought it for just about Rp. 300000 (US$30 that is). Sure, I just use the cellphone for talk and sms, nothing more. But I miss something, like converting my address books.
The most sophisticated handheld device I ever own is a second-hand O2 XDAII. Bought that about a year ago. I like the whole idea, synchronizing all contacts and agenda throught outlook, but also cool apps and games for mobility. The only real headache, O2 erased everything in its internal memory once the battery drains completely. Re-setting the whole thing on the device each time I ran out of power isn't really a pleasing task. The camera was cool, but it's only VGA. Finally I had enough and sold the device, and went back to the mediocre featured nokias.
On long thought, I think it was quite fun, carrying your camera everywhere. But If I got a handphone and camera, carrying the two devices everywhere that wouldn't be so practical. I decided to buy a phone with a camera instead. Got my eyes on N95, the only reason is that it have 5 megapixel camera, plus it supports HSDPA. Well, I just thought why not. I want to surf on ultra high speed internet. Without further thinking, I bought the device.
First time I play with it, not much, just some symbian and java games, photograph everything with it, yadda yadda. Symbian and Java games are nothing special. I could've bought a much cheaper, half price than this n95 and play them. N95 comes with integrated GPS and wifi. Never used the GPS. But the wifi? Hmmm... most my pals visited coffee cafe bringing their 20" notebooks just to get the wireless internet. Woah. This is good. I can just bring my N95 and just browse, without carrying heavy notebooks. A potential arise.
Anyway the device comes with a TV-out cable. At firts I thought "oh this must be for displaying the pictures you've taken on a tv". Then I read an article somewhere, that really gives the great idea. Add a bluetooth keyboard, install office application, plug n95 on the tV then tada. You have a whole pc with big screen for doing office works!
N95 suprisingly comes with 3D accelerations too. I just found this out when trying out a game called global racer. Does somebody interested porting blender to Symbian? Wow... if somebody do, this would be big. I'm only dissapointed with the battery life, which drains out in about just a day. But nevertheless, the experience is quite good, and I don't regret buying this device.
Now this is what I mean with this whole post. At first I just bought this device for, what, the camera and the os? Most people bought sophisticated stuffs just for doing remarkably super simple task that can be done with cheaper, much simple devices. Nobody have the time to explore things like this. And most of the time, the most sophisticated nokia phone ever available now, end up just as a plain cellphone.
I guess the same thing goes to other area, such as software aswell. Such as people forces themselves to use high end 3D suite, just because it is being used in major studios. Or rather just because they never heard of anything other that those. To exaggerate the situation, it's like using a $15000 to render a plain sphere or using $5000 compositing software just to desaturate a jpeg (I use to do that when I was kid... using photoshop just to convert the image formats).
Some people refuses the opensource movement. I guess it just rather a human nature. Somebody who invested years of their life to put on the softwares they learn, saving money to buy the license and suddenly a strong, free competitor arise. For example when I told my friends about blender, those who never heard of it or heard of it and know that it's free becoming defensive and sometimes aggressive with their arguments.
One of the arguments is that why big studios don't use free softwares? Why did the 3D community never heard of it? Even though the situation now is very different, but I've been there before, that's the same argument I heard from years ago.
But nevertheless "you're not doing anybody any favor by using it". It's very up to you.