The good and the ungood

Survived both the expedition to Nawth Alibam’s Shining City on the Hill and the end of the exercise week. In fact, the gym was rather pleasantly vacant this morning. There was one weight bouncer who was also a screamer but he arrived just shortly before I departed and the noise was more amusing than annoying for that brief period. Noise is alien in those quarters early in morning, always a bit of an irritant. Usually it is educationalists whose arrogance is such that they are ultimately confident their loudness will be ignored and not overheard, both of which are as fallacious as their teaching, I should opine. But weight bouncers who scream are rare and one always wonders if this is, as is claimed, indication of their unwanted celibacy and inability to attract even old, ugly, drunken women.

One which note I ran across an article [Link] in the Register about how the English don’t like to pay for smartphone apps. It seems that 0.73 of the sample population feel that for-pay apps are either too expensive or unaffordable period. The latter seems a bit incongrous given the costs of instrument and monthly service. But I suppose one must be careful in making such assessments because apps tend to be like peanuts, especially like a barrel of peanuts that is largely bad. One can’t help putting them in one’s mouth even if most are spat out immediately upon tasting.

I fear that is my outlook – and experience – with smartphone apps. The app stores are abysmal compared to their Linux equivalents, and I find that I try a lot of apps and reject almost all of them as hideously flawed. Flawed not by the obnoxity of advertsiing, but in the abysmal failure to do what I expect of such an app. Too many are rather like the first european import cars in the 1950′s. Lacking things like heaters and roll down windows and even radios. Even the original volkswagen beetle lacked a petrol gauge.

I suspect I am spoiled by the Linux coding culture, or have become distanced from the Winders environment. I have come to expect FOSS clients to be very good, very capable, and very logical in a coder fashion, unlike Winders clients that seem to be developed to be as illogical, ungood, and uncapable as possible. There are exceptions but they are generally the clients intended for nerds. Then, of course, all FOSS clients may be a bit nerdy, which has the advantage of scaring off the bogs who would likely pollute the OS like they do national parks.

I do admit to some parallels. For example, there are certain types of clients, functionality-wise, that are multiply, very multiply, represented. But almost all of these are very good and one is merely searching for that which is personally best. When RSSOWL doesn;t work I can fall back on Liferea (e.g.,) in a few minutes with more than an 0.95 satisfaction level. I wish I could say the same for LaTeX editor/compiler but that’s the rare exception that validates the rule.

But the android app stores are not this way, or I should say the android clients are not. Most, at least the free-of-cost ones, are ungood and one can’t tell how much until they are installed. The app stores are not very honest or forthcoming in useful information. All this indicates that (a) android is for bogs and (b) if the free-of-cost apps are this way, why ever buy an app if the probability is o(0.8) that it will be money wasted?

All of which indicates that maybe what was seen in England isn’t particularly an English thing but a human thing?

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