One of the ‘modern’ movements in UX design[R] is to eliminate configurability in favour of clean, simple interfaces. Most of the time this reminds me of the old Unix guideline[WP] – do only one thing[pdf] – and I love it.
Once upon a time in America there were two standards for producing electricity – AC and DC. Well, to be more accurate, there were two primary different methods, and each had dozens or potentially thousands of different specific standards for implementation. But the really important point, for this conversation, is that in the large scale of things at the time almost no one was using either method, because electricity was not available to anyone but weird hobbyists.
I did not get past the first screen on my new phone before realizing I was, absolutely, going to void the warranty and root it. Reading the EULA and Privacy agreements made it clear I am, in Samsung’s opinion, only renting their hardware, not owning it. Continue reading “Samsung A5 (2017)”