What the National Party need to do to win me (and others) over.

With the downward spiral of the National Party I thought it would be best to collate my views as a single blog entry rather than the flurry of tweets I’ve made on the matter – don’t worry, it isn’t gong to be a multipage dissertation where I roll out complex theories to explain an otherwise straight forward situation that National have found themselves in. Before I start it is I important to recognise the the reality that elections in New Zealand are won from the centre – never the extreme left or the extreme right. As much as I would love a glorious revolution to overthrow capitalism I also recognise the fact that I am a minority voice and as such I have to keep my expectations at the appropriate level given the circumstances. National in the past has tried to run to the far right when they had Don Brash as leader – he crashed and burned which then opened up opportunity for John Key to enter who branded himself as a centre right candidate who wasn’t some wild right wing lunatic but a moderate who would make some tweaks but not upend the whole apple cart. Were there things they did that I disagree with? sure but I’ll cover that in a future post.

The first thing that National need to do is to stop fixating over the governments response to COVID because the reality is that if National were in charge with Bill English it is highly unlikely that there would be a radical difference and what it appears to be today is hair-splitting by National over minutia for the sake of differentiation rather than positioning themselves as the government in waiting. and conducting on a day to day stuff Labour does and focus on putting out a bold vision of a post COVID future. The COVID response by Labour was good and although it would have been nice to have the vaccination roll out done quicker the reality is that we’re going pretty damn good when compared to other countries. When you look at the economic position we’re in where our economic growth will be the fastest in the region (link) not to mention low unemployment, growing exporting, imports being successfully processed and distributed and a decreasing budget deficit – all contrary to the claim by John Key that New Zealand was some how a ‘hermit kingdom’ (link).

I also believe that focusing too much on “replacing Judith Collins as leader will fix the problem” ignores the fact that she is a symptom of a larger problem in National and when you look at what the alternatives are, they’re steeped in the same reactionary nonsense that Judith herself engages in. For National to get back on track they need a ground up replacement of the neoliberal orthodoxy, to reject the market worshipping that far too many politicians engage in because it allows them to always have a convenient scapegoat when they don’t get the result they want – in much the same manner of someone shrugging their shoulders and resigning themselves to ‘fate’ rather than stepping up to directly intervene to achieve the end goal that they wish.

The solution for National is to eat some humble pie, admit that Labour handled the pandemic well instead of sniping at their ankles to instead focus all their energy on developing a bold positive vision for New Zealand post COVID. When you’ve lost the battle, move on, in much the same way that when Satya Nadella became CEO of Microsoft the focus was to stop the bleeding and focus on the future, stop fighting past battles that were long ago lost and instead focus on new markets that are emerging and how Microsoft can leverage their strengths along with partnering with companies (see partnership with Samsung). In the case of National they need to focus on building more social housing so that Housing New Zealand can become the public housing provider in much the same vein as what is seen in Japan, Singapore and numerous European countries.

The next focus should be able expanding the rail network in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch (Hutt Valley line connection over to Wainuiomata by taking advantage of the incomplete tunnel that exists which will open up Wainuiomata as great place to build another 50,000 homes for starters, in Auckland expanding out to the north shore by replacing the bridge with a tunnel and tunnelling to the north shore for rail, building out a light rail network in Christchurch to connect the airport to the CBD by going up memorial drive – yeah, I lived in Christchurch around the Bryndwr area) but also fully electrifying the network on 25Kv (convert Wellington from 1500DC to 25Kv) along with upgrading the Auckland to Hamilton connection with modern high speed tilt train so that there can be a 130kmh connection between Hamilton and Auckland (reducing the trip down to 1 hour which would be faster than the Wellington to Masterton train which is chock-a-block on a regular basis).

Supporting councils in the form of funding infrastructure if the council focuses on dense urban development. The focus for sustainable development is predicated on ensuring that we use the existing land efficiently rather than sprawling and sprawling because sprawl ends up this sort of mess.

I really wish that MPs in the New Zealand parliament would watch a few of those videos just to see what sort of nightmare we should be avoiding when it comes to how we plan our cities. As you’re heading into Auckland when driving up from Wellington the sprawl is endless and unsustainable – that is something needs addressing and needs addressing fast. There also needs to be a focus on putting side land for light rail – it might not get laid down straight away but at least if there are land corridors there is the ability to either lay down light rail or even have bike paths or maybe even do a ‘cut and cover’ for light rail with subway entrances and bike paths that follow the route.

I’m going to stop there because at this point I think I’m using the National Party as an empty vessel for all the things I wish the Labour Party would do but if National did adopt those policies and build upon them with the same general vibe it would give them the potential of being able not only win back those who ‘protest voted’ for ACT but also win back those who voted for Labour because National were so dysfunctional. When there is a healthy productive tension between the two major parties with the focus on producing the best policies with the best outcomes then we the voter benefit from that. If there is going to be a change it will require more than just new leadership.


Apple slow to release a much needed security fix and what Apple needs to learn from Microsoft’s own security woes.

Well it appears that after much soul searching and giving Apple plenty of time to fix security holes the security researcher has released proof of concept exploit code for three iOS zero day vulnerabilities (link). I’m sorry to sound cynical but for Apple to talk about how they take privacy seriously but then half ass it when it comes to security. The problem is that security is more than just doing regular auditing and pushing out patches when required, it is also ensuring that when something is designed it is secure by design and the only way you can do that is working within the security community by allowing third parties to analyse your design and point out the flaws before a line of code is written. It is one thing to have an error in the code itself, that can easily be fixed with a patch, it’s another thing entirely when the fundamental structure of the design is at the source of the problem. Apple needs to start working with the security community rather than seeing them as a threat and actually use the bounty system by offering decent rewards because if Apple doesn’t offer decent rewards then someone else will (link).

I just hope that Apple learns from Microsoft when one considers what Microsoft was like 15-18 years ago back in the days of Windows XP, the long protracted nature of Windows Vista development, the development reset where developers within Microsoft were retrained to think about security being baked into the product right from the outset rather than it being an after thought. The net result of that was Windows Vista was reset so that rather than being built on Windows XP it was moved to being based on Windows 2003 an although Windows Vista received a lot of flack it did for the foundation for Windows 7. What I do mean by ‘forming the foundation for Windows 7’? well, WDDM (Windows Display Driver Model) was introduced to replace the Windows XP model which gave Microsoft the ability to built all this fun stuff (link) into Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 and now 11. What I wish for is for Apple to do the same along with recognising that security is a team effort – that working with third parties is good because a fresh pair of eyes looking over a piece of software might pick up issues that could have slipped below the radar. In the case of the most recent iOS security fiasco, a decent reward followed by fixing it in a timely manner would build confidence with the security community that you’re as serious about security as you claim you care about privacy.

The other thing I want to have a grizzle and a whinge about is Apple’s relationship with third party repairers. Louis Rossman has been covering this issue for quite some time (and is involved in the push to get ‘right to repair’ legislation passed (link)) and the one thing to keep in mind is that when one talks about the right to repair it isn’t “if you get your device repaired by a third party and the screw it up then Apple has to fix it under warranty” but simply providing the parts and specifications. For example, Louis talks about instances in his many videos that certain parts are impossible to get and the reason for that isn’t because suppliers lack the capability of supplying but rather that Apple forbids them to supply said component to anyone other than Apple (for example, fixing up a charging chip then having to buy a second accessory to get that chip to then transplant it all because the vendor who makes it was told by Apple they weren’t allowed to sell it to third parties) which at this point you’d be thinking ‘they can get any more punitive than that’, well, you’d be wrong.

As I go on and on I’m finding that Apple has become more and more hostile to consumers but I have to admit it reminds me of something someone posted on a forum about how if Apple got into the same market dominance position as Microsoft that Apple would be a whole lot worse for consumers. When I first heard that I thought it was just the mad ramblings of an Apple hater who is allowing Steve Jobs/Tim Cook to live rent free in their head. Well, a few years later and it appears that I’m quite the fool having not taken onboard that observation but it’ll be interesting to see how things pan out going forward particularly when you consider that Samsung software support is a lot longer than the past (not to mention the rumoured 5 years of support that the Pixel 6 will be including) – there are fewer compelling reasons for those in the know to stay with the platform. Even when you consider the privacy angle the reality is that Google doesn’t ‘sell’ your personal information to third parties, third parties come to Google and say, “hey, I want to advertise to men between the age of 30-40, live in New Zealand, openly gay but single and politically lean to the left” to which Google then comes back, “sure, and here is the cost” – no information is exchanged.

It is the part of the Apple community that frustrates me to the most, not because I feel the need to defend Google but rather I get frustrated when the discourse is polluted with either half truths of blatant lies. You cannot have a meaningful conversation if the conversation isn’t being done in good faith and that good faith rests on a person being honest with the facts. Let’s assume that the person has sincerely made a mistake, that’s ok, we all make mistakes but when the mistake is pointed out and the correction made then guess what? stop repeating the incorrect information now that you’ve advised that you said is incorrect an then provided with the correct information because continued repeating of the now established incorrect information tells me that you have no interest in having a good faith discussion. Forums die or thrive on whether those who are members of said forum are engaging in a good faith discussion – when all those participating are engaging in a good faith discussion the whole experience is enjoyable because knowledge is being shared, provoking points are being made which force you to confront maybe incorrect information you had picked up in the past so as a result you want to come back because the conversation is stimulating (unfortunately far too many create forums like a blog rather than a place to have a conversation).

Android 13 development has already started and what I hope is that they deal with the mess which consists on forks of forks of forks when it comes to the linux codebase resulting in updates and upgrades taking much longer than should be necessary (link). What I am hoping is that the move to bog standard ARM designs and AMD GPU in the next Galaxy release will result in maybe Samsung leveraging the open source AMD GPU driver which will hopefully translate into longer term support.


iCloud plan upgrade and trying to get healthier.

So I’ve upgraded my iCloud to iCloud+ with 200GB of storage and my iMac is uploading the music backup from my external drive into the cloud overnight – thank goodness I’ve got a decent fibre connection, 1Gbps down, 500Mbps up, and I’ve got that iMac hooked up to my router using a cat6e ethernet cable (I’m also working from home and if I us wifi the VoIP lag can be horrible sometimes where as using the ethernet everything comes through perfectly).

I also decided to start having one big shape once a fortnight rather than the small shopping trips after work which end up in more money being spent. The easy way to do this, since I don’t have a car, is to go grocery shopping on the internet and have it delivered – although I bought it this week on Thursday (for deliver on Friday) I think in future I’ll buy it online on Sunday and get it delivered on Monday (my day off) because once I get in the office I don’t want my deliver sitting on my front door most of the day. The other benefit with purchasing online is the ability to plan meals, it is easy to jump between different parts of the shop and construct a meal each day and then budget accordingly. Oh, and I made sure I picked up some sugar free soft drink so it avoids me walking down to the petrol station where it is more expensive.

iOS 15.1 has been released and my theory is that macOS 12 will be released at the same time iOS 15.1 is released – I wouldn’t be surprised that at the upcoming event in October where there is a Mac orientated announcement where they also give the release date announcement for macOS 12 – lets hope that it is released sooner than half way through November because really I want to take a week off at the end of October.


Giving iCloud+ customer domains a try.

I originally said I wouldn’t upgrade to iOS 15 but having seen that the custom domain support in iCloud so I thought that I might as well go for it. I upgraded my iPhone and Apple TV with both of them running buttery smooth so far for me, no bugs with third party applications. There was also the release of Safari 15 for macOS and although I’m not enamoured with the idea of the new design I’ve decided to stop whining and get aboard the ‘new tab’ bandwagon and I’m sure with some practice that I’ll eventually get there and it’ll become second nature.

Safari 15 itself is pretty good, no problems with YouTube playback – I’m unsure whether it was the disabling of DPI (Deep Packet Inspection) or the browse but everything appears to be working a lot smoother. It’ll be interesting to see whether we start using content blocking extensions start to make use of the Webextensions API content blocking. The content blocking also has had the cap increased from 50,000 to 300,000 (extension developers get around the limit but spawning a separate process for each filter category thus the limit is now over a million filters which will be more than enough).

At the moment I’m writing an article regarding the National Party and what I think they need to do so that they they can be a viable opposition party, I’ve also got another post on the back burner regarding the negative aspect of social networking (the concept of a social media platform and the business that runs behinds the scenes which applies an otherwise pretty toxic concept).


Mimestream and Google Workspace plus fiddling around with some tech at home.

I downloaded a copy of Mimestream (link) to see how it performs when setup with my Google account. It have to admit, there have been some big improvements, in particular support for Google Contacts. i had a check of the Mimestream roadmap (link) and it appears that they’re considering support for not only Contact management (beyond the basic integration so far) but also support for Google Calendaring. I’ve put my 5 cents worth in and suggested they also provide support for the Google Keep API so then it can integrate with Google using the APIs provided by Google (link).

Long term I would love to see Mimestream fill that role similar to how Mail/Contacts/Calendar/Notes integrate with iCloud or how Microsoft Outlook app integrates in with Microsoft’s Outlook in the cloud. I believe that Mimestream has a good base to build on because they’ve decided to build it from the ground up using Swift because long term, in my no so humble opinion, Apple is going to eventually get Swift and Swift UI to a point of maturity that they’ll have an UI and language API that spans from workstations all the way down to watches which will eventually supersede AppKit/UI Kit in the long term with Catalyst (running iPadOS apps on macOS with minimal changes) is a stop gap measure in the mean time (in much the same way that with WinUI you can mix and match which makes migration a lot easier rather than telling programmers to throw it all out and start again).

One thing I have done recently was turning off DPI (Deep Packet Inspection) since it really was of no benefit to me other than having a cool break down in the form of nice graphics of what type of data I was transferring which came at the cost of latency, speed and I found at times it could be a big iffy (stalling) but that being said I still have my security set to its maximum setting. I’m looking forward to the next version of Unifi OS 1.11 which will include WPA3 support, improved firmware for the UDM’s wireless networking module etc. Although there are Wi-Fi 6 devices out there, I am waiting for the technology to mature and for the finalised specifications to make their way out to devices (most of the current ones are based on the draft standard which may cause problems as seen in the past with iterations). For me the interesting part will be the 6Ghz support that comes with Wi-Fi 6E in terms of potential bandwidth improvements (particularly important when one is on a gigabit fibre connection).

More leaks regarding the Pixel 6 are making their rounds with an indication that it won’t include the sort of X1 cores that are found in the Exynos 2100 and Qualcomm 888 – rumour has it that’ll include 2 x A78, 2 x A76, 4 x A55. For me, those would be good enough for the vast majority of people (aka normal people who don’t whip themselves into a frenzy over specifications) and I wouldn’t be surprised that by dropping the X1 cores it has enabled them to keep the price low – I wouldn’t be surprise if the Pixel 6 is only slightly higher than the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 6 Pro being slightly higher than that again. There is a good chance that we might see a sub $1000 phone which will mean it won’t be completing at the flag ship level but rather going for that premium mid range segment which is where all the excitement is at the moment then add to that the rumours of 5 years worth of updates, it sounds like I need to start cracking and saving up money to buy it – I’ll end up buying it through Amazon but I maybe lucky and find that Kogan offers it or even better if Google sells it directly into New Zealand like the did back in the days of the Nexus 6p.


Importing and exporting from Chrome and Safari.

I found something really useful and it has saved me a tonne of time when moving passwords from Safari over to Chrome (link). The script works well however there are a few gotchas. The first being that it may fail a few times as you need to grant access to the script through the ‘System Preferences’ then once that done you’ll need to quickly enter your computer password so that the password can reach the passwords in Safari after that process is completed you’ll need to edit the csv file that the script creates such as replacing the file line with:


Then making sure that each of the url’s in the second ‘column’ are prefixed with the following:


Then once you’ve done that you’ll then need to launch Chrome using the following command:

/Applications/Google\ Chrome.app/Contents/MacOS/Google\ Chrome -enable-features=PasswordImport

Because by default when you launch Chrome you can only export passwords but you need to enable the password import feature by launching Chrome from the terminal using the above command. Once imported everything synced into the cloud and voila I’m happy to frolic through the web and log into my favourite websites without having to do the awkward copy and paste from Safari to Chrome then hope that I’ve copied over all the login derails without mistakes.

Getting Healthy · Personal · Technology

Checking out the Apple Silicon Mac’s and how my Mac’s compare.

Woke up this morning and had a quick read up on the Apple event that occurred – as expected there were incremental change with the big focus not necessarily on performance improvements when compared to the previous but rather pointing out that it is faster than the competition then quickly focusing on the battery life, new features etc. We’re pretty much getting to the point of diminishing returns where the additional performance is having less of an impact for the average user with the focus I see being in the future around battery life and what the device can do. Call me an old grouch but I refuse to see the phone as a replacement for a computer – it is a great device when you need to quickly get something done when you’re on the go (like back in the days of the PDA) but for serious work a computer is the best choice (tablets being good ‘computer replacements’ for people who want an appliance rather than a traditional computer with it all the power, flexibility but complexity that comes as part of the package).

I was having a brief look at the benchmarks for the Mac mini and I was shocked about the fact that my iMac (slightly under 4 year old) is being beaten. This has made me wonder whether, when I do upgrade my iMac and MacBook Pro, whether I should use go and get a Mac mini, Apple keyboard and mouse then buy a nice 4K 32inch monitor from Dell. The big factor for me going with the iMac over the Mac mini was because of the discrete graphics but if Apple is going to go with their own GPU for their Macs, from top to bottom, then I might as well look at look what alternatives to the iMac. Maybe the much rumoured maxed out Mac mini or even the Mac Pro mini, both rumours having been making the rounds for quite some time, would be an option. At this stage my only criteria is that it has to be ARMv9 compatible. As for what I’ll do with my old computers – I am tempted to donate them to mum or a family member unless I can get a decent deal which avoids me having go through he rigmarole of couriering my iMac – the iMac will either have to be a local sale or I’ll give it to my sister so they can use it.

I’m going to have a kebab tonight along with a mixed grill – salad, salad and more salad! I need to start eating my greens. It is interesting the number of new restaurants that are making an appearance on Delivery Easy but I wonder whether certain dishes won’t be available since they aren’t exactly the sort of dishes that keep well when it comes to a delivery service.

I’ve move back to Safari and I don’t know what Apple did but their latest update did something because now Safari is buttery smooth again. Although I threw a bit of a temper tantrum about the changes coming in Safari 15, it is highly likely that when I do eventually upgrade to macOS 12 (probably being released in around a months time or so) I’m sure I’ll be less pessimistic (the only exposure to Safari 15 has been through the Technology Preview releases from the Webkit project website). The Technology Preview builds are going to be buggy by their nature but the Safari 15 will be a lot more mature, less on the bleeding edge with the net result being probably a better overall experience.

It’ll be interesting to see what new features Apple will add to their SoC such as support for VP8, VP9 and AV1 which will hopefully mean a lot smoother experience when it come to video playback – I wouldn’t be surprised if we eventually start finding that as time goes on that new features are either ARM only or if they are available on both Intel and ARM that the experience on ARM will be far superior to the Intel experience. It’ll also be interesting to see the work that Apple has done with LLVM (and all the associated projects) in terms of optimisations for their ARM based family of SoCs especially when one considers that eventually Apple will launch a range ARMv9 based SoCs which will include SVE2.

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Apple releases updates for all it’s platform and Samsung releases a public beta of OneUI 4.

Had a shocker of a sleep on Sunday night meaning I only ended up getting around 5 hours of sleep but on the good side all I had to do was muddle through the day on Monday but then I fell a sleep at around 6pm when I woke up at around 11:30pm, went to the toilet then back to bed for another 10 hours sleep. After 15 hours of sleep I feel I’ve finally caught up on the lost sleep from Sunday night lol.

I work up this morning and Apple has released iOS 14.8 and macOS 11.6 – they were pretty big updates with macOS 11.6 being around 2.46GB which makes me wonder whether a few extra fixes were snuck into the update given Apple’s tendency to not always list all the changes that they’ve made but rather focusing on the most high profile changes they’ve made. I’ve updated my iMac, MacBook Pro and iPhone withe everything working perfectly fine and no adverse reaction from any of the third party applications i run such as Chrome.

Tomorrow is the big day for Apple as they’re hosting an announcement – questions are still circulating around whether this will be the announcement day for the next iPhone or whether they’ll maybe launch an Mac refresh then in a months time launching the iPhone refresh. As iPhone sales slow down the big question is how they’re going to create their services revenue particularly when you consider the recent changes regarding allow developers to collect payments through their own payment processing rather than being forced to use Apple’s own payment system along side allowing developers to link to their own website so the customer can add payment information.

Samsung has released One UI 4.0 beta to the public (link) and here is a video from Sam Mobile that covers the most visible changes that have taken place:

It’s good to see that Android 12 with One UI from Samsung is using the Linux kernel version 5.4.x with the changes being more about refining rather than anything radical but then again this is a very early beta so it could be possible that we may see either features being added or maybe seeing Android 12 with One UI being released before the end of this year and then in 2022 when Samsung releases the next Samsung S device we might see the the One UI 4.1 and possibly have One UI 4.1 also made available on the Samsung S21 series. The presenter in the video noted improved optimisation which does’t surprise me given that Samsung has moved from their custom architecture and instead using off the shelf ARM designs from ARM so I wouldn’t be surprised that as the code base matures that we’ll see improved performance. The biggest improvement to the Samsung S platform will be when the Exynos with AMD GPU is launched next year but even with the leaked information so far it appears that the gap has narrowed between Exynos and Qualcomm so I wouldn’t be surprised that we end up seeing Samsung launch Exynos SoC based phones where they used to ship Qualcomm.

Yesterday the government announced that level 2 outside of Auckland has been extended to 21 September so that’ll mean working from home for another week which I’m happy about – not having to spend money getting to and from work is nice but I wish it were a more permanent option or at least be able to work from home for Wednesday, Thursday and Sun with Friday and Saturday at work in the office (I don’t start until 11:30am those days). With all that being said, the big focus by me is to get rid of the interest free payments for my phone from Spark and focus on saving up for either the Pixel 6 Pro or next year the Samsung S22 Ultra (assuming it adopts the S22 branding). For me, I’m in no rush although I’m quickly realising that I’m more dependent on the Google ecosystem particularly as Safari doesn’t seem to be up to the task as Apple appears to be focusing on everything but getting the core (Webkit) sorted out by addressing the many developer complaints (I’ve linked to a blogpost addressing the many complaints).

New Zealand’s vaccination rate is sitting at 69% for at least one dose and 35% (slightly over half) have have had their second dose (with extra supplies obtained from Spain and Denmark). It appears that the government will be going with Novavax for the booster shot (link). It’ll be interesting to see when the government will start the booster shot deployment or whether the government is keeping their options open as generation 2 COVID vaccines are getting close to regulatory approval. Hopefully once we get everyone vaccinated it’ll be a matter of a COVID vaccine become like getting an MMR vaccine then followed up each year with a booster shot.

Oh, upon reflection, I think the headache I’ve had today was the result of keeping away from sugar and processed foods (prepared meals from the frozen section) – I’m sure after a week of withdrawal symptoms that my body will get used to the ‘new normal’. Tonight I was lazy and ordered a meal from Bowel which had a grilled chicken breast with lots of vegetables etc. which is a lot healthier than what I would have normally have. For me it isn’t about being a ‘health nut’ but more about making those incremental changes that’ll stick for life. I have a tendency of wanting to do a whole lot of changes all at once and within a matter of weeks it becomes all too much (overwhelming) that I end up slipping back into old habits – let’s hope that taking it slower will make the transition seemless and a permanent change. I guess when I was younger I could get away with treating my body like a garbage can – consumption with very little reflection of how it’ll impact my long term heath but now that I’ve hit 40 I think I need to start taking what and how I eat a little bit more seriously.

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Sales data released, new Qualcomm SoCs, and rumours of an AMD GPU for Exynos.

Well, it has been confirmed, Apple is having an event announcement on 14 September – could it be like last year where the September event launches a set of products then a month later (October) they launch the next iPhone then a month after (November) that there is a Mac refresh with the much rumoured M1X. It’ll be interesting to see how it all pans out. Btw, no, I’m not going to say “this year has hit peak iPhone” because every time some commentator says that it ends up being completely and utterly wrong.

On the topic of Android vs. iPhone sales figures, there was in IDC report that came out Apple outpacing Android in terms of 5G phones (link). One thing to keep in mind is that there are many phones still being sold that are solely 4G because the first generation of SoCs had the 5G modem as an external chip which raised costs for handset vendors not to mention the fact that they consumed more power (new technology tends not to be as optimised in terms of battery life when compared to the previous generation which had years of refinement in terms of hardware, firmware and driver maturity). As a result of that many held off from deploying 5G with the only ones being shipped being flag ship models but even then much of the 5G has been just that – hype.

What will happen in the next year? Well, the original Qualcomm 865 SoC was dependent on an external 5G modem where as the Qualcomm 888 which started to shipped in phones this year was the first that included the X50 integrated modem not to mention the extra complexity of 5G mmWave antennas. Then add to that when it comes to raw units shipped Android dominates the low to mid range so I wouldn’t be surprised that Android will dominate the market once 5G scales down to the low to mid level phones.

The interesting rumour has it that Google is pushing to use their custom SoC into more devices with a Chromebook being scheduled for a release in 2023 based on an article (link). That along with the work being done around Wear OS and other join ventures will hopefully put to rest the never ending rumours that the relationship between Google and Samsung is ‘rocky’. No matter how much Google tries they’ll never have the distribution reach that Samsung has and as much as Samsung would love to have their own platform the reality is that developing and maintaining ones own platform is expensive with very limited benefits beyond “hey, we have our own platform! yay for us!”.

Samsung has its own SoC with an AMD GPU with rumours that we’re going to also see a Exynos laptop running Windows 11 in the near future. It is interesting how for years 1-2 players can dominate a market then in a short period of time that dominance is gradually undermined. Reminds me of how Internet Explorer absolutely dominated the market then it was undermined by Firefox because it stripped off all the bloat from Mozilla so it was purely a web browser then that was slowly usurped by Google embracing Webkit then later forking it (Blink) for their own browser where Chrome these days is almost like a run time engine that much of the internet relies on these days (it appears that Chrome has delivered on what Java was meant to do and that is to ‘write once, run everywhere’).

Tonight had had some burritos from a local store but tomorrow I might just have an easy meal of some ramen noodles with semi-soft boiled eggs. Oh and on a side note I started taking flax seed oil again an I feel so much better even after a long day at work. I don’t know what I stopped but I think I need to make it a more regular thing – the benefits of Omega 3 along with the iron tablet will set me up for a winner of a day.

Personal · Politics · Technology

Yay, the government announces a move to level 2 – getting closer to normality.

The government has announced that from 23:59 on Tuesday that the rest of New Zealand will move to level 2 and Auckland will remain at level 4 (link). There have been some changes with level 2 so there was a meeting by management at work and they decided that we’re continuing to work from home until the end of the week. There has been changes to the level 2 protocols regarding spacing and limits which is why internally we’re referring to it as level 2.5. I think we’re probably going to stay at level 2 until Auckland comes down but then again it is all speculation on my part.

I’ve been looking through the iCloud+ regarding the details of custom domain hosting and I’ve realised that although it sounded great at the time the problem is that there is a limit of three email addresses per person per domain which means it is very much limited to 3 email per user per domain. That may sound a lot but in my case I like to more than three email addresses – I tend to have different email addresses for different purposes so that I can keep track of which websites use which email address so then I know when a website has been compromised or starts emailing be spam so then I can quickly dispose of that email and create a new one to replace it.

Google Workspace is open option although Office 365 is also a viable option but I always like to keep my options open especially when one considers that in the net couple of months that not only the iPhone 13 and Pixel 6 will be launched, there is also a Microsoft Surface event scheduled where the much rumoured Surface Duo 2 will be announced. I really do hope that they’ve learned from their mistake such as not having NFC in the first generation device given how ubiquitous NFC technology is these days.