[CALUG] Android observation
waltechmail at yahoo.com
Fri Nov 17 13:25:11 EST 2017
I'm not on any Android list, nor have
plans to do so...
Using it, however, is a slight pain because
of the size. Smartphone. I am not familiar with the larger tablets or
netbooks maybe running Android. Maybe I should be:
I'm using my linux and Windows desktops significantly
less. Even without a higher speed home Internet, the relatively
small Android data plan I have is more than adequate for all
but videos, and possibly audio. I don't use much audio, but
that may change. I wait for other wifi opportunity to check
youtube once a month.
My Android does what I'd like the desktops to do-
the desktops do what I'd like the Android to do.
I understand there's a Android desktop for PC's..
Haven't investigated it, am not interested until I get a
recommendation. But it'd be nice if I had a desktop
Android ( including hardware compat for PC devices,
which I know is not practical ) where I could access all the
regular linux desktop apps.
I made recent Queries about NTFS and linux file access.
( to this list )
that was: why doesn't the 32G thumb drive "work", or
the 400g hard disk also on USB ?
** One thing that strikes me is that I can plug the Android into
either Win7 or Linux ( ext4 or LVM, or is it btfs now ?)
using the USB, and there's no problem transferring files
either way on either system. It "Just Works". **
So, does Google own that code ? If not, why don't desktop makers
implement the same code on the desktop? I'm not sure this
would be the same situation where many hardware manufacturers
make Windows-only devices, proprietary to exclude Linux,
etc ( come-on, lets face it - I can't see firmware being so secret for
a wifi, although I CAN see some secrecy for a subset of special
functions on a graphics card.... but not the whole instruction set ..
and I can see it being as difficult to unravel - reverse engineer -
a bin Windows file as a Linux bin file.
Now, for many years - over a decade, probably 2, I read
about the problems developing ntfs for linux by developers.
I had thought most of the compat was completed....
Am I wrong ?
Now, I notice many stores still sell - NEW - Android 2.3.4.
for about $30. say what ?? Mine has 6.0, and is quad core
( it's a free phone ) but only has somewhere about 2 gigs of
storable space.... and, I still haven't checked to see if I can
squash in another "memory"card... whatever it is...
But the old iphone4 I got from a friend has 12 gigs of available space !!!
Say what ? !! So I'm going to start using it as a video taker
( short 60 second segments ), camera. and get data on wifi.
Don't need no stinkin "phone carrier" for all that use !!
So, one other question. Can a person buy used Android
smartphones ( full display ) ? I have an app, but don't know
how to use it, called Automate. I'd like a security system where
maybe 4 phones will take a picture every 2 seconds, send it to
another smartphone, and then have the images D/L to a PC...
automatically. ( use wifi, ad hoc, one phone probably on USB to PC. )
So, anyone know how to use the app ? Anyone think the
security idea is a bad one ?
Walt . . . .
The government is lawless, not the press (people).
( [Supreme Court] Justice Douglas re: The Pentagon Papers )
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