[nycbug-talk] Extreme mobile BSD

michael lists at genoverly.net
Fri Dec 21 15:16:52 EST 2007

On Fri, 21 Dec 2007 20:01:20 +0100
"Andy Kosela" <andy.kosela at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Dec 21, 2007 5:32 AM, nikolai <nikolai at fetissov.org> wrote:
> > And how's this for holiday entertainment :)

entertainment.. yes! cool shot, nikolai.

> .. i can ssh to any remote server and do a regular administration
> work basically from anywhere! 


heh.. 'regular'?   Yes, there is a prompt.

You must have very fast and very skinny fingers! Otherwise it is one
key at time with a stylus.  Think about it, what emergency absolutely
needs to be answered from a busy street corner; on a tiny screen that
is only 40 chars wide and 20 lines tall?  

Stuck in the mens room?  You can wipe faster than you type.
Stuck in a meeting?  choose: participate in the meeting or leave.
Stuck at mom's house for the holidays?  where's your laptop?
Stuck in a cab in traffic?  Yea, lets diagnose that core dump at 40x20.
Stuck on 4 hour train ride? Is this daily?  Then get evdo.
Stuck out in the desert?  umm.. you have cell coverage?
Stuck up on Everest?  wait.. who *are* you?
Stuck [insert weird edge case here]?  phew, I bet you are glad you spent
all that money on a mobile phone for this one-chance-in-a-million
crisis!  It could be hours before I get a chance to diagnose and fix
this mission critical emergency at a regular machine!

Face it, there are not too many things that need to be done (or
actually *can* be done easily) that can not wait until you get to a
readable screen, a usable keyboard, and a decent connection.

This is an entertaining novelty, at best.. iphone-fan-boy-ism at worst.




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