[nycbug-talk] Extreme mobile BSD

nikolai nikolai at fetissov.org
Fri Dec 21 16:15:53 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!
> <opinion>
> 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.
> </opinion>

Absolutely agreed. You can't do any meaningful
work over EDGE anyway, and if you have wifi -
pull out the laptop. And, worse, iphone has no ipv6 :)

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