Thinking of buying the next iphone?
Make sure you review this important video to make sure it’s the right fit for you.
If you find it’s not, be sure to research the Ubuntu phone which is built on a totally different philosophy.
Unlike my typical tutorial formats, this one will be a near copy/paste from an email I sent to a real person so that other real people can connect this to their real brain and emotions:
I’m going to forewarn you that this email is dripping with anger/frustration so try to just plunder through it and even try to enjoy it if you can….
Apple/mac is nuts. I can’t put into words how much I can’t stand the company.
They do everything under the sun to make their users dumb and compliant – in fact, it’s creepy if you think about this…. I remember now (after this morning) why I full scale boycotted Apple and threw this iPod in the ‘smartphone trash pile’.
I will stop my rant here.
<insulting section about all iphone users removed>
But, back to the solution because at this point I just want to get our calendars working for the next few months, but please let me put in a plug here to strongly consider the company you are supporting and know that yes, there is a way to totally escape the Apple corporation forever. – It’s called Ubuntu. I hope your next move is far away from these guys… I leave it with you and I promise to dedicate all my free time to helping you if/when you are ready to make the move. Until then I hope I never have to turn this stupid thing on again:
Do this in this impossible-to-imagine difficult workaround solution, and I hope by God’s grace that your ‘issue’ is the same one I’m having here which has everything to do with the Fruit Co. and their ‘ways’.,,,
1. go to ‘settings’
2. go to ‘mail/contacts/calendars, etc’
3. add account
4. go to ‘other’ (because they weren’t respectful enough to give calDav and iCal a title or it’s own option space)
5. add calDAV account (*not* calendar subscription because it seems this fruit co can’t make this work without upgrading to the $10,000 phone or buying the latest fruit air laptop to go with it…??)
6. server: YOURSERVER.COM
7. user name: YOURCLOUDUSERNAME
8. password: your cloud password
9. description: your creative name for calendars
10. hit ‘next’
now here is where it gets *real lame*. It will say want to continue without SSL? Sure, no problem:
11. continue (yes, i will move forward without SSL)(why? Because fruit co is not secure so why bother with https? in fact, let’s make it *not work at all*)(let’s encrypt is legit SSL and it doesn’t want to work)
12. you will get “unable to verify account information” error. Why? No reason. Just because they want you to use their systems… but let’s overcome!
14. advanced settings
15. change whatever port number is listed there to 80
16. make sure SSL is off (should be)
17. go back (which somehow saves these settings even though there was no indication saving was happening..?)
18. hit ‘next’
19. but it doesn’t work! cannot verify account details blah blah? why? Because for no explainable reason, the advanced settings just randomly chose its own URL for the calendar – randomly – as if somehow Fruit Corporation is supposed to know where your calendar is hosted? no problem. let’s overcome…
20. hit ‘advanced settings’
21. make sure the ‘account URL’ is set exactly to this: http://YOURSERVER.COM:80/YOURSUBDIRECTORY/remote.php/dav/principals/users/YOURUSERNAME/
22. go back
23. done (which somehow means save?)
Here is a summary of what the two screens should look like to make it more simple to make sure you ‘followed their rules’
user name: YOURCLOUDUSERNAME
password: YOUR CLOUD PASSWORD
descxription: some long url probably
2. advanced settings screen
use ssl: off
account url: http://YOURSERVER.COM:80/YOURSUBDIRECTORY/remote.php/dav/principals/users/YOURCLOUDUSERNAME/
Now, you *BETTER* report back to me that this @#$#$@#$@#$@#$ is working or I’ll @#$@#$
<SMASHES FACE ON DESK>
Wayne Out There
Pokemon Go Away Forever.
I didn’t even like the original Pokemon playing cards. After all, the short form is ‘pocket monster’ and why on earth would I want my kids to have a monster in their pockets, let alone in their room or in my house?
The great part about Pokemon Go is that I have never seen it with my eyes, nor cast a gaze on one of its players.
I have never Pokemon’d myself – and I never will.
But from what the general media is saying, a lot of people are Pokemonin’ themselves around town. And the creeps and weirdos are all over it and the parents don’t care. But then again – they didn’t stop their kids playing with their smart phones and tablets so what’s the big surprise that they are now getting lured into old vans down dark streets? Their phones lead straight to the prey and the gatekeeper was blissfully enjoying ‘quiet time’ with their own phone when it happened.
So don’t act all surprised when things fall apart. The buck stops with us adults.
I believe Pokemon Go will be the catalyst towards change for a new group of people who realize that something is going seriously south with our world.
How did my phone lead me here?
How did they find out where I live?
How did he know that I didn’t like whole wheat bread?
Something is very creepy. Something is very sinister.
And these adults will look down at their mobile device and realize that they, too, have a monster in their pocket and the monster isn’t Pokemon.
The real pocket monsters are Apple and Google.
You have been a frog in lukewarm water and Google (and Apple, and Microsoft, and others) have turned up the heat without you noticing.
Well, you kind of noticed. You kind of noticed how some conveniently relevant ads started showing up in your inbox and on all the websites you started visiting. You kind of noticed how the mail that shows up in your snail mail box is really quite… relevant. You have had a sneaky suspicion that ‘someone is watching’ but you just couldn’t figure out who. Or why they would watch someone as unimportant as you.
It just so happens you are much more important than you gave yourself credit for – so much so that you have become a sought after commodity in a machine whose belly cannot be satisfied.
You have become Google’s whippin’ boy and you are starting to enjoy the pain.
You feel like you can’t get out.
You feel like there is no hope so you might as well go like an ox to the slaughter.
Let me stop you before the axe falls on your neck and remind you the following simple facts:
- There is hope
- You do have a choice and you can choose otherwise *right now*
- You do matter, and your voice and action *do* count
Now that we’ve covered that, let me unveil the inspiration behind this post. You may have read my recent article called Google’s new Daddy Alphabet and Why You Should Care but if not, read it.
Today was an almost prophetic confirmation of my gut’s instinct when a friend of mine forwarded me this article written from a European perspective.
Read this, too.
Really get it.
It’s not easy to divorce from Google, Apple, Microsoft, etc, but you only have two options: freedom or slavery.
It took me about 5 years to fully free myself from all things proprietary. Even today there are still small traces of these guys in my life, but I can confidently say I’m 99% free.
Once you are on the road to freedom it gets easier, just to let you know. It’s like any addiction. Heroin addicts convulse, sweat, puke their guts up and hate their life for quite a while before sobriety starts to look good. Don’t think Google or Apple will let you go without a fight. Even your emotions will come into play. You will miss their haunting voices for a while. But once you have tasted freedom, you won’t go back to jail.
I encourage all of you to take action today. Get connected with your local ubuntu community as a first step because it’s full of people who have answers for *all* of these pervasive problems.
See you at the finish line!
It’s very rare that I’m moved by art, to be frank. I’m kind of pragmatic and busy. But this link crossed my path and stopped me in my tracks.
Steve Cutts, whoever this guy is – is simply amazing.
Take a look at each piece of art. Just let each one sink in and I’m convinced you might start to rethink the way you live a little bit.
Thanks, Steve! Your work is forever emblazoned on my brain walls…
It’s not like you don’t know this yet, but some some days I get so saddened watching people buy into a bad deal that I feel inspired to write about it. I will likely be reprimanded by my wise friends for wasting my time, but I still like to think that some people just act out of ignorance and if I write a few things they might wake up and smell the java.
A long while back I wrote this short article about my Crapple experience (I just checked the date and this was written way back in 2011!). I was shocked that I was being held hostage, but then someone pointed out to me that their fans like to be sadistically beaten down by their master because they get some form of ‘fashion’ or ‘status quo’ for it. But sadly, now when I see someone with a fruit phone I just feel really sorry for them. I lose several levels of respect for them, and if they are a company, for the leadership. Any company that would embrace predatory hardware, and worse, force their employees to carry it around in public, is, in my opinion, sick – whether by ignorance or wilful acceptance. And what’s ironic, they probably dream to be like Crapple in magnitude and scope, yet their very idol is what’s partially holding them back.
It’s a twisted mindset, much like the girl who can’t leave the abusive boyfriend.
So, here is a quick summary list of the top things that they do that make me wonder how they have any customers at all:
- proprietary chargers (good luck getting your phone charged with a micro-usb cable) and other accessories (that locked down mindset is so 90’s)
- inability to send files by bluetooth (without hacking)(they paid for the bluetooth feature, FYI)
- inability to plug the usb cable in and use the phone as a USB storage device and access phone’s files that way
- inability to do anything at all without their Alkatraz software and hardware
- horrible battery life
- creating the device so that you can’t change the battery without a ‘genius’ around (see The Lightbulb Conspiracy if you don’t think this is a planned feature)
- scamming their loyal customers by under-delivering and overcharging
- the way they try to stop allowing their fans to use other companies (ie. youtube)
- the way I feel like a dirty white collar executive thief every time I’m seen in public with one (I just threw that in for fun)
So hopefully you will pursue options that make our world a better place like, for example, the Ubuntu phone. Just make sure that whatever you buy next is either running this awesome system, or, has the ability to put it on afterwards.
Crapple is not a company that will allow this freedom so you don’t need to bother trying. Just avoid.
Today after reading an article about how the fruit company plans to introduce continuity as an innovation, I just chuckled to myself.
Again, the fruit folks are sitting there watching all the innovation going on in Ubuntu and scrambling to try to take the ideas, recode them on their own locked down proprietary systems, and implement them for profit.
As a quick review of the article, it is accurate in portraying the nasty price one will have pay in order to get to enjoy the bars of their fruity electronic jail cell, but they ended on a big *inaccurate* note with this line: Continuity is great and there is nothing like it anywhere else.
Error #1: There is nothing like it at all. FruitLoops Inc doesn’t have it yet. They are announcing it.
Error #2: Ubuntu has been presenting continuity as key for *years* so there *is* something like it somewhere else and it’s much better because it’s free and safe.
But these errors shouldn’t surprise anyone.
- Ubuntu had the Software Centre before Itunes (same concept without the bondage)
- Ubuntu One was running long before anyone heard of icloud (free on Ubuntu, currently discontinued by Canonical)
- Desktop switching and fancy effects? Always an option on Ubuntu
- Ubuntu Edge project launch attempt defined continuity and lead innovation
It is obvious that the ‘innovators’ over at Fresh Produce Ltd, sit there staring at what the creative people are doing all over the world in the Ubuntu project and then bring it to their bosses as ‘innovations’ who then announce it to the world with lots of marketing money (that they took from the end user) who, in their ignorance, hand it over because they didn’t know there was a better way to live – much like North Koreans who praise Kim Jong Eun and his ‘leadership’.
But, before I get too harsh I need to own my own stuff as well.
Have I contributed to the Ubuntu project to make it better? Not enough.
Have I been spreading the good news of Ubuntu to captives locked in Fruitdom instead of watching them and feeling sorry for them? Definitely not enough.
Thankfully these kind of misleading articles rekindle my belief in the people of and the project of Ubuntu and where it is going and I’m just so glad I know that there is a better way to live.
Originally posted at www.blenzseymour.com, Sat, 07/16/2011 – 23:47
I avoided Apple for a long time. A very long time. While everyone was running around snapping up their expensive, locked-down hardware for extreme prices, I enjoyed more open items like Ubuntu operating systems and Android mobile devices.
However, we didn’t have a touch device for home, more specifically, for my wife who periodically wishes to distract our daughter with it. During a marriage-altering blowup, my precious throws in her lack of an IPhone or IPod Touch (or my vehement opposition to its purchase) as one reason why I suck. So, I decide to give my blessings towards the purchase of an Ipod Touch because at least we won’t be stuck on some wackage-package from a cell provider…
My woes didn’t take long to surface. Here they are as I discovered them:
1. You cannot expand the storage memory at all! Like.. no SD slot. Nothing. Further, there isn’t a micro USB input! Could you be any more lame?
2. No wall, 110V outlet power charger. Just the USB charger. I would love to charge for 5 times longer than necessary so please make sure to not include that in the box. 🙁
3. They force you to synchronize with Itunes!!! Like… you can’t seem to move files back and forth without the installation of Itunes. I accepted that, but then I found out the real doozy – you can’t put Itunes on Linux!! Now I’m just fuming. Not only do they lock you out, but they also lock you in! It’s like the jail of jails. You Apple to get in, and you need Apple (or Windows) to get out. So lame. So, so, lame.
4. When I finally got Itunes downloaded and ready to install on my virtual machine in Ubuntu, I discovered yet another thing that sucks – Itunes is one of the biggest most annoying programs I have ever installed! It took me like five years to finally get it installed. I think I saw 4 million registry files being edited 🙁
5. Now that you finally have your precious and highly-proprietary Itunes installed on your Windows (or Mac)(but not any other OS) system, you’ll be pleased to know that the pain is only just beginning. Now you have to become an Apple-Man and get yourself a IAccount. This requires submitting pretty much everything about yourself to Apple headquarters. Apple finalized the deal, after getting all that info from me, with a request for a credit card or some kind of payment information. I assumed that you’d probably have to submit this even if you wanted free apps because they probably have a payment-portal system set up regardless of whether it’s free or not. I’ll find out about that soon.
So, my first two hours of Apple have been poop-lame-sucky. I hope the actual use of this device makes me forget how black my soul got this evening 🙁
PS. Any of you who think this was all ‘ok’ should seriously check yourselves in. I’m here to tell you that THERE IS A BETTER WAY. Make your next device NOT Apple even if it’s just for the stuff I blogged.
And three more un-smilies for the road 🙁 🙁 🙁
I don’t usually get excited much these days because all advancements in smart phone technology seem to be coalescing to a very dangerous point – monopoly of your life and complete control over your privacy.
In Randall’s article he announced the first thing that excited me in this arena since Angry Birds – The Ubuntu Phone. He explains well about why it’s awesome. However, he only hints as to why it’s important but I wanted to make sure people started thinking about the ‘why’ right away.
No one can deny that there are currently really only two options out there for people who want to own a smart phone: Bondage Bot (Android) and Fruit Devices (Apple products).
Symbian (Nokia) seems dead. Rest in peace, by the way. You were the best before this U-Phone announcement.
Microsoft is laughable. Actually, it’s more like an uncomfortable laugh – like when you politely laugh at the socially-awkward person who inappropriately blurts something weird out as they try desperately to fit in to what’s happening.
Blackberry is App-less in Arizona (that looks like ‘appless’ without the dash which is weird, eh?).
I don’t think we need to worry too much about the latter three, but the former two do concern me.
The Fruit People from Cupertino seem to want to control their victims by telling them how they will or will not use the hardware (that they paid way too much for) and by making them think they are cool.
Team Bondage-Bot seem to make the most useful and addictive tools for our daily lives while subtly buying every small company under the sun and gathering every last piece of information about you and storing it on their servers.
Both options are freaky and I no rike it.
So, a big thank you to all the people out there in Ubuntu-Land who have given me something to be excited about again – a smart phone that leaves me with the freedom we deserve. This is Ubuntu Gangnam Style