[Community] Growing the Community

Bob Ham rah at settrans.net
Tue Jun 18 13:01:41 CEST 2013

On 2013-06-18 10:40, Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller wrote:
>> Am Sat, 15 Jun 2013 09:39:11 +0000
>> schrieb Bob Ham <rah at settrans.net>:
>>> Here is the acid test I think any phone needs to pass in order to 
>>> be
>>> successful: you must be able to take the phone out of the box, 
>>> stick a
>>> SIM card in, charge the phone, start using it fully, stick it in 
>>> your
>>> pocket, and never, for the entirety of the life of the hardware,
>>> update any software on it to a newer version.
> I think you can do that it with any phone. You do not need to upgrade 
> it.
> You only have to accept that communication protocols change and you
> will not be able to use all services over that long time. Some of 
> them
> will disappear or start to be broken. You may also not (yet) have the
> time zone database for the next 10 years etc. It may also happen that
> the network where your SIM card is for will not be available any more 
> in
> 10 years...

The issue is not whether the technology used by the phone remains 
relevant in the future.  The issue is whether the software distributed 
on the phone works.

Bob Ham <rah at settrans.net>

for (;;) { ++pancakes; }

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