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The Future is Not Mobile (OS) Its Mobile Desktop (OS)

I recorded a morning Rant (Published as a Podcast below), which i made whilst sat with a coffee, reading messages from frustrated colleagues complaining about mobile related issues (“This app i use for my work has dissapeared”, “My apps have updated to become paid apps and are too expensive”, “My favourite app has disappeared from the appstore after i paid for it…)

Frustrated with Mobile Apps and Devices

And this triggered my mind to wander off and list a lot of my own frustrations with the mobile ecosphere and mobile operating system, and its failings and weaknesses when using mobile OS for Content Creation, Productivity and Workflow.  It became apparent to me that the statement ‘The Future is Mobile’ (something i have been saying since 2004), is a fallacy when stated so simply.

The future is not mobile 0S.. The future is that desktop OS, Will go into mobile devices. It is the device that we should see as going Mobile, but not the operating system. It is the desktop operating system which will, and IS currently being incorporated into small portable mobile devices. This should indeed deprecate any stunted puny Mobile operating system, because none of them can fulfil the task as well as desktop operating system can. As I was pondering this in my half waking state, which some people may call Hypnagogic, I decided to record my thoughts as a podcast, and publish it, so here it is.

In the Podcast, i state many of my own personal disappointments which have served to disenchant me as far as Mobile OS and the Future of Mobile, as far as its applied uses are concerned. The main issue which occurs to me is that MObile OS is 100% Consumption Based, and has very little thought up to cater for content creators and productivity. All content creation and productivity apps are pretty stunted compared to their Desktop OS versions, a perfect example of that to demonstrate being Photoshop CS, compared to Adobe Photoshop PS Express in iOS and Android. There is absolutely no comparison.

Then of course the monkey see, monkey do, tendency of corporations to follow all their trends and instincts to use apps, to gather data and take advantage of the user as much as possible for their own purposes. App developers in general do very little to actually benefits the end user, and most of their”New features” are designed to gather data from the user and serve advertisers ads to you the end user. It’s all about gathering user data, And very few of the”features added” are actually useful to the end user. Mostly, apps are designed, to gather your consumer data, in order to sell to advertisers, or to advertise their own products.

I myself paid for two game apps in the Apple app store paying $20 each for those apps, namely; chaos rings one, and chaos rings two, from Square Enix, who are the makers of the Final Fantasy role-playing game series. After iOS updated to iOS nine, both of these games broke and stopped working, and square in mix removed both of them from the app store. What about the million people who pay $20 each for those games? We paid for them and we have had them stolen back from us!

Of course one could take legal action and SUE them, but one would have to do first find out which country one has to sue them in, because it might be the American branch,  or the Japanese branch. And then, if you want to sue them for two 20$ apps, I can tell you it will be impossible. I have had to hire a lawyer in Singapore during the last few years and can tell you that if you want to sue anyone or take anything to court, that you have to pay $10-$15,000 retainer just to get through the first two hearings. They will also tell you that There is no guarantee that the people you are suing will be forced to pay your legal costs. And so, unless person has $15-$30,000 to waste, then it’s not worth suing them for $40. These companies know this, and that’s why they can get away with it. There is no point complaining to Apple because they will just ignore you.

Fuck You Apple

The point is then, that people’s Faith and Trust in the products in the marketplace of the app stores is fading, because there is no guarantee that the apps you pay for, won’t disappear suddenly! They do, i can confirm that.

One of my favourite apps which I use to remotely post to my many WordPress blogs is called blog pad pro and have been using it on my iPad since 2014. However since then they stop supporting and updating the app which I paid $15 for. And so there is no security in using apps or paying for them using the mobile ecosphere. The same happened with Adobe photo shop touch for iOS. They haven’t updated this paid app which I paid $8 for, since 2014! When I open the app on my iPhone now in 2017, I get a pop-up window, which states; “This app Will slow down your iPhone – the developer needs to update to the current operating system”.

I wrote to the Adobe feedback section about this and they never even answered me. I keep sending them screenshot of the pop-up message and complaining, but there is no response.

I have a much more powerful version of the photo shop app on my Mac computer, which is the 2014 version of Adobe photo shop CS. It never asked me to update and I’m still using it and it serves me well. This shows how with desktop OS, you don’t have constant updates and there is very little risk that you will lose your apps.

I think that explains one of the other reasons why the mobile era is going to hang itself by the neck.

The other main issue is that of functionality;  It is so fiddly trying to use your own invented workarounds to try to complete the workflow on a mobile device with a mobile OS. Especially with an Apple device which has no mouse pad/trackpad or cursor.

However, we can see something new arriving, which is also what is going to pull the noose around the neck of mobile operating systems. There are now fully functional desktop operating system is appearing within Mobile tablet size devices. And even a first attempt at making mobile phone able to perform desktop style operations, by plugging it into an external keyboard, mouse and screen.

I speak of course of the Microsoft surface pro and even more impressive, the new galaxy book 10 and 12 inch Windows 10 devices. The Samsung Galaxy Book has a keyboard case very much like that of the iPad Pro. But it has a trackpad too!

What’s the point in fiddling about on an iPad when you can have a fully fledged desktop operating system on a device the same size and weight?

The future of mobile is not mobile operating systems. The future of mobile, is desktop operating system within portable device.

What is an App?

What is an App Anyway if not a Browser with one single domain as its total scope of visitation?

What is an App?

Hey let’s take the Google U-tube app for example; the app itself doesn’t have anything inside it except in a frame or better said a browser window. This browser window takes you to M.YouTube.com

What we call the mobile app is actually just another version of the YouTube website on its on server redesigned to accommodate small mobile screens. It also removes half of the functionality that you might find in a fully fledged browser. And so most apps like YouTube and Facebook, I’m really stunted browsers that only allow you to go to one single domain you can go to the mobile or the desktop version of YouTube.com in any universal browser, be it Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, or any other browser, and in addition, you can visit any other website that exists on the Internet in the same browser window. You can’t do that in an app!

The Open Free Market of WWW

An Open Internet for All

Although I would say there is no such thing as an unbiased search engine, and that search engines like Google and Bing, are merely there to serve advertising, and give you a few results from their preferred affiliates or preferred websites. But at least, with some diligent searching, you can still find the blog of John Doe who is somebody in a village somewhere in the Ukraine and makes blog about his life. If all we have to search for all of everybody’s content on the www, is apps, and search engines like Google, who are advertising based, then it will become ever harder for ‘little old me’ and ‘little old you’ with your tiny personal blog, to get some exposure, and for us to be able to find each other’s websites

If all we use is Facebook to post and share content, instead of our own blogs and websites, then we will all become anonymous, and the world will have no open source internet anymore, where you can find information written by anybody and everybody

The internet is becoming a closed environment instead of an open Matrix

In ‘The Old Days’ we wold have all of the content on the internet linked with a neural synape network of connected links (like Wikipedia links to its own internal pages, but inbstead, all websites linking to and referring to each other. You dont see websites linking to each other much anymore, instead, we see adverts, afilliate links, and internal links.

A Message from the Inventor of the Internet, Tim Berners-Lee on the 28th Birthday of the Internet mentions Three Challenges for the Web,  to add to his Initial Proposal for the Web made back at the beginning of the Internet Era 28 years Ago (written in 2017).

The three issues he mentions as;

1. We’ve lost control of our personal data.

2.  It’s too easy for misinformation to spread on the web

3.  Political advertising online needs transparency and understanding

To get a better understanding from the Horse’s Mouth, instead of my feeble explanation, you could do much worse than to listen to Tikm himsef speaking on the Next Evolution of the Internet, and what issues need addressing, in the below TED Talk

A Policy of Containment

I will be short here as i wish to make a longer article about the Policy of Containment, but to be brief, i will say that the wide open savannah of the world wide web, is becoming a Landscape of Cell-Blocks with  Individual Apps, containing the end user/consumer within its own closed environment, and preventing the user form leaving to go somewhere else to enjoy content. During all of this, you are being served Ads, and your consumer behaviour is being gathered and stored for further optimised advertising.

For your perusal and contemplation, i have added a list of related links below, to strengthen and underline, and expand on the points i make in this article;

Browsers, Not Apps, are the Future of Mobile

The Future is Without Apps

Why we won’t Use Mobile Apps in the Future

Google Says Apps Have No Future

Why Mobile Apps Will Soon Be Dead – MIT Technology Review

The Future of Mobile Apps (Business Insider)

The End of Apps, and the Future of the Web

As a last question, we ask “in whose hands is the Future of Mobile?” (Steve Balmer? or Developers?)

What Lies Between Science and Buddhism?

Quantum Physics and Buddhism

A discussion between Quantum Physicists and the Dalai Lama, spurned my thoughts to form opinions and views, and to eventually conclude, that even such higher views, are in truth, not the path to Enlightenment, and in fact, are precisely one of the main obstacles, which are linked to one of the primary Fetters, which prevent our eventual Enlightenment!

Einstein and Buddhism Quote

After listening to a very interesting conversation and discussion between Quantum Physicists and the Dalai Lama, it occurred to me as i was listening with interest, and forming my own opinions and views (Dhitti), that it is our views, which are the cause of our sufferings, and the cause of our false self-identification (Sakaaya Dhitti).

The Buddha gave a discourse on Views (Dhitti), and explained how all views are false, and do not lead to Nibbana (Peace and Stilling of Stressful Agitation)

All such discussions and subsequent views which arise, are pointless, Because enlightenment, only comes, when all views have been destroyed.

All of the arguments which may be scientific, or philosophical, are based in views.
And views, are all erroneous.

It is only with the stilling of the analytical thought process, the stilling of the question, and the extinguishing of the need to know an answer, that brings peace.

Enlightenment comes with the stilling of these questions, not the raising of them. Liberation comes with the destroying of Views, and the abandonment of the Fetters. Not with the raising of questions, and forming of views.

Hence, the search for views which correlate between Buddhist and Scientific Thought, are not the Path. The discussion serves to gaiin favourable opinion with those Humans who believe that sicence, is superior to religion, and is made by Physicists who are Buddhist, who are acting out of a clinging desire to spread Buddhism, for it is the Religion they Love.

The result is auspicious, because it leads more people to contemnplate the Dhamma. But if quantum physics truly aligns with the Buddha-Dhamma, then people will also be able to use Physics to become enlightened.. which is something i seriously doubt.

The Dhamma is not a view, it destroys views.

Quantum Physics imposes views

 

Here are the two videos of the discussion with the Dalai Lama, which spawned this post and podcast.

 

How to Practice Vipassana Pt 3 Vol 1

Forest Monks

The third Podcast on how to apply the practice Vipassana Kammatthana Mindfulness, or better said ‘Vipassana Bhavana’. 

This podcast approaches the end of the introductory talks before getting down to the specific methods, and deals mainly with the problem of why we do not see the three marks of existence with ease, and what obscures our vision, to make it so hard to see?

To understand the concepts of practice in Vipassana, it is extremely important to study it and understood the following concepts which are also links, which you can click on the links to read about each concept, if you don’t know them already;

Tilakkhana – 3 Marks of Existence – Anicca (Impermanence)Dukkha (Unsatisfactoriness), and Anatta (Not-Self) 

Khandas (Skandhas –  The five aggregates ) – I also recommend to read the study guide on access to insight.

4 Noble Truths

4 Sathipatanas

Noble Eightfold Path

You can hear the previous episode on this blog by clicking here: Vipassana Part 2 Vol. 1

You can hear all of my previous podcasts on youtube in my Vipassana playlist  

 

How to Practice Vipassana Pt 2 Volume 1

Second podcast in a continuing series, which attempts to reveal insights into the true methods of applied practice in Vipassanā Kammatthāna Mindfulness, and the attainment of the four paths and four fruits, which represent the attainments of the four kinds of Noble Enlightened Beings, who are Eight. Four Paths, Four Fruits.

Impermanence of Mind

Part two of the series takes us further along the path and continues the introduction which leads to understanding the basic principles of applied Vipassanā Practice. The talk sums up various aspects of the Practice, by looking at ten noticeable benefits which can be gained through Vipassanā.

Ten Benefits of Vipassana Practice

Vipassanā is a personal inner journey of introspection and insight development, whose experiences differ from person to person. It is Hence a very difficult thing to share one’s experiences, or to inquire about them with another person.

Emptiness 

Each person tends to experience Vipassanā  in their own individual manner. This makes it very difficult to explain your experience to your teacher. Luckily there are some basic elements which are present in all of the experiences which can occur in Vipassanā, and a good teacher will be able to recognize those elements in order to identify the nature of the experience is student is having.  It is very important to receive guidance along the path because there are many pitfalls which can lead the practitioner astray before he reaches their goal. There are also many detours which are not essentially pitfalls, but which are just going to make the practitioner spend more time in arriving at his destination.

Enlightenment

This series of talks hopes to continue and attempt to cover all of the major pitfalls and detours, which the practitioner may encounter along the way.

In case you didn’t catch the first episode you can listen to it in the below podcast

Nibbana

Ajahn Maha Boowa, Teaching for Bhikkhus 5 June 1979

Excellent High Dhamma for Serious Practitioners from Luang Ta Maha Boowa

True Eightfold Path Dhamma Teachings for the Savaka. Beginning with this blog post, I shall be posting a sequence of relevant and related teachings both by the great Buddhist masters, and also some contributions by myself, in order to coagulate the teachings into one formula, and bring them all into context with The Dhammas i wish to discuss and share with you all.

Luang Ta Ajahn Maha Boowa

Ajahn Maha Boowa (Luang Ta Maha Bua), is a high Arya Sangha of the Luang Phu Mun Lineage, amd Forest Tudong Monk practice. He is one of the greatest teachers of attained practice and considered to be an Arahant by many of his Devotees.

This teaching is a higher teaching for Bhikkhus, and for those who wish to practice on the nost intensive level. Given by Ajarn Maha Boowa to his Bhikkhus. It is an extremely excellent teaching, and is of value to those who seek the path to Arahantship.

To find more teachings from Ajahn Maha Boowa, one good place to start, is the Forest Dhamma Website

My other favorite haunt and recommended source of teacings as audi teachings or as books, is the Dhamma Talks website which features the teachings of my favorite of all Ordained Teachers, Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

You can hear an excellent teaching from Thanissaro Here in the below talk.