Friday, August 28, 2009

End user experience

The amazing thing about traveling around the globe is that if you're lucky enough to settle down somewhere for longer than a week you actually get to know local people, their lives, their problems and so on.

The discovery I did recently is that here, in Kenya, most people have their first Internet experience via their mobile phone. Actually, most of my non-IT friends do not know any other kind of Internet exists. And, by no means, very few of them have smartphones. So here in Kenya poeple see internet only through very limited browser of their mobiles. And it's amazing - for me it's like looking at 2 by 2 cm fragment of Mona Lisa and thinking this is the whole thing. And when I show these people what Internet has to offer on a PC with a full-blown browser they go bananas.

Don't get me wrong - this is an awesome country, in many cases far ahead of many European countries (we have here HSPA+ with 21 MB download!). But average user experience is so limited by their end device...

And BTW - my Android phone rocks!

Monday, August 24, 2009

District 9

You know - necessity is mother of... well, of something ;-)

Anyway - after seeing the previews and trailers and teasers I decided I am not going to wait for this movie to show up in the cloud in hi-def. So I downloaded it and watched a screener. Well... Movie is good and I recommend it. But the final scene lacks that punch I'd expect, especially with me being a devoted fun of Philip K. Dick. But it's good, seriously non-Hollywood piece.

Of course now, some hours after I watched it, there are some things I would like to see differently (no, no spoilers here ;-) but it was a solid piece of SF.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Right now, as I am stuck in the office, there's LSA (Aikido Summer School) run by T.K. Chiba sensei in Poland. Everyone is there, but me... Apparently I am not free of envy... And life sux

More here and here.