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  1. I don't wish to be too pedantic but that's an awful lot of places: https://www.google.com/search?q=Antarctica+snowfall
  2. Wow I'm really out of date, verizon used to need specific different h/ware as they didn't even use sims!
  3. I know a lot of people going through ILR due to Brexit, and they are extremely thankful they are able to check their location history. I've heard some extremely horrific stories about ad blockers. But that'll need to wait for pub chat
  4. Heh, well deleting the post didn't help 🙂 Yes not collecting helps but then the ads would be less relevant, Google would make less money and all the world changing goodness they're also responsible for, would be at risk. It is possible to turn off collection albeit too awkward to do that well. I'll see if I can feed that back internally. I actually need enterprise stuff so I'm very much hoping I can get the phone fully approved. I may need to buy another one and send it to secops!
  5. I don't think I should start a thread on the merits of using Google. I've deleted a verbose rebuttal of all the tin-foil hattery. If you're in London, pm me to meet for drinks 🙂
  6. If there are between a 1/10th and a 1/5th of phones shipping each week and there are only 2 weeks left until Christmas, then it's not pessimistic to say *the majority* of pre-orders won't be completed by Xmas, it's simple maths. Whilst it would be lovely and exciting to get it before xmas, I simply want this phone! I will get it when I get it. I spent money on the Cosmo over 1yr before getting that device. (The next part aimed at F(x)tec) Of course with thousands of well paid engineers here at Google UK's hq, it would definitely be in F(x)tec's benefit to have me walking around showing this phone off! Perhaps I could wander the kilometre or so to your office and grab a box early? ...
  7. I don't see much great functionality on a Linux (don't even consider suggesting Windows, MacOSX or ChromeOS) desktop other than its form factor. I do like a mouse and monitor separate to the keyboard for comfortable work, and do work all day like this. 80x24 XTerm for 90% of stuff (vim, bazel, email, IRC, etc), browser for some other stuff and an adequate set of other X11 apps/games (steam, quake...) etc. I'd actually go as far as saying I dislike Linux laptops due to the physical layout, and smaller doesn't exactly help here. I'm sure I could find a VoIP provider to get phone stuff working, but realistically an actual phone these days is just so much more. Camera with pinch zoom, maps with voice input, smooth scrolling and pinch zoom, literally thousands of games and apps designed for that form factor. Not to mention actually being a phone in your pocket to receive calls for at least a day. I've changed my style despite being a old timer Unix nerd, to appreciate the modern Android user experience and treat it differently to my day job on a desktop. Starting in the late 1900s and into the naughties I grew faster and faster over the years at typing on phones using ~5 fingers across two hands on a flipped open phone. This meant after working all day at a desk, I'd use my phone whilst walking, or lying back on couch/bed. If I needed to nip anywhere it'd be in my pocket and perform as a phone for phone stuff. Laptop was not an option for any of this, even if tiny. As mentioned I have an OQO, but this I'd use only in an emergency and ideally with vga to a monitor, keyboard and mouse. So... I think the Cosmo /may/ replace my work provided Chromebook as it'll squeeze into a pocket, and it's still a phone with Android ecosystem. So will have other apps beyond what a 7" laptop would bring. There was a slight chance it'd have become my phone had the Pro1 not existed. To my horror I'm actually typing this on a spare pixel2 in preference to the Cosmo as I'm lying flat and have become proficient at Swype. My keyboarded phone died a couple of months ago and the Pro1 didn't ship in time 😞
  8. Forget compensation or even the Pro1, if you know of an interest savings account paying 7% we're all going to be rich! Please tell us where we can get this? 🦄
  9. I own an OQO but didn't want to carry that plus a phone. Being able to be a meh phone, and /just/ about being able to squash into a pocket* is quite valuable compared to a laptop that would require a bag or for me to have to carry around. *I said before it doesn't fit in my pocket, but technically it fits in by roughly 95%. I wear blokes jeans, I need to make sure my belt is tight because the phone is so heavy! I wouldn't trust its safety whilst cycling.
  10. I use left thumb & three or so of my right hand fingers for almost all of the phones I've mentioned previously. The Cosmo has two type-c ports and when on a table can by typed on extremely quickly. With practice I'd not make 35% errors 😉 I'm not sure Pro1 has higher specs, they seem pretty similar. But for portability comfort, definitely. That looks awful IMO I hadn't heard of the Pro1 when I paid £450 as an early backer for the Cosmo. I decided the cost was acceptable to have two devices, so also signed up for the Pro1. I understand from the whining on the shipping threads that there are those less fortunate so I'll just stop right there.
  11. I joined the backing for the f(X)tec pro1 shortly after backing the "Cosmo communicator" https://store.planetcom.co.uk/products/cosmo-communicator This phone is available now for me and I received mine a day or so back! Here is a brief first impressions write up: The keyboard is really nice to type on on a desk, however as a result this device is cumbersome to use as a phone. (Pasted from a different thread - updates afterwards) It's weird how much it bothers me that there is no large front display, because I've previously owned loads of clamshells (pretty much all the good Nokia clamshells 9000, 9110, 9210, 9500, 9300i, E90). Their front display was more functional, and most were smaller and lighter. I think as soon as I got the n97 onwards (n900, n950, galaxy s relay) I started to grow used to some non-keyboard use. Maps and camera, glancing at incoming messages, recently input without a keyboard using voice. The Cosmo is inconceivably heavy, it doesn't fit in my pocket and the keyboard is difficult to use when not resting on a table. This is probably the nail in the coffin, as I need to be able to walk along typing. I'll possibly give a follow-up first impressions message once I've given it a fair chance, I've been quite busy at work and not even synced my normal login over yet, so I can't even do basic things like logins to websites, use an SSH client etc. I'm confident it'll be comfortable to use watching YouTube whilst propped up, using for notes in meetings (where there is a table), SSH etc. But as a phone? Unlikely. I have a former colleague who also went though a very similar list of clam shells when we worked together, but ending: E90, galaxy s relay, Gemini communicator. They are overjoyed with their Cosmo due to its improved firmness of the hinge and functional front display to show who is calling compared with the Gemini. I fully intend to show him my my Pro1. Update: I've now used the phone for another evening... I'll start with the pros: Several games I installed fitted the screen nicely and work without modification with the keyboard without obstructing the view of the game, this is pretty nice to find. It's marvellous how much I had forgotten how useful having a direct control key and shift key when SSHing. This too was quite nice and lacking on the last few keyboarded devices I've used. There are multiple brightness settings for the keyboard. The phone feels very robust it has quite high specs across the board. The cons: It really is nearly impossible to use when walking and even if lying in bed, due to its weight and size. Multiple choices of certain keys are not shifted but another function key away and inverted for my opinion of frequency of use, for example "/" making typing paths in, a pain in the arse. Every press of the keys is quite loud which my wife hated when trying to sleep. It's generally hard to use as a touch screen device. Having left it pretty much straight out of the box fully charged, the battery was flat the following evening. In summary: I think I need to keep giving it a chance to find a good use, but I'm very much looking forward to the Pro1 which I've already had my hands on some months ago for a bit and know many of my issues with the Cosmo aren't there. I think the most use I'll find for this will be to not have to carry a laptop round between meetings at work. I may try and install ChromeOS (byod policy) or other random OSes to play with.
  12. Yes it's cumbersome! Good choice of description. It's weird how much it bothers me that there is no large front display, because I've previously owned loads of clamshells (pretty much all the good Nokia clamshells 9000, 9110, 9210, 9500, 9300i, E90). Their front display was more functional, and most were smaller and lighter. I think as soon as I got the n97 onwards (n900, n950, galaxy s relay) I started to grow used to some non-keyboard use. Maps and camera, glancing at incoming messages, recently input without a keyboard using voice. The Cosmo is inconceivably heavy, it doesn't fit in my pocket and the keyboard is difficult to use when not resting on a table. This is probably the nail in the coffin, as I need to be able to walk along typing. I'll possibly give a follow-up first impressions message once I've given it a fair chance, I've been quite busy at work and not even synced my normal login over yet, so I can't even do basic things like logins to websites, use an SSH client etc. I'm confident it'll be comfortable to use watching YouTube whilst propped up, using for notes in meetings (where there is a table), SSH etc. But as a phone? Unlikely. I have a former colleague who also went though a very similar list of clam shells when we worked together, but ending: E90, galaxy s relay, Gemini communicator. They are overjoyed with their Cosmo due to its improved firmness of the hinge and functional front display to show who is calling compared with the Gemini. I fully intend to show him my my Pro1. Sadly I had to adjust my order slightly and went from order number 1xxx to 3xxxx so I fear I am back of the line.
  13. Well my cosmo communicator turned up and I opened today. I'm looking forward to the pro1...
  14. Ok I actually just received an email saying it's shipped :-} So I guess I'll be playing with that keyboard wielding phone before the pro1
  15. Your phone has to be decrypted to boot, so it would have to hold the key and essentially be useless if somebody can get to the bootloader. If the key is your pin, the firmware/os managing that input is vulnerable to evil maid via unlocked bootloader. These are extremely unlikely to affect many people who keep hold of the device most of the time. But some people do have things to hide, and should be relieved that they have the option of locking the bootloader. And that if anyone tries to unlock it it would wipe the phone. Some companies will not permit you to to sign in with your company credentials unless the phone is running the latest patched OS, will have device policy apps installed and will require a locked bootloader.
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