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What makes Android so special?

Now that Apple’s misstep with maps in iOS 6 obviates Google Maps as best in its class, what has Google done on Android / mobile with its dominance of local search?

Other than this fact, what makes Android any better / more exciting than iPhone?

Oracle is now my friend

Thank you Oracle (Roger and Justin Kestelyn) for getting back to me on my complaint regarding an issue I describe as “not being able to unpack the self extracting binary JDKs from the Oracle download link” below:

Here is the error after downloading this self extracting binary file named “

For inquiries please contact: Sun Microsystems, Inc., 4150
Network Circle, Santa  Clara, California 95054, U.S.A.

Do you agree to the above license terms? [yes or no]
The download file appears to be corrupted.  Please refer
to the Troubleshooting section of the Installation
Instructions on the download page for more information.
Please do not attempt to install this archive file.

UPDATE:  A UNIX Engineer at my company has solved the problem for me, though I still cannot unpack using his instrux yet in case I need to do this again in the future.  Once I get the exact instrux he applied, I will add them here.

More updates to follow …

Thanks, – Ben

A Formidable Facebook Competitor?

Altly sets up shop solely to compete with Facebook.

Sure, it is yet another one, but hopefully this one will be the David that makes a decent sized dent in the Goliath that is Facebook.  As netizens, we should welcome everything Dmitry Shapiro has to say about why its necessary to stand up a formidable competitor to Facebook.   The problem is that 80% or more of Facebook users probably won’t bother to use it.  I will.  But most people don’t get why its important to not let Facebook try to be the Internet.  Most people are satisfied with the single payoff ( that is very non-mulitiple motivator like ) that Facebook gives its users in exchange for the data that they share.
I am well aware of the argument that destination social networks have the right to claim ownership of data that their users share.That argument is lame.   No, I don’t pay to use Facebook, or any other of the free destination social networks.  But still, the transaction should really be viewed as a lease not without contract on my data and social graph in exchange for my use of the free service.  If I don’t post anything, then the value of my data on the social network is worth all the less .  And as time goes on,  I share less and less on them because I am aware of this issue, and thus also since I have had a belly full of this aspect of the experience.    In every transaction there is always consideration.  If I lease a car, I have to turn it in when the lease is over, or I can fork over some more money to keep the car.   The transaction between me and Facebook should be treated the same.  But its not.  And the longer we let that continue, the more we allow our rights as consumers to become eroded.  This scenario is just another iteration of “the cycle” that is the theme of Tim Wu’s “Master Switch.”  Facebook is getting large enough to exert a monopolistic like stranglehold on innovation in the very space in which it exists.  We should welcome the competition and flock to it with exuberance.  As @Jason would say, “it is our giri” … if only just to take a stand as educated consumers.On a couple side notes that are somewhat related:

  1. Just this week, Internet regulation made it onto the agenda of the G8 Summit.  Mark Zuckerberg along with other Internet moguls who happen to be guardian’s of our data (more like foxes guarding the hen house) showed up and argued against government intervention.
  2. And yet another note that is still also somewhat related is a comment on HuffPo about the destination social networks response to bill SB 242 being proposed by the California state senate.