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I’m a bit older than Brent, and I had to buy my own first computer – a Sinclair ZX-81, in my case. But the feeling was exactly as he describes here:

Then the personal computer came along, and they had the freedom to solve problems on their own — when they wanted to, the way they wanted to.

This was a revolution.

Yes, it was about freedom, about full control over a tiny yet powerful machine, although at the start it was mainly about learning how much was possible with a computer and how you had to control it.

Image by Evan-Amos (CC BY-SA 3.00)

These days, even smartwatches have more oomph than the ZX-81, but they lack something that made the early “home computers” so attractive: they are increasingly closed-off by their makers. Is that good or bad? Personally, I love to tinker and explore and stumble and try again – that’s why I like all those Linux OS’s ;-)

Brent has a point when he says that “it feels more and more like we’re just renting Macs too, and they’re really Apple’s machines, not ours“. If I truly want to “play” with a computer, both in hardware and software, then Macs and portable PC’s don’t come into the picture. (Old) PC hardware or a Raspberry Pi will do, thank you.

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I know it’s already April, but I did not want to publish the low solar energy production numbers of March on April 1st. Many readers might have thought I was joking, and that is not the case. Here’s why: March only produced 133.760 Wh of electricity, and that is just a fraction above last years March numbers and 25% below what I expected. Let’s just hope that this is not setting a trend for the future.

Another update is worth mentioning, at least for users and fans of the Samsung Galaxy S7: I was able to install the March 1, 2019 Security patch and the assorted updates on March 26th. This is what your S7 should tell you about its software, at least here in Belgium:

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A few days ago, on Jan. 17 to be precise, my Samsung Galaxy S7 received a software update. Considering the limited info available in the ‘What’s new” section of the update, I’m assuming that the update is limited to the January 1st security patch level…

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Samsung is fast this time: the December Security Update is available to Galaxy S7 devices in Belgium. Let’s call it an early Christmas gift ;-)

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On Monday, my S7 indicated that a new software update from Samsung was available for download and installation. This time I didn’t wait. The installation went smoothly, and there you have it: the November 2018 security patch is now on my phone. Too bad even Samsung (in Belgium) is not capable to give us a few details about what the update entails – you’ll have to visit the SamMobile website for that. According to them, the 227 MB download contained only security updates.

The G930FXXU3ERJE software update for the Samsung Galaxy S7

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Samsung delivered another Android update for the Galaxy S7 yesterday, this time incorporating the security patches from September 1, 2018. Belgian S7’s are now able to run G930FXXS3ERI4.

I’m happy since it seems things are speeding up in the Samsung software division. Still, I’ld love to get a bit more info about the exact content of the updates.

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Samsung delivered a software update G930FXXU2ERH7 to the Galaxy S7 a week or so ago; I am just a bit late to install it. This time there is no change to the security patch level – we’re still on the August 1, 2018 lebel. So I do wonder what the update really contains.

For those of you who think there is such a thing as “artificial intelligence”, how about this tidbit? Android saved the screenshot nicely, and added that it “estimates” that the picture has something to do with the Spanish city of Burgos… Sure, buddy!

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