Anthem Goosebumps

Samsung are known for some good stuff (I have a lovely Samsung TV) and some not so good stuff (Mrs 6000 has appalling battery life) (on her Samsung phone, that is). (Mrs 6000 doesn’t have batteries.) (She runs on wine.)

And now, Samsung are going to be known for this advert ‘The Anthem’, which you’re going to be heartily sick of by the end of the Olympics, but which you’ll like right now. Goosebumps time.

Local folk will recognise that some (or more) of this advert was filmed in Cape Town. But that’s actually beside the point. This is just a very nice advert which almost makes you forget the terrible FUBAR state of the world at the moment.

Almost.

Phone news…

Apparently, some company is in the process of releasing the latest model of a smartphone that they make. I think that this clever advert eludes to that announcement and release, but I can’t be absolutely sure because they don’t explicitly name it.

When all is said and done, it’s just a phone. They’re both just phones. I’m not going to shoot you down for choosing one over the other. Neither will I worship the ground you walk on just because you went the other way.

The advert is clever though and does sum up the blinkered attitudes that some individuals display when this sort of annual announcement comes around, as it does, annually.

I particularly recognise the ‘headphone jack is going to be on the bottom’ character.
Hello [redacted].

Free Postcards From Touchnote

Incoming from the team behind one of my favourite Android apps, Touchnote [QR]:

This summer, our postcards are free!
Send any postcard absolutely free. Sponsored by Samsung, Worldwide Olympic Partner.
Available on our Android app, web and Facebook. Until 31st August.

Touchnote takes your photos from your mobile device and sends them as a real postcard, to anyone, anywhere in the world. At about R12 per postcard, it’s cheaper and faster than buying and posting a card from foreign parts and it’s reliable too.

 The free postcards are printed on the same high-quality card, to the same print standard as paid-for Touchnote postcards. Free postcards will also display Samsung and Olympic logos on the back.

You can send as many free postcards as you want from Android, web or Facebook. However, as this promotion being sponsored by Samsung, there is no support for Apple devices.

I wonder why?

This is not a sponsored post. I just like this app and enjoy sharing great deals with my readers.

RAM: What it is, how it’s used, and why you shouldn’t care

I’ve been playing with my new Samsung Galaxy P7500 tablet and I noticed that I was already critically short (my words) on RAM, despite having nothing of huge significance running. It seemed that the device was using about 80% of its available RAM just to run.

I was naturally concerned.

At times of natural concern, we all have someone to whom we turn. Lois Lane had Superman, Commissioner Gordon had Batman, I have The Guru. My initial attempts to raise him by projecting a giant Android symbol onto the moon failed due to intermittent cloud cover over the Southern Suburbs, so I sent him an email instead, asking whether I should perhaps employ some sort of task manager to manage my tasks.

His reply was enlightening:

No – it’s a bad idea, which in almost all cases slows your phone.
Windows people use them, but there are extensive treatises, including by Google engineers, explaining how Linux/Android uses memory, and how task managers screw up the OS’s attempts to do so efficiently.

The “not much RAM to spare” is exactly the Windows-thinking I am talking about. Unused RAM is wasted RAM for Android.
If you want to read more:

http://www.androidcentral.com/ram-what-it-how-its-used-and-why-you-shouldnt-care

I was enlightened. Literally.

If you have an Android device, the article above makes very interesting reading and it is at a suitable level for you and I (ie. basic). The comments, less so on both counts, as geeks take each other on in who can use the most confusing terminology, much of which includes parentheses.

Suffice to say that The Guru has allayed my fears that I have purchased a dud device (which, I have to point out, never faltered in its service to me). I can now enjoy my tablet with a relaxed and untroubled mind.

Viva, The Guru. Viva!