Nexus 4 – The 5 Year Plan

LG Nexus 4This would have been much better if I had written this at the start of my plan, instead of over half way through it. I could have detailed my research and thoughts and how I came to my decisions. But to be honest today most of that information would have been out of date and of no use for today. Next time then.

I started thinking about how long I use devices when I was considering purchasing a smart phone at the end of 2012. When I was growing up technology was moving so fast that upgrading computers, mobile phones and other devices became habit. I often sold components and devices on, gave things away or stuck them in a cupboard never to see daylight again. Previously I had often opted for mobile phone contracts which came with the latest and greatest phone featuring new at the time features such as a colour screen, 3G, touchscreen, WiFi radio etc.

This purchase was going to be an expensive business and I worked out the monthly cost, looking at contract and purchasing the device on its own. I then started to think about the environmental impact of my choices. Changing mobile phone every few years can’t be good for my pocket or the environment. I’m into technology and like to have things not just for the sake of having them but for things which will make some contribution to my life.

I came to the conclusion that if I was going to get a smart phone it would have to serve its purpose for five years. That’s a long time in technological terms and I knew I would have to choose wisely. I did not only have to think in terms of specifications and physical durability, I had to think in terms of software. How long would the software be supported and updated? A hard question to answer. I had been bitten before when I chose a HP Pre 3 running WebOS; A a great phone and OS unfortunately abandoned very quickly on launch by HP.

My choice: The Nexus 4

In the end I chose the Nexus 4 smartphone brought out by Google and LG. It was generously priced and the specifications beyond what I had thought achievable given my budget. For Android I thought that with it receiving Android updates directly from Google it would be well supported for. Obviously today the phone is outclassed by newer hardware but the software is still updated by Google. It does not have a usable 4G radio but at the moment 3G and WiFi serves my needs.

I know that I’ve been very lucky that the Nexus 4 has been supported in terms of software updates for this long. It’s been over two and a half years since I first got my Nexus 4 – the hard part is still to come.

UK Election Reform

The publication of Deal or No Deal: how to put an end to party funding scandals by the Electoral Reform Society has made me pause for thought on this issue.

For the electorate to be engaged with politics a system that represents them and that they have belief in is necessary. For the purpose of this post I am discussing the party funding issue exclusively.

With public trust in the current system at a low reforms are necessary. The ERS has suggested three ways of reforming party funding

1. A cap on the amount anybody can donate to a political party. This would reduce the possibility of a party being influenced by an individual or group.

2. An increased element of public funding for parties. At this time when the public is very aware of public funding cuts suggesting increases for parties will probably raise much objection. Bringing us in line with average European expenditure would be a start.

This would be a funding of the democratic system itself to give us stability. Its far from a perfect solution.

3. A cap on the amounts parties are allowed to spend.

These suggestions should be the basis of starting to reform party funding not the end.

A new look for Coleman Web

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Late last year I decided to resurrect Coleman Web from its archived state over at WordPress.com. In the process I moved the site back to its previous hosting provider NetHosted and decided to go for a no tracker/cookie approach. The move allowed me to use a fresh WordPress install and to import and edit my old content and links.

Today the site has been updated with the WordPress Twenty Fifteen theme. This underpins my simplicity approach with a clear and dynamic visualisation. Previously separate menus linking to pages, posts, categories and other websites are being reviewed and merged to provide one simple menu to bring content closer to the user.

Save the Brookdale in Ainsdale

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With having seen first hand the benefits delivered to carers and users this petition was one that I put my name on straight away

To: Sefton Council and MP’s

Our campaign is to challenge the proposed closure of the Brookdale Resource Centre in Ainsdale. We need the council and MP’s to listen and work out a way to keep this centre open.

Why is this important?

It is a vital service for elderly people with Dementia/Alzheimer’s and should stay open. This centre is situated in Ainsdale, Southport. It is the only Dementia specialist care centre in a catchment area of approximately 150,000 people. The council proposes to close it and move everybody across to another centre. This unit with specialist trained staff provides a day care service for older people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia and deals with cases from early onset to the later stages of the illness. It provides a vital life-line for carers giving them the required respite whilst being assured of the safety, health and well-being of their loved ones at the centre. The centre is geographically perfectly placed in the middle of the areas it services.

Please look at the response on our Facebook page ‘Friends of Brookdale’
https://www.facebook.com/brookdaledaycentre

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