Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Jan 2014 12:32 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Smartphone users in South Korea will soon be able to have the option of deleting unnecessary pre-installed bloatware, thanks to new industry guidelines commencing in April.

"The move aims to rectify an abnormal practice that causes inconvenience to smartphone users and causes unfair competition among industry players," said the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, in a press release.

New regulations that fly directly in the face of the biggest player in mobile - Samsung. Odd, since we were told that Samsung owns the South-Korean government.

I do wonder where the line is drawn, though. Will South-Koreans also be able to delete Newsstand and Weather from iOS, or the Calculator from Android?

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RE[4]: And???
by Morgan on Mon 27th Jan 2014 23:42 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: And???"
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

Insane on a modern PC and OS, yes. On retro hardware/software, it's a different story.

Just this weekend the hard drive in my PIII laptop died. I normally run Windows 98 and BeOS on this old beast, for access to old games and BeOS nostalgia respectively. I had a spare hard drive but I hadn't gotten around to cloning the other one to it yet. So, I started fresh with a Windows 98 CD, my wireless drivers, and a tall glass of diet soda. All set, right? Wrong. The version of IE included couldn't render most sites well enough to navigate them properly; sometimes the scrollbars disappeared, and sometimes the browser just choked and crashed.

I finally managed to get wget downloaded, and using my phone I found a link to a really old version of Opera that rendered modern sites well enough to finish installing drivers and such.

I've backed up the drivers and apps onto a flash drive for safekeeping in case it happens again, and I could always have sneaker-netted them from my main PC. But it was good practice, and it's good to know I can use old school tools in a pinch.

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RE[5]: And???
by Alfman on Tue 28th Jan 2014 03:32 in reply to "RE[4]: And???"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Morgan,

"I've backed up the drivers and apps onto a flash drive for safekeeping in case it happens again"

I've made of habit of saving drivers as well. It is frustrating how poorly some manufacturer websites work in safe mode with stock browsers. Sneakernet works, or sometimes I'll use a linux live cd to download the windows drivers to the hard disk. Isn't it ironic!

Another gripe is how many spammy results comes back when searching for obsolete manufacturer drivers, another reason I keep my own copies.

Edited 2014-01-28 03:38 UTC

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