BlackBerry, Microsoft, and… Tizen?

Instead, attention is shifting to winning a share of a potentially bigger pie: the software that runs your car, camera, fridge, smartwatch or TV. The thinking here is that if web-based operating systems like Firefox or Tizen can gain a foothold in those internet-connected devices, they could then gain broader acceptance among users and app developers on mobile, too.

-The Indian Express, Operating systems of every size, shape and colour try to break Google, Apple stranglehold”

I completely randomly stumbled upon a series of articles that all seem to be saying something similar: the future of small (read: otherwise unheard of) operating systems’ success is in the least likely of places. In addition to the linked and above-quoted article from a news outlet I have never seen before, every tech blog that I follow reported on Sunday that Ford would be dropping Microsoft’s In-Sync technology in favor of Blackberry’s QNX OS. If you don’t know, Ford’s dashboard software for their cars has been a Microsoft product for years, so I agree with the sentiment that the change is a big deal.

I think the key to these stories though is the idea that smaller (or down-and-out) companies that are unable to compete with the operating system heavyweights of Apple and Google will have to compete in different areas of technology. If the reports surrounding Ford are true and come to fruition, how apropos that Blackberry is one such down-and-out operating system company that may have just landed a business saving deal in their eleventh hour… as an automobile operating system business!

Add to that the fact that LG bought WebOS from HP in order to make a better SmartTV and Samsung has developed its own OS (Tizen) to replace Android in some of its future technologies (“Smart” Watches initially) and I think it becomes clear that operating system success can be had in realms outside of the smartphone.

(via The Loop)


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The Challenges of 2020

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One of the craziest things about Christianity during the protests of the last few weeks is the fact that there are churches out there not discussing the issues honestly, not taking the time to have the hard conversations, not devoting their Sunday services to betterment of the world and people around them. If you’re church isn’t talking about racism right now, if they don’t mention that black lives matter, instead focusing on platitudes that equate to the all lives matter” sentiment, it is time to start looking for a new church.

My wife and I meet with my home” church virtually via Zoom since the pandemic is still a thing. Kimball Avenue United Church of Christ & La Iglesia Episcopal de Nuestra Señora de las Américas (KANSA, together) combined in a collaborative way to create a single denomination focused on the needs of their community. They follow Christ together toward the vision of love, reconciliation, peace and justice. The justice looks like the demolition and rehabilitation of an old church building and its grounds into a community garden and labyrinth open to all who seek peace through contemplation.

I give this elevator speech to mention that COVID has not been kind to faith communities in general. Budgets have been slashed, funding and grants have been cut, and congregations in need are also working to serve those in need, who are less likely to be able to financially support their church in these times. KANSA in one of the good ones. They speak truth, they have the difficult conversations, they preach in a loud voice every Sunday that black lives matter, that racism has no place in the church, that the LGBTQ community deserves respect and support, and that Jesus was a social justice warrior, who fought for the least of these no matter who they were, where they were from, what they looked like.

In fact, Jesus was most harsh to those who had the means to help and decided not to answer the call.

These systems of oppression we are protesting have been around a long time; they have screwed up a lot of lives, they have been the reason for revolution and the downfall of entire civilizations, they don’t work. We need to find a better way to live by supporting each other. And support has to come in systemic, social, financial, and political ways, both national and local.

I am not local to KANSA anymore, but I support their mission, the way that mission manifests in the world, and the simple fact that they follow Jesus no matter how ostracizing that position can be at times. Which brings me to the point:

Thanks to a $10,000 matching gift’ from an anonymous donor, the challenge has become an opportunity. Over the next two months, we plan to raise at least $10,000 to meet the challenge. Through August 31, 2020, every donation we receive toward our 2020 Challenge” no matter how small or how large will be doubled by the matching gift.

KANSA is hurting financially and needs support, they do good work and are unabashedly progressive in their approach to our world. Donate now and see your contribution matched to keep one of the good ones fighting the good fight.

Thank you for your consideration.