As many of you know, I have been a vocal supporter of the Google Android platform. While my support for Android remains stable, it is, regretably, showing signs of stress.
Since picking up my first Android device nearly a year ago, I have noticed, and read about, a number of little buggy things cropping up with the Android operating system. Now, we are beginning to see Android-based tablets coming to market. First was the Samsung Galaxy Tab, running Android 2.2. Today, people can pick up the Motorola XOOM. In the lead up to the launch of the XOOM, Google gave quite a song-and-dance about the tweaks to Android for tablet computers, in the form of the latest operating system release — Honeycomb. Like many techies, I was anxious to see the improvements and, admittedly, have viable alternatives to the iPad. (I think good options from Apple, Google, HP and Microsoft makes the entire device category better.)
Sadly, the comments in nearly every article, blog and video, say the same thing about Honeycomb. “It’s nice, but not quite ready.” What the…?! Check out this unboxing video by Kevin Tofel at the tech site GigoOm.
I cannot imagine for a minute that Apple would release a product that wasn’t ready for primtime. Well…ok…notwithstanding the whole iPhone 4 antenna design issue. You get what I’m saying. I want Google to succeed with Android.
Basically, though, it’s as if Google is content with releasing software in Beta form. That has been the company’s M.O. for some time with its web-based applications, where nearly everything is in a perpetual Beta state. However, for an operating system that powers mobile devices and tablets to be so shaky out of the box? That’s unacceptable. Look, I understand that no technological product will be perfect out of the box; but how about delivering something near the mark? Motorola and the other device manufacturers should demand more from Google. Unfortunately, in the race to catch, or beat, Apple, companies are willing to make compromises and cut corners just to have a product on the shelf. When you’re asking consumers to plunk down $800 for a tablet computer, it had better be more than an experiment, where end users are merely Beta testers.
Come on Google…do better!
In the midst of exchanging cards, flowers, candy, and trinkets, let’s all maan attempt to really listen to our loved ones. Listen attentively, and pay particular attention to what’s not being spoken just as much as the words uttered. Read between the lines, if you will.
In my opinion, there’s a reason why so many people put such an emphasis on Valentine’s Day pageantry. It’s often because they are looking for some sort of validation that’s not provided on all the other days of the year. The day, sadly, becomes filled with tired metaphors and desperate hope for a significant other to do or say something…anything…to show that he/she sees the person, not merely the role player. A lot of us are guilty of sitting around waiting for the other person to figure us out. In the meantime, we either go along, or passively aggressively drop hints and signals about our true desires.
I challenge everyone in relationships, romantic or platonic, to dig deeper. Step out of the routine. Find out what really makes your partner (or close friend, sibling, child or parent) tick. You might be surprised to discover that that “thing” you thought the person loved was politely accepted, but never embraced. It wasn’t their thing…it was yours. We have to get away from simply doing things for others that we would like for ourselves, and not understanding what makes the other person feel loved and understood. As much as you may think you and your loved one are on the same page, there are likely numerous occasions when you’re not even reading the same book. And that’s okay. No one can be everything for another person, nor should people expect that from their significant others.
If it feels like your significant other doesn’t get you, don’t sit passively waiting or hoping for him or her to have an “Aha!’ moment. Conversely, if you find yourself thinking, “I just don’t know what he/she wants,” it just might be time to ask. Don’t let the fear of not knowing keep you from exploring. I can guarantee that there are scores of couples that have been married for 20+ years, and have reached a point where one person (or both) says to the other, “I never knew that about you.” That happens because people rely on assumptions and don’t talk. We fail to acknowledge growth and/or change in each other.
So, if you go out for dinner tonight, why not take the opportunity to talk? I mean really talk. Get beyond the superfluous and ask how you can better support your partner and make him/her feel more loved. If the conversation is flowing, keep it going with a long walk after dinner. (I would even suggest taking long walks every weekend. It’s a good health habit to share, and you’d be surprised how much comes up while you’re strolling.)
I wish all of you lasting love, and meaningful, rewarding relationships.
This is just a quick little rant. It really bugs me that some restaurants — say Chinese, Korean or Indian — serve different food depending on your ethnicity. There have been more times than I can remember when I’ve gone to a restaurant with Chinese or Indian friends and had a great meal; only to return another time on my own, order the same dishes, and have a completely different (read: worse) culinary experience. I can understand language issues/barriers, but, to me, there’s no reason why I should get lesser-quality, or “Americanized,” dishes. With that said, I wonder if these same friends have had similar experiences at restaurants. I’ve never asked, but I think that I will.