In my Ubuntu Touch Phone experiment I have activated plan b, I have since yesterday reverted back to Android and this is why. My Meizu is still a interesting phone, fast with a nice screen and good camera (compared to my earlier phones). It’s super nice to have a real operating system there that I can manage like a normal computer. I like the idea to get some alternatives in between Android and iOS.
In about a week from now, I have had my Ubuntu Touch phone for two months. I have got used to some aspects of it but I still finds fun and interesting things to do with it. Is it a pain? Yes, indeed it is, more or less all applications that I daily use are worse than the Android equivalent and I have been thinking about the possibility to buy an Android phone, the Pixel do indeed looks interesting.
Time to integrate Nextcloud with my Ubuntu Phone, the calendar was easy because there are an option under accounts that is called “Owncloud”, I just added my Nextcloud account and my calendar was synced. Unfortunately I see no way to sync nether contacts or tasks with this method. I guess, the option will be there in a future OTA, I hope. The good thing is that it’s only the UI that’s missing, you can do plenty of things with the command syncevolution.
Nextcloud vs. Owncloud I have been using Owncloud for some time now hosted on one of my servers, it was setup mainly to sync calender and contacts to move away from Google Contacts and Calendar. It has been working nicely and I have also used it for document sync, and image sync from my phone. But things have happen in the Owncloud universe, and we now have a fork called Nextcloud.
This is the best year yet, and I think that I have said that for tree or four years now. Still plenty of things to complain about but overall everything is getting better for me. Yes, it’s once again one of these posts where I update you about my current state in life and it looks like I missed my chance this year to do the normal “new years yearly update” so here it is!
Since December last year I have thought about Let’s Encrypt and that is something I should use for my sites and other services that needs HTTPS. Yesterday I finally took the time to move this site to HTTPS, I guess http/2 is the next logical step but that’s another day! A few short words about Let’s Encrypt if you are not completely up to date. Let’s Encrypt is a initiative to offer completely free ordinary X.
Dekko is the default installed email client provided by Canonical, I added my email credentials (just email address and password) and it figured everything out by it self. Probably because I have a autoconfig.xml hosted at my email server, or maybe it guessed my quite standard setup. It has overall a nice UI, and it will do the job. I mostly consume email at the phone, but I like to be able to send email from time to time.
Last post I started talking on my project to try out to use a Ubuntu Phone as my primary phone. I have not that many applications and functions that I must have on my primary phone, I still have Android tablets, my work phone and so on … But these are the critical things that I’m so used to have with me all the time, these things are important. Pebble - I love my Pebble smartwatch and this was one of the things that I researched before I bought the phone.
The grass is always greener on the other side, or something. I have gotten really tired on Android, it feels like it’s moving in the wrong direction, at least for me. So I have been thinking about my options, but Apple products are a nogo for me, and Windows Phone is a joke so … I have been tracking Canonical’s Phones for a little more than a year now. Still too early I thought, I need something usable.
So I have once again changed things, this time I migrated the blog to Hugo, a easy to use static website engine. I also took the time to look through the archive and there are a lot of broken content, probably from the wordpress to pico migration, need to fix that, some day. Hugo has a nice collection of themes and I liked one called Angel’s Ladder, a easy clean modern looking theme built for blogs, it will do just fine!