#49: Engineering Excursions | Ubuntu Touch Audiocast


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Wayne (out there) & Joe (Oliver) discuss engineering and hardware with Kevin Thomas.

In this episode:

  • Watch this video to set the tone.
  • Kevin's Blog was discovered by the UBports Marketing group which lead to a coffee meeting
  • Kevin comes to Ubuntu Touch from a unique angle and background of automation, embedded systems, and engineering.
  • Joe was an in-bedded system...
  • What is the mindset of an 'engineer'? And.. what is an 'engineer' anyway?
  • Wayne's been working on Yunohost project and obsessed over why it wasn't working... does this mean he's an 'engineer' or 'ocd'?
  • Some of Kevin's artistic side started coming out in this blog post when he started exploring the visual aspect of Ubuntu Touch
  • Kevin has two System76 machines - that's one more than Wayne and two more than Joe!
  • Polished content versus Throw-it-out-there content... which way is the better way?
  • Kevin gives advice about creating good habits for consistent content production
  • Wayne recommends learning and using Markdown language so you can quickly start writing while the thoughts are fresh.
  • Side benefit of blogging about little niche, uncommon topics you enjoy is that your blog may get good Search Engine Optimization (SEO) results.
  • Nokia versus Iphone, post, as an example, was picked up by a media source because it was niche
  • Hey! On that note, Joe and Wayne had Nokia e71s
  • Wayne's idea of reaching out to Blackberry
  • All Nokia and Blackberry need to do is pay us to make a new division and push out the Ubuntu Touch privacy device. It's so simple!
  • Kevin was impressed by the modularity of Wayne's Fairphone 2 but Kevin asks - have we reached a 'design plateau' in the mobile device world?
  • Wayne and Joe have discussed 'what is a smartphone' before in previous episodes, but are they smart yet?
  • Kevin discusses how a screen is like crack cocaine for a child. Here is an article to give a snapshot
  • Kevin's 'mall story' - awesome Ubuntu Touch promotion story go learn from it.
  • Kevin lays out the goods on how the next revolution might occur

h1>Action Items

  • Go to your local cell phone vendor with your Ubuntu Touch device and show it to the staff and promote Ubuntu Touch like Kevin did.
  • Start your own Audiocast! Just do it!
  • Discuss this Ubuntu Touch Audiocast episode in the Forum right now (before you forget or your passion fades).
  • Send us a word of feedback (good or bad)! We would love to hear from you: wayne[at]ubports.com , joe[at]ubports.com

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