Today two programs asked me upgrade themselves: Nokia PC Suite asked me to upgrade itself to Nokia OVI, which is supposed to be a newer program that does the same things and Samsung KIES asked me to upgrade itself to a new version.

Both programs are used to connect the computer to the mobile phone of the respective manufacturer to copy images and music files, install games, synchronize contacts, update firmware and do some other things. Synchronizing contacts is useful every once in a while and so is updating firmware; the other things are either useless or can be done using the regular file manager.

Nevertheless, the Nokia program had to download 90 megabytes and the Samsung program had to download 75 megabytes. That’s a lot. That’s too much. And that’s for two programs that essentially do the same things, most of which are not even very useful.

Mobile phones suck.


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