Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Mobility is not easy for anybody

Mobility should be something that makes life easier, simple solutions for everyday problems, right? Considering from the users' point of view something has gone wrong when 
"...setting up a new handset is as challenging as moving bank accounts."
as BBC's report about a recent study puts it.

Dear users, life isn't easier for developers. Some time ago I was involved in obtaining a Publisher ID for Symbian development and signing. The process includes creating a request and then sending it to the authority, plus a copy of your passport, official document (no older than 9 months) verifying the existence of the company and a signed confirmation document supporting the request. Then you might be allowed to get your certificate, that of course isn't useable right away but requires some certificate-voodoo to get it working. As a comparison, check the process of getting license to acquire firearms here in Finland.

Executive summary
To create a mobile solution that is too complex to use, developers need a certificate that is more difficult to get than a license to buy a shotgun.


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