Good to hear on keeping the OS updated through this production. I'll admit, I have not kept up fully on the updates and changes that have been made, but I am still somewhat informed.
In regards to value depreciation, I certainly feel it has. As a person in finance, value is determined by the individual. The idea of earl two years ago was worth a lot of money to me, and I would have had no problem shelling it out. But as time goes on, and my anticipation dwindles, so does the idea of what I'd like to pay for it.
You can say our money has depreciated, but really, it hasn't. Sure, the cash hasn't been in my bank account gaining interest, but I'd still be getting back every cent I paid. Does that XXX amount still have the same buying power today as it did a year and a half ago? Lets be serious, it pretty much does...
While the earl may still be packed with the latest and greatest OS, what about hardware? I understand it's radio hardware and other various things that matter most in the survival aspect are probably still very relevant, but what about the processing power and memory? I'm sure it was decided many months ago what CPU and RAM was to be used, and many months is a long time in the mobile hardware industry. Again, I have not done ample amounts of research so maybe I'm totally wrong, but there are new processing chips coming out every few months.
I've said to myself that I'm willing to wait until Christmas to see what happens.... Come 2015 however, I might have to make a new years resolution to distance myself and cut ties with Earl, as with the hardware and software that is set-In-stone, it is simply getting old and older at this point.
That being said, Josh, I can surely appreciate your optimistic outlook, and I have been trying to stay the same way throughout this process, but seeing Jon once again go silent for well over a month, it does not bode well with my enthusiasm towards this project.