Trying to N-Gage
I've been on a
hunt for the last few days with little success,
now this strikes me as strange, either
are shifting the
faster than they can make it, or they're being held back somewhere
in the supply chain. Odd stuff, maybe it's just classic niche
sales strategy, build in an artifical shortage in the supply chain
to keep prices high or perhaps there's just insufficient demand to
ship many units. Nokia, what is going on?
Anyway, I seem to have found a source, and I'll be telling the full
story of my travails on
All About N-Gage
when the saga completes.
[Mon, 26 Jan 2004 21:04
The man with the squarest head in F1 is at it
again, every pre-season he trots out the same spiel
about how he's fitter, faster and smarter than ever
before, and this year he's even
claiming to be a championship contender.
So after a decade of doing nothing much in top
teams, and seeing numerous teammates become World
Champion does anyone really take him seriously?
Bizarrely, Jackie Stewart still thinks
"David is good enough to go out there and win the world championship"
fortunately Michael Clark at
takes a saner line in these two articles
the right stuff
a year on.
I really don't get the DC hype, can anyone explain
it to me?
[Mon, 26 Jan 2004 20:47
Some you win,
some you lose.
Bill Gates is just so irrelevant to the world of computing these
days, and prone to
flights of idiocy,
I can only assume the award is for his philantropic exercises.
Let's hope so, otherwise the judging for the honours system is
even more highly flawed than Microsoft's security practices.
[Mon, 26 Jan 2004 12:54
Bringing home the bacon
As far as I'm concerned Jews, Muslims, vegetarians
and vegans really miss out on one of life's true
River Cottage's recipe for
and Ben's musings about
Lardo di Colonnata
are just exquisitely mouth watering.
[Fri, 23 Jan 2004 15:46
A thoughtful post by
covers the things you should and shouldn't say about people in your
I think these are pretty similar to the unspoken rules that appear to
have evolved into being, I'd add another rule of thumb, keep it
simple. If someone's got a FOAF file of their own, they can say as much as
they want about themselves, and you only need to keep minimal information
about them in your FOAF file and point at their file (rdfs:seeAlso to
FOAF how-to's seem to be appearing in a few places, maybe it's
indicative of the increasing spread of FOAF.
[Wed, 21 Jan 2004 13:01
The Joy of Specs
Talking about a particular specification earlier:
Their specs always look nice and simple at a first glance,
then you realise they're just stuffed full of holes, assumptions and
No names, no packdrill, but this is an all too common event,
then again a good specification is non-trivial to write.
[Wed, 21 Jan 2004 12:41
My first review of an
game has been posted on
All About N-Gage,
Rayman 3 - Hoodlum Havoc,
it's a nice game actually, easy enough to pick up and
play, but not so easy that it's boring after 15 minutes
or indeed quite a few hours.
Now I just need to pen another 20+ articles for
(AAN whip-cracker and OPL head cheese),
and maybe, just maybe, I might get to blag
another device from him :-)
[Fri, 16 Jan 2004 15:09
MobiSlackers or not?
It's impressive what the promise of a free beer will do
to the Mobitopians! When I complained that they'd been
and I offered to buy the most prolific
poster a pint I really didn't expect them to take me that seriously,
32 posts was bloody good going - certainly compared to recent
months - and 10 posts in
beat the entire output of
Anyway here's the results:
Good work chaps and congrats to Matt, and to encourage the others,
the same offer is on for January, top poster gets a pint on me!
[Wed, 14 Jan 2004 13:51
Sven Central down
I had an email from Sven van der Hart letting me know that
is currently down. His hosting providers are coming out
with some lame excuses, but for now you can find some of
his splendid Playmobil films
would be a good solution for future distribution of his films.
[Tue, 13 Jan 2004 13:26
More Friendly Fire
Not content with just
shooting down our aircraft
strafing our TV reporters,
the US Air Farce are now
Words fail me.
And the Americans wonder why we're so reluctant
to allow their sky marshals on our planes...
[Tue, 13 Jan 2004 13:15
Sidetalkin' to Mars
I'm currently using an N-Gage as my main phone,
initially I was a little sceptical, but it's grown
on me immensely. In fact, I'd rate it probably
3rd or 4th in my Series 60 device hierarchy. Top
of the tree right now is the stonking
runner up is still the
and 3rd/4th would be a bare knuckle fight between the
and the N-Gage. That's a tricky one to call, with the
two feature sets appealing in different ways; add a
camera and IR to the N-Gage and it'd be a no brainer,
as would adding a stereo radio and fixing some of the
bugs with the 6600.
Anyway, back to Mars, there I was the other morning
sitting on the train, chatting away on IRC with the
crowd, whilst reading an e-book, and listening to the
radio when the DJ suggested the listeners sent him
a text message which he'd forward on to the
I was just about to compose an SMS when I realised
just how much connectivity and computing power I had
in that one little box. Wow! A feeling a bit like the
first time I got an internet email address 15 years
or so ago.
Now with Nokia are promoting the N-Gage as just a game
deck, how much fun can we have with the
which Nokia are promoting as a
device? Lots I reckon, expect lots of big
"Wow!" moments this summer!
[Mon, 12 Jan 2004 13:11
Mini iPod - is it a good idea?
Like others I feel a bit let down by the
not just with the
or even the shocking
with the very concept itself.
Sure it's smaller than an iPod which is nice, but
does it really bring anything new to the game? Remember
that the standard iPod isn't a huge bloated device, but
something sleeker and more sveldt than a walkman.
The size aspect of the mini iPod is rather
intriguing, the nearest size equivalent is a
13mm thick business card, so it's wider and longer
than the smallest
but probably slimmer at 91x51x13mm (people
interested in old school measurements can find
then elsewhere). Sure it's small, but it's also
bulky compared to the solid state devices, I really
can't see the mini iPod doing much other than
canabalising iPod sales to fashion victims.
[Wed, 07 Jan 2004 13:34
Crown Squatters or King Mick, it's your turn!
So, as it appears that Liz got the job under
what happens next? Let's face it, anyone else
with false claims on their CV would be down
the JobCentre before you could say UB40.
In days of yore, if you wanted to claim this kingdom
was rightfully yours (or not) you'd turn up at Dover
with a BFO army and fight for the job. Given that wars
these days are now only normally fought by African
lunatics or religious despots (that's you George and Tony),
I don't think this is really King Mick's style.
Also I wonder how much legal control the Queen has over
the UK's armed forces these days either. So is this battle one
for the courts perhaps? Or maybe a duel or even a game of
It's a Knock Out?
[Tue, 06 Jan 2004 21:24
Oi you, big nose!
Williams have deployed a very interesting approach to the
droopnose design used by most F1 cars recently. Something none of
the pictures I've seen so far show the full shapes of the
"tusks", you could create vortices and do some very
interesting airflow handling with these tusks.
Watch out for copycat designs from some other teams
Then again the hammerhead nose could of course be an
elaborate spoof that doesn't actually function as well as a more
conventional nose on the FW26. The intent being to send rival teams
up a blind design alley in the coming weeks. Williams are a hard-nosed
straight forward operation so this is a little unlikely but we'll
find out for sure in Melbourne, in two months time.
[Tue, 06 Jan 2004 12:48