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Fashion phones for fashion victims

So I’m sitting there on the train and the guy across the aisle pulls out a Motorola SLVR and then an LG “Chocolate” phone.

Then he starts manually copying phone numbers from one to the other. Couldn’t he copy them over by infrared, bluetooth or by swapping memory cards?

Is this as far as featurephones have got? Or is it a case of smart phones in a dumb world, where the phones can do the job but the user is too dumb or disinterested to work that out.

[Thu, 28 Sep 2006 19:00] | [mobile] | #

Lost in the desert?

We recently spent a couple of weeks off on holiday, relaxing, swimming, basking in the sun, and generally mellowing out.

We were down in the depths of Andalucia, 20 minutes from the Med, in the bowl of hills that surround Lake Vinuela.

Plenty warm enough, mid to high 30s (and early 40s) for most of our stay, and plenty of local activities in the forms of various fieras in the surrounding villages.

In the meantime the folks on the Orange Project were playing with inflatable shapes down on the shores of the reservoir. Fun stuff, and bits of which you can see in Orange’s current tv campaign in the UK.

Bizarrely, the folks on the Orange Project claim to be in a desert, in the middle of nowhere, where it’s not rained for years. Sorry, but they’re not close with any of those claims. For starters where did they think the reservoir’s water came from? Maybe this reflects Orange’s disconnect from reality with their surreal animal-based tariff structure.

[Wed, 27 Sep 2006 12:57] | [general] | #

2006-09-22 links

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2006-09-18 links

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[Fri, 15 Sep 2006 06:30] | [linkblog] | #

School's out...

It's one of those things you dream of as a kid, your school burning down. well, it happened to a friend of mine yesterday, the school really did burn down.

Trouble is, my friend is a teacher there...

[Thu, 14 Sep 2006 22:09] | [rants] | #

2006-09-13 links

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[Thu, 14 Sep 2006 06:30] | [linkblog] | #

Pick a phone, any phone

Gustaf's hunting for a new phone to replace his Charlie, it's a tough decision as I've been musing about the same thing for my 6680 for a month or so.

I had a quick play with Steve Litchfield's phone chooser grid but it lacks choices for "Bill Gates free" and "Python powered", and I really couldn't face a phone called TyTN (I assume it's a Korean joke about breasts), so here's my "short" list: Nokia's N73, N80, E61, E70, plus Sony Ericsson's P990 and M600. Perhaps as wildcards I'd also add the 5500, N91 and W950, and maybe the N70 for that retro touch. It's a difficult decision though, none of the phones are a perfect fit for what I want.

[Wed, 13 Sep 2006 21:04] | [mobile] | #

2006-09-12 links

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[Wed, 13 Sep 2006 06:30] | [linkblog] | #

How many routers?

So, I was musing about just how many routers FON would need for total world domination, I'd already sussed out the a million routers wouldn't go far, and then a guy does the maths properly and comes up with around 5-600 million routers, woah! Sure there's holes in the theory, you don't need coverage in the middle of a desert, but that's still a hell of a lot of kit.

In other news, Portugal is now bathed in a 3G signal (HSDPA) at up to 3.6Mbps. Hey that's a little simpler than relying on 888,219 routers to be all working, and you'd be able to stay online whilst on the move...

[Tue, 12 Sep 2006 21:27] | [tech] | #

2006-09-07 links

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2006-09-01 links

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[Sat, 02 Sep 2006 06:30] | [linkblog] | #

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