“100 days with the Nokia N900” and other links…


AG: “So, I thought it was time to begin talking about the migration from the very dated Treo650. In truth, I held hope that Palm would eventually get its act together and develop a platform that would rival all of the current Linux based smart phone offerings (ie Nokia N900, Android, WebOS). Unfortunately, Palm was acquired by HP and a number of executive folks got fired. Perhaps the most interesting trend was that during the time I owned my trusty Treo, social networking became a normal past time for me.”

Windows Phone Secrets “Tip: Tap and hold on the virtual keyboard”

Paul Thurrott: “Most Windows Phone users are familiar with the fact that the “tap and hold” gesture is akin to the right mouse click in desktop versions of Windows, often resulting in a pop-up menu of commands related to the selected object. This gesture is used throughout Windows Phone, including, oddly enough, on the virtual, software-based keyboard.”

“Sony Creative Software on Vimeo”

Vimeo.com: “Sony Creative Software inspires artistic expression with its award-winning line of products for digital video, audio, and music production, as well as industry-leading technology for DVD production and Blu-ray Disc™ authoring. Sound Forge™ Pro, ACID™ Pro, and Vegas™ Pro software have defined digital content creation for a generation of creative professionals.” So far: two videos.

“A Secure Network Drive for Windows Azure Blob Storage”

Jerry Huang: “First you will need to install the Gladinet Cloud Desktop and map a network drive to Windows Azure Blob Storage. …Without further setup, you can drag and drop files to transfer files in and out of Azure Blob Storage. The transfer is under SSL but not encrypted yet once it reaches Azure Blob Storage.”

“Important Info for WP7 Application Developers”

Chris Koenig: “Do you have a Pivot Control stacked inside a Panorama Control?  That would be bad.  Are you using the Windows Phone 7 built-in styles to display text and highlights? If not, it could raise some additional questions. PLEASE read this first one thoroughly (it’s a long read) to make sure you understand what METRO is all about, and what the design checkers will be looking for.”

“HP Showcases World’s First High-speed, 30-inch Digital Color Press”

2009: “HP today announced developments for its HP Inkjet Web Press platform to help print service providers (PSPs) become more profitable and accelerate their transition from analog to digital printing. …On show at an open house event at Los Angeles-based O’Neil Data Systems—site of the first HP Inkjet Web Press beta installation—the press demonstrates how customers can benefit from market-leading total cost of ownership, excellent productivity and a high level of quality.” I heard about this machine while I was working at William O’Neil.

Wikipedia.org Moment: “Colnago”

“In 1960, Colnago saw fame as Luigi Arienti rode to a gold medal at the Rome Olympics on a Colnago bicycle. From the late 1960s through the 1970s, Colnago was generally regarded as one of the builders of the world’s best custom road race frames.”

The Phone Confrontation

The future stories about a country called the United States in their year 2000 will show traffic jams (which will be the future symbol of luxuriant but barbaric poverty) and supposed “free citizens” unable to use telecommunications technology to the best of its technical abilities because of a small gang of robber barons controlling the local phone company. The joke of 1980s mobile phones is that they resembled a small lunch box held up to the ear. The future joke about “new millennium” mobile phones is that they cost a million useless, fiat dollars to use—and they did little to protect privacy.

For those of us that remember our people, the effects from the way digital communications is “given” to the “citizens” of the United States resembles the effects of the Jim Crow “laws” against groups of Black people assembling in public for any reason. Eventually, even the most properly-assimilated, self-described patriot of this imperfect Union will have to admit that she can’t organize any group of people with the aid of digital technology without the insinuation and dominant guidance of an upper-class third party. All of the cute Star Wars toys of Episode One are already looming about just waiting for a Kentucky-fried Darth Vader to get the empire going in hyperdrive:

  • Your supermarket knows exactly what you buy and when.
  • Your traffic light knows when you cross the street.
  • Your building knows when you enter.
  • Your mobile phone knows where you are and every packet of data you send.
  • Your DVR knows everything about what you watch and do not watch.
  • Your friendly online social network knows what you will buy and who all of your (functional) friends are…

So let’s be “ignorant” and assume that people who seriously call themselves “wealthy,” spend a great deal of time “holding on to power.” People who call themselves “poor” often forget about that part about being “rich.” Being “rich” is a fulltime job. At the end of the day, it makes “big men” of both genders hungry. All the toys mentioned above can “serve mankind”—on a platter for any corruptible robber baron to eat. The power to predict earnings by predicting human behavior using metrics of unprecedented resolution is an irresistible temptation. Just ask any healthy urban male anywhere in the world about that girl he likes from afar. Ask him, “Don’t you want to know who she speaks to on the phone? Don’t you want to know where she hangs out? Don’t you want to know what she writes in her email?” It is an error to assume that the boys running AT&T, Google or Yahoo! would not peek at the individual information—yet announce to the world that they are just studying aggregate sets. Remember all those cop shows you watched on Tee Vee when the inspector says, “Pull up his file,” like everyone in the freaking world has a file. Well, now, and ever more in the future, everyone in the freaking world has a file. That’s some of the many “loves” behind one laptop per child.

So me buying an unlocked smart phone seems so very insignificant in view of the immense structure that I insist is being built—but when our Star Wars heroes were in the trash compactor they just grabbed on to anything they could. The problem with this ‘trash’ is that it starts at about $400—an expensive experiment with what really could be waste. My smart phone fee is a little steep because of my desire to buy brand new garbage. The table below collects for the recycle bin:

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The palmOne Treo 650 PDA Phone (Unlocked) definitely does not look like a piece of garbage. This one was recommended by AG, who from “Trixbox 2.2—Revisited” you can tell is really into this independent communication thing.

However, he recommends buying on ebay.com for lower prices…

Palm Treo 680 Unlocked GSM Quadband Cell Phone Out of ignorance I just assume that the 680 is ‘better’ than the 650. Since we are going wild with $400 bucks…
OpenMoko Like Google’s non-evil android, this is just a specification—not an actual product.
Nokia 6682 Series 60 smartphone reviewed AG does not go for the Symbian OS. Why? Just checking…