Friday, October 31, 2014

Finally, a great phone

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I finally gave in and shelled out for an unlocked (and unsubsidized) Nokia 6822 phone.

I’ve been looking at this phone (and its predecessor, the 6820) off and on for two years. I couldn’t get myself to pony up for it, given I figured something more compelling would come along. Nothing has.

I’m not sure who to blame for the lack of compelling phones. Are evil wireless providers conspiring against it? (None of them carry it.) Could it be consumers are stupid?

The fact this phone design is not huge in the states confounds me. Of course, I don’t understand why people buy domestic cars, either, so maybe I shouldn’t be surprised.

There are Treo phones and Blackberry phones and Motorola Q phones that have tons of functionality but are just too big to carry in the pocket. The smaller phones don’t have QWERTY keyboards, and I hate the design of most of them. What’s the big deal with the cheap flip phones?

The 6822 is just slightly thicker and a little bit longer than my Nokia 3120. (The 3120, by the way, has been a great phone. I feel guilty for not having taken better care of it. It’s been a trooper.) The display is a significant improvement and there are some detail improvements in both the software and the hardware. Things like more refined key response, slick light blue lighting, the joystick, and display of the call time directly underneath the dialed calls are subtle but welcome enhancements.

The QWERTY keyboard is great. I’ve used it three times and I love it. I already type text messages about three times as fast with it. The command keys (back, exit, etc.) are highly intuitive. Brilliant.

It took me about two minutes (without a manual) to enable Bluetooth and synchronize contacts with my PowerBook. I can easily browse images, videos, files, and other items on my phone.

It’s so rare to find a sophisticated technology product that does its job so seamlessly. I’m tempted to order a second one just so I have a backup.

This phone just friggin’ WORKS. I love it.

In limbo for a day or so

Sunday, August 27, 2006

I’m in the process of migrating to a new hosting provider. As such some of the features of the site may not work correctly over the next couple days.

I expect the Photos and Reading links will be the main culprits, though anything is fair game.

It works!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Windows Live Writer works pretty well, actually. It assigns the correct time to post, handles categories, and the editor even incorporates my stylesheets.

I find it ironic that this software supports both the Microsoft blogging platform (Spaces) and other major platforms, while Apple iWeb doesn’t work with WordPress and others.

Windows Live Writer Beta

Sunday, August 13, 2006

I’m writing this post using the new Windows Live Writer Beta. It’s not bad so far and (so far) seems to work with WordPress.

Nothing much to say at the moment, except that I rode my bike today and I finally got a freaking Wireless Mighty Mouse.

Apple notes and a sad 404

Monday, August 7, 2006

The WWDC is today. Notes and thoughts:

  • Semi-related: The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs blog has gone 404. This was inevitable, but it’s a bummer. I was really getting a kick out of it.
  • I’m already psyched for Leopard. The Spaces virtual desktop technology, Time Machine, and the SpotLight improvements all seem compelling. Mail looks to be taking additional inevitable steps into Outlook land, which would be interesting to me if was still willing to use a desktop email client.
  • VMWare officially announced a Mac product. I’m happy to hear virtual machines created on the Mac can run in VMWare on their other supported platforms and vice-versa.

Stuck at an airport, again

Monday, August 7, 2006

It’s mostly fault this time.

I hate flying.

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