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my ipod and o2

ok, I am as happy as a pig in the preverbial as they say.

I got my 30gb ipod and my o2 atom is working a treat. this is my first ownership of an ipod, but I did try out an o2 imate sometime ago for a week without being happy at the end of the process.

so firstly the ipod. what impresses me most about the ipod is the quality of screen for vidcasts. I’ve been a subscriber to rocketboom.com for a while, looking at it from my desktop, but on the ipod I am amazed at the clarity of the picture. I am also majorly impressed with the fact that you can control the whole thing with your thumb. great usability.

another step to me becoming an apple fan 🙂 I am now one of those zombies that walks the streets with white headfones.

on the o2 front, I am a bit depressed with having to give up my nokia navigation habits to take on windows mobile. going from an ericsson a few years back to a nokia was a simple change of navs processes, but the nokia to o2 move is a whole change in philosophy altogether.

the biggest frustration over the past 2 weeks (until I worked it out) was skype mobile 2.1. so that you don’t completely suck dry the battery in wi-fi mode, you need to turn skype off after you finish using it. which is normal. however, skype is still running processes in the background and won’t allow the natural restore state of windows mobile to occur.

what this means in lay terms is that the backlight on the screen will not turn off and phone does not go into standy mode. big deal I hear you say? well, this little process error sucks the battery standby life from 5 days to 1/2 a day. yep. big f**king deal for a mobile device!

even turning off all of the running programs under the system controls in windows mobile does not stop the background process running. the only way to stop it is turn the fone off and pull the battery out.

does anyone else have this issue with skype mobile and what do you do?

I’m going back to the world of the walking zombie. if apple do decide to build an ipod and fone together I think I will be in waiting in the line to get one.

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December 29, 2006 Posted by | Blogroll, technology, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

don’t click it

from ross dawson of future exploration network via cam on g’day world, is this great site…don’t click it.

the site is based on the concept of using a pointing device, such as a mouse, to be able to do all of the things that you currently do with a mouse, but without clicking.

if this can be achieved, then it is the next step to a gesture based control system (such as just using your hands and a webcam).

worth having a look and a play…and just click in there for the hell of it.

December 21, 2006 Posted by | Blogroll, technology, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

my O2 is here…

so I have been ultra busy playing with my new toy, the O2 atom executive mobile phone.  woo hoo.

it has tri-band gsm and wi-fi. so obviously I installed skype mobile. and it’s not working properly.

when it does, I’ll come back to you…

December 19, 2006 Posted by | Blogroll, technology, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Whooiz

Ok, Cam and Clarke have started Whooiz, the wikipedia for people.

‘If you ain’t in it, you ain’t no-one’.

If you click on the link in my About page, then maybe you can help me win a Wii. Please.

December 14, 2006 Posted by | Blogroll, technology, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

The New Wii Phenomenom

A friend of mine sent me this link today to a site for the instruction manual on the new Wii that I thought was very funny.

While it was very humorous in nature, it actually got me thinking that it could also serve as a great viral marketing boost for the Wii to have someone build this parody for Nintendo.

Thoughts?

December 8, 2006 Posted by | Blogroll, technology, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

AOL to Buy Out Podcast Network

Just when you think that you’re getting the straight end of the stick when talking to someone, you then find out you’ve only been getting half of the story.

Last week I was having an email conversation with Cameron Reilly, owner and CEO of The Podcast Network,  and we were talking about the funny world of buy outs and mergers in a lead up to last nite’s STIRR event in Sydney.

Today I was reading through Digg and Reddit to find this:

http://www.digg.com/tech_news/AOL_to_Buy_Out_Podcast_Network

So I’m not too sure what is happening here and whether I am being led up the garden path as they say.

Cam…any news you want to share?

December 7, 2006 Posted by | Blogroll, technology, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The global geek podcast

So Dave and Knightwise from the Global Geek Podcast asked me to come on the show this week.

You can hear the podcast here.

If you are interested in the Copyright Amendment Bill 2006 that I mentioned on the show, here is a great run down from Minter Ellison.

December 4, 2006 Posted by | Blogroll, technology, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

oracle loses to microsoft sql

this is going to be interesting.

according to a new report by NSG software, microsoft’s sql server product is more robust than oracle.

I’m not gonna comment here….

November 24, 2006 Posted by | Blogroll, technology, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

contractus horribillis

sounds like a disease you don’t want to catch when you’re on tour with the lads somewhere in the tropics.

well it’s actually horribe contracts.

it’s what my life is at the moment.

I’m going through a contract review for facilities management with my company at the moment and watching the legal counsels draw up contracts with no friggin idea on:

. what to put in there
. how a relationship actually works
. what technology does, how it works, who pays for it when it breaks and who takes responsibility

the problem with this is the output is a document that few people understand, but because it can hold a door open in a steady wind, the legal counsel believe that it is a solid contract. the management then see this is a sign of a job well done, despite the issues.

in my earlier years, I got taught 2 very important lessons in contracts that I still carry with me today:

1. when you build a contract, build it properly and fairly for both parties and the relationship will exist beyond the term of the contract. short change the process and you short change yourself and the other party.

1a. which will only lead to both parties being upset with each other. and there endeth the relationship.

2. the strength of a relationship is always tested by the detail of a contract. compromise in a contract after the event only leads to tears and disgruntlement. see 1a above.

why don’t people get this message is beyond me…

November 22, 2006 Posted by | Blogroll, technology, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

lucy in the sky with diamonds

with all of the sutff going on in my worklife this past 2 weeks, I have been really relishing any time with my family: my wife, my 2.5 yr old and my 12 week old.

more notably, my 2.5 yr old who has a gift for music. he can name most instruments in an orchestra by sound and can pick out different instruments in music without much issue. he’s been doing this since he started to talk.

as a keen musician myself, I have been trying to get my 2.5 yr old completely immersed in music as I guess it’s better than 24×7 wiggles and studies have proven that kids with musical talent are much smarter than those without and have to study less, tending to be less stressful in life.

anyway, the higlight of my week was listening to sgt peppers lonely hearts club band by the beatles today with my boy. we listened to lucy in the sky diamonds together; the whole song looking at the ceiling while just lying on the rug on the floor and listening to the instruments. any of you with kids will know how hard it is to get a 2.5 yr old to sit still for 3.5 minutes at the best of times.

if this happened every day I’m sure I wouldn’t appreciate it as much.   

October 29, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment