Fri 04.30.10 – This morning after several days of watching for the UPS man, two birthday gifts arrived with a thump on the front step: my new PacSafe travel camera bag that will hold a DSLR plus several lenses and Two, count ‘em – two, camera phones in their own special area; and more importantly my very own Nokia N86 8 Megapixel camera phone. Not a trial N86 that will have to be returned to WOMWorld/Nokia, but my own, my very own.
Now those of you who read this blog with any regularity know that I have a camera phone and moblogging addiction, in the course of the last 5 years and 5 months that I have been in possession of a mobile phone with a camera and a data connection to mobile blog with. And in those 5 and a bit years, I have tried out many, many camera phones but have only owned 5 of my own camera phones, of which the arrival today of the Nokia N86 was the 5th.
Welcome lovely little 8 megapixel bundle of glass, metal, and plastic kick-ass camera phone joy.
Thurs 04.29.10 – From last night’s Jon Stewart show, as usual Mr. Stewart gets to the essence again, this time his love for Apple & when did Apple become The Man. The best part is when Stewart calls Gizmodo’s iPhone review “whole video tech prostate exam”.
I will use term, “whole video tech prostate exam”, about any and all future mobile video reviews and possibly about unboxing videos.
Yes, I have a few blog posts about the Ethics of Leaks, the just announced delicious Nokia N8, and my thoughts on Resources for Developing Mobile Apps, but these three blog posts may have to wait for the weekend, as I have been a bit buried in work.
In the meantime, may I direct you to a few good | interesting links:
52 Weeks of UX on Simplicity isn’t that Simple:
“John Maeda’s First Law of Simplicity states: The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction. Refinement that is thoughtful, calculated, and whenever possible and appropriate, based on data is one of the fundamental tools of any designer.”
Jan Chipchase, the master of many travels and more than a few international relocations gives some of his tried & true tips on 10 Tips for International Relocation, of which I find #8 to be my experience as it was darned difficult to get a bank account set up in Ireland when I lived there in 2005-2006:
“8. Maintain at least one bank account in the country you’re leaving, because frankly its a bitch to open accounts when you’re ‘abroad’ and at some point you. will. need. it. The exception to the its-a-bitch-to-open rule are the premium banking services offered by the larger banks geared up to service international clients – allowing you to set up an account prior to departure and pick up your new, local cards on arrival. (I use and am reasonably happy with HSBC Premier)”
And speaking of travel, the NY Times’ Travel Section on Joys of the Window Seat, a visual feast of photos in a fun, but hard to scroll interface.
Wed 04.28.10 – During the Nokia N8 Q&A CoverItLive Event today, panelists were asked to slow down on questions to give the Nokia folk time to answer, so I took photos of my birthday tulips while waiting for my turn to ask a question.
I shot the tulips in natural indoor light with no other lights on or using the flash, the curtains were open and it was clear & sunny outside. I do wish that I had a light coming up through the tulips to illuminate the purple ones better.
The official Nokia N8 pages with tech specs – Looking pretty darned camera-licious tasty!
I will write up my thoughts later today, the N8′s camera specs are very exciting, particularly with the return of the Xenon flash. Until I can use the final released product, I will hold my opinion on Symbian ^3.
Initial news & blog reactions:
Nokia: misguided or misunderstood?
Some thoughts on Nokia N8 and Nokia’s device strategy
Mon 04.26.10 – I find the tale of the two leaks of the last week to be very instructive of the respective companies, countries, & cultures of which they occurred.
Leak #1: The ((**GASP**)) iPhone Leak.
OMG! The iPhone 4 has been leaked. The Oh Holy Jobs and Cupertino Silencers get the cops on the beat. Gruber waxes prolific…
Because OMG the next Holy Artifact has been leaked!
OMG!!!!!!!!! THE WORLD WILL END TOMORROW AS THE OH HOLY ARTIFACT HAS BEEN LEAKED!!!!!! WE WILL ALL DIE!!!!!!!
8.8 earthquake surely will hit Jason Chen’s house next week. And he is not even boobylicious.
Leak #2: Eldar M. at Mobile_Review leaks the next Nokia high end mobile – The N8.
Eldar gives the prototype of the non-yet announced Nokia N8 a Russian Rant treatment. Various bloggers & commenters react & rebut.
Helsinki is still waiting for a few spring flowers to spring out.
Quietly, the FCC gives the Nokia N8 the seal of approval.
Espoo wonders if there will be another snow storm before the trees leaf out.
No earthquakes or police raids in Moscow or Helsinki, nor any clerics nor cleavage. No news at 11.
Elgar possibly picks his nose, which is full of snot from Spring pollen & creates a bugger sculpture in the shape of not-yet-announced iPhone 4.0, hoping that Steve Jobs will send the Cupertino Police after him.
p.s. People, please wake me up with the iPhone X.x has a real camera.
p.p.s. To quote me from last night: “Eldar has made his reputation on scooping everyone’s scoop & Nokia is famed for have wonderful devices 3 months AFTER release.”
p.p.s.s. Tomi Ahonen, last Thursday, on “So bloodbath in smartphones continues: Q1 results from Apple, AT&T and Nokia”
Tues 04.27.10, 8:07am PST – Nokia speaks and requests the return of their N8 prototype.
Bless Espoo, the money quote is: “We are not the Secret Police, and we want to maintain our culture of openness.”
Eldar, return the N8. Nokia’s culture of openness and lack of scary Cupertino style closed-ness is one of their unique Finnish treats to the rest of us, let’s help them keep it.
Stephen Prothero in the Boston Globe on Separate truths: “What the world’s religions share is not so much a finish line as a starting point. And where they begin is with this simple observation: Something is wrong with the world. ”
Photos taken by Ms. Jen with a Nokia N97.
Sun 04.25.10 – Today the birthday weekend continued with a lovely lunch with Julie Wanda at Udupi Palace, dinner at my house with my Dad and sister, Allison. After which Campbell and I joined up with Terri and Tammy Callis at the Wine Bar in Seal Beach for the end of the birthday weekend drinks.
A Big Thank You to everyone, to all of my friends and family who made this birthday weekend to be so delightful and laid back. Y’all Rock.
More Intelligent Life on What’s Happened to the Seasons: “When I return home”, says Mahapatra, “my mother mourns the death of the seasons. Her memories of Orissa’s climate are alien to the generation I belong to. For me, my childhood Orissa is dying. The state now has a new and strange climate that nobody can understand or predict.”
Steven B. Johnson on The Glassbox and the Commonplace Book, a lecture given at Columbia University
David Byrne on speaking at TED and Creation in Reverse: “Paintings are created that fit and look incredibly good on the white walls of galleries. They might not look quite as good in your living room, filled with furniture and AV gear. Music is written that sounds good either in a dance club or a symphony hall (but probably not both). The architecture, the space, the platform, the software, in a sense “makes” the art. After art or music succeeds in a space, more similar venues are built to accommodate more production of similar sounding or looking pieces, but that happens later, after the form has been established.”
Photo taken by Ms. Jen with a Nokia N97.
Sat 04.24.10 – Driving down Ocean Blvd in front of the Santa Monica pier at dusk after a lovely early birthday dinner at Bar Pintxo with my sister Allison, Erika, Eoin & Sally.
A BIG thank you to all of you who made this Answer to the Universe & Everything birthday so fabulous, in person and online. I give a big hug to all of you.