Monthly Archives: October 2007

Mobile Playflow

You drooled at the announcement. You figured out where you would get the money from, maybe even had an argument with your credit card about your desire. You marked the days off on your calendar. You took the day off work or at least told your clients you were faintly indisposed for the day. You stood in line with your sleeping bag and a camp stove. Hours later you walked out with a lovely black shopping bag which enclosed a black box which enclosed your one true love, at least on June 29th of this year.
Now what are you going to do with your delicious, lovely, new iPhone?
No, don’t show me how it maps directions to Google Maps, my Nokia N95 can do that with the onboard GPS. No, don’t show me the two handed keyboard technique you have developed, as we both know that a teenager can kick your two handed technique with one thumb.
Show me what are you going to create with your iPhone on your iPhone. Don’t look at me like a deer in headlights.
Don’t tell me you don’t use your mobile or cell phone for creative acts. I know you do. Ok, so you can’t afford an iPhone right now, or you love your Blackberry or Treo inordinately, or like me you are a Nokia fan, or you have the free clam shell phone form your carrier, or, or, or…
You do use your mobile device for more than just phone calls, I know you do. Now how are you going push your device? Pull it? Create with it?


Dancing to Los Straitjackets

Sun. 10.14.07 – Los Straitjackets played in Jim & Kay’s backyard for their “25 to Life” anniversary party. Per usual, there were more men dancing up front to Los Straitjackets than women. This particular bunch were too funny not to record on video…
Video captured by Jenifer Hanen with her Nokia N95 camera phone.

Can You Use Your iPhone as a Modem for Your Laptop?

Laura Moncur sent me an email today on my post about using my N95 to tether my MacBook to the net. Laura’s email got me wondering, even though I don’t have an iPhone, can one use it as a modem to one’s laptop? Consult the Oracle of the Internets…
According to, one can use the iPhone to tether a PC to the net using the SOCKS proxy, which also has further instructions on how to hack a package for Mac.
intomobile .com recommends using Tinyproxy to use one’s iPhone as a modem for one’s Mac.
Thanks to Laura for getting me thinking about this.

Now Using My N95 as a Modem for my MacBook via Bluetooth

Ok, wordy title, but after doing some reading on WOM World, I decided it was time to plunge in and set up my Nokia 95 to act as a modem for internet connection to my MacBook Pro to be used on the go when no wifi is present.
This frees me up to be able to compute online, albeit slowly, anywhere. No wifi or expensive wifi? No ethernet cable? Anywhere that I can access the internet on my N95, I can now tether my Mac to it for connection.
Thanks to AT&T for my unlimited data plan, even if Cingular’s EDGE is slowish, and thanks to The Nokia Blog for the tutorial on How To: Tether Your Nokia to a Mac for Net Access Via Bluetooth.
A note for other AT&T customers who want to set this up, I still have my old AT&T sim chip from 2004, so I am using the mMode settings and my APN is “proxy”, no username, no password. If you are a Cingular customer or you got your sim chip during the Cingular era, then your APN will be different.
Since I am at home, now that I have proven that I can use my N95 as a modem and written this post, I shall go back to using the wifi.