Sat 02.14.09 – In the parking lot of the Lakewood First Baptist Church before David Andrew Golz’s memorial service. Much love and big hugs to all of the Golz family.
Monthly Archives: February 2009
Thur 02.12.09 – Or the Nokia N95 is back in action.
Wed 02.12.09 – The Nokia viNe project N82 has been decommissioned. I will be sad to see it go back to WOM World, as the Nokia N82 is my absolutely favorite camera phone to date.
I am back on my Nokia N95 until after SXSW, when I will buy my very own black N82.
Photo of Scruffy McDoglet guarding, very diligently, a plate of apple slices taken with a Nokia N82 on Tue. 02.12.09
A year ago today, I was taking a plane from Chennai to Bangalore and then having a good walk around Bangalore with Mohan.
Over a year ago, I signed up for Nokia’s Sports Tracker in preparation for the Urbanista Diaries trip. I created a public account that would feed into the Urbanista Diaries web interface at the nseries.com website and then I used the same account for the Nokia viNe project, as well as all kinds of photo walks & drives in between Urbanista and Nokia viNe. I also have a private Sports Tracker account, also started a year ago, for tracking my walks around my neighborhood that for privacy’s sake I don’t want public.
About a month ago or so, when I tried to log into Sports Tracker, I was prompted to either merge my Sports Tracker account with my Nokia account or to create a Nokia account. So, I did. I merged my public Sports Tracker account with my public Nokia account. I also created a new account on Nokia for my private Sports Tracker account.
Much to my chagrin, I can log in to both Nokia’s Ovi and Sports Tracker with my private account and I can log into Ovi with my public account but I cannot log into Sports Tracker or Nokia viNe with my public account.
A week ago, I used the feedback form on Sports Tracker to explain the problem and ask for help. I have yet to hear back.
I am frustrated on several accounts:
1) Don’t ask me to merge accounts and then not let me be able to log in.
2) No, I am not going to make a new public account, as then I lose a year’s worth (a YEAR!) of data, photos, and video that I can’t log into and access or edit or delete or add titles to or… Yes, it is still readable and viewable, but if I can’t log in & edit the data, then it is being held hostage on the Nokia servers.
3) Tomorrow I have to send the Nokia viNe project Nokia N82 back to WOM World and I have ALL of January’s journeys trapped on the N82 mobile because I can’t upload them to Sports Tracker or Nokia viNe, which means that I have downloaded the photos to my computer via the cable, but I have not been able to upload the geo-tagged paths/journeys to the server. This frustrates me, as I can take my 4GB micro SD chip out of the Nokia N82 before I ship it back, but when I put it into my old school N95, I still won’t be able to upload the journeys/paths to the server, as the server won’t recognize my login. This means no Punk Rock Bowling or the rest of January 2009 photos & videos on Nokia viNe.
4) If I an early adopter and someone who has been using the service for over a year can’t log in to my account and can’t get anyone to reply to my help request, what happens to all the new customers who Nokia wants to have use the Nokia web services? Nokia, please put a consistent, across all your web services, community support in place to help customers troubleshoot their problems that neither a FAQ nor forum can help.
Has anyone else been frozen out of their Sports Tracker or Nokia viNe accounts after merging the account with their Nokia / Ovi account? If so, please comment and let me know how you solved the problem. Thanks a big bunch!
Tue 02.10.09 – As seen driving on PCH, photo taken with a Nokia N82.
If you are like me, you have found your web browsing managed by a feed reader that alerts you when web sites, blogs, and other subscription based web spaces make an update. But not every web site out there in the big wide world of the web has a subscription or a feed available… Shock! Horror! How 1999!
So, I have a few bookmarked that I like to visit but for various reasons they aren’t on my feed reader or don’t have a feed be it atom or rss or rdf or feedburner.
My favorite non-feed web site that I check every day is the Interactive Global Composite Weather Satellite Images page from NASA. This page allows me to see the most recent set of satellite images from the Pacific and see what weather is coming California’s way. It also allows me to see the Pacific Ocean and the nations on its rim as a whole rather than a set of disjointed far away places. Truly fun and lovely.
Best of all, you can animate up to the last 30 satellite images to see how the storms are tracking across the Pacific. The only sad thing is that due to various weather satellite agreements, most of Europe, Asia, and Africa are blacked out. Grrr… Give me the whole globe!
What websites do you go to every day that are not in your feed reader, so you either have them bookmarked or actually type out the URL old school style?
The year I lived in Ireland, for grad school, I had an account with Vodafone IE. The only thing that I really like about Vodafone IE, other than they had the best data coverage all around Ireland in 2005-2006, was the web based sms/text messaging.
Everyone who had a Vodafone account, be it a pay as you go or a monthly tariff, could log into the Vodafone IE website and send up to 300 texts a month from their web based account area free of charge. This was a win-win for both Vodafone and for the customer. A win for Vodafone in that their customers were logging into their web site daily, if not staying logged in the whole time they were at a computer. And a big win for the customer, esp. the pay as you go folks, as they got 300 free sms/texts a month if they were logged in to their account on the Vodafone website.
I wish AT&T in the US would have this. I hate texting. Really, I do. I hate sending texts and I hate receiving them. I mostly hate receiving them as it means I am obligated to reply. I am phone call and email kind-of-gal, but I have plenty of friends and family members whose first preference of communication is sms/text.
If AT&T would give me 300 free texts to any mobile phone, and not just another AT&T subscriber, a month if I was logged into my account on wireless.att.com, then as a person who is at her computer all day & most nights, I would send a lot more texts. It would be convenient to send them from a full keyboard and I wouldn’t feel frustrated. AT&T could have the win of having my eyes on their site more than the once a month log in that I do now to pay my bill.
How about AT&T? Other than setting up the interface on the customer’s account front page and having a link to the sms gateway set up, it would give ou all a big payoff. Plenty of us would run over our free 300 and then you would have another revenue stream. Right now you all have a half-assed send an SMS to only one another AT&T subscriber that is hidden in a menu, why not do it right, do it big, do it to any mobile phone? Or even allow more than one recipient at a time?
Skype now has sms/text that I can send from my Mac’s desktop to any other mobile phone in the world for only 9¢, so why don’t you?