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In Other News…

Local Passion vine flowers blooming...

In other news, the last 13 days:

April 15th – Tax day AND go to Chicago for super cool HERE Maps and Human Automated Driving demo day. Write up on the HERE day coming to a browser near you very soon.

April 17th – Ms. Jen moved away from Seal Beach for good, due to the damp/mold causing too many migraines and sinus headaches. Ms. Jen waves a fond goodbye to her fave little town by the sea with very good night star viewing. Ms. Jen does not wave a fond goodbye to the evil black mold that lived perniciously through out the town.

April 17th – May 17th – Ms. Jen sits on a house in West LA area whose inhabitants have buggered off to Europe for a month.

April 24th – Ms. Jen and this blog both have birthdays.

April 25th – 28th – Nokia Devices and Services finally is subsumed into Redmond’s Borg. Nokia HERE Maps and Nokia gets new CEOs.

April 26th – Real rain, yes – wet water, fell from the sky for a bit in the greater Los Angeles area. Followed by big wind and a nice chill.

Evening of April 28th – Ms. Jen still loves all of you. Ms. Jen does not love the Santa Ana winds that just started and the heat predicted for the next two days.

April 28th and forward – Ms. Jen is available for new career opportunities, esp. one that will include relocating and mobile.

Photo of local passion vine flowers taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia Lumia 1020.

Week 2400, Day 5

A portion of today, after work to-dos were handled, was spent moving folks from my ‘Nokian’ twitter list to my ‘SquashFolk’ list. Although, if I was being politic, I would rename the list Microsoft One or Microsoft Mobile.

È finito, indeed.

—– A few Updates —–

The best of the goodbyes, from John Kneeland.

CNET on Farewell Nokia: The rise and fall of a mobile pioneer

Nokia’s HERE Maps appoints new CEO

Nokia appoints Rajeev Suri as President and CEO and announces new strategy, program to optimize capital structure, and leadership team

—– An Opinion or Two —–

Ms. Jen says: I can only hope that the best of Nokia’s mobile DNA – the people, the ethos, the passion for design, the passion for innovation – will be injected into the Squash. Microsoft is in need of new passion. One can only hope.

CJ and Alvin say: UnleashTV Episode 76 : The One with ‘Microsoft Mobile’ [starting at 27:01]

The Window Box

The Window Box

In less that two hours it will be my birthday, and, in less than 24 hours it will be this blog’s 11th birthday.

The last year plus was more than a bit crap, so here is to a much better next year.

Big Week and Some in the Neighborhood(s)

Wed 04.23.14 – On top of going to Chicago last Tuesday for the HERE Human Automative Driving half day of demos and presentations, on Thursday I moved house.

It took until Sunday mid-afternoon to finish moving things about, settling in, and getting my energy back. This week is all about catching up with client work, some writing, and also job searching.

But why move? It was time for me to leave Seal Beach, between the sea damp mold issues that just kept coming back and the distance to clients, it was time to leave. For the next month I am house sitting in LA, but looking to re-locate to where the job market is better for tech folk, be it San Francisco/Silicon Valley, West LA, or Seattle, or …

Right now I would love to move to a vibrant urban(ish) area where one can walk to most of what one needs and where the tech and art scenes are alive.

È finito

È finito.

Truly it is finished.

Many things have died or have been on life support the last few years and as of today, they are finished.

The funny dream that I had early last summer, long before any announcements, that a dashing Indian born man would become CEO of Microsoft, and not a certain platform burner, came true today.  I am amused that I have predictive dreams about people I will never meet.  Life is truly funny.

On to a new beginning, shall we?

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Sun 09.30.13 – I departed from all the fabulous Social Media Week LA festivities early on Wednesday night feeling run down and ready for bed. Then there was the 405 freeway closure, early (bastards), for road construction. By the time I got home, all I wanted to do was collapse.
I woke up on Thursday morning with no voice, sneezing, congestion, and a cough, so it has continued, even with a small detour to the dry heat of San Marino to visit the Huntington on Friday afternoon did not clear up the viral yuck.
Please excuse any interruption in internet service around here due to a dumb virus.

Zoom ReInvented: The Nokia Lumia 1020 Revealed

Nokia's Vesa Jutilla showing off the Nokia Lumia 1020 next to the Nokia 925- Nokia 925
Katie and Rafe before the Zoom Reinvented event begins - Nokia 925 Nokia's Kristina Björknäs, Juha Alakarhu, and Stephen Elop on stage - Nokia 925 Zoom Reinvented Q&A time - Nokia 808 PureView The Nokia Lumia 1020 demo area after the presentation- Nokia 808 PureView The Nokia Lumia 1020 lens testing room - Nokia 925 Bloggers talking about the Nokia Lumia 1020 - Nokia 925 Kristina Björknäs demonstrating the wrist strap for the Lumia 1020 - Nokia 925 Photographers and Bloggers chatting - Nokia 808 PureView Shannon, Cajun Mama, and Jason, Tech Craver - Nokia 808 PureView Stephen Elop introducing the Lumia 1020 at the Partner's session- Nokia 808 PureView Before the Blogger's session starts - Nokia 808 PureView Eero Salmelin, Juha Alakarhu, and ... presenting on the technical aspects of the Nokia Lumia 1020 - Eero Salmelin, Juha Alakarhu, and ... presenting on the technical aspects of the Nokia Lumia 1020 -

All photos taken by Ms. Jen on Thurs July 11, 2013 with either her Nokia 808 PureView or a loaner Nokia 925, please click on the first photo to start the slideshow and see caption for which photo is taken with which camera phone.

Thurs 07.11.13 – And today was the BIG day, the Nokia Zoom ReInvented launch and announcement / demo of the Nokia Lumia 1020 41-megapixel Windows Phone 8 camera phone.
The Zoom ReInvented event was held at pier 94 on the Hudson River in New York City and started nice and early with the announcement and presentation of the Nokia Lumia 1020 by Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop with help from the imaging team’s Kristina Björknäs and Juha Alakarhu.
After a very spectacular announcement, the back of the stage was opened for everyone to proceed down the length of the pier to the demonstration area, lunch, as well as meeting and session rooms. At each turn through the demonstration area were Nokians with Nokia Lumia 1020s to show you and engage about the device. Also along the sides were small rooms with more detailed technical displays and demos on the sound, lens, and navigating capacities.
The afternoon of Zoom ReInvented was taken up with visiting each display, meeting and talking with folks, as well as attending sessions on applications for the Nokia 1020, technical details of the imaging capabilities by members of the Nokia Imaging team, and a blogger’s session.
Within 20 minutes of the event starting, I was very happy to find out that the new Nokia Pro Camera app would have the ability to set one’s own shutter speed (!!!!), ISO, White Balance, and manual focus from close-up to infinity in a very lovely to use interface. My biggest excitements of the day were the announcement of manual shutter speed and seeing that there is a place for a wrist strap on the device, as well as attending the developer/partner session on what applications are being developed with the new announced Nokia Imaging SDK (Oggl).
Big thanks to Nokia and Nokia US for the invitation to attend the Zoom ReInvented Nokia Lumia 1020 launch event.
An official Ms. Jen photo comparison and review of the Nokia Lumia 1020 coming to a browser near you soon…
If you would like to know more about the Nokia Lumia 1020’s imaging technology, here is the white paper for download or reading online.