Archive for August, 2005

The end of SVG Open

Saturday, August 20th, 2005

I’ve just returned from a week in holland, I had a night in Amsterdam before heading off to SVG Open in Enschede, finding a hostel took quite some walking around the red light district, last time I was there, everyone seemed to think I was called Charlie, but now they just say Viagra. I’m obviously getting old…

SVG Open itself was great, but I missed the excitement of the Cricket and had to follow along the crucial last moments via IRC and delayed BBC commentary, and even then ended in disappointment for me, and joy for others

and it's a draw!

. Of course the australian joy of a draw will soon disappear come the next test, just like it did in the 2nd test.

As always at SVG Open, we had lots of great fun, and saw lots of interesting SVG stuff, unfortunately not that many photos have appeared on line yet, most disappointing, there’s definately some ones out there, even people licking pigs

The SVG Wow session was as always great, even with Vincent having to do it without Dean Jackson this year. Suns own Java mobile implementation looked really good both in that demo and Cartoon interfaces. The mobile track had lots of interesting content, and the Ikivo presentation all showed off some interesting ideas.

I was happiest to learn of GSM cell id’s which allows you to get positioning info on any Symbian 60 phone. Of course the data needs to be gathered first, just like openstreetmap or similar. Hopefully a way can be found to combine gathering and sharing of all this data people walking around with GPS’s are collecting, to help out sign the geodata pledge and the geo manifesto.

SVG Open is great fun, come along next year, it’s a great excuse to drink beer…

From Shiny to Orange…

Friday, August 5th, 2005

Fresh from my shiny experiences, I’ve now joined the Orange people. T-Mobile, who I’d happily used for years, finally sent me too many spam text messages, so I had to leave, I chose Orange, thanks to some Lobbying from a friend who wanted to go to the cinema - Orange Wednesday gives customers 2 for 1 cinema tickets for 10p sms charge, and someone else recommended the deal available.

It’s a good deal, and now aswell as my Nokia 1100, I now have a Nokia 6680, it’s a videophone, so I made my first Video call, and completely pointless it was do, I had to get dressed to make it, I had to look at the screen, rather than wander around the room, and the quality wasn’t good enough if someone was trying to show me something actually interesting. It’s unlikely I’ll ever make another video call…

The nost annoying thing about the 6680 though is that it interferes with the audio on the TV when it’s being used, it’s a cheap TV, but GSM phones don’t cause it any problems, and the 6680 in GSM mode don’t cause it a problem. I think other than when I’m using data, I may well keep the 6680 in GSM only mode, the battery life is miles better, and it doesn’t interfere with anything, I certainly wouldn’t recommend 3G for anyone else, stick with the cheaper GSM phones, smaller, neater, better battery life, and more reliable. The 6680 also comes with no games, not even snake, this has depressed me about Nokia, it looks like they’re pandering to the networks to encourage more people to buy downloaded games, they should remember who their real customers are.

Opera 8.0 and wireless IRC have been installed and are working nicely though, The Symbian Opera 8.0’s javascript support looks really good, and the xml http request object works nicely, with all the examples, including the newly added one, working well.