|Thursday, June 11th, 2009|
|Thursday, April 30th, 2009|
I have been a fan of Palm pdas and smartphones since the beginning and I am very happy with my current Palm 755p, which really does do everything I need (I use the calendar, the phone, the music player, several games, the texting application, the facebook application and I use it to store tons of information).
Palm has a new device coming out called the Palm Pre which looks like it will be spectacular - like an iphone but with a slide-out keyboard. It will run WebOs a linux variant that will it allow to multi-task, which the iphone can't (yet) do. It will run old Palm programs in an emulator. It will have GPS and Wifi and pretty much everything else the iPhone has except for the number of add-on applications.
I lust for it.
But I'm probably not going to buy it. Here's why.
1. Lack of removable storage. Though the device comes with 8 gigs built in, I like being able to take the mini-sd card out of my current Palm, load it with audio and put it back in. That seems to be faster than connecting through the USB cable and using the Palm "install" software. I'm not even sure if the Pre has a USB connection - it may expect to have everything loaded via wifi (or cellular) - or worse, wifi (or cellular) AND the use of a web-site.
2. Palm may not survive. Certainly the stock is down and Palm is basically betting the company on the Pre (and on the similar products that may follow it.) Unfortunately, no matter how good the Pre is it faces an uphill battle: Apple and Blackberry hold a huge swath of the smartphone business and at least in Apple's case their customers are truly enthusiastic. The Pre has to poach some of those customers while selling to a good chunk of the people buying their first smartphone. And some of those people, also know Palm is in trouble, so this one's a self-fulfilling prophecy. Still this isn't one of the key reasons for me. I've often gone ahead and worked with technology I thought was superior even when the market passed it by *cough* OS/2 *Cough*.
3. With previous Palm devices all your data was mirrored on your desktop computer and you could sync it up easily. This made it easier, for example to add data by typing it into the desktop and syncing and you had a nice desktop client that also provided address book, calendar, notes - all your data. Based on some of the stories I've read, I am worred that the Pre won't sync to the desktop but will back your data up somewhere on the Internet and instead of a desktop client you will browse to your account. I don't want my data on the Internet. I want it on my desktop so I have it even without a network connection - and nobody else does. This is the one that's probably a deal-breaker for me.
|Wednesday, March 4th, 2009|
|from the Seattle P.I. - It's the last line that makes it so great.
Armed man in body armor breaks into Seattle home
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SEATTLE -- Police have arrested a man who kicked in the door at a north Seattle home and fired a shot into the floor.
Spokeswoman Renee Witt says it happened around 3 a.m. Tuesday, and the man was wearing a bulletproof vest and a jumpsuit similar to ones worn by King County sheriff's deputies.
The resident of the home says the man was looking for someone who no longer lived at the address.
The intruder fled in a black Humvee that police stopped in a dead-end street. Officers made the arrest and seized a rifle and handgun. Two other men at the scene also are being questioned.
Witt says the man also had two Yorkshire terriers in the car.
|Saturday, February 14th, 2009|
|Saturday, February 7th, 2009|
|Monday, January 5th, 2009|
|Stolen from revolutionptone
in the group Seattle
(Fortunately school wasn't cancelled and it's already melting off)
|Sunday, January 4th, 2009|
|Monday, December 22nd, 2008|
|So like everyone else in Seattle
I'm snowed in. I work from home, so that's not a problem. And there is a grocery store in walking distance, so that's good. As long as I don't lose power the only real impact is on the pugs, who have to walk in snow up to their eyes. Oh and I can't really go out and go shopping for stocking stuffers.
Of course if I didn't work from home this might be a snow-day. But it's a short week anyway.
|Monday, November 10th, 2008|
|It's so bad - and it's just beginning
My dad emailed me about a couple restaurants closing in his area. Circuit City is filing chapter 11 and DHL is discontinuing shipping within the United States.
I'm not a great believer in panic, but I'm keeping the option open.
|Thursday, November 6th, 2008|
I am informed that Rahm Emmanuel was the model for Josh Lyman on The West Wing and that his brother Ari Emmanuel is the basis for Ari Gold in Entourage.
No idea if either of these factoids are true.
|Tuesday, November 4th, 2008|
|Friday, October 31st, 2008|
|Monday, October 27th, 2008|
|Thursday, October 23rd, 2008|
According to Wikipedia
the "officer" was reassigned to administrative duties and the incident is being investigated.
|Friday, October 17th, 2008|
|Moleskines and other journals
I'm kind of a fan. I have a whole pile of empty notebooks of different styles and brands. There's a site I read called Blackcover
that reviews moleskine alternatives. I love finishing a notebook and starting a new one.
This entry is a shameless attempt to win a free notebook from Blackcover.net. They're having a contest to give away some Picadilly brand notebooks. I really do read the site - actually most often via it's Livejournal feed
. Check it out if notebooks float your boat too.
|Tuesday, October 14th, 2008|
|Stolen from sinthrex (Thanks, Sinthrex, nice find!)
|Monday, October 13th, 2008|
|clip du jour
Snipped from http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2008/10/13/politics/fromtheroad/entry4519597.shtml
Biden, who is also up for re-election this year along with being the vice presidential nominee, reminded Delaware voters that he’s still running to keep his Senate seat.
“Just remember, folks, I am on the ballot. Don't be carried away with this vice president stuff. I am on the ballot running for my seventh term…so don't forget, don't stop at the top of that ticket, walk your way down. You can vote twice for the first time in your life for the same guy and it’d be legal.”
|Monday, October 6th, 2008|