iPhone? iPhone!? I want a Phone!

January 9th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

And I thought a Linux-based mobile phone would be cool… A cell phone without a keyboard? Without a keyboard!? A [cell phone without a keyboard][2], which is also an iPod and with 8GB internal memory!?

Holy crap! Holy, holy crap! Programmable and extensible (I assume it is, because it runs OS X). Forget Windows Mobile, forget QTek, Blackberry and any other mobile company. It will be Zune versus iPod, which is no comparison at all. I will pay–whatever price–they will charge.

I remember reading on Wired a couple years ago (the dead-tree version then) about a man who had programmed his own handheld to be his primary computer. At work, the handheld plus a keyboard plus two monitors. At home, the handheld plus a keyboard plus a monitor or the TV. The handheld was his remote control and everything else–except it was not a phone. Apple brought this much closer to the market.

With something like the iPhone and a couple acessories, the desktop will begin to die. The PC era, as Om Malik said, is over. And because of a phone.

By the way, Read/Write Web has an interesting breakdown of the features.

Back to what matters: I want a phone, mister! Right now. Want to know the worst part: considering that I live in Brazil, it may never be available here, or cost a small fortune.

Mailinator

July 24th, 2003 § 2 comments § permalink

Via Joel On Software, an excellent Web utility: the Mailinator.

The concept is very simple: if you need a disposable e-mail address right now, just send a message to any random address @mailinator.com. The address is created instantly and remains accessible for a few hours. Very nice for sites that require an e-mail address (often to just to sell it later). Obviously, as the site states, you shouldn’t use the service for messages with sensitive data.

R.I.P. Netscape

July 16th, 2003 § 1 comment § permalink

Netscape is gone. AOL has cut all the former Netscape team and it’s dismantling the division. Hardly unexpected news, but sad anyway. Netscape is the browser that defined what Internet was to me.

In other news, however, a new foundation has been created to manage the Mozilla Project, and AOL has pledged 2 million dollars to it over the next two years. Other companies are planning to donate as well. Mitch Kapor, of OSAF, has been appointed as the new organization’s chairman, and he has also donated 300 thousand dollars to it.

I certainly hope this new foundation can keep both Mozilla and innovation alive in the next years even if some people are pessimistic about those developments. Without the limitations implied by AOL’s hold on it, Mozilla may even grow to be a better browser than it’s today and gain a competitive lead in the market. Of course, the opposite can happen as well. As an article in the WaSP site pointed, people can come to believe that IE is synonymous with web standards if the foundation’s goals are not met. It’s up to the community to help it to accomplish those goals.

In short, Netscape is definitely dead. Long live Mozilla!

Bible.org RSS feed

June 15th, 2003 § Comments Off on Bible.org RSS feed § permalink

I just noticed that Bible.org has a RSS feed detailing the latest additions to its Bible Studies area. It must be new since I didn’t see it there in the last time I visited the site a couple weeks ago. Anyway, it’s a really nice addition to a great site.

The Hacker’s Diet

April 23rd, 2003 § 1 comment § permalink

Hackers tend to, say, posses more corporal mass than the necessary. 😉 Obviously, with the kind of sedentary life we usually lead, it’s hard to keep a healthy weight. I’m at least four kilograms above the ideal weight for my height and muscular constitution. (To tell the truth, the situation is worse: as I haven’t exercised myself regularly in the last years, the migration of adipose cells to the part of my body directly below my thorax is in a very advanced state.)

Well, there is no other way to solve this problem except with proper exercising and dieting. However, considering the number of crazy diet plans out there, it’s hard to believe that one of them will give real results.

Nonetheless, yesterday, checking the feeds I’m subscribed to, I found a pointer to an interesting diet plan created by a hacker for hackers, properly called The Hacker’s Diet. Its author is John Walker, founder and ex-chairman of AutoDesk. I have a natural distrust for such personal diet plans, but Walker’s plan looks interesting, mainly because of its simplicity. Judging from what’s written in the site, the diet seems to apply only simple and well-known principles.

According Walker, he created this diet plan because his own obesity problems. As Sérgio (in whose feed I found the pointer) notes, Walker is a successful — and rich — person, and it’s unlikely he would create such plan just to get money from gullible people. Anyway, the question is moot since the texts and the supporting material is free. Also, unlike most of the other so-called “diet” plans, Walker says his method is not easy to be applied.

Another interesting point, also noted by Sérgio, is that Walker is a scientist, and, as such, approaches the problem with an analytical vision that makes sense. And, at least for him, it worked, although, as he advises, it may not work for everybody.

It’s really an interesting reading. I will certainly have to take a more detailed look at it later.

OneLook

February 3rd, 2003 § Comments Off on OneLook § permalink

OneLook Dictionary Search is an excellent resource when you need to find the meaning or usage of a word. It aggregates more than 850 dictionaries in 7 languages, allowing a simultaneous search in all of them.

Symbols

January 28th, 2003 § Comments Off on Symbols § permalink

Ever wondered what does a given graphic symbol mean? Symbols.com is a site containing more than 2,500 signs, arranged in 54 groups, with articles about their meaning, histories, and uses. The symbols include hobo signs, subway graffiti, and historical icons as the peace sign.

There is also a word index, and a search by graphic characteristics (for example, finding asymmetric closed signs with straight crossing lines).

Phrase Finder

November 4th, 2002 § Comments Off on Phrase Finder § permalink

The Phrase Finder is a nice site listing thousands of idiomatic expressions in English with their meaning and origins explained.

Word origins

October 1st, 2002 § Comments Off on Word origins § permalink

Word Origins has a list of words and phrases with their etymology explained.

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