Monthly Archives: July 2006

Come To Daddy

This is me and Bucky. He is my son and I love him. He thinks he’s a smaller dog.

Today we are getting him a sister from Pit Bull Rescue San Diego. To say I’m excited is an understatement.

It’s going to be a lot more work initially but I’m really looking forward to another dog.

Bucky

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Web Albums Galore

I just realized I now have four web based picture albums including Flickr, Yahoo! photos, Picassa Web Albums and Kodak EasyShare Gallery.

I even have some images online that I no longer have the originals of. I’d love some way to consolidate them.

I remember the reasons I started using each one and why I went to the next one. Each time it was a leap in usability and functionality.

First was Ofoto (now Kodak). It was the only game in town at the time. Then Yahoo! because Ofoto deleted some of my photos because I didn’t buy anything. After that Flickr because of the neat features then finally Picassa because of the desktop organization and editing tool.

So much for stickiness as a business model. I’m sure I’m not typical but this does make me realize that early adoptor types are real suckers for useful, well thought out features.

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Voice Notes for Backpack

Voice notes for Backpack by calling a phone number is a very cool hack. I’m very impressed that not only did Ali make this happen but he got someone else to sponsor it. It’s one thing to hack together some code but a whole separate set of skills to sell the idea and carry forth a vision. Kudos to Ali!

I’m particularly interested in this service as a replacement for the very lame audio note feature currently available on my Treo 700W. How could anyone release a convergence device without a single click audio note feature. IT’S A MOBILITY THING STUPID! Small devices need even more attention to user interface because the buttons and screen real estate are so restrictive.

Voice Notes for Backpack are still in beta but definitely worth a try and definitely worth keeping track of as development continues. The author seems thoughtful and to take recommendations seriously.

http://37signals.co/svn/archives2/voicenotes_for_backpack.php

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Treo 700W

I’ve now had my Treo 700W for nearly a month and I have a lot of information to share about it. I’ve started a list of issues to address. I wish someone would have blogged this information before I made my purchase so I could make a more informed decision.

That said, I’m pleased with the product but not sure I’d recommend it to anyone who’s not an early adopter. I would have a hard time recommending it to our IT department as a replacement for the Blackberries they currently supply to the attorneys and other people who require always on connectivity.

Quickly, the software to install includes some products I already have and some I’d like to purchase.

“Stuff to figure out” is a list of things I need to learn how to do or figure out a work around for.

“Treostuff that sucks” is my list of issues/bugs.

“Stuff I’m on the fence about” includes issues I’m undecided about. Opera is in there in an attempt to improve the browsing experience. IE is very usable but it doesn’t render nicely. Opera isn’t as user friendly but renders nicely on the small screen. If only everyone would sniff for the small screen and restyle. But more on that later.

“Hardware to purchase” is self explanatory as is “Stuff that just plain doesn’t work” (on my Treo at least).

I may add a few lists like “General improvements”, “Market specific improvements” and “raves”, all self explanatory.

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Long Time No Blog

Lots and lots has happened since my last post. I’ll keep this post to one topic: my new Treo 700w.

I’ll expand on this a lot more but the two biggest failings of this otherwise wonderful device are its stability and its lack of documentation.

There, I’ve said it. I feel better already.