Just an iPhone

If you really must know, yes, I'm getting an iPhone. It was not a no-brainer until very recently, when Rogers/Fido offered a promotional 6 GB plan for $30 on top of a voice plan. Still not a no-brainer, because after some speculation, about whether my plan was eligible for the most coveted of mobile computing platforms, I called Fido today to find out if I'm eligible for that which must be worshiped and/or bitched about. The plan has nationwide Fido-to-Fido calling, necessary for calling the girl while we had our long distance relationship, my being in Vancouver and her being in Toronto; unlimited weekends and evenings; something called "Can. ID" (can someone enlighten me as to what that does?); and that's it for exactly 30 dollars a month. That last point is important because it qualifies me for the $249 8 GB iPhone, not the $199 8 GB iPhone, which comes with a plan of more than 30 dollars a month.

Added to my current plan are Caller ID and 50 monthly text messages. No voicemail for quite some time now: it was always quicker for me to call the person back and ask them what they were calling about then to listen to the message, find a pen to write down the number (which requires rewinding not being as fast a write as people are talkers) and forget to delete the message, then listen to my voicemail later on wondering if it was a new message or not. Visual Voicemail looks interesting, but I don't get enough phone calls to warrant paying for it. Forgetting to ask the helpful French-accented Fido representative if I could keep the add on features, I still assume the answer is yes.

Numbers on My Nokia N70 Stopped Working, But Now They Work Again

Yesterday evening, my Nokia N70 stopped working properly. That is, the numbers 1, 5, and 6 didn't respond. After a day of adding phone numbers to my Powerbook's address book and using iSync to add them to my contacts list, and trying straight rebooting the phone (turning it off then on again), and worrying that I would have to get another phone (which would have been my 4th this year, beginning with Siemens S55, then Nokia 7610, and then now with my N70, not including the Nokia N80 I had for a while), it works again.

Nokia N80: An Initial Review

A forwarded email and a phone call later, I'm the owner—or rather lendee for about a week—of a Nokia N80. Since June when I lost my 7610 in Seattle, I've been using the Nokia N70, which has a really great camera for both stills and video, and a soft, friendly keypad. (I do a lot of text messaging these days.) Initial impressions of the N80 are:


There's been some talk on prominent weblogs about the value of having a mobile version of your weblog, so, ever the follower, I introduce a not yet perfect mobile version of Just a Gwai Lo. I'm on the hook for other how-I-did-this-in-Drupal articles, so we'll just add this one to the pile. Let's just say that this took longer than the 10 minutes it took to think I had it right.

Clunky PDAs With Mobiles Grafted On To Them Running Crippled Versions of Windows

Alex: “The N70 may not be particularly impressive to my international readers, but we have essentially nothing comparable Stateside. That the phone has a decent camera, wi-fi, a quality web browser (based on the same code Safari uses), FM radio, good media playback, and is extensible by both usual Symbian means and a special version of the Python programming language is a package totally unmatched here.