Blog entries from June, 2008

Maybe it is time for a new phone

Friday, June 13th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

I have had my current mobile phone, a Sony Ericsson T610, for well over four years now. While it has served me well with syncing with iCal and Address Book on my PowerBook, I have needed to look up sites when away from a computer.

Although that would be possible with this phone, is isn’t practical, nor has it been cost effective.

The 3G iPhone that was announced earlier in the week changes this, as I would happily pay $199 for the 8GB model. The sticking point would be the contract options, both duration and monthly costs.

Assuming that the cost is acceptable (I currently average less than $20 so I don’t know what I would accept), could I just switch?

I think so as I could simply sync with my PowerBook where I currently have my contacts stored in Address Book and I (sort of) use iCal as my calendar. It seems that I could simply point the phone at my IMAP server and browse web sites. Photos, songs and music I don’t really care about as I would be using it as a smart phone, not a media player with phone function.

But what would that mean for the future of my PowerBook? Earlier in the year I realised that I didn’t really use it anymore, let alone need to lug it back and forth to work every day. In the situation above I would need to keep using it, purely as a place to store my calendar and address book.

As July 11 approaches more information about the costs should become available and I will, in the background, keep investigating my options.

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No longer any Suns, but now have a Flip

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008 at 9:00 pm

As of tonight I no longer have any Sun (or clone) hardware in my computer collection. It was a bit dissapointing that the eBay listings didn’t go beyond their opening price, but it is a lot better that they go to someone instead of being recycled.

Now I need to continue the sorting process…

With all of the Sun hardware leaving the house something did arrive, a Flip Video Ultra Camcorder.

I bought this (from the US through eBay of course) on (sort of) impulse last week with the intention of mounting it to my bike. 60 minutes is more than enough for my commute, but not enough for a longer ride. The next step with this is to work out how to mount it…

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Cancelling my ACS membership

Sunday, June 1st, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Four years ago I joined the Australian Computer Society. I didn’t know what I would get out of it, but as the membership fee for a recent graduate is really low, I decided to give it a try.

Thinking back, the most of what I got from my membership was junk mail (special offers for credit cards) or what was essentially spam (because I didn’t care about the services they offered). The only tangible aspect was the magazines, which I barely looked at.

Yesterday my membership expired and I am not going to renew. The full fee of $320 can be better used on other things; items for my collection or an external flash for my camera

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