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More mobile-related waffle [Jun. 24th, 2008|03:32 pm]

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[Mood | mixed]
[Music |Code 64 - Go64]

I'm now on O2 (number unchanged) and in possession of a shiny Bluetooth gadget. Boring details )
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Phobile moans [Jun. 12th, 2008|04:33 pm]

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[Mood | quixotic]
[Music |Iris - Endless]

Just over a year ago, I considered mobiles/PDAs and bought a Treo 680, a relatively hackable, well designed device on which, aside from phone calls and SMSs, I run a calendar, a to-do list (and general note-taking), an MUA, Tomtom sat-nav, Simon's puzzles, an OGG player occasionally and a few of the other 25,000 Palm OS applications. My mobile operator from 2005 until recently was dot mobile, a Vodafone reseller, which was priced for students, put minutes and SMSs in the same pot and offered GPRS at £1/MB. Unfortunately dot just went into administration and transferred me to Vodafone, whose terms are less favourable, and, fortunately or not, the 3G iPhone is about to arrive (and seems representative of the direction in which these devices are heading) so it looks like it's time for me to take another look at all of this.

May contain ranting )

For the moment I guess I'll stick with the 680 and Vodafone move to O2 (see comments). I just wish I could use better hardware without it requiring such a locked-down OS as Apple's (or risking owning an iBrick).
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Fun with transport, part 42... [May. 17th, 2008|09:12 am]

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[Mood | annoyed]
[Music |Wir sind Helden - Guten tag]

This really isn't my week. Susan and I decided last night to go to Coventry for the weekend to see [info]si1entdave and friends. Unfortunately my car disagreed with this plan and became undrivable on the way. Dave is lovely and got us and our stuff to our destination, but I'm now scratching my head over how to transform a dead car near Coventry into a working car in Cambridge without making my bank account cry, if at all possible. I don't actually have any breakdown cover; I never got around to joining the AA...

As I've said before, why can't Coventry and Cambridge just be closer together? I'm sure there are enough bits in-between that wouldn't be missed. :-)

Edit: Fixed now. Nationwide Autocentre on Foleshill Road (Coventry) are to be recommended.
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It was going so well... [May. 16th, 2008|02:23 pm]

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[Mood | blank]
[Music |Mesh - Leave You Nothing]

That's my VM gone then. Three disks at once (possible reasons). :-( On the plus side, they're taking sensible measures to stop it happening again, so I think I'll stick with them for the moment.

Edit (2): all up and running again now. This time, I shall take proper backups…
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My shiny new email config [May. 12th, 2008|04:50 pm]

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[Mood | frustrated]
[Music |Ghosts - Mind Games]

For just over a week now, I've had a Gandi VM handling my email and a few other services. Braindump: spam filtering / other tweaks, mostly for my own reference )

On the subject of spam, I can't help but wonder if some sort of global education campaign would help: Newsflash: The Internet is no different from the real world: not everyone is honest. Stop buying from spammers and the spam will go away. Someone, somewhere, is buying this stuff. That person needs to be cluebatted, hard, because spammers are seemingly not in jurisdictions that care about spam, so the only way I can see to stop them in the long term is to remove their market.

I haven't yet found a sensible way to keep a central list of contacts on the server; LDAP seems to be serious overkill but it's all Thunderbird and others will support. Does anyone know of a tiny LDAP server or similar for this sort of situation? For the moment I'll stick with my Palm Treo's contact list (which integrates nicely with mobile email clients) and keep typing addresses into the desktops I use.

It's 2008; do you know where your data is? [Apr. 7th, 2008|05:03 pm]

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[Mood | uncomfortable]
[Music |Valve - Guard Down]

A conversation at yesterday's dinner party set me thinking about the conflicting goals many of us have for online communication. We were mostly talking about private blog posts, but it's a more general problem than that. The conceptual conflict that most bothers me in this context is between security and mobility: most of the web appears to have chosen the latter and stopped worrying about this some time ago. Apologies for length... )
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LieJournal: [sic] and tired of all of this [Mar. 15th, 2008|09:46 am]

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[Mood | discontent]
[Music |Wir sind Helden - Guten Tag (Die Reklamation)]

This is a copy of my final post to LJ. Geekier post about migration coming soon.

To the management and owners of LiveJournal,   ← (can anyone suggest the best place to send this?)

Summary: paid user leaving LiveJournal because of issues of culture and communication

An open letter )

Last one out, lock the door.
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