Monday, May 09, 2005
First Global Mobile Monday event held in Helsinki
The Global Mobile Monday team. Second from left is Peter Vesterbacka from HP one of the founders
Peter, myself and Mike writing some notes with analogue media
Zetor is a theme restaurant with Finland as a theme. Originally is was a joke, but gradually they have achieved remarkalbe authenticity.
Tonight was a historical event in mobility in Finland as it was the first Global Mobile Monday with people from Japan, France, US, Italy, Canada just to mention a few of the nationalities I bumbed into. It was fun to see old faces and meet some new faces, just in the spirit of Mobile Monday. I am really happy that this concept is now making its way international. I spoke at Mobile Monady back in 2001 and I have allways held this concept in high regards. I like its noble open goals of bringning people together. Russ and Mike were in Finland for the first time. We ended up in Zetor for a nice dinner. Vesku I could feel your precense (for those who do not know Vesku Paananen, he was one of the founders and major advocate for the whole concept of Mobile Monday, he is surfing on a warm island...) If you are wondering all the images was shot with the Nokia N90 transformer.
Like at all Mobile Monday events there were some good insights:
- "Syncronisation is like plumpbing. Leave it to open source plumbers" - Fabricio
- We talked Mac and three hard core PC guys had recently switched two to the Mini and one to 15" Powerbook and they spoke of the Mac like any enthusiast in the beginning of the nineties
- The future for operators is in low bandwith data like identity management. In services very few will be able to compete.
- The Nokia N90 was really hot and the screen caused multiple WOW's
Sunday, May 01, 2005
Tamed the Tiger - Installed OS X 10.4
Yesterday I picked up my copy of Tiger and installed that on my Mac at home. I was really curious to see Spotlight, their new search technology and Dashboard, their new technology for small networked utilities. I had reserved a copy for Tiger night on Friday evening, but could not pick it up until the following morning.
Now that Apple's OS X platform is maturing, with yearly releases, it is great to see what they can build on this platform. I am sure the guys in Redmond have gotten some extra headache with Tiger. I really like Dashborad, the UI of these small widgets are great, the idea of turning to the back side of the application for configuration. These are the things you can do when the whole UI is fully vectorized. The only thing that annoyed me is that the widgets live inside an application, and hence they are not fully integrated into the OS. It would be handy if these widgets could live alongside any application and Dashboad just gives an aggregated control of all of them. Well next few weeks will be fun times exploring.