Year: 2004

  • mOlympics

    Yesterday Russ unveiled his mOlympics site yesterday.  I wish that I had been able to dedicate more time to help Russ out, though I’m glad that he was able to stay up late and pound out the code.  Spreat the word!  mOlympics is a great site to catch up on news from the Olympics.  I’ve found myself checking it out quite a bit over the past day or so in my downtime.  It’s a great shift from my usual poke around the BBC News WAP site (which can get stale if I visit it too much).

    So go check it out (especially on a modern mobile), I think you’ll like it.

  • MMSlib: Encode and Decode MMSes with PHP

    Via freshmeat, I spotted MMSlib this afternoon:

    Mmslib is a PHP library for encoding and decoding MMS:es. MMS is short for Multimedia Messaging Service. In short it is the successor of SMS (Short Message Service) with the enhancements that you can not only send text but basically any content type your phone can handle such as images, text, videos, ring signals and audio clips.

    I’m going to file this one away for a rainy day when I’m hacking on code at three in the morning and need to deal with MMSes in a LAMP environment.  This looks like a great little library.

  • Open Source Exchange Killers


    Netline Internet Service announced today that it would contribute its OPEN-XCHANGE Server, the core technology underlying the industry’s top-selling Linux-based groupware, collaboration, and messaging application, under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

    This is definitely good news.  I saw an OpenExchange sales pitch a few years ago at Linux World New York and I must say that I was impressed.  The online demo looks pretty good, but having Outlook “just work” is killer.  And that should be no problem according to an article at ZDNet.  The web interface feels a bit less cluttered than OpenGroupware, and I’m hoping that it rocks.  I hope to find the time to take a look at this bad boy.

  • Motorola A780: A Killer Phone Lurking?

    PhoneScoop has some play time at MotoSummer 2004.  They took a look at the A780 and I think they see as much potential in it as I do.  The A780 isn’t the sexy RAZR V3, but it’s the smartest of a new crop of phones from them.  I that that is has the serious potential to be the next really big thing.

    One of the things that I like about the design is that it’s both a one-handed and a two-handed phone.  It’s sort of like an oldschool Treo but small enough to actually fit in your pocket.  It’s one handed when all you need is a phone.  It’s a candybar phone actually when used one-handed.  When you need some smarter features, pop open the flip and you’ve got a QVGA touch screen ready to rock.

    I have a feeling that Moto is going to cripple developers and only allow them access to the phone through MIDP 2.0 with a bunch of extra JSRs and APIs.  That is dissapointing, but it’s the “safe” decision that probably makes carriers and Moto themselves a lot less nervous.  I can hear the tech support call now: “what does core dump mean?”

    I hope that Moto puts up some developer info or releases an SDK at Motocoder pretty soon.  I’m pretty sure that there are a bunch of developers out there who are chomping at the bit to code for and learn about this phone.

  • Quicklinks

    Here’s an afternoon update for you:

    • Netcraft reports on the well-priced entry of MySQL AB to the shared hosting market.  Their servers live at Rackspace and they’re priced quite competitively but at the same time are not at bargain basement prices.  Hopefully this will be a good move for them.  Bang/buck is high here.
    • Novell is readying SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9.
    • A Bluetooth iPod would rule, but so would the second coming of the Newton.  I’m not sure which one to expect first.
    • Daily Wireless has some great coverage of OSCON.
    • I stumbled upon an awesome GSM/GPRS AT command guide [pdf] this afternoon.
  • IronPython Unleashed on the Public

    Edd and others have been covering the big news: IronPython, a really fast implementation of Python that runs on .NET and Mono, has finally been released as open source.  You can read more and snag it at  The author, Jim Hugunin, has also been snagged by Microsoft.

  • Motorola A780: The Killer Phone?

    After reading a few articles about the new Motorola A780, the only thing I can think of is the potential to be the killer phone.  It runs Linux and most apps run on top of a virtual machine using Java.  I really like the form factor, which is saying a lot from a guy who is firmly in the candy bar phone camp.

    I’m not going to drill down in to specs, but it has them: EDGE, Bluetooth, MIDP 2.0, Opera 7, document viewers, a 1.3 megapixel camera, and some whacky TransFlash memory module (as if the world needed yet another memory form factor).  It seems more functional than the flashy RAZR.  Something about this phone has grabbed the Series 60 power user inside me and has it very interested.  You can bet that I’ll be keeping a close eye on this one.

  • Pay No Attention

    Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.  It looks like Erik was trying to work a few bugs out.

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  • another test from cc pro

    Another test… let’s see how it
    this time

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    Let’s see if this works
    no reason why it shouldn’t!

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