Archive for April, 2009

Mini Pre

April 30th, 2009, 6:47pm by Jake

The internet is abuzz today with rumors of the Palm Eos, which Engadget describes it as a super-thin (10.6mm vs. iPhone’s 11.6mm) 3G WebOS device from Palm due to land with AT&T as early as this fall. There’s been some chatter on Twitter today about this, what does everyone think? Specs after the pic.

* 4GB storage
* Price: $349 (pre-rebate)
* Camera: 2 megapixel fixed focus digital camera and flash / video capture
* Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP and EDR, USB 2.0 via micro USB
* Removable 1150 mAh battery (4 hours 3G talk time)
* Messaging: SMS, MMS (picture and video only), integrated IM client
* Contact sync with AT&T Address Book
* MediaNet
* Cellular Video
* Email: POP3, IMAP4, and EAS support
* A-GPS
* Audio: WAV, MP3, AAC, AAC+ ringtones
* Video Playback: MPEG4, H.264, H.263

Diamond Valley Lake redux

April 26th, 2009, 9:13pm by Jake

Daimond Valley Lake loop
About 3 months ago, I entered the Diamond Valley Lake Half Marathon, and hung around to take a lot of photos afterward of the Diamond Valley Lake Marathon. So yesterday I went back to run there again, and this time I decided to run a full loop– advertised as somewhere between 21 & 21.8 miles. I didn’t take any shots yesterday, so I’ll scatter a few photos from January around the post.

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20 Hats

April 19th, 2009, 1:02pm by Jake


20 Hats, originally uploaded by jakerome.

This is an idea I’ve had for a while. I wear many hats.

1. Gift from SWAT team member, 2. Received at Super Bowl pre-party, 3. In goodie bag from 1st marathon, 4. Benefit as Boston Beer Company stockholder, 5. Freebie via Mom, 6. Corporate swag, 7. From mom or stepdad, 8. Free hat from hotter-than-heck marathon that was a training run, so I bailed at 20, 9. Bought at local running store, 10. Bought after epic Catalina Marathon performance, 11. Bought as back-up running hat, 12. Found floating in lake while kayaking, 13. Bought at family camp, 14. Freebie after Palos Verdes Marathon, 15. Purchased at Wrigley Field, 16. Abandoned by dad after he visited, 17. Finally replaced white fabric hat, 18. Bought at Lids in Redondo Beach, 19. Gift from mom to replace sadly lost famous cap, 20. Giveaway from the LA Clippers

The Day of the Donut is April 23.

Amazon Bricking Kindle

April 16th, 2009, 5:07pm by Mike

Jake twittered about Amazon bricking some guy’s Kindle for some unrelated behavior (it’s not been a good week for Amazon and their fail). This is reported as a case of a “nasty thing about DRM,” but I don’t think it is.
My understanding is that DRM is locking content in such a way that it only works under the seller’s conditions, and often only on a certain device (I even looked it up on Wikipedia to be sure). Like iTunes purchased music on certain authorized Macs, for example, which thankfully is over (in truth, it sucked as a principle to me, but I never found it to be a real limitation). In order to use the content as the user wants, the DRM has to be removed or broken, which is a violation of the DMCA.
In this sense, Amazon’s e-books would count as media that are “DRM’ed,” since they can only be used on hardware with the Kindle software (the Kindle itself and at least the iPhone, don’t know about other platforms), and only by the purchaser. But the device isn’t, any more than a DVD player, which plays only DRM’ed content, is.
So this story isn’t a case of DRM gone amok, since what is being lost isn’t the device’s operation, or the content on the device, but its connection to Amazon. The content was apparently still viewable, just no new stuff could be added. Don’t get me wrong, this sucks, but it’s just like if Tivo decided to turn off your service, but all the content on your device would still work. You could argue that the Kindle’s connection to Amazon is part of its core functionality (and I’d agree), but it’s not a case of DRM. It’s a case of Amazon not respecting the agreement they have with their customer to provide service, not DRM. Not everything bad is DRM.
When you buy hardware locked to a service provider, this is the risk you take — you’re at the mercy of the content provider to continue to provide service. If you don’t like that arrangement, don’t buy the device. Hopefully enough people not buying it will tell the seller that open platforms are more valuable to consumers.

Foleo Killer?

April 4th, 2009, 10:31pm by Kelvin

Playing around with the Celio Redfly software that was just released. To review, the Redfly was a smartphone companion that came out shortly after Foleo was announced then subsequently cancelled. The difference? Where Foleo had a processor of it’s own, Redfly was simply a keyboard and hi-res monitor extension of a Windows Mobile smartphone. Didn’t really make sense at $400 or even at the recently reduced price of $200, especially with the advent of the $300 netbook. Celio now seems to be giving up on the hardware market with the release of a software emulator of the Redfly. If you can’t beat ’em, join’em, I guess.

Predictably, it’s pretty lame; Since I can use my phone as a modem anyway, I can’t really see any reason why I’d ever want to use Windows Mobile programs rather than Windows programs. Incidentally, another reason why Foleo missed the mark was that it wasn’t smart enough to really take advantage of the phone as a tethered modem, but it wasn’t dumb enough to simply be using the phone’s data connection without a phone-as-modem plan (like this Redfly).

GMM

More screen real estate for Google Maps.

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The PalmOS Lives!

April 2nd, 2009, 8:14pm by Jake


Found this walk through of the WebOS PalmOS emulator on PreCentral. Looks pretty cool. My favorite feature, by far, is the virtual 5-way rocker. Teh kewl!


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