it looks like europe will encounter the ‘trillion-device-problem’ a little sooner than thought. symbian has announced a new reason for me to move to europe:
“If I was Palm I would be beside myself with panic,” said IDC analyst Jill House. “In Europe, where there’s a good wireless infrastructure, the competition is pretty much over.”
But the deathblow for today’s PDA manufacturers may be the price: zero.
in related news m$ promises to ship its “pocket pc” software by june:
“There will be no slipping. We’re going to over-deliver on this one,” Brian Shafer, marketing manager for the mobile device division, told Reuters on the sidelines of the CeBIT technology fair in Hanover.”
ack! the grim reaper has my number.
o.k. I admit it – I’m a technology optimist. I think good thoughts when I see things like this:
It weighs four ounces, is about 5 by 3 inches in size, contains a QWERTY keyboard and LCD display, and holds half a megabyte of memory. It can connect to a PC to exchange files and download Email, and it contains a 900 MHz wireless transceiver that allows IMing (Instant Messaging) with others within about 300 feet. If you scatter a bunch of these devices around an area they expand the IM reach by automatically acting as relay points for devices farther away.
It supports wireless interactive gaming. It contains a To-Do list, phone book, Spanish/English dictionary, Music Composer, calculator, alarm clock, and more, and it will scan the profiles of other devices in the area, notifying you with a vibrating alert when someone that interests you approaches. In the future, it will also play MP3 music files.
Sounds like this might be the next high-end Palm Pilot or Windows CE organizer, but it’s not. It’s a new toy.
and yet something tells me it’s a good thing there are people with alternate views.
Well – I finally finished The Cluetrain Manifesto. My turnaround wasn’t that bad, although cryptonomicon is not faring as well. Hi. Ho. At least I’m getting better in my old age – Godel, Escher, Bach was in the queue for something like 10 years.
Anyway, I wanted to like The Cluetrain Manifesto. I really did. Overall, I’d recommend it, with some reservations – the most glaring being its western-centric view of the world. I’m sure the author’s realize it, but half the world hasn’t even used a phone yet. I’m also not a big fan of the tone of the book with its big spurts of ‘cheeseball radical’. That said, I don’t disagree with its core theses and its sense of optimism:
Imagine a world where everyone was constantly learning, a world where what you wondered was more interesting that what you knew, and curiosity counted for more than certain knowledge. Imagine a world where what you gave away was more valuable than what you held back, where joy was not a dirty word, and where play was not forbidden after your eleventh birthday. Imagine a world in which the business of business was to imagine worlds people might actually want to live in someday.” [p.183]
It’s hard to argue with a grand vision like that, although my cynical side would certainly like to give it a run for the money.
Wired is running a mildly interesting article on Weblogs – complete with quotes from some of the stars. Yes, that was a cheap attempt to increase my visibility.