Mostly about technology and its application with occasional opinions on humanity and some of the people we have to live with. Not scared to comment but generally I am gentle with it.
I mentioned previously that my director suggested that I consider working from home rather than coming in to the office and my sales manager agreed.
“How many kilometres do you travel just to and from work?” enquired my regional director as we drove back from a client meeting.
“Forty six in total and thirty four robots one way” I had been bored one morning and counted them, working or not.
“What stops you from working from home rather than driving into the office each day?”
Panjo the Tiger seems to head up the news in South Africa at the moment.
Without going into all the questions about whether a tiger should be kept in captivity like this as a “pet” or not at this point but I will later on, I am amazed at the apparent speed of the beast.
And if so what? is the next question.
I have been using a Nokia 7610 for nearly 6 years and it has been a very good hone. However the keypad is now starting to play up and so I decided that I should start the investigation into what I should look at.
I first thought about what I use a phone for.
I talk on it
I send SMS
I access the web
I use it as a modem for my PDA
Occassional pictures or videos
So any replacement must meet this as minimum standards. Being financially very hyper cautious at the moment as I don't have a fortune lying in the bank, I also want the purchase to impact as little as possible on my current budget. At the moment I am spending about R100 to R150 per month on pay as you go. (I know it may not be the financially best method but then I don't spend hours on a phone)
The features available now are truly amazing with push email, camera technology that is better than my digital camera or video camera. So which new features might I use?
FM Radio probably
GPS very likely but I have a very fast GPS for the JHB area sitting between my ears.
Email/web access yes as long as the screen is a reassonable size and close to the PDA size.
I looked then at my current service provider and what they have on offer and it basically comes down to 3 phones in descending cost:
Nokia 5230 (stretches the budget a bit but is a touch phone)
Nokia 2710 (has Maps)
The 5230 does impress and has impressed independent reviewers. The 2710 not 3G nor is the 7230.
All three would meet the basic requiremetns but only the 5230 meets some of my cool to have.
So does anyone out there have an opinion as to which I should go for?
I get a lot of people telling me about great fantastic must use sites but this one has just hit the top of my list of favourites.
It is called WolframAlpha
There is also a very good introduction to the site that you can find here.
It will allow you to put in anything that you are interested in finding the answer to.
So if you put in a word it will give you the definition, synonyms etc. You can put in simple and complex calculations and get the answer.
Put in the town you live in and you get the location, poulation and other information.
What impressed me most was the speed with which it did it.
You can use it to do comparisons so I input "Apple Microsoft" and it returned the share price in Dollars as well as Rand and other information about both companies from a financial perspective.
But I had to get ti to break so I tried Bafana Bafana and it came up with a soccer Heading and the notification that this area is under development. At least it recognised the team.
Go on give it a try. Try the name Mandela and see what it tells you especially about the racial distribution in the US