Archive for the ‘Phone’ Category

HOLY CRAP this is beautiful. Apple released their new iPhone today. Jan 9 2007

Apple released iPhone today

iPhone combines three products — a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet communications device with desktop-class email, web browsing, maps, and searching — into one small and lightweight handheld device. iPhone also introduces an entirely new user interface based on a large multi-touch display and pioneering new software, letting you control everything with just your fingers. So it ushers in an era of software power and sophistication never before seen in a mobile device, completely redefining what you can do on a mobile phone.

I still love my Treo 700p, but this is one temptingly beautiful phone / ipod / web browser / pocket computer. I can’t wait to see one in person.

Check out all the details: Apple – iPhone

Google Maps for your Treo! Oct 29 2006

Google maps on your Treo!

I’ve been using kmaps on my Treo for a while and it works pretty great. I’m interested to try this new client from Google.

Take the power of Google Maps with you on your Treo. Cruising around looking for a nearby coffee shop? Driving to that new restaurant but can’t remember which street to turn right on? Now you can get business locations, maps and directions while you’re on the go. And it’s all free.

Check it out: Google Maps

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Treo RSS feed reader – launches Oct 29 2006 launches
Flickr – Clean feeds for busy people: 5 links every 5 minutes. Great for mobile devices like a Treo.

This serves as an excellent RSS Reader for Treo

Toccer for Treo Oct 26 2006

Atomig Cog – Toccer for Treo

Toccer is an AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) client for the PalmOne Treo 600 and 650.
Why Another AIM Client?
Our goals for writing an AIM client were twofold:

Make the best possible client for the the most common use cases.
Make the client as seamless as possible. It should feel integrated and feel like an application that has always been a part of the Treo. Part of this means support for the 5 Way Nav and a UI that is consistent with the OS.

About to leave for Andy and Val’s wedding for 5 days Oct 11 2006

3:08 AM and waking up soon...

In exactly 2 hours we’ll be getting up from our short nap to leave for Connecticut for my brother Andy and his fiancee Val’s wedding on Saturday.

In other news, the entire downstairs of our house is getting the oak floors refinished (mostly due to the patched new kitchen floor and the flooring guy’s desire to do it now instead of later). This means, among other things, that _everything_ that was downstairs is now either upstairs, in the basement, or in the garage. Everything. It also means that Kuma and the cats will be staying with Ben and Ammo while we’re gone. The fish are in the garage.

It’s been a long couple of days leading up to now.

Now to charge the iPod and the Treo for our flights to CT. Adios.

Bandwidth speed test comparing DSL, Palm Treo 700p Sprint EVDO over USB and Bluetooth on a G4 Powerbook running OS X Tiger 10.4.7 Aug 27 2006

After upgrading to the latest version of USB Modem (Version 1.5 that now adds support for connection via Bluetooth for Treo 700p), I decided to do a speed test using my regular DSL connection and the two available connection methods for the Treo 700p – Bluetooth and USB. I’ve been using the USB modem connection method and wanted to see if there would be a noticible connection speed difference using Bluetooth instead of USB as the connection method.

These tests were run using a G4 Powerbook running OS X Tiger 10.4.7 and the Palm Treo 700p and USB Modem software version 1.5 connected to Sprint’s EVDO network in St. Louis, Missouri.

Using DSL: results

8/27/2006 11:27 PM GMT 2487 kb/s 350 kb/s 138 ms Dallas, TX ~ 550 mi

Using Treo 700p as a USB Modem: results

8/27/2006 11:52 PM GMT 1161 kb/s 95 kb/s 262 ms Dallas, TX ~ 550 mi

EVDO speeds are pretty fast, especially compared to an old-school dialup connection. About half as fast as my DSL line.

Using Treo 700p as a Bluetooth Modem: results

8/27/2006 11:55 PM GMT 478 kb/s 84 kb/s 280 ms Dallas, TX ~ 550 mi

Using Bluetooth was significantly slower than using USB cable. Nice to be able to connect without any wires though, and still basically fast enough to use. Warning: Nasty Bluetooth Reboot Required Bug When using Bluetooth as the connection method, when the connection gets disconnected or interrupted, you may get a Disconnecting... message that never stops. Apparently this is a known bug for which there is no good solution. After getting this message the only solution seems to be to reboot your computer, which pretty much stinks. This is NOT the fault of the USB Modem software, I found tons of references to this bug dating back to regular dial-up days.


You can now use Bluetooth along with USB Modem software, and it works, but the OS X bug that requires a reboot to connect again when you use Bluetooth makes it significantly less attractive to use this feature.

I plan to continue using the USB cable connection method since it is significantly faster and does not suffer from the Bluetooth bug above. It also has the bonus feature of charging the phone at the same time.

If anyone has a suggestion for a solution to the Bluetooth disconnecting message bug other than this Applescript (didn’t seem to work for me), please let me know via the comments.

Video clips of the stream that runs through Estes Park, Colorado Aug 19 2006

These are clips of the stream that runs through Estes Park, Colorado where we’re staying tonight before we leave to come back to St. Louis. All videos were taken using my Treo 700p.

Also, I’ve updated the Flickr picture set of our entire Colorado trip with new pics. Check it out.

Kristin displaying her artwork at the Letters to Mozart show in Steamboat Springs

Kristin selling her books at the Letters to Mozart show.

Pictures from our hike to Rabbit Ears Aug 3 2006

Check out some pictures taken using my Treo 700p Palm cameraphone on the hike we took today to Rabbit Ears near Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Steamboat Springs from Mt. Werner Aug 2 2006

Steamboat Springs from Mt. Werner, originally uploaded by gserafini.

This is the view we had today from the top of a ski run on Mt. Werner in Steamboat Springs, CO.

Check out more pics from the trip: Steamboat Springs photo set taken with my Treo 700p cameraphpone.

St. Louis Windstorm 7/19/06 – a photoset on Flickr Jul 20 2006

These are pictures of the aftermath of the giant wind storm that left an estimated 450k citizens over 500,000 (including ourselves) without power in St. Louis and the surrounding region. These were all taken within walking distance of our house.

Pictures of St. Louis windstorm damage from 7/19/06 - Lightning exploded tree

All pictures were taken using my Treo 700p. This particular picture is of a tree that was exploded by lightning.

View picture set: St. Louis Windstorm 7/19/06 – a photoset on Flickr

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