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a pim for mobiles

With mobile phones becoming more feature-rich (for the first time really beginning to hold their own against PDAs), Russ suggested that spaces (for example) could find a good niche as the "palm desktop for phones." It's a cool idea. I've been looking at the Symbian developer/SDKs website again (The first time I looked at it was when I was at IBM Research). Sadly, the dev kits area is a mess, there seems to be a different SDK for each phone and the link provided for Nokia phones is broken. Oh well.

In case writing code for the device itself is needed (if the SDK is properly designed, synchronization shouldn't require that, right?), I own a symbian-based device (the excellent Psion Series 7, now discontinued), which might make it easy to try Java code on a Symbian OS. Going from the Series 7 to a Symbian-based phone might be easier than from the emulator. Lots of things to learn.

Later: here is the link for the Nokia J2ME toolkit, download, and here is the link to Sun's J2ME toolkit page, which may also come in handy.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on January 15, 2003 at 11:48 PM

space tourism

Karlin has a cool new story out on wired: Space: Final Vacation Frontier.

While on the surface this might appear exciting, to me this is a slightly worrying development: while space exploration seems to have been relegated to sending out $100 million probes to mars or whatever while a few super-rich ooze through the heavens without a care in the world gaining even more of a celebrity status in the process (and make no mistake, we are increasingly moving into a world where super-rich will be defined by simply not thinking twice about getting food, considering that over a billion people have no access to clean water...). Tourism has a bad component: fast travel makes you dismiss the place you're arriving at and I'd bet that many of the cultural mismatches that have developed in the last century evolve from that. In history, whenever a massive influx of people has occured in a place there has always been conflict and eventually war. I'd hate to see this incipient space-tourist industry turn space into simply a posh destination for the david beckams of the world (such a bad pun... but I couldn't resist!). Anyway, I should stop now, maybe I'll continue the rant later :-)

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on January 15, 2003 at 6:32 PM

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