Friday, December 31, 2010

badideas 2010

Bad ideas, brain farts, no filter, 2010

sayit-- (greeting card captions)
  • There is no need for trying to act out silly fantasies or have your genes play tricks with you.
  • Remember the race against time, drink water, go outside, and regularly move around a bit.
  • If you're going to test an unlikely idea, try to fail fast, cut your losses and learn something useful from it.
  • On zoom gestures, use accelerometer, move slate away to zoom out, move slate toward to zoom in.
  • IS: just geometry. all discovery, especially about natural systems are a determination of the shape, structure and geometry. Once know, can be examined and changed based on our motivations. Speculatively, this can apply to work, organization, biology, physics, any grand unified theory of everything. If geometry is fractal and layered, or complex and plural, then connection and interaction need to be derived. Geometry can be used to abstract derivatives up, down, across, or with shortcuts if enough is know. this approach can allow for gaps in knowledge to be completed later, like the with the periodic table approach.
  • APP: A phone handset that translates camera info into a soundscape that a blind person can cross the street safely.
  • APP: An app to upload emergency media, to upload photos, location, commentary and other media that is monitored by emergency services, instead of just 000 to describe verbally. Could be a live video link to an current incident. Like a twitter series with hashtags and links.
  • On Design: Don't just design once, but iterate with improve. A protocol for this very process should be designed, and iterated.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Huawei U8230

Finally, I got my first android! No regrets. I love it!

The price was right, and I opted to just get it. Sure, I would have much rather gotten a Samsung Galaxy S because of its far superior spec (and correspondingly higher price), but the Huawei U8230 will serve me just fine for now.
  • purchased 25 November 2010, $299 from Dick Smith Parramatta, unlocked
  • links: Huawei support site includes manual pdf; google
  • spec: android 2.1, android market, 1500 mAh battery, 3.2MP forward camera / vga backward camera, 3.5 inch display / TFT / 320 x 480, micro sd up to 16GB, no FM radio, GPS, 3G / 3G broadband internet, WIFI, USB charge and connectivity.
  • hate: bluetooth receive files only; cannot connect to headset; 2.5mm non standard audio connector (but it should not be too hard to find spares on ebay); USB non standard clip plug; skype works but mixed results, skype out mostly bad; no video skype; only kinda all day battery life, provided that you stay plugged in overnight and until you leave the house in the morning; no google docs editing
  • love: android; google account integration for contacts, calendar, gmail/talk; latitude, reader, maps
  • SIM of choice: Virginbroadband prepaid, has data, can receive calls and SMS but not send; can place calls via skype out; ordered BYO SIM card kit for $10 but yet to install / currently swapping sim between the phone and my usb dongle that i normally use with my netbook
  • some web content is formatted for mobile screens, things look a bit different
my photos link

  • this phone went to Karen