Categories: "TIA Tools & Toys" or "Blog Tools" or "Cellular Data" or "Collaboration" or "PAN" or "Bluetooth" or "Ultra Wide Band" or "ZigBee" or "PDAs" or "Tablets and Slates" or "Video Conferencing" or "WiFi"

The Dark Side - iPhone

Today is my 52nd birthday. At lunch with my partner, Clarise, she surprised me with an iPhone. And I'm blogging this from the phone. This is going to take some getting used to, and some soul searching about my 10+years of loyalty to Palm. More later.

Update: I'm actually publishing this from back at my computer, as the mobile Safari couldn't show the scroll bar in the "Categories" selection area of our blog administration software. Ah well, and so it goes.

Update: On Saturday morning, I was able to make a phone call with the iPhone, 15 minutes later, when I "awoke" the iPhone to make another call, it was showing an error message that the I had an invalid SIM. After an infuriating experience with the Apple Idiot Genius, Lach, and his supervisor Robert, trips to an AT&T store to get a new SIM, this one being invalid, and a wonderful experience with the Apple Care representative, Rachel, I now have a new iPhone. I'll post another day on the full story. For now, you can read about my experience and others with similar experiences, on the Apple support forums, "Out of the Blue - Invalid SIM Card".

Really Simple Groupware in OPML

We are very interested in any tool that helps folk live the teleinteractive lifestyle by making it easier for distributed workgroups to exchange information quicker, more accurately, better in any way. As such, we've been closely following Dave Winer's revelations about the outlining tool that works as an OPML editor and can be used as an Instant Outliner to coördinate communication among members of group(s). So, I was instantly struck by the serendipity when I saw that Michael Swaine writes in the July 2005 Swaine's Flames:

"E-mail is a linear list or hierarchy of nearly opaque envelopes containing further linear lists of character symbols to be decoded into mental speech. When the filters fail and the subject lines mislead, we have to commit to open the envelope and start reading and interpreting the message before we know if it is deserving of our attention...

"The cocktail-party phenomenon is really two phenomena: (1) In the raucous confusion of party noise, we are somehow able to hear the conversation we choose to attend to and filter out the rest; and (2) there appears to be some subattentive monitoring of unattended channels so that significant content (like your name) in an unattended channel can shift attention to it...

"What if the defining metaphor for e-mail were not the United States Postal Service but a cocktail party?"end quotation

--Party Lines Dr. Dobb's Journal July, 2005, Michael Swaine

I do believe that the instant outliner, also being referred to as Really Simple Groupware, fits that defining metaphor very well.

[Related Reading:]

We've been using the Brainforest outliner on the Palm now for years. And I know that Dave had an interest in PalmOS outliners some time ago. I can't wait to see how outlining as an instant form of collaboration coördination pans out as a part of Web 2.0.

Dave - we're not currently hosting an OPML directory as such, and we're not going to Gnomedex, but if Clarise and I can help in any way, let us know.

Cellphedia

Cellphedia, according to its home page, is "the 1st Ubiquitous Social Encyclopedia". Think of it as a cross between Wikipedia and online social networks, for your cell phone. This was developed as part of founder's Limor Garcia graduate thesis at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program. Right now it seems more suited to trivia questions, but as the knowledgebase grows, I believe that the utility will grow as well. It will be interesting to see if she seeks to grow it as a business, how that business fares, and the direction the cellphedia community takes as it grows.

[Related Reading:]

Cellphedia Melds Facts with Mobile Smart Mobs

Cellphedia

Cellphedia: The mobile phone social encyclopedia

Cellphedia: mobile social knowledge

WMI

As part of the WWW2005 Conference, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has announced a broad initiative for bringing a better web experience to handheld users. Called the Mobile Web Initiative (MWI),

... recognizes the mobile device as a first class participant of the Web,"
-- Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director

The MWI appears to be focused mostly on mobile phone users, and is an attempt to bring together the various elements of accessing data from a mobile device from content providers to wireless carriers, including software, hardware and infrastructure vendors. Two areas will initially be addressed: best practices and mobile device descriptions.

This could have a very positive impact on anyone leading the TeleInterActive Lifestyle™ and it will be interesting to see how this initiative develops over the next few years.

Trackbacks or Comments

Trackbacks are a great way to allow comments on your blog. Since interlinking is at the heart of blogging, what has created the blogosphere, I think it is great the some bloggers have chosen to allow tracbacks, even if they don't support comments.

I ran into an example of this at jra's thoughts.

Unfortunately, not all wiki(blogware) supports wiki(trackback), or the "same thing only different" wiki(pingback) protocol. That's a shame. Keeping your opinions on your own blog, while automagically interlinking to the source that triggered those thoughts is the perfect example of why blogs are important to everything from collaboration to "keeping in touch".

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