PalmOne LifeDrive

Finally, Palm has come out with a device that has both Bluetooth and WiFi, the LifeDrive. I'm very excited about this device. They also squeezed in a 4GB hard drive. Only 16MB of ROM though, so I imagine that not just "all your important files" but software must go onto that hard drive. I wonder how that will affect performace of those apps?

I may just have to find out via AmazonBuy PalmOne Lifedrive from Amazon through IASC. :D

Buy PalmOne Lifedrive from Amazon through IASC

Update: From PalmOne LifeDrive Mobile Manager: Is it cool or too big for today's comsumer tastes? by Todd Ogasawara -- PalmOne's LifeDrive PDA is the first PDA I know of with an integrated microdrive (4GB large). It also has integrated Bluetooth and 802.11b WiFi capabilities. So, is the world ready with an open wallet for this intersection of a Palm PDA and iPod mini?

I'm a diehard Palm fan, and have been since my first Palm Pilot in 1996. Many of the points made by Todd Ogasawara are well taken. I do want to get rid of my cell phone, but I don't find the screens on smart phones, even the Treo, to be adequate. I think my ideal PDA would take from the Treo650. TungstenT-5, LifeDrive and Tapwave Zodiac: the large screen [with rotation between portrait and landscape modes], built-in WiFi [though give me a/g not just b], bluetooth and cellular [GSM or CDMA based options with latest data protocols], 256MB RAM/ROM, and two expansion card slots [either both SD/SDIO or one SD & one CF], and, of course, running the latest PalmOS. I don't really want the keyboard of the Treo; I've been using grafitti for so long that I my handwriting is now illegible. &#59;)

Microsoft Windows OneCare

Microsoft Windows OneCare is actually a good idea. Not one to which I would necessarily subscribe, but a good idea. Much like buying an extended warranty or service agreement on a new TV, PC or car. I would disagree with John Paczkowski, who wrote in "Nice, stable little system you got here; shame if anything happened to it" that is akin to "an auto manufacturer selling you a car and then charging you a monthly fee for seatbelts". It's more like an auto manufacturer charging you for a pre-paid maintenance plan, or an electronics store selling an extended warranty. It may or may not be cost-effective. It's up to the purchaser to decide how valuable the protection is against the likelihood of something going wrong, and their ability to recover from a problem with DIY or cost of third-party help [be it auto-mechanic or online-PC-helpdesk/security-suite].

Dan Gillmor has also been writing about OneCare, more from the standpoint of Windows charging to fix its mistakes, and Robert Scoble responded. Most software is buggy and ultimately not secure; and that is why I always stand amazed when hype wins out over function. But that's our seems to be our nature. In the perfect world, my car wouldn't break down, have an accident, or need servicing, but in this world it does.

Of course, I've found support from COTS software OEMs to be horrible, whether it be Symantec [which is so bad we no longer use them] or Microsoft, or almost any of them. That's one thing that has been very attractive about Open Source: the community of developers and users as represented in their forums and blogs, has proven much more helpful in helping out when a problem occurs than any paid support I've ever had.

Software is becoming a commodity, much as photocopiers and PBX systems have. Services that once were free will become fee-based as margins shrink.

Bayesian Numb3rs

I just finished watching the TV show Numb3rs; on DirecTiVo [DirecTV with TiVo], of course, since it aired on Friday. This episode, the season finale, uses a Bayesian approach to solve the case. [Noto Bene: the episode link requires RealPlayer.]

Back when I developed a technique called "Objective Bayes" in 1979, or when I was the Principal Investigator on the teams that developed that technique into two software programs, BayLife and RAMsim, I never thought I would see the work of the good wiki(Bayes,Rev. Thomas Bayes) featured in a prime time TV show.

'Tis a good show. I enjoyed it immensely. I hope they bring it back next year.

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.

Build vs Buy

In the early days of computing...

Well, in the earliest days, one analyses the problem to be solved, took out their soldering iron, wire, capacitors, resistors and relays, built the circuit, provided input and did a lot of work interpreting the output. :p

Then as computers moved toward being general purpose machines, software took over what hardware did in the analog computing days. Starting with machine code, one provided a custom solution for every problem, not unlike the hardware only days, but you were less likely to need a soldering iron. :)

Layers of software have been added ever since, operating systems, application programming interfaces and user interfaces. This led to more choices.

  1. First, one could custom build a solution, or have your mainframe vendor build a custom solution for you
  2. Applications became somewhat standardized, and you could buy a proprietary package, having your hardware - and later, software - vendor customize it to meet your needs; or you could build a custom solution.
  3. Then there was the era of real "build vs. buy" decisions. You could custom build a software tool to implement your competitive advantage, or you could buy something that already did the vast majority of what you wanted, and customize the rest through the vendor or third-party consultants. "Vast majority" is a slippery term, and could be anything over 50% - up to you.
  4. But now organizations are faced with a daunting number of choices on how to implement their process, understand the world around them and design a better widget.

Oh, and somewhere in there "timesharing" and "outsourcing" happened. Even in the 70's the college I attended had a big IBM mainframe only because the enterprising Data Processing professors bought it, and funded it by running a payroll processing and timesharing business.

Yep, yep, yep... You can

  • You can buy and do some or even no customization; maybe the vendor's idea of best practices are better than yours, or maybe the software doesn't touch your core business nor make for a competitive advantage.
  • You can build from scratch. [Are your personnel policies and business stable? Will they last the life-cycle of the software you're building?]
  • You can take open source software, use it, customize it, and if the community goes away, you have the source code. [Peoplesoft users won't be able to say that, once Oracle transitions everything to new code, in say, 5 years.]
  • You can buy your software as a service [SAAS], or from an ASP, and have it managed by a MSP. And even some of these are providing customizations.
  • You can just outsource or offsource the whole thing, and just have a few managers, SME types and liaisons to the leased IT or Business Process outsourcer

'Tis no wonder the role of everyone from the CIO to the lone techie is misunderstood and in terrible flux right now.

There is no one best way, and business process re-engineering, change management, project and program management have never been more important. You truly must understand the problem you need to solve, internally and with outside perspectives. Maybe it's time to break-out those metaphorical soldering irons. :D

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