Category: "Mobile"

Apple IPhone not my Perfect Handheld

Over a year-and-an-half ago, I wrote about what I would want in a perfect handheld - really the perfect converged mobile computing & communications experience. The Apple iPhone doesn't meet the qualifications that I gave there. But it would seem that the iPhone is intended to compete more with the Motorola V3i & SLVR than any PalmOS or Windows Mobile smart phone. That's a shame. Though the multi-touch UI might prove to be the next best thing.

While I did some research last night and this morning, to match what I heard at MacWorld with what facts I could find, I should wait until the device finally comes out in June 2007 on Cingular in the USA, before actually deciding. From what I know right now, however, I doubt that I'll be a customer for the iPhone.

Now if someone would come out with a device using the next generation PalmOS, Access Linux Platform [ALP] with 3G+, 802.11a/n, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR with A2DP & AVRCP, WiMax, GPS and maybe even UWB. And given ALP's compatibility layer for older PalmOS applications and it's Linux kernel, everything else I want, and chances are that you want, are already covered. Yes, 802.11a/n as n is already backward compatible to g which is backward compatible to b, so adding "a" covers it all.

Of course, the other part of this equation is to get rid of proprietary digital lock-in, by combining all the various DRM schemes into one consumer friendly idea, and have all web services and desktop applications conform to the appropriate open APIs and file formats. Ah, utopia!

I've taken my June 2005 list of perfect handheld functions and updated it.

  • Open Source OS but I would take MacOSX, if it was really the full OS
  • Lot's of third-party apps
  • Multiple input methods including [soft] QWERTY keyboard, handwriting recognition, taps and multi-touch gestures, and voice [commands and dialing]
  • wired & wireless synchronization of ALL my digital life: contacts, calendar, audio/video/photo/eBook media, documents, spreadsheets, presentations, databases... all files, all the time
  • wireless PAN, LAN, MAN & WAN and GPS, and keep IR too - whatever the latest protocols, such as those listed above for today, with expandability and upgradeable for tomorrow
  • convenient Voice and Data, and SMS, MMS, IM, chat, VoIP, and web & video conferencing
  • advanced graphics rendering for data visualization, games, and more
  • Storage and more storage, hard drives, solid state disks, and maybe more than one compact flash memory slots, like SD and CFII
  • Full IMAP & POP3 email compatibility with all servers that meet those protocols and with the ability to send, receive and handle all attachment & MIME types
  • Complete web, wap & location services
  • feed syndication reader
  • cookies & javascript enabled, with security management
  • Full encryption handling for SSL, VPNs, etc.

The Apple iPhone doesn't do it. The ModBook comes closer, but isn't realy want I'm looking for either. Open up the iPhone, let it really take advantage of MacOSX including application installation and inkwell, and I would might be a customer.

Update: I had to add one other thing, because I'm really confused by this. I should do what I said above and wait until the Apple iPhone is released, but... Here's what Apple says about OSX on the iPhone:

All the power and sophistication of the world’s most advanced operating system — OS X — is now available on a small, handheld device that gives you access to true desktop-class applications and software, including rich HTML email, full-featured web browsing, and applications such as widgets, Safari, calendar, text messaging, Notes, and Address Book. iPhone is fully multi-tasking, so you can read a web page while downloading your email in the background. This software completely redefines what you can do with a mobile phone.end quotation
-- Apple - iPhone - High Technology - OSX

The original Palm and even the Newton gave us much of that over a decade ago and added email, the web, and javascript [widgets are javascript] with the PalmV with Omnisky modem in '99. They were revolutionary devices. If the Apple iPhone lives up to that first sentence, it would be interesting, evolutionary, and maybe verging on breakthrough: "All the power and sophistication of the world’s most advanced operating system... access to true desktop-class applications and software...".

I guess that my 4GB PalmOS Lifedrive with WiFi and Bluetooth [AudioGateway adds A2DP & AVRCP - love those third-party apps], in conjunction with my old Bluetooth GSM/EDGE phone [total cost for both $349] is still the best solution for me.

Update: Marc LaFountain has a well-written post rebutting or expounding the "concerns" that have been raised about the Apple iPhone. For the most part, I agree with him. As I say in my post "Apple Future is iTunes not Computer", I don't think that Apple intends their iPhone to be converging business and personal lives nor to converge computing and communications, but to converge entertainment and communications. In this, and in Apple's use of the multi-touch interface, I think that Apple will be very successful. One point in which I disagree with Marc is that there is no real reason not to allow third-party applications on the iPhone. Apple already has a well-established developer program. Apple could have released developer specs at MacWorld, and between now [the announcement] and June [the release] could easily have worked with the third-party developer partners to generate a list of MacOSX applications that would work on the iPhone OSX.

It will be very interesting to see what applications are finally on the iPhone when it is released in June, 2007, and how the hardware evolves over time. For my own part, I would need ways to receive, view, access, edit and transmit documents, spreadsheets, presentations, images, PDF formatted files, eBooks and outlines - just as I have now with my Lifedrive [4GB] paired over Bluetooth to my phone [as stated, total cost $349]. For now, WiFi might be able to make up for the lack of 3G wiki(HSDPA) data speeds. I already am a Cingular customer... Well, with all that, maybe, just maybe... Maybe not.

TeleInterActive Orphans

One debate that has come up since the earliest days of proselytizing the TeleInterActive Lifestyle has been whether or not having remote access, and especially mobile and wireless access to your business and personal data, adds to or detracts from your effectiveness in either personal or business situations. Our contention has always been that it's a matter of focus.

As hand-held email devices proliferate, they are having an unexpected impact on family dynamics: Parents and their children are swapping roles. Like a bunch of teenagers, some parents are routinely lying to their kids, sneaking around the house to covertly check their emails and disobeying house rules established to minimize compulsive typing. The refusal of parents to follow a few simple rules is pushing some children to the brink. They are fearful that parents will be distracted by emails while driving, concerned about Mom and Dad's shortening attention spans and exasperated by their parents' obsession with their gadgets. Bob Ledbetter III, a third-grader in Rome, Ga., says he tries to tell his father to put the BlackBerry down, but can't even get his attention. "Sometimes I think he's deaf," says the 9-year-old.end quotation
-- from The Wall Street Journal Online, BlackBerry Orphans, by Katherine Rosman, 2006 December 8; Page W1

Good Morning, Silicon Valley picked up on this WSJ article too...

Of course, for a while at the Balsillie home, Jim was being told to park his BlackBerry at the door when he came home. And of course, he snuck it in. Adults -- what are you gonna do with 'em?end quotation
-- from GMSV, C'mon, Mom, I know you're texting in there and I really need to go by John Murrell on 2006 December 8

The opposite is also true. I know 5 year olds who can't imagine not being able to contact their parent at any time during the business day via mobile phone, IM, or email. And the ability to order a meal to be picked-up on the way home from, well, wherever, has no doubt saved many a middle-class family from starvation.

One friend of mine is very much opposed to allowing work into her home after hours - but to meet those long deadlines, she'll be at the work place for 12, 14 or even more hours a day, balancing that with taking afternoons off for soccer games. Which balance works better: longer away but fuller attention, or partial attention in each place?

Since the beginning of this blog, the image that we've tried to evoke is that of pre-industrial age community living. You might be sitting around the fire, listening to a story being told by your child, while mending a leather harness. The problem with this image as an analogy for modern work practices is the level of the brain's involvement. You might be able to divide your attention between something that requires dexterity and even attention to detail, but doesn't require understanding words. But try to read something and listen to someone speak... it doesn't work as well.

As we've said before, thank the designers of all these wonderful devices that they remembered to include the off switch.

PalmSource Open Source

PalmSource, an Access CO, LTD company, has been making several announcements in advance of their PalmSource day at LinuxWorldSF this coming Wednesday, August 16, including:

If you're at LinuxWorldSF this week, look for us [we'll be wearing black shirts with the following embroidery...

IASC InterASC TeleInterActive Embroidery
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We can talk about PalmSource and ALP, open source business intelligence, data warehousing and collaboration, or whatever else comes up. Maybe we'll even publish it as a podcast.

See you at LinuxWorld.

Converting Songs Bought in iTunes to mp3

If you have bought songs in iTunes and want to play it in your Palm or other devices (in my case using PocketTunes for my Palm LifeDrive) and need a mp3 format to do it, here are some ways to do it.

Use Audacity, an OpenSource software to convert it

OR

Try this method:

1. From your iTunes, burn the CD of the songs you purchased using the iTunes preference Disc Format: Audio CD. Just go to Edit -> Preference -> Advanced -> Burning. Note: iTunes will not allow you to burn MP3 CD for songs you bought. To Burn CD, just click on the Burn Disc icon &#59;D

iTunesPreferences
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2. Use your mp3 ripping software, in my case, I used, Windows Media player. Click on the Rip tab. Right click the Rip tab and a pop up menu comes up. Choose Tools -> Options . From Options, click on Rip Music. Under Rip Settings, Format choose: mp3.

WindowsMediaPlayerPreferences
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3. Rip the songs you bought and burned to the Audio CD. The songs converted to mp3 format will be created in the directory as specified in your preferences directory in Windows Media Player. Media Player created a subdirectory under this called Unknown Artist\Unknown Album (Date TimeStamp), e.g. D:\myhomedirectory\My Music\Unknown Artist\Unknown Album (5-13-2006 10-58-55 AM)

4. Transfer your mp3 files to your non-iPod MP3 player, in my case the LifeDrive

Transfer to LifeDrive
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Enjoy!

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