Monthly Archive for May, 2006

Palm Treo 700p: First Look (Part 1)

Fillmore at full resolutionThis first look is of the first picture I’ve snapped with the new Palm Treo 700p. Clearly, the 700p’s boost to 1.3 mexapixels over the Treo 650′s scant 0.3-megapixel resolution is immediately evident in this photo of my new neighborhood friend Holly’s dog, Fillmore (who is one part fruitbat, one part goat, and one part James Dean). A fuller review of the Treo 700p will follow after I’ve played around with it over this three-day Memorial Day weekend. Stay tuned.

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Nokia LifeBlog: Blogging by Cellphone Redux (or the learn-as-you-go version)

My home officeUPDATE: As you can see in my prior entry, I gleefully shared my experience of blogging by cellphone, but when I checked the post, not everything turned out as expected. I learned that the note I filled out on the phone creates a caption but doesn’t necessarily place it where I want. And that the url for Nokia LifeBlog didn’t show up as HTML. So here is the corrected entry, fixed on the PC, with strike-throughs for a few cuts and fixes, and new text highlighted. Live and learn.

Having blogged yesterday on how the Nokia 6682 is a great pocket-sized office-on-the-go, I left out one very key feature: Nokia LifeBlog Nokia LifeBlog. With it, I can snap a photo when I’m out and about (or bound to my actual home office, as shown here), add a note the body text (which you are reading), and then post it directly to my blog, directly right from the phone.

This will be very useful when I want to post blog pictures from various videogame and tech tech and videogame press events or shows that I attend, as they are happening. Alternately, you can connect the phone to your desktop PC (Windows only, no Mac support, which sucks) and tidy up your shots and text before posting from the LifeBlog desktop application.

Both applications – the one for your Nokia phone, and the other for your Windows PC – can be downloaded for free at http://www.nokia.com/lifeblog www.nokia.com/lifeblog. You can also go there to find out which phones besides the 6682 can do the LifeBlog thang.

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Nokia LifeBlog: Blogging by Cellphone

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Having blogged yesterday on how the Nokia 6682 is a great pocket-sized office-on-the-go, I left out one very key feature: Nokia LifeBlog. With it, I can snap a photo when I’m out and about (or bound to my actual home office, as shown here), add a note (which you are reading), and then post it directly to my blog, directly from the phone. This will be a very useful when I want to post blog pictures from various videogame and tech press events or shows that I attend, as they are happening. Alternately, you can connect the phone to your desktop PC (Windows only, no Mac support) and tidy up your shots and comments before posting from the LifeBlog desktop application. Both applications – the one for your Nokia phone, and the other for your Windows PC – can be downloaded for free at http://www.nokia.com/lifeblog. You can also go there to find out which phones besides the 6682 can do the LifeBlog thang.

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Nokia’s 6682 Smartphone: Your Office in Your Pocket

My sidekick Nick at WXOU Radio barI’m writing this entry on a Nokia 6682 smartphone at my West Village neighborhood bar, WXOU Radio. This is one of the best phones I’ve ever used. The number of bars I get on Cingular are double what I ever got on a Treo, and the sound through both the earpiece or speakerphone is loud and clear. Standout features include a 1.3 megapixel camera with flash and 6x zoom that’s activated by sliding down a protective lens cover. Bluetooth lets me swap pictures and videos with my Mac PowerBook (or a PC with Bluetooth). It also lets me sync the 6682 with my Mac’s Address book, and iCal calendar items and tasks. Happily, iSync syncs all of my Address book fields, including two addresses, multiple phone numbers and email addresses, birthdays, and even photos for those contacts that have them, whereas some phones sync only some but not all of these fields.

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Apple’s Not Too Hot (to handle) MacBook…

…was quite a stunner in person when I spent time with it and some nice Apple folks at the Le Parker Meridian Hotel here in Manhattan today. The MacBook is especially attractive to a guy like me who believes (small) size matters when it comes to easily working out of the house in a cafe or when traveling, vs. a bigger screen and the bigger stress it puts on the shoulder (and wallet).

Enter Apple’s new MacBook with its spectacularly bright 13-inch widescreen that’s got the shiny finish I prefer over the anti-glare screen of the workhorse PowerBook G4 12″ (1.5 GHz) I’ve been using for more than a year now.

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“Oblivion+Bored” = A Yawning Trend?

Wake up, mister!The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion for the Xbox 360 and PC released to dazzling reviews. The most interesting was Gamespot.com‘s Greg Kasavin‘s non-stop, 12-hour Oblivion Gameplay Marathon, which gave an in-depth video report of the game before they leaped into Oblivion‘s extremely open world for themselves, myself included. I played night after night, for 1 – 3 hours, and marveled at the sights and sounds. But then a curious thing happened, after 20+ hours in. I got kind of bored. Or if not exactly bored, indifferent. I wanted a break from the slow pace of Oblivion. So I popped in Quake 4 and beat a boss that had been busting my ass the last few times I played, then played on a bit more before hitting the sack. This weekend my pal Jim Mainiero mentioned he’d gotten sort of bored with Oblivion, too. A few other friends reported the same. So, curious, I Googled “Oblivion+bored” and came up with some interesting results. Some got bored 4 hours into it, while others felt ho-hum after tens or hundreds of hours. Obviously I’m not alone in my temporary disinterest in Oblivion, but at the same time I expect I’ll jump back into the game with renewed interest any day now. Talley ho.

Update: On second thought, I should have titled this entry “Obliviyawwwn.”

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New gadgets and games blog by Joe Hutsko

Welcome to joeygadget.com, my blog of very personal write-ups of high-tech gadgets, gear, video games, and miscellaneous other stuff that interests me and, hopefully, you too. Thanks for stopping by!

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