Monthly Archives: August 2008

Wozniak: Where Is the Reward?

From a recent interview with Steve Wozniak:

The rewards are in your head. The reward is invisible. It’s what you like to do,

Sometimes when you’re short of resources it forces you to do better work

Steve wants to be this guy…who wants to change the world. Every time we’d create something great, he’d have the idea to sell it,

As the Apple computer’s designer, Wozniak got employee No. 1. “Sometimes I go into an Apple store and say ‘I’m an employee, I get a discount.’ They say, ‘What’s your number?'”

So, the secret is in passion and scarcity?



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Did you Know that…

Did you know that the iPhone doesn’t allow background applications?

I know this sounds unbelievable, but 3rd party apps are really not allowed to run in background. You can ask Google to verify it.

Did you know that the Amazon EC2 filesystem was temporary?

As pointed in a previous post, the Amazon EC2 was not offering a persistent local filesystem and you had to use some smart setup using Amazon S3. Anyways, this is fixed now, as Amazon launched the Elastic Block Store.

Did you know that the iPhone doesn’t support Copy&Paste?

Wicked, ha? There is an open source initiative (OpenClip) to get this one fixed. Unfortunately, I am not sure that Apple will embrace it and so the Apple apps like Safari, email, and SMS, where copy&paste is really needed, will still miss it.

Do you know any other such wicked facts?



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What Smartphone Would You Pick?

Lately I have spent some time trying to figure out what smartphone should I buy. I must confess upfront that I haven’t owned one before and sometimes I am quite picky.

The phones that caught my attention so far are:

  • Nokia E71
  • BlackBerry Bold 9000 (just released)
  • Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 (not released yet)
  • HTC Touch Pro (available) or HTC Dream (the Google Phone – not released yet)
  • iPhone 3G (not available from my carrier)

In terms of features most of these are looking pretty similar (one feature that I do consider quite important is the QWERTY keyboard). Unfortunately, in terms of costs, the phones span 2 different ranges: Nokia and BlackBerry being under €500, while the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 and HTC Touch Pro seems to be around €800. So, I’m wondering what would you recommend me?

I have also watched the Android demos on Gizmodo and the one below on MobileCrunch:

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and even if I think the Android platform might be a good option, I am worried that the price of the HTC phone will be quite high.

Update 1: According to an article posted on VentureBeat: BlackBerry Bold is strong but ‘not a game changer’. Not sure what is missing, though.



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