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Yesterday's schedule turned out to be a little too tight. By the time I'd finished with my doctor's appointment (my shoulder problem appears to be tendinitis in the biceps tendon; I also gave him a signed copy of CC&S) and the associated pharmacy visit (prescription-strength naproxin and a change of statins from lovastatin to simvastatin) I had to fly low to have any chance of getting to my group meeting at 10am. Figured I'd go to the post office at lunchtime, but forgot to factor in the fact that we were having our Service Awards Lunch.

Lunch was delicious -- Il Fornaio in Palo Alto. I had salad, salmon, and tiramisu for desert. I also got my 15-year service award, which came with a lovely (and very heavy) stainless-steel-cased clock from Tiffany & Co. Do you have any idea how many engraved clocks and pen-and-pencil sets one accumulates in 30-odd years at a small number of jobs?

Never did make it to the Post Awful, because my OpenMoko phone arrived mere minutes before lunch, and by the time I looked up from playing with it, it was after 6pm. Still definitely a work in progress -- I'm not even sure it's a phone at this point. Nice little linux box, though, with a VGA display, USB, and BlueTooth. Twice the pixels of an iPhone at half the price, and unlocked as well. Sweet. The consumer version, due in October (which may be optimistic) will have Wi-Fi and accelerometers.

I will get to the Post Awful today. In about 15 minutes. Really. (Most pre-orders will nevertheless have to wait until after ConChord to get mailed. We're driving down tomorrow.)

Date: 2007-08-15 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slothman.livejournal.com
I’m just about to hit 3 years at my current job— longest I’ve ever been with one company, and I’ve been in Silicon Valley since 1993. All I accumulate is T-shirts.

I’ll be interested to see how your OpenMoko works out. I’m figuring on getting one next June when the 2-year contract on my Treo 700P runs out.

Date: 2007-08-16 01:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
The cool thing is you don't really have to wait -- it's unlocked. OTOH if what you want is a fully-functional Linux phone with WiFi (and you do) it would be best to wait until the consumer version comes out. Next June there might even be some other choices...

Date: 2007-08-16 03:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slothman.livejournal.com
Yeah, I’ll want something I where I can immediately transfer my phone number to the new device. (I can’t just pop a SIM card out of a Treo 700P and pop it into an OpenMoko to test, then swap it back.)

Date: 2007-08-16 05:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
The OpenMoko is strictly GSM, so if you're not on T-Mobile or AT&T you'll have to switch.

Date: 2007-08-15 04:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] selenesue.livejournal.com
I hit the 20 year mark in October, but it's my family's business so the pressies are more personal and practical. Like maid service, OMG that has saved my sanity!

You could really confuse people and mail stuff from L.A.? Bwa ha ha.

Date: 2007-08-15 09:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] technoshaman.livejournal.com
Oooers, Il Fornaio. I've been to that one. And a real Tiffany clock. Verra nice.

The only problem with the OpenMoko is... no keyboard. Give me something in a Blackberry or Sidekick formfactor, and I'll be in love.

Although if you paired the phone with a very light laptop, and made them sort of loosely coupled (where you used the laptop to do heavy input or hackery and then Bluetoothed it across) that wouldn't be so bad.

Date: 2007-08-16 01:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
Any old Bluetooth keyboard will work with it. I've tried a Zaurus with a thumb keyboard -- bletch!

You don't have to Bluetooth to the laptop -- it runs TCP/IP over the USB cable. Set up IP forwarding on your laptop, plug it in, and ssh to it.

Date: 2007-08-15 09:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] technoshaman.livejournal.com
Oh, and BTW. Congrats on the anniverscary!

Date: 2007-08-16 01:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
Thanks. I really hate changing jobs, so it's good to have found an employer I love.

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