Not too long ago I was on vacation, out of state, eating dinner with wife, sister and brother-in-law when my co-worker called me and told me that our mail server was not sending mail from app. Well, I was not by my computer, nor a wireless network, or si I thought. Just then, I remembered I had installed tuSSH (a ssh client for PalmOS) so I fired it up and was able to poke around our linux mail server to find everything in order. I called my co-worker back and told him that the emails that he was testing were in his mail servers queue. He called me 10 minutes later to confirm that he had received the email. I love my treo because of how useful it is.
Now that they are going to be replaced in the next four months I thought it was going to be good timing to get a Treo. My 2 year contract with Verizon was up and I saw that this was the time to get a Treo since I could leverage my being out of contract to get a good deal… long story short, I ended up going with Sprint because they are cheaper and I get their Vision package (wireless internet) for only an extra $10/month. It wasn’t until I got lost twice and needed to IM a buddy about something important that I realized just how cool having a smart phone really was. As soon as I could I downloaded and installed a ssh client, an IM app (with Yahoo!, MSN, AIM.)
I am lov’in my Treo!
My company just went to Web 2.0 last week after we (our engineering team) worked out butts off night and day to get our site ready for the conference. It was nice to read some blogs and newspapers talking about us and the conference. What is funny to me though, was all of the other articles I have read about the conference. So many people made comments about how the dot com bubble is back and how many people felt like they were attending Web 1.0.
I tend to agree with a lot of the commentary about the conference regarding the lack of business models and the over passionate cool ideas that really don’t offer much that is new and helpful–only cool. (I will agree however that many great innovations are not always born because of economic factors but…)
I am still very impressed with my companies approach to the business aspects as well as the community aspects. Personally I believe that the best features are driven by the community in which they are used. The whole idea behind the user “need” cannot be overstated. Any how, it is nice to see the dynamics of the internet change as browsers are more fully supporting web standards as well as ajax and other useful technologies. Like most things… there is a long way to go before we can fully harness the power of the information found on the internet.