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Good or bad? Maybe both.
Tuesday, February 11th, 2003

In pointing to a BBC article solicting photographs from the public, Dave Winer says: "They are welcoming amateur journalists."

That the are, but I can’t help but notice something else they’re doing: getting content for free when they would normally have to pay someone for it…

100 Stories
Tuesday, February 11th, 2003

Mark has begun posting an amazing collection of stories. I think this is really fabulous work. For me, it’s gems like these that make the web worth all the annoyance and frustration.

I encourage you to take a look. I think it will be worth your while.

Free lunch
Tuesday, February 11th, 2003

Rob at Cockeyed has an interesting new report on pyramid schemes. I always want to think that no one is stupid enough to fall for these things, but I’m proven wrong time and time again.

Motorola T720i
Monday, February 10th, 2003

About a week and a half ago, I upgraded my wireless phone to a Motorola T720i. It’s one of those flashy color screen camera phones. I’m not sure about the practical utility of a camera on a cell phone, but I’m probably not the target market for that feature. Nevertheless, the T720i has turned out to be a pretty good phone for me.


My previous phone was a Nokia 8290. I loved the 8290’s tiny size and it worked well for me for a little over two years. But the battery was starting to go bad and I decided that I might as well just get a new phone instead of buying a new battery for the old one. Somewhat wasteful, perhaps, but since T-Mobile uses GSM I can swap my SIM card around between phones as much as I want. The 8290, even with its weak battery, is an ok backup phone.

The T720i isn’t quite as small as the 8290, but it’s close. If you exclude the antenna, it’s shorter. With the antenna, it’s only very slightly taller. It’s noticably thicker and wider, and according to my kitchen scale (I don’t trust the manufacturer’s weight specs), it’s about 1 1/8 ounce heavier. Not a big deal — it’s still small and light. The color screen isn’t stunning, but it’s not bad. It’s more than adequate for everything I’ve wanted to do so far (which, admittedly, almost never requires color at all). The interface is a lot better than that on other Motorola phones I’ve had, and having WAP is a nice plus.

My only real complaint would be that the ringer isn’t as loud as I’d like. The polyphonic ringtones sound nice. It’s very cool to be able to find or create MIDI files and use them as a ringer. But I find it pretty hard to hear if there’s any noise around. Not a big deal for me; I generally keep my phones on vibrate anyway.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with this phone. It’s not perfect, but it meets my needs and the price was reasonable. I like some of the high end phones, but I have a very hard time justifying more than about $200 for a device like this.

My CSS is rusty
Sunday, February 9th, 2003

It’s been over a year since I last spent any significant time with CSS (or even HTML for that matter). It’s amazing how quickly one forgets the little tricks and hacks needed to make this stuff work properly. I guess I should be happy that my brain space is being used to store information I actually want to be able to recall. If I never have to figure out how to work around lame browsers’ CSS bugs again, I’ll be a very happy person.

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