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iTouch program update

Well, so far the library iTouch program is going quite swimmingly.  In this preliminary or sort of “feeling out” round I’ve implemented a two week check out with a peer training program.  Basically, I sent everyone a message and they told me if they wanted to check out the device and then they get put on a list (first come, first served).  I trained the first person how to use it, and twhen her two weeks was up she trained the next person and so on.  After they return the item to me, they are asked to complete a simple 5 question survey about what they most liked using the iTouch for.

Armed with a few respondents I’m now moving into the hypothesis phase and have put out the call for a research assistant.  We’ll see what happens on that front, but frankly I need help with the research, there’s just too much coming out about this device right now.

Also, I have gotten funding from Charles to purchase the Nokia n810.  Next up, tech investigation, then the same program for that device.

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Free iPod Touch

No seriously… It’s rumored that next year, students who purchase a qualified Mac (book, i, pro, etc) will get a $299 credit toward an iPod Touch of their choice.

Go get yourself the 32GB one, I would.


It’s not a RUUMAH.

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Nokia n810 gets MORE extensible

The developer community around the Nokia n800 series internet tablets are hot on the trail of porting Ubuntu to the little devices. It’s just another brick in a growing wall of support for these things.

The more I look into and read about these Nokia devices the more I like them.   In contrast to the iTouch, these things are truly extensible.  Just look at the number of free apps that are rolling out of the Maemo developer platform.  More importantly for me, there’s a huge community of people putting together demonstrations and developing instructional tools for all levels of users.

Compare that to the iTouch and there’s no contest.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the iTouch, it’s freaking addictive.  But from a production and practicality standpoint, the Nokia has to be winning right now.  Hands down

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iPhone SDK

I have downloaded the iPhone SDK and am going to start writing programs like “hello world” any day now.


There’s also a learning caves meeting this afternoon that I have to prepare for.


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Lots going on today

I have a strategic planning team meeting here in a few minutes so I’ll be as brief as possible.  There are a lot of very interesting stories that hit last night and I want to get to them all.

First, there’s a very detailed instructional on how to turn the iPod Touch into an “iPhone” using a touchmod microphone and SIP-VoIP.  Right now, you have to use one of the other VoIP services since Skype’s not using SIP.  But really?  Come on.  That’s not that big of a dealbreaker is it?

So, first you just jailbreak the iTouch, then you install this software, set up an account with a VoIP service, and plug in the microphone and you’re off.

Reportedly, sound quality isn’t where it could be but, I have faith that it will get there eventually.

And if you want to fee old?  Here’s a video of a fetus who’s turned his iTouch into an iPhone.  If he can do it…

Speaking of kids…

People are getting sick and tired of Facebook’s viral apps.  You know, the ones that force you to invite all your friends before you can waste time using them?  It’s funny, people seem to clamor for extensibility, until the reality of it hits them.

Over in the art department, there’s a VERY cool set of 16 Aviary tutorials which teach you how to do all kinds of cool tricks with photo manipulation.  And before you ask, yes, this is applicable to Photoshop with just a little know how.

Old man take a look at my life

The above trick has to be my favorite.

Before you go clicking on there, beware, there may be some content that is not suitable for children or work.

Finally, on the Western Front of net neutrality, researchers at our very own University of Washington have developed a software tool that proves that ISPs are dicking around with web traffic. As it turns out, a few ISPs are already injecting advertising into your datastream.  Lets hope the big boys don’t get wind of this, or they’ll all be doing it.

OK, well, that’s it, see you tomorrow!

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