17 Oct 2002
(updated 17 Oct 2002 at 11:49 UTC) »
Particularly hung over today due to the excesses of last nights leaving do for one of the engineers... A good time was had by all! ;-)
Just debating what to do with myself now. There's some out standing issues to deal with at work, but I'm not sure I'm in the right frame of mind (read: sober enough) to do anything.
chakie added some more features: army status. This looks pretty damn excellent, and it's great to get a clear over view of your troups during the game. I've got a few bits to add next week as well, so hopefully the next release can come reasonably soon...
As predicted, more fun with the phone. I've worked out that a 128x108 gif image can be uploaded to it, so I've exported various photos of friends from iPhoto and uploaded them. The photo appears when that contact calls me, which is fun if a little unexciting. The one thing I did do was create a small image that looks just like the blue screen you used to see when you first switched on a C64, "Ready" prompt and all, so I've uploaded this and set it as the phone's background. Given the general blue theme it's very apt and looks very cool. I know. I'm sad...
The phone has about 1MB of RAM available for images and sounds, probably to support the "MMS" style services being bandied about. I'm not particularly interested in this so I've deleted all the supplied media and templates. It would be nice if I could use this to store anything I wanted, so I'm going to try uploading random text files to see what happens. It might be nice to upload my PGP keyring to it for instance? (Update: this didn't work. Seems you can only upload certain things.)
In general, the range of the phone/bluetooth adaptor appears to be quite good. I can discover and pair from 8 or 9 meters away which is more than enough, but this seems to go down drastically if a partition or wall is in the way. To be expected I guess. Still can't find a bluetooth version of Netstumbler though! ;-)
I've also given Apple's software a fairly extensive kick of the tyres and everything seems solid and clean. Once the initial authentication has been made both devices recognise each other and will pair seamlessly and managing multiple devices is trivially easy. All in all, simple, but useful. I'd like to compare this to XP...