So in May when I went over to Japan, I got myself a new-fangled 3G phone. Because I don’t like to carry more than one device on my person, since then the Blackberry has taken a back seat. In fact, it has mostly sat in my bag with its battery drained. OK — the other reason was that people were starting to point and laugh when I used it as a phone. It’s actually a perfectly good phone. Anyway, last week, for some reason, I dug it out, dusted it off and charged it up. I had completely forgotten what a productivity booster the thing is. Just the fact that it lets me clean up my inbox while I’m on the Tube is reason enough to use it.
If only they made a UMTS model with video calling.
Hey — I was quoted in the press yesterday! I’ll treasure this moment. Oh yes.
I am frankly in shock at how many people have responded to my call for participation in Mobile Monday London. Less than a month since I sent out some initial emails and we now have 300+ people on the mailing list. We held our first event last night and had over a hundred people here at the Vodafone offices. The crowd was a good crowd, the speakers were great — it all went off without a hitch (well — the sound system did cut out half-way through but you expect at least one crisis and this was a relatively minor one). Check out the Web site for the pictures and more details. Now comes the hard part: planning the next event when I won’t even be here. What have I gotten myself into?
I had the pleasure to take a test drive of Nokia’s new browser yesterday, while speaking at their XML conference. I just have to say — it’s good. If this technology gets into enough hands, it could really open up use of “The Web” from Mobile. The “back button” functionality is especially good — it lets you page back through a series of thumb-nail views of previous pages, which is a quantum leap beyond current user experience. I’m a bit less sure about the addition of the pointer — will adding a pointer to the mobile browser create a better or more confusing user experience over all, especially when users might be switching back and forth between mobile-friendly content and “raw Web” content?
Wow! I think I tapped some kind of latent market demand, because Mobile Monday London looks like it’s really set to take off. So far 61 people have expressed interest in the event and joined the Yahoo group we are using to get organized. We had a good organization call today to get things moving and it looks like we’re going to have a very interesting kick-off meeting on the 7th of November. If you’re interested in attending, please join the Yahoo Group to get all the details.
Great. Now the Northern Line is broken. That’s me and about half a million other commuters in London out of luck. The thing with the Tube is that when it works, it’s great. But if anything goes wrong, any little thing at all, the whole system collapses in on itself — huge delays, crowds of angry commuters on the trains and on the platforms. That’s because The Tube is a system at capacity and being run at its limit of efficiency. Thankfully, I have the option of working from home today so I don’t have to get caught up in it, but a lot of people don’t have that luxury. By the way, when the Tube drivers say the trains are unsafe and the management (London Underground) says they are, I’m fairly likely to believe the drivers &mdash the people that actually work the trains and are responsible for the safety of the passengers. LU needs to get its act together.
So I’m tired of reading about all the fun these folks are having over on the left coast, so I’ve decided to try to start a “Mobile Monday” networking event for London. First event possibly to be held November 7. Watch this space for more.
My friend Axel came over to go see Nick Cave at the Alexandra Palace and I towed along. It was an awesome show. I’ve got to get out more often.
How many more ways do we really need to keep in touch? I already routinely run three IM clients just to communicate with friends / colleagues. Is another IM system really helping me? It’s overload.
Well – any illusions I may have had about being “safe” up here in sleepy little East Finchley were shattered today. Yes it’s true. Terrorists are ditching cars right here, in the middle of middle-class British suburbia.
In other news, I ventured back into the Tube system today for the first time since Thursday. After the bombings on the 7th, things seemed like they returned to normal fairly quickly, but now everyone really is warily eyeing everyone else. It’s quite un-nerving.