Portlanded

December 29, 2006

Portland Not Magic Fitness Vortex

Filed under: Gear, Portland, Technology, Weight Loss — Tom @ 2:15 pm

I’ve mentioned that Portland’s a pretty fit, healthy city. Unfortunately, it looks like it is not caused by something in the water or some magic Portland pixie dust.

People actually get out and do stuff. And not just walk across the street and get some blue cheese steak fries at Leona’s kind of stuff. They ride bikes and run and all kinds of activities that are completely alien to me, a guy who mostly reads books, watches movies, plays video games and spends hours and hours on a computer at both work and home.

So it’s time to change. I’m going to include some discussion of losing weight here to keep me honest, from the standpoint of the tools and technology that’s out there to keep a geek like me interested in fitness. We all have our own motivation — mine’s going to be a chance to buy new gadgets.

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December 20, 2006

Dear PEBL

Filed under: Gear, Technology — Tom @ 4:27 pm

PEBL,

I hope you understand. It’s not you, it’s me. I just don’t think we’re right for each other anymore. I still care about you a lot.
PEBL
I love your VoiceSignal dialing and would be happy to never use a mobile phone keypad again. You’re trim and sleek and, I’ll admit it, your one-handed flip is still really, really sexy. I wish we could work this out.

So why do you have to make things so difficult? You let me bluetooth to my MacBook Pro and sync up all my contacts — but when I’m in a noisy place and can’t voice dial you only let me enter in the first letter of someone’s name? And then you beep at me every second because I’m scrolling through my 820 contacts too quickly for your tastes? Why won’t you just let me enter in letters until we find the person I want?

Your calendar is so basic. I know you’re smarter than that, so why don’t you let me snooze an alarm or see more info? And your menu structure? Why is it so obtuse? Maybe I’m overreacting, but I feel like you’re keeping something from me.

I just can’t live like this. You’re a wonderful phone and I’m sure you’ll find the right person someday.

Oh, me? Well, I’m… uh… I’m going back to my Sony Ericsson P910i.

P910i

Yes, I know I said it was over. But we’ve got a history and things were great for a long time. It lets me put in as many characters as I need to find a contact, using keypad or thumbboard or stylus. The Symbian OS and UIQ interface are really elegant — not that you’re not, in your own way.

Oh. Well, it’s kind of rude to say so, but yeah, P910i is a bit thicker around the keypad. But sometimes you have to see the inner beauty in things. What?! I’m shocked — shocked! — that you’d think something like that. Of course P910i isn’t going to be just some transitional thing until June. I haven’t even looked at the iPhone. Honest.

I hope we can still be friends.

tom

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