Feb 11, 2003, 8:00pm
Just some more random ramblings about the new P800 "cell phone" (ha!) from Sony Ericsson. I'm authoring this "rant" straight from the phone, using Opera's new portable browser, which is one of the slickest pieces of coding tech I've seen in a long time (you can download the Windows version of Opera at www.opera.com . Once installed and running, just hit shift-f11 to see how Opera's "small screen rendering" technology works. Amazing).
About four or five years ago, I read one of Tom Clancy's spin off series books, Net Force. The first book was set in the future - 2010 to be exact. People are pretty much the same, but Things like 1989 Mazda Miatas are now sought after restoration subjects for car buffs :). The book revolves around a US govt organization that deals with cybercrime on the Internet. It's funny how we are already seeing this form in 2003 (and in the last year or two) - latest headlines show that the US govt has a force ready to go to commit cyberwar against Iraq.
In the book, there's some futuregadgetitus going on - holographic environments that people cannot distinguish from reality, "brain" reading helmets for surfing the net, and other goodies.
Some items may have seemed "Way too futuristic" five or ten years ago, but today, in 2003....? One of the book's items is the personal communicator, a Virtual Global Interface Link, or "Virgil" for short. The phone was the size of a pack of cigarettes but held a full computer, GPS system, television, camera, scanner, fax, music player, radio, internet browser, internet access, scheduler, video recorder, email and document access, and more.
I remember reading about this back in 1999 (yes, almost four years ago) thinking, that would be the most amazing thing to own. And scary too. I also had thoughts that it may be possible before 2010. I remember also at the time that ATT was running commercials that "predicted" the future... along the lines of "ever wish you could see your Mom's smiling face as she chats with you.... while you're on a beach 5,000 miles away? One day you will..." These were in the boom years of the Internet, before the big crash of 2000 and 2001, and everyone thought this technology would happen even before the new Millennium started. They were wrong. But not by much. And I've wanted this device since I first read about the Virgil in the first Net Force book.
Today, in 2003, The P800 is so close to the science fiction of the "Virgil", it's scary. It has Internet access, and fairly good speed as well. It has access to email. It gives you access to photos and video while on the go. This new browser from Opera gives it a serious punch, and truly does bring the big face of the Internet down to a 214 by 320 pixel screen. You have music (mp3s), radio (eventually - it's a software thing for streaming radio, and a hardware thing for an FM plug in). You have access to your contacts, schedule, and even your remote desktop computer if you want (software is already available to do this). You can buy from Amazon while on a highway going 70mph (as a passenger!), and you can read an eBook.
What you can't do (yet) is stream video or have two way video conferencing; nor does it have GPS ability (global positioning satellite). But the former is possible and may come with software applications. The latter is also possible through a hardware addition like a GPS dongle (physical attachment to the phone) or via bluetooth wirelessly (keep the GPS hardware in your pocket).
Seven years early. Technology can be so cool sometimes. And what's the best part about this "Virgil" clone? You can easily turn it off when you want to :)
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Photos from Algonquin Park
Photos from my trip to Algonquin Park this fall with my Mom and two brothers.
Making Snow for the Fortress
One of the worst jobs I ever had... till I got out.
Tools I Use
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iPod and iTunes Offline
iMark's iTunes and iPod isn't iPlaying anything right iNow.
Most Recent Songs
Fiddlers Green by The Tragically Hip
Around The Bend by Pearl Jam
Here With Me (Rollo's Chillin' With the Family Mix) by Dido
With arms open wide by Creed
truffle pigs by Matthew Good Band
In the News
Burundi and Beyond - NY Times
Great article by Peter Meehan - provided some background.
St. Petersburg Times
Side mention in an article about good machines
AP Story on Espresso
Background and information provided
NY Times - Grinders Article
Especially proud of this one - got the reporter to focus on grinders
Globe and Mail
LOL - showing bad reporting, dude says I'm an American-based site!
The Olympian, WA
Talks about my love for the El Sal Siberia Pacamara
Seattle Times - Clover
Interviewed for comments on the Clover brewer
NY Times - How it Works
Background and information for various espresso machines
Time Mag Article
Just a brief mention, article about roasting beans.
Front page article about consumers getting into specialty coffee.
Quoted reference to what I wrote in an article at CoffeeGeek.
USA Today - Barista Jam
Intereviewed for my thoughts on what the epitome of espresso is.
The Wall Street Journal has interviewed me 3 times. This is the first time my name got in a story.
Interview with Reuters, Jan 2 - this is the USA Today version.
My Other Stuff
Launched Dec 22, 2001, this is THE online community for espresso and coffee fanatics.
It's all new, as of March, 2002. My personal coffee obsession site.
My company's site - needs an update!
Hey, if you feel the need to buy me something, check here!
Great gadget site run by the guy who used to do Gizmodo.
This is how I get my daily news fix.
The most active forums for digital photography online today.
Need my Daily Zen fix!
A blog about car stuff. Vroom Vroom.
An industrial design blog. Very cool stuff.
Friends and Family Plan
Beata's got her own blog! She updates it most days.
Riddla on Flickr
Matt Riddle's flickr account, updated regularly
Irdy, my friend from Jakharta, on Flickr
Canon EF 24-105 f4 L Lens
The best lens I've ever owned. Super sharp and quick.
A full frame dSLR, with luscious colour reproduction.
Alzo Digital Lights
Some amazing florescent cold lights for product photography
Canon Xsi dSLR
Amazing technology and image quality in a tiny package.
Latest prosumer camera from Canon - a much better upgrade than the 30D
Great 2.2lb computer that does most of my travel / writing needs
28mm f1.8 Lens
A great lens for closeup work and full picture photography
Finally got the right tools for freezing green coffee.
Canon 50mm 1.4
Most amazing lens I've ever owned. Produces stellar photos.
Super wide angle (full frame fisheye) zoom for my Canon 20D