• Okay, I'm not a fanboy after all

    First, I don't think the iPhone is the best thing since sliced bread. Especially when it'll be closed for third party developers. That would be a really stupid move for Apple. At the moment, I'd rather add the Linux-based Nokia N800 internet tablet to my E61 if I wanted a multimedia and internet tablet with phone and internet connectivity. (And of course I do.)

    And second, I'm still far from writing love songs to a computer.


  • A storm rages over Germany

    And not only does it damage roofs and cars, but als wblog. Evn coplte sent

  • What the hell is Twitter good for?

  • The one little thing that makes the difference

    In his S60 blog, Tommi explains why Google Reader rocks

    Google Reader and its mobile version rock. I find myself using it more than any other functionality on my Nokia N73. And I love the fact that I can access the same feeds via work computer, via home computer, and via mobile. In most other RSS readers, the items are stuck in that particular client.

    Having access to your single source of feeds everywhere really is great. There seem to be many great newsreaders like NetNewsWire, but they can't provide me with news when I'm on the train or on the toilet.

    It's obvious that Tommi doesn't subscribe to high volume feeds like Engadget or one from a web forum, though. Otherwise, he would know that it's a giant PITA to weed through dozens of product announcements or forum entry headlines on your mobile.

    That's why I still stick to Bloglines I can choose whether a feed shows up in its mobile version. It's a small simple checkbox in the feed settings, but it makes all the difference why in my eyes Google Reader Mobile doesn't rock yet.

  • Using CRM methods in missionary work

    I couldn't help but smile when I read Simon Cozens' blog entry Missionary contact management with OS X He's a christian missionary and he recently noticed that his work is nothing other than Customer Relationship Management. Being also a known Perl hacker (and obviously a geek, too), he started combining tools to build his own contact and prayer management.

    The first step was adding the fields "last contacted" and "last prayed for" to his address book. With some programming (using mainly the Mac::Glue Perl module), his calendar schedules a new contact with or prayer for a certain person when the duration since the last one reached a certain length. After an email actually is sent out, a Skype contact had been established or when Simon confirms having prayed for a person, the respective address book fields get updated. If his misses a due prayer, it gets scheduled again the next day.

    This may seem geeky, but it's efficient. It's "Getting Things Done" in missionary work, leaving Simon the time necessary to do his important tasks: communicating and praying. It's exactly like I would like it to work.