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Nokia N900 Demo Unit

I think in part to my tweets of N900 lust and desire, Nokia contacted me to see if I was interested in a demo unit. After validating the email was NOT from Nigeria I quickly responded with a “YES PLZ SEND MEZ FONE!”

Why the gadget lust when I have a top-of-the-line iPhone? Easy, I am a geek. While I enjoy the hell out of having nice and easy to use devices, deep down I want to tinker. My original move to Mac was because I didn’t trust myself to have a Linux or BSD machine with me on the road. Every waking moment would be spent tweaking the kernel or compiler options for just a little bit more speed. Bleeding Edge, you betcha.

Linux though has become a lot easier to use as of late. My days of Debian 1.3 are long gone and it has evolved to grandma levels. Can the same happen on a phone? The n700/800/810 I once owned were not able to.

The geeky things I care about:

  • SDK that allows for quick-n-easy cross compiling of code
  • Active user community
  • nmap/kismet/libpcap based tools available
  • IM client with encryption
  • Terminal
  • Multiplatform support

The shiny-side things I care about:

  • Skype support
  • Syncable media player
  • Browser that can surf standard web
  • Google Voice Support
  • App support
  • Multi-touch
  • Maps
  • Sync with the cloud

Things that annoy me:

  • Steve Jobs
  • iTunes
  • DRM
  • No published spec

When the device arrives I plan on walking through the device with each of those areas. I will pop the SIM card from my iPhone and turn it off for the period of time I have the demo unit. Results to follow in the coming weeks.


Travel Days for 2008

Why stop a geeky tradition?! Here is 2008’s travel graphs. This year I did hit the 2 full trips around the Earth. I am not sure what 2009 holds, but I had a 30% increase in travel and I only have 17% to go before it is a full 100. Here is last years stats: Travel Days for 2007

Similarities between Santa and System Administrators

  • Santa is bearded, corpulent, and dresses funny.
  • When you ask Santa for something, the odds of receiving what you wanted are infinitesimal.
  • Santa seldom answers your mail.
  • When you ask Santa where he gets all the stuff he’s got, he says, “Elves make it for me.”
  • Santa doesn’t care about your deadlines.
  • Your parents ascribed supernatural powers to Santa, but did all the work themselves.
  • Nobody knows who Santa has to answer to for his actions.
  • Santa laughs entirely too much.
  • Santa thinks nothing of breaking into your $HOME.
  • Only a lunatic says bad things about Santa in his presence.

Geek and Backup Pride

Geeks pride themselves on the ability to institute good backup routines. We laugh in the faces of those poor souls who scream and yank hair as they watch their data disappear into the ether. Tonight I realized that a fresh slate might not be such a poor thing to do once in awhile.

My hard drive is full on the MacBook Pro and it is driving me crazy as I attempt to work on some virtual images. I did what any geek in my position would do and wrote a short script to hunt down where the space had disappeared to. I found it in a folder called Annulment. Annulment. I had come up close and personal with my backup routine and knew that I better inspect before simply deleting.

It had been years since I looked in the folder which I had encrypted for some reason. That should have been an indicator in and of itself but I decide to unencrypted anyways. Deep down I guess I will forever be a pack rat and the rat had found his old hole now. Slowly the file names began to remind me of what was in this folder and it brought tears to my eyes. Let me state that it isn’t that I am not over the whole ordeal, I am. What is amazing if you line this up with yesterdays post is that we do well to block out the bad. When you find your 3 year old backup routine the bad comes front and center.

Why do we keep mementos of a past we despise? Everyone has something in the closet, a shoebox filled with letters from a high school sweet heart, a picture of that time in the military. We keep things. I tried to think back to what was my reason for going as far as to encrypt and store this archive. What were the thoughts on my mind 3 years ago when I went through all this trouble. It seemed that reading through the documents and emails did little to remind me of why I was this stupid.

Then I opened one inauspicious file that truly ripped into my heart. To respect her privacy I will only post the snippets that pertain to this 2:45AM writing:

-I’m still young, at heart, and I want to go out and experience the world.  I want to dance in every country…smile like there’s no tomorrow.

-it’s a connection.  Where did it go?  I have no idea.  So I’m looking for it…

-I keep thinking that maybe I shouldn’t get out of the military.  I’ll miss it too much.

That is why I stored this file. The one document named mine. This was her journal I had happened across as I undeleted the files from a laptop. It really wasn’t a journal as much as it was a long letter she never sent to me. I am not sure she ever intended to send it to me but tonight it was as if she had. What really hit me was the “experience the world, smile like there’s no tomorrow.” I kid you not, I have used that exact line in the past month as justification for the crazy life I live now.

Which all brings me to my point. We switched places. I hated her for choosing the military over me and for wanting to be young at heart. Why was it that I was the younger one and yet I felt more mature? Here I am 3 years later married to my job. The big difference of course being that I am not married now, but there is no chance I could be. That is the one thing I learned from her. That is one thing I learned from God. You can only serve one Master.

I haven’t the foggiest idea where I am going in life. Heck I can’t figure out what I will do tomorrow or what country I will be in on Monday. All I know is I don’t want to live my life like she wanted to live ours then. I am going to make some changes. It is time to open up and let God really put me where he wants me. I have very little play for the this year but it is about time to make some changes for the next year.

Geeks pride themselves on our ability to store files forever. The Egyptians sealed away tombs of carved walls, God gave Moses commandments on tablets, and I store encrypted files on a dual redundant backup plan. I understand why we store things, you never know what treasures and gems you will find buried in the dark.