Time for a new government in Ireland

It looks to be time to form a new government in Ireland that respects Freedom of Speech and maybe elect some new (less corrupt) politicians that respect the law, don’t take bribes of English Money, and don’t perjure themselves before a judicial tribunal. Politicians that don’t try and censor Blogs that have an opinion contrary to theirs.

PDA’s VS Smartphones

Someone ask me why I’m looking for a PDA instead of the Smart Phone, and while I’ve considered a iPhone, or Palm Centro, the issue is still this.

* Both are using obsolete wireless technology.
* neither can perform PDA duties while the phone is active.

With a PDA, and bluetooth, when the mobile phone technology advances, substituting the phone, upgrades the PDA. And the PDA can operate independent while the phone is in use. Anyone familiar with the evolution of modem technology will understand this, updating the modem to improve communication speed was a common infrastructure issue. As now the speed at which a device can display a block of data, most PDA’s are readily able to perform faster, as they are generally waiting on data.

BTW: Here in Ireland we still depend on dialup Modems.

Screen real-estate, PDA’s vs iPod Touch/iPhone

I’m amused, I’ve been evaluating a PDA/iPod replacement and have been impressed with the ‘full screen’ presentation ability of the Safari web browser on the iPhone/ iPod Touch devices. For many years many popular websites have produced reduced displays that are more or less tailored to PDA’s and cellphones which have small screens. This is great for PDA’s and mobile phone users, but requires an extra effort on the part of the website builder, an effort that many sites choose to forgo.

So it is with much amusement that during this research I find that there are great efforts being rendered to redirect mobile Safari browsers to a reduced screen real-estate copy of any given website an iPhone friendly page if you will. This is, in a some measure, a vindication of the previous efforts of website creators to provide Palm PDA’s, WinCE, Symbian browsers with a Practical web interface to their sites.

This, more or less, mitigates the one great Mobile Safari advantage on the iPod Touch/ iPhone. You don’t need Zoom and shrink on a smaller screen. You don’t need to download, and render full sized graphics. You don’t need 3G bandwidth. And in one step, renders the browsers, on all the other mobile Phones and PDA’s, equal.

Deteriorata in the New World

While this is a bit dated, it is still funny, if sad. I have been thinking of additions or modifications that would fit the current world conditions. Things like Global Warming, Corrupt government, the Iraq war etc. What would you add to this classic?


Go placidly amid the noise and waste,
And remember what comfort there may be in owning a piece thereof.
Avoid quiet and passive persons unless you are in need of sleep.
Rotate your tires.
Speak glowingly of those greater than yourself,
And heed well their advice, even though they be turkeys.
Know what to kiss and when.
Consider that two wrongs never make a right,
But that three lefts do.
Wherever possible put people on “HOLD”.
Be comforted that in the face of all aridity and disillusionment,
And despite the changing fortunes of time,
There is always a big future in computer maintenance.
Remember the Pueblo.
Strive at all times to bend, fold, spindle and mutilate.
Know yourself. If you need help, call the FBI.
Exercise caution in your daily affairs,
Especially with those persons closest to you;
That lemon on your left for instance.
Be assured that a walk through the ocean of most souls,
Would scarcely get your feet wet.
Fall not in love therefore; it will stick to your face.
Carefully surrender the things of youth: birds, clean air, tuna, Taiwan,
And let not the sands of time get in your lunch.
For a good time, call 606-4311.
Take heart amid the deepening gloom that your dog
Is finally getting enough cheese;
And reflect that whatever fortunes may be your lot,
It could only be worse in Sioux City.
You are a fluke of the Universe.
You have no right to be here, and whether you can hear it or not,
The Universe is laughing behind your back.
Therefore make peace with your God whatever you conceive him to be,
Hairy Thunderer or Cosmic Muffin.
With all its hopes, dreams, promises, and urban renewal,
The world continues to deteriorate.
Give up.
–From the National Lampoon Radio Dinner album.

Hillary has become a Democratic Albatross

Hillary has placed herself outside the Democratic Party and into the Ream of Carl Rove better described as the Eighth Circle of Hell where the sins of conscious fraud or treachery are sent. She is not the instrument of change in Washington, only the purveyor of status quo where insiders rule the government. The Democratic party had best get their act together, and require Hillary to drop out before the Presidential Election is decided in favor of the Republicans prior to the National conventions even begin.

Republicans are faking Hillary’s Ohio win.

Looks like Hillary’s win in Ohio was mostly a republican fake job, a GOP effort to continue the Democratic battle for the Presidential nomination. The problem is, that it works into the deluded view within the Hillary campaign that she is the best candidate to challenge McCain in November. So besides the spin that most politicians use to promote themselves, is also becoming the ‘reality’ served to the Candidate themselves. I think Hillary has convinced herself that she is the winner. Reality has nothing to do with it, where has the perspective of what is best for the Democratic Party, and the American People, gone? A conspiracy nut would think that this is is yet another deal to keep a Republican in the White House. The only thing missing would be having Dick Chaney, or George Bush as McCain’s vice presidential candidate, then we would have a complete repeat of the Russian Presidential election.

Texas a hollow Victory for Hillary

Splitting the Male White vote in Texas, even winning the primary in Texas is a hollow victory as Hillary can’t win Texas in a Presidential election. It one of the Red state Republican strong holds. It, along with the other Red states might as well not count at all in a Democratic Presidential nominee. The only thing that should count is ‘Swing’ states and ‘Blue’ states, and Hillary has not won all the Blue states, let alone the Swing states. Hillary should step down, and protect the Democratic parties possibility of a Presidential win, if she takes the nomination, she will loose to McCain.

It’s that simple.

iPhone/iPod Touch Monopoly

I have been in the market for an upgrade to my iPod and the question of a replacement has been this, should I upgrade my old Palm Vx to a Palm T/X or my first generation iPod (5GB). The candidates have been the Nokia N770 / N800 / N810 series, the iPod Touch and the Palm T/X. I have by this time determined that the Nokia systems, while the most versatile are not completely integrated systems, more hacker devices than finished products. So the choices are down to the Palm T/X, which is getting very long in the tooth, running an aging operating system, or the iPod touch with a revolutionary OS/GUI but no third party applications.

The requirements are relatively simple, WiFi, bluetooth, applications like email, browsing communicating. MultiMedia. And any other things would be optional like eBooks. I have a medium sized iTunes collection, and plenty of Palm apps.

Currently if the rumor that Apple will approve and distribute apps and limit access to iPod/iPhone internals is true, this will be a deal breaker. No iPod Touch!

I have no intention of buying a totally locked in device. If for no other reason than it’s bad monopolistic practice. It will limit what the developers will be able to develop, and turn away some of the most innovative designs. This would be the most stupid thing Apple could do. A proverbial shooting one’s own foot off. It would cripple any development that might be applied, it would make the Palm the only choice.

I’ll wait until Apple announces on Thursday, but this rumor smells too true, so I’ll start pricing Palm T/X’s.

UPDATE: I looks like Apple has screwed it’s self Here! So my Decision to but an unlocked Obsolete Palm T/X is vindicated yet again!