RE: Locked phones (was Re: A timely rant: Time for SIM-free phones.)

2007-02-26 Thread Sam Kome

I think that the article I linked to really clearly covers all of the
issues presented in the email responses.  The price subsidies, the
locked/unlocked, the SIM buying, the phone w/o SIM buying, etc.

That's why I brought it to this group, because I respect the
intelligence of the folks here, and I think they care about furthering
the efficacy and usability of mobile computing and communication.

I took it for granted that everyone on the list, including myself, knows
the difference between T/CDMA (also available with SIMs, but nevermind)
and GSM devices in terms of subscriber identity management.  

I _don't_ take for granted that anyone not working in or around the cell
phone industry can even spell SIM, let alone understand the implications
of whether or not their phone has a removable chip, or if that chip will
work in another device, let alone with another carrier.

When my mother/brother/friend in the US wants to buy a phone, they are
very likely to go to one or two cell phone outlet stores, RTFMA, and see
a plethora of plans with minutes and calling circles and
free-after-x-o'clock.  They will not be able to reasonably compare these
to each other without performing sophisticated systems analysis on the
fly.  They will and do sign up for 2 year contracts _and/or_ locked
devices.  

This by the way, makes my job (creating mobile content) more difficult,
so I have both the philosphical and selfish professional incentives to
try to both educate the general public and solve the core problem as I
see it, which is a sea of proprietary devices that have lousy software
and worse user interfaces.

How'd I do? Still childish boring bullshit?  


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Rutledge
Sent: Monday, February 26, 2007 12:51 PM
To: community@lists.openmoko.org
Subject: Locked phones (was Re: A timely rant: Time for SIM-free
phones.)

SIMs are great - I don't like SIM-free phones like Verizon ones that
require somebody at Verizon to switch the service to a different
phone.  With GSM you just switch the SIM yourself.  Of course it would
also be nice to be able to use different devices without having to
physically switch the SIM (like use the GPRS connection in a laptop or
PDA).  Anyway SIM-free is misleading as you are using it, because
you are actually complaining about locked phones that will only work
on one network.   And BTW it's not so hard to buy new unlocked phones
on the net if you are willing to pay unsubsidized prices for them.

As for Jobs, I think he negotiated a lot of unique stuff that cannot
typically be negotiated with a carrier.  It's too bad the phone still
costs $500-600 even with a contract.  Makes me wonder what the real
manufacturing cost is; is the hardware that super-duper or are they
just wanting to have even better margins than they get on ipods?

On 2/26/07, Sam Kome [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:




 We should paper the world with (something like) this rant ahead of the
wide release of Neo1973.

 The fettered masses really don't get it yet.



 Covers 8 myths which drive folks to buy locked phones and/or 2yr
contracts:


http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/features/item/Its_time_to_buy_SIM-free_ph
ones.php



 How would Apple fans react if the latest Mac computer was exclusively
locked to a particular ISP, was only available to people who live in
that ISP's service area, and people had to sign up to a 2 year contract
with that ISP? The Apple fans would be mad as hell, so why on earth are
they having to put up with exactly the same restrictions on a portable,
pocket-sized Mac computer called the iPhone?



 How is it that Finland, a poorer, lower-density country without phone
contracts, and with a law banning locked phones, developed far better
phone coverage than America, the land of locked phones and 2 year
contracts?







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RE: Marketing fodder for Neo: FCC presentation

2007-02-22 Thread Sam Kome
Yes, if the phone in question has been locked to another carrier:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subsidy_lock

Usually this kind of lock can be removed one way or another.

The issues of hardware crippling and data limiting/steering can be
harder to remediate.

Hope this helps.

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Subject: Re: Marketing fodder for Neo: FCC presentation

On Thursday 22 February 2007 18:21:51 Wolfgang S. Rupprecht wrote:
 Now, while I'm not fan of Skype with their anti-open standards stance
 (with their proprietary and secret signaling), I do see this action as
 a good thing for the open source community.  Skype is the 800
 lb. gorilla of voice over the Internet.  With Ebays billions available
 to them, perhaps they will be able to convince the FCC to change the
 current stranglehold carriers have over phones and software.

Do US GSM carriers *really* stop you from using your SIM in a phone you
bought 
yourself? 

I could see it applying to CDMA but that's another issue, really.


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RE: Forums Page?

2007-02-20 Thread Sam Kome

Sorry to bend the thread a little, but I wanted to respond to Andreas'
T9 comment. My position is neutral; T9 seems to work well for some
people and some purposes, not so well for others.

These folks did a decent usability test that should be useful to
consider when designing the onscreen keypad/board.  It compares T9 to
Fastap: 
(You'll want a new-fangled browser)

http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/video_fastap/

Conclusion: T9 has a steeper learning curve but is more efficient for a
new user. 

I think the Fastap layout sacrifices familiarity to conserve space.
What should work better (imo, ymmv) with an onscreen input is a quick
way to flip between a numeric keypad and a qwerty/configurable keyboard.



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Subject: Re: Forums Page?

* Joe Pfeiffer [EMAIL PROTECTED] [070220 19:57]:
 My children (I've got one who just finished his undergrad degree in
 CS, and a second who is a pre-med) don't send much email, but are
 constantly texting.

Well, I do texting mostly on phones with a sensible keyboard or
grafitti entry system. And no, T9 is not a sensible input method IMHO.

Andreas

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Ideas for touchscreen interfaces

2007-02-12 Thread Sam Kome
Here's a touchscreen mobile product that has a familiarish name and
claims to be 'open', by which I think they mean 'has an API'.

 

In any case, this page has ideas to consider for gestures:
http://www.neonode.com/en-gb/Products/Neonode-N2/Neonode-N2-technology/U
sing-Neno/

 

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RE: Running linux programs

2007-01-26 Thread Sam Kome
Welcome!

 

The answer to your question is Yes.  If you want more specific information, 
please read the following resources for the technical how-to; it's all out 
there.

 

To search the mailing list:

In your favorite search engine:

site:lists.openmoko.org [keyword(s)]

 

2007 Neo1973 Roadmap:

http://lists.openmoko.org/pipermail/announce/2007-January/00.html

 

OpenMoko blog: 

http://planet.openmoko.org/

 

OpenMoko Wikipedia Entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Openmoko

 

Software Framework Wikipedia Entry: (includes homepage where you can download 
env.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Openembedded

 

Hope this helps!

Sam



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Subject: Running linux programs

 

Hi all!

Sorry, if I'm breaking some rules. I didn't find how to search maillists...so...

Will I be able to run my linux programs on OpenMoko? After recompilation, of 
course.


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RE: Ready For Prime Time?

2007-01-25 Thread Sam Kome
Joe,

As with many US gov sites, the information scent isn't as strong as it
could be, but start here: https://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/oet/cf/eas/

You'll want the 'Generic Search' link on the left, Reports menu.
When you find a phone (I haven't looked for Neo yet, I suspect it hasn't
been filed), click on Detail in the Display Exhibits column. And
have a .pdf viewer handy.

Hopes this helps,

SK

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Duncan Hudson writes:
That's encouraging - I am anxiously awaiting the Neo.  But it doesn't 
answer the question as to whether or not an FCC filing has been made.  
Maybe it can be used elsewhere on 3/11, but it can't be used in the US 
unless it's been certified by the FCC.  Generally when the
certification 
is done the filing is visible online - I don't see any OpenMoko or FIC 
filings listed for such a device.  And that worries me, as I'm dieing 
for this thing to arrive.

I spent a little while on fcc.gov trying to find filings, and couldn't
find them (for this phone, or any other).  Where (or how) should I
have been looking?

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RE: Idea for OpenMoko: Kid Mode

2007-01-24 Thread Sam Kome
I like this thread, although I'm not giving my $350 phone to my kids!

Some of the high schools here have really strict rules against kids
getting calls in class. I can understand it, but 1)Sometimes I need to
contact my daughter and 2)She can't always remember how she left the
ringer (on/off)

So how about a button for, Silence HERE: takes a GPS reading and makes
no sound w/in radius(n) of that location.  



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Subject: Re: Idea for OpenMoko: Kid Mode

On Wed, 2007-01-24 at 11:33 -0600, Paul Jimenez wrote:
 How about a locked-down 'kid version' of the UI with touchable
pictures for 'mommy', 'daddy', etc ?  Maybe not even labelled, but just
the pictures?

Nice idea - I see where you're going with this, not making it too
complex.. for slightly older kids though, you could also have an add
friend button too, perhaps triggering auto-detection via bluetooth.

Or games which only work at scheduled breaks during the school day.

Most calculator applications I've seen on mobiles really suck.. but that
could be an area of improvement too.

Also, the back-end would not have to be locked down - parents could
still connect to their kids Neo and get whatever information they feel
they need. I'm not sure I'd want to write code to allow parents to
eavesdrop on their kids, but it'd be easy to do once we start networking
our Neo's to home/work machines and that infrastructure is solid.

Schools themselves may find it appealing to be able to restrict
cell-phone use during class, and with bluetooth, there's another option
to distribute homework other than email or paper.. and with the stylus
the kid could do their homework (whilst showing the working), on the bus
ride home.

Richard


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Multi Touch screen demonstration video

2007-01-11 Thread Sam Kome
Had to dig through a month of sent mail to find this: interesting
demonstration of multi-touch screen manipulations.

 

I have another similar one, but it's even further into the pile

 

Jeff Han is a research scientist for New York University's Courant
Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Here, he demonstrates-for the first
time publicly-his intuitive, interface-free, touch-driven computer
screen, which can be manipulated intuitively with the fingertips, and
responds to varying levels of pressure. (Recorded February 2006 in
Monterey, CA. Duration: 09:32)

 

(notice: includes embedded video)

http://ted.com/tedtalks/tedtalksplayer.cfm?key=j_hanflashEnabled=1

 

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Columnist needs a check up from the neck up

2006-12-15 Thread Sam Kome
Trying to write off Linux on mobile devices, doesn't seem to be aware of
the Neo project:

http://www.newlc.com/The-cloudy-future-of-mobile-Linux.html

 

Thought I'd bring it to y'all's attention in case anyone would like to
clue him in.

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Article on mobile ui design at the manufacturer level

2006-12-01 Thread Sam Kome
http://www.uigarden.net/english/Co_Design

as the software of mobile devices becomes increasingly detached from
proprietary hardware platforms, design control will shift further into
application, operator, content, and brand domains-it may well be here
that mobile user-interface designers will find their future. -- David
Williams

 

Hear, hear.

 

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RE: [Spam?] Re: google earth - [was: Re: Another simple GPS+GPRS idea]

2006-11-28 Thread Sam Kome
I have a bit of experience in GIS data and applications. Okay, a lot.

Sean is absolutely right about the rarity and high price of street maps,
not to mention the legal rights problems which can drag in Queens and
Kings.

The first question to answer is: what is the necessary accuracy?
If you're not routing ambulances then there may be adequate data
available from public sources. Availability varies tremendously by
country, even by internal divisions, but streets are always changing,
hence more difficult to obtain.  

If street level geocoding is needed, one approach would be to take
advantage of Google or Yahoos geocoding APIs. Would work for a limited
(but large) number of hits/day, and for a non-commercial application.  

For basic context like major roads, landmarks, postal code or political
boundaries, data may well be available for free or the cost of bashing
them into a useful shape.  These data also have the advantage of smaller
file sizes.

Hope this helps.

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Importance: Low

On 11/27/06 8:16 PM, Marcus Bauer [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 You may ask Sean about availability of maps for the Neo1973 (a quick
 search in the ML-archives gives no hits).

Mapping data is actually really difficult. There are only two providers
worldwide:

* Navitec
* TeleAtlas

And they are really expensive. We have some commercial software lined up
that we could sell, but I'm not too excited at anything at this point.
Hopefully we can come up with something free together.

-Sean


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