I want the new Motorola Moto Q

I’ve been reading about the new Moto Q on Gizmodo and Scoble’s blog among others and I really really want one. Motorola announced the Moto Q, a new Windows Mobile Smartphone that’s going to be available in Q1 2006. This beautiful device will feature Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone, full QWERTY keyboard, 5 way navigation and thumbwheel, 320×240 Display, MiniSD, Bluetooth and a 1.3MP Camera.

I love my Audiovox SMT5600 phone but I’m trying out the Motorola MPx200 to see if it’s any better. Since I have to wait till Q1 of 2006, I guess I better make the best of my Audiovox phone. I really love my Audiovox phone as it has pretty much everything I need. The Outlook integration is great and the camera is not bad for being a phone camera. I love the email and MSN IM integration capabalities but I haven’t played with the Java capabilities of this phone. It will be nice to have the bigger screen of the Moto Q for browsing. I just hope AT&T/Cingular offer this phone right away.












Joel on Software: Hitting the High Notes

Joel comes through again: In his latest article entitled Hitting the High Notes, Joel attempts to debunk prove the idea that you must have the best programmers to make the best product and be profitable. It’s a must read, pretty much like everything Joel writes. Great article.

Update: Yeah – what Cedric said 🙂 – See the first comment from Cedric to make sense. Joel’s debunking the idea of the traditional ‘build-a-better-mousetrap’. Lack of caffeine is my story and I’m sticking to it 🙂

iBatis book in Q4 2005

Looks like Clinton and the rest of the iBatis gang are working on a book. I just caught this on the mailing list and I can’t wait to read this book. Clinton – if you see this, we need more details on the book.

From: Clinton Begin 
Reply-To: user-java@ibatis.apache.org, cbegin@ibatis.com
To: user-java@ibatis.apache.org
Date: Jul 22, 2005 10:05 AM
Subject: Re: iBatis book

We're working on getting a book out for iBATIS.  So cross your fingers.  
If all goes well, it should be out in Q4 of 2005.

Cheers,
Clinton

ibatis, book

Mailblocks continues to suck

This is getting really frustrating and I’m starting to sound like Hani, which is pretty scary 🙂  Mailblocks, the web-based mail service that I pay for is down again for the 2nd time this week for an extended period of time. I’m paying $25.00/year for this mail service and these guys can’t even keep their servers up. $25.00 is peanuts and I don’t care about the money but I need access to my email and that’s worth way more money to me.

Instead of offering details about the root cause, they have the standard lie about being down for a few moments. Take a look at this screenshot:

Ever since AOL has purchased them, they’ve completely gone downhill. I am demanding a full refund and requiring them to permanently forward my email to my Google Gmail account. Let’s see if they can make that happen.

Mailblocks, AOL, GMail