palmOne just launched the “Spring 2004” product line today:
- Zire 72 — multimedia product with high-res color display (320×320) and an improved 1.2 megapixel camera that also takes short video ($299 list)
- Zire 31 — affordable color handheld with 160×160 color display ($149 list)
Both of these have a nice feature for setting the launcher and agenda background images. The Zire 72 Contacts application can also store a unique picture for each contact.
This launch also includes the latest effort from my (former) desktop team which is Palm Desktop 4.1.4. This release includes the additional fields added last Fall for the Tungsten T3 and E as well as support for Contact photos. The Outlook conduits were also updated to sync with the Contact photos available in Outlook 2003.
I've signed up for Gnomedex 2004. Gnomedex promises that you'll “live, learn, and love tech more than you ever could elsewhere in a single weekend”. I signed up early for $99 on the promise of a 3-day tech conference with open bar. Should be interesting…
Today I started my next career adventure. After working for palmOne for over 5 years, I've switched gears and am now working at Yahoo! managing part of the Yahoo! Messenger client engineering team. Like my work on Palm Desktop software, the Messenger product is a high-visibility consumer desktop application. The addition of being a network-connected application will make this even more exciting (and another good learning curve).
Today I made it through new-hire orientation which wasn't too bad as far as these go. Tomorrow starts the real work!
The San Jose Mercury News had a good article yesterday: Hockey Goes High-Tech at Shark Tank (annoying free registration required). Some good quotes:
Tim Hunter spent much of his NHL playing career pounding opponents. Now he's spending much of his coaching career pounding a keyboard. Hunter is the Sharks assistant coach who will be cradling a tablet PC as he paces behind the bench tonight at HP Pavilion. Used as a video monitor, that PC is the most visible sign yet that San Jose, fittingly, has become the NHL's most tech-savvy franchise.
The Sharks … are the only one with a tablet PC on the bench that receives the TV feed of ongoing action. First used in the final two games of the regular season as a warm-up for the playoffs, it enables coaches to stop action, control replays and organize play by common elements, such as goals against or penalty kills.
Sharks Coach Ron Wilson is apparently a real technology guy with a “Captain Computer reputation”. The story described how he designed his own database software to compile statistics and how he uses technology for both training and motivation.
Very cool stuff. This sounds more real than if was some sort of HP marketing pitch. (HP recently renamed the San Jose Arena to the HP Pavilion after their acuisition of Compaq.)
I've been using my .htaccess file to deny access to certain IP addresses and address ranges. Yesterday while adding a couple of entries, I mistakenly left a line consisting of only “Deny From”. I didn't catch it at the time but noticed later in the day that the entire www.cantoni.org domain was not responding. I assumed it was a problem at the hosting company (Pair Networks), so I contacted them later in the evening. Their technician responded quickly, pointing out the error in my .htaccess file and fixing it himself! Another gold star for Pair Networks whose support is excellent. And a reminder to myself to be more careful!