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Having discovered that blog posts here attract more comments and offline follow-up when they're about cars, here's another one.
About six months ago, I contacted my localAudidealer to ask about the availability of live traffic data for theSatNavunit built into my car. Living on the east coast of England, I know thatthe capabilityis incorporated into my car and functional, as the map occasionally detects congestion and accidents for me... over the water in the Netherlands!
I was told at the time that the necessary software update to decode the equivalent signals in the UK was unavailable.
However, yesterday, I received an email from my Audi dealer. The update is now available, and it would appear to be free until June.
I'm impressed; the dealer had the presence of mind and infrastructure to log and track my interest over months, and to follow up with me when circumstances changed.Andthey're not ripping me off with the update.
It is a shame, of course, that I had to wait until 2007 to gain functionality from my car's manufacturer thatanyonecan get for themselves by popping down to somewhere likeHalfordsandbuying a hand held SatNav unit. But that's another story.
Dan ChudnovbloggedaboutWriteRoomlast week, and I was just downloading it to have a go when my colleagueRichard Wallisalso brought it to my attention (I think he'd read Dan's post, too, rather than some spookier piece of synchronicity).
Like Scott, I'm finding it oddly helpful in clearing my mind and focussing upon the task at hand (a document over which I have been agonizing, rather stupidly, formonths).
One additional thing I'd like to see is a timer; I want to tell the program to prompt me after a given period of time, so that I can pop out and see what's been happening on RSS feeds, emails, IMs, etc. Otherwise, every time I stop typing there's that nagging niggle at the back of your mind to stop - just for a minute - to see if anything important has happened.
Note to self - remember toregisterthis piece of shareware. It's worth it, even without the timer.
Ugh. Fingered byChrisandIan. Guess I'd better come up with something then...
Unlike Ian, I absolutely, definitely, and unequivocallyloatheboard games. Actually, (with a few exceptions) I can't muster much enthusiasm for computer games, card games, 'party games', etc either. Beyond (for computer games, at least) a short-lived enthusiasm for the quality of the look and feel, I guess I just don't really see the point... Or maybe I've just never forgiven my (younger, and disgustingly over-paid) brother for thrashing me at Monopoly again and again and again when we were children.
I once spent just over a day in New Zealand, as the National Library asked me to go and I could/would only do the trip if I could attend a child's birthday party one weekend and their actual birthday the next. Luckily, they (the Library, not the child) were prepared to pay for upstairs seats on the plane, so it wasn't as bad as it could have been. Ireallymust go back, as it seemed like a great place, there was such a refreshing enthusiasm for cooperating on the problems at-hand, and it was high on my list of places Iwantedto go before they asked me.
Snakes. I'mpetrified. I'm even scared of my daughter making snake-ish hissing noises in my general direction.
As a child, I wanted to be an astronaut. I guess that probably dates me pretty effectively...
My academic background is in Archaeology, but sadly I don't get to revisit it much. The journey from there to here looks exceedingly weird, but every single step along the way made perfect sense.
OK, I'm sceptical about how that screen will survive my fingerprints or my pocket, I'm disappointed that the rumours about iChat video conferencing and social network support weren't true, I wonder how well it would hook into my Exchange/Entourage-dominated world, and I'm annoyed that it launches in the US way ahead of Europe...
...but I'd still like one. Some of those interface capabilities look simply amazing.
I'm of course talking - like everyone else - about theiPhone.
Erm...RSS, anyone? It's even reached Internet Explorer now, don't you know...
Not only do they turn out not to have Aston Martins or fancy watches... but they're languishing back in the world of email alerts, where only grandparents dare to tread... (at least according to research from someone like thePew...)