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Barcamp: Caught in the act by @moeffju #bchh08




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QWERTY phones: Where’s the beef?


If you’ve read my post “10 things I hate about the Nokia N95 8gb“, you’ll know that I’m an owner of one of the bulkiest, most uncomfortable mobile phones on the current market. It really is a workhorse, but sometimes it takes a powerhouse (plus the kitchen sink) to realize and zone in on one’s usage habits.

I text, a lot.
And email. And twitter.
I need a QWERTY phone.

Unfortunately, the selection of full-keyboard phones on the market is rather poor. I’m sure you could think of at least 3 off the top of your head which you’d like to recommend, however it seems that all of the obvious choices are a no-go for me. Here’s why:

Blackberry: The only Blackberries supported by my carrier (prepaid simyo) do not have UMTS or a proper camera (not to mention GPS). The Blackberry Bold, which does, will not work on my carrier’s network.

The iPhone: No proper Hebrew support, application lock-in, I can barely type on the touch-screen due to my nails.

All HTC phones: Nice devices, nice specifications, nice price tag, all run Windows Mobile. Windows Mobile does not sync well on a Mac. I need sync.

T-Mobile G1: Not a very nice device at all. Don’t know yet about Hebrew support or Mac syncing, will cost as much as the iPhone without a contract (straight from T-Mobile’s mouth), and the device “phones home to google” on all activity (straight from T-mobile’s mouth, as well).

Nokia e71: I’m a long-time Nokia user, so this is the logical choice for me. The s60 operating system is, unfortunately, ridiculously out of date – however with this device I can be sure I’m getting what I want/need at an affordable price with working sync and application freedom – not to mention proper RTL language support. It’s not the prettiest phone in this lineup, unfortunately.

So what’s it going to be? Looks like Nokia’s e72 which was leaked a few months back is going to be the one – all the great specs of the e71, plus a better camera and s60FP2. Looks like the e72 will be released exclusively through AT&T in the US, hopefully Nokia in Europe won’t be pulling the same stunt. If they do, I’ll be paying a visit to the shady refurb phone shop at the central train station.


Nokia e72 – all of the goodness, none of the ugly.

Barcamp Hamburg 08: Diaries of a Barcamp virgin


As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, I attended Barcamp Hamburg this weekend, which was my first Barcamp.

As a first impression of the Barcamp format, beyond the successful layout and organization, I’d have to say that this was one of the best networking events I’ve been to. I’ve got a stock pile of random business cards on my desk and had a chance to meet a lot of interesting people and encounter interesting opinions.

I really enjoyed Sven’s Cat-content session as well as Florian Bailey’s Usability session. It seems that usability was a “hot topic” throughout the weekend, which perhaps serves to indicate a widening understanding of it’s importance in user interfaces. This means a lot about the future of “web 2.0″ and where we’re going to see the web in a few years time, as the bar for web-literacy keeps getting lower.

One of the interesting incidences of the weekend came in the form of T-Mobile’s crew presenting the G1 Google Phone (liveblogging by Peter Bihr) and forgetting that a crowd of barcampers is not only tough, but also comprised of heavily discerning critics. The tension on stage ended up being so thick, you could have cut it with a knife.

I’ll surely visit Barcamp Hamburg again next year. It really was a lot of fun and I’ll look forward to presenting a session myself. Thanks again to the organizers and to everyone involved.

Photos from Barcamp Hamburg 08 Day 2


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Photos from Barcamp Hamburg 08 Day 1


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Photos from Barcamp Hamburg 08 Warmup Party


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Took place at the SIDE Design Hotel in Hamburg.

Off to Barcamp Hamburg for the weekend


Off for a fun-filled weekend along with 500 other web- and new media fanatics. Tonight is the Warmup Party at the Design Hotel and tomorrow begins the main event.

What’s a Barcamp, you ask?
Wikipedia to the rescue:

“BarCamp is an international network of user generated conferences – open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants — often focusing on early-stage web applications, and related open source technologies, social protocols, and open data formats.”

Catch my twitter stream for reports “live from the field” or all twitter posts with the tag #bchh08 (or just the ones in English).

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