If I had a magic phone it would turn into underpants.

So Google aren’t building a GPhone afterall : http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/11/wheres-my-gphone.html

Instead they have been working on a Linux based, open mobile platform called Android.

Android is the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices. It includes an operating system, user-interface and applications — all of the software to run a mobile phone, but without the proprietary obstacles that have hindered mobile innovation.

Google haven’t been alone in this venture. The Android platform has been developed in cooperation with the Open Handset Alliance which includes some big players in the mobile industry like Motorola, T-Mobile, HTC and Qualcomm.

There will be an Android SDK available for this some time next week, but don’t expect to see any handsets running this OS till mid next year. I’m excited to see what comes from this. Over and over we have seen that truly innovative and useful applications from an unhindered development community. They sky’s the limit with Android powered phones.

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iPod Touch or iPhone, I’m going mad.

So my girlfriend won an iPod Touch in work a while back. Naturally I was more excited than she was at the news, and when I proceeded to explain why the iPod Touch was so cool, she didn’t really get it.

The iPod came in the post just last week, and we (I’ve) been playing with it since. She gets it now. My father picked it up and found his way around with very little help, Even my 60yr old Uncle found it to be incredibly intuitive. I’m totally impressed. I love that it’s slimmer than the iPhone too. The UI is so smooth and quick it’s an absolute pleasure to use. For those of you who have only had the Apple experience through the likes of iPod, using an iMac gives you the same satisfaction every time, go and buy one of those too!

Anyway, I find myself wondering which product do I really want. A jailbroken iPod Touch with the iPhone apps installed is only missing the phone and camera. I could live with that, I have a phone with a camera that I’m quite satisfied with (Nokia 6234). I’m not sure how well the iPhone works handsfree in the car either, can you get loudspeaker over an iTrip?

I think to be honest I would go for an iPhone if it was readily available here in Ireland right now. As it’s not I have two options; pay €999 for a sim free one from France; or get one in from the US and unlock it, voiding my warranty and causing me to hesitate at any software update.

Feck it, I want an iPhone, I want it now. But it seems like I can’t have it. So for now I might have to settle for the iPod Touch. Decisions suck.

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Johnnypez v3.0 ish?

Having moved house nearly 3 months ago, I finally got my broadband connection up and running yesterday. Many thanks to Esat BT for getting that up and running very quickly once Eircom had got the finger out and connected my phone line. I have to mention that I had a very good experience with Esat BT’s broadband sales and support staff and I would recommend them to anyone.

Being back online allowed me to scratch an itch that had been bothering me for ages. The look of this site was desperate. So after a couple of hours last night and half of today, here it is. A brand new look. I hope you all* like it.

*all : my 2 readers. Thanks Ken and Dad :)

Afternoon Ear Candy

Been slow posting lately as I still have no broadband at home! God dammit.
Been doing a bit of web design work in the evenings and Clive Barnes has been helping me keep going. His music really seems to get my creativity going. Cheers Clive :D

I’ve seen him live in Kilkenny last year, word has it, he’s knocking about Kilkenny fairly regular these days, gonna try to catch a gig again asap!

In the meantime, enjoy.

How to make your iMac Crash

I’ve have my iMac (Intel core2 duo 2.16ghz, 2gb, OSX 10.4.10) for about 6 months now and I made it crash for the first time last night.

One crash in 6 months is feckin’ brilliant as far as I’m concerned, my love for my Mac grows greater each day :)

How did I manage to crash it? Trying to start Windows XP in Parallels while in the middle of printing something, I guess it caused some sort of conflict over ownership of the USB?

Anywho, won’t be trying that again.

Attack of the Clones!

Via TUAW:

I was having my usual morning scan through TUAW when I saw this. It looks pretty cool.
Ok it looks freakishly ‘similar’ to an iPhone. In fairness if this was an animal it would be Dolly the Sheep. I was reading the comments and there are mixed views over this. It is a blatant copy. Nokia’s Exec VP is quoted as saying “If there is something good in the world then we copy with pride.” I think I agree with him. Apple have redefined the mobile handset. The rest of the industry now has to catch up.

Eventually all the major manufacturers will probably have something that looks like an iPhone. Most mobile phones are essentially the same unil now because until now they have been the most efficient form. That has changed and the other manufacturers need to catch up. So I guess my point is don’t be angry when you see other companies taking Apple’s lead. They recognise that Apple beat them at their own game and has shown them the future. This will lead to a wider variety of better handsets. A little competition for the iPhone will drive prices down a bit too, that’s always a good thing. Bring on the iPhone clones I say!