Month: November 2005

I want to teach my phone to sing

…in perfect harmony. Actually I’ll settle for teaching it a few words. Since switching from a Nokia 6600 to a 7610, back again and then from a 7610 to a 6682, I’ve had to reconfig my phone a few times – but what bugs me the most is reteaching my predictive text engine words which make up my regular sms vocabulary.. things like karaoke, joburg, smooch, socialight, booyakash, shit, frak, fuck.. etc . So I’m thinking that maybe there could be a personal dictionary for predictive text engines which lets you easily transition your lexicon between handsets. As phones become more personal devices, linked to more of the media that we generate, this personal lexicon concept would be extended to other things – like UI themes, wallpaper, ring tones etc. So maybe what I’m looking for is a cross-platform user profile for my handset which I can easily move between phones from different manufacturer’s and different carriers.

This clearly sounds like something that could be achieved by mashing up your social network profile, a mobile UI theme generator and sxip, but I haven’t been able to find anything like it out there at the moment. If anybody hears of anything… send it my way, otherwise perhaps I’ll take a stab at it one of these days.

How T-mobile reinvented SMTP…

So I was doing a bit of googling to fix up my new Nokia 6682’s email capabilities and I found some useful information via Google and then this
T-Mobile Smtp

complete nonsense (see image on left) from T-mobile – my trusted cell phone provider, to whom I pay large chunks of cash every month to provide me with limited data speed, shoddy connection and erratic SMS delivery. Now I know why – they don’t even bloody know what SMTP is! Perhaps I am wildly off the mark, and what I have thought of for many years as the Simple Mail Transport Protocol (defined in RFC 821), the cornerstone of email is actually the Short Message Transfer Protocol. Hmm… 371 hits on Google, zilch on Wikipedia and precious little everywhere else.

Perhaps they were confusing SMTP with SMS – the Short Message Service – which is sometimes also called text messaging. These acronyms are difficult to sort out, especially if you’re one of the largest carriers in the US with other things on your mind, like working out how to squeeze more $$ out of your millions of customers. Frankly, if they can’t even copy and paste definitions of easily understood acronyms, I shudder to think of the incompetence lurking within their billing department. Sheesh.

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