Posts tagged ‘phones’


Phone Finding

Every now and then I wander around the interweb looking to see if any Australian phone companies are offering bluetooth mobiles that work with Salling Clicker. This sweet little program allows me to go past the usual address book synchronising etc, and do some nifty stuff like:

  • Allow me to use the phone as a remote control for my iMac (i.e. watch a DVD in bed and turn the computer off without getting up — laziness perfected).
  • Pause iTunes when I leave the room and restart it when I come back. Actually, I wouldn’t use this so much because it’s always a pressure to remove my phone from its prime sterilization position.
  • Change my Adium (chat program) status. Okay, this one’s pretty useless too.
  • Remote control of PowerPoint, while showing me the slides on the screen as well — so I can face the audience proudly! Yes, yes, also unlikely to be used.
  • Did I mention the remote control business? It can browse my entire iTunes library remotely, and even scan through songs.

Having written those out, it all seems a bit superfluous, doesn’t it? Certainly not worth spending a heap of money on. So it’s lucky that that’s not my plan. Enter the Panasonic X700, for just $1 on Optus’ $25 plan!

There’s drawbacks, of course. Apparently the camera ain’t so good (not really an issue for me) and the battery life isn’t brilliant either (more of an issue). Apparently it’s well behind other phones technologically speaking; but then, it’s way cheaper, so that checks. I’m as yet undecided. Advice?

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The Method

Two assessments down, one to go. Then I’m free! FREE! Free at last! Well, free in the ‘unemployed’ sense of the word but hey. I promise, once I’m done with this crap, to go see some actual movies and review things for Grapefruit that occurred after the beginning of the millennium. And that aren’t television.

Also, I’m meaning to slightly rejig the weblog so we can have footnotes in them. I’m lost without my footnotes. If I could have, this would been a footnote.

Just thought I’d share some advice with everyone. If it’s about 5:30 – 7:00pm, and you get a phone call from a private number, and you say “Hello?” and no one answers for about three seconds, hang up immediately. It’s almost certainly a call from a market research person, probably in India, and if it isn’t then I’m sure they’ll call you back.

This has been a public service announcement from Grapefruit.

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