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Don’t you just love it when…

February 22, 2007

…things just work!
I popped a Telstra EVDO wireless card into my Mac today and it identified it, configured it and was ready to use. No reboots, simple, easy and fast. Now I have net wherever I roam.

This one is a loaner, gotta get me one of those NextG ones or the 3 NetConnect Card…

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Oliver Trivia…

February 4, 2007

On friday I flew to Melbourne for a meeting. On the way down I was in seat 1A and on the way back I was in 30C, the front and back of the plane… What are the chances?

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(Cross Post) New article: The Mobile Geeks Get Together

October 18, 2006

Also posted on my work blog:
The AIMIA Mobile Content Industry Development Group just released their latest newsletter. Included as a feature is an article I wrote titled ‘The Mobile Geeks Get Together’ (MS Word, 48kb). It gives a high level overview of my recent trip to Helsinki, New York & California and the Mobile HCI and UbiComp conferences. It’s not quite as polished as it should be, but hopefully gets the main points across.

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Helsinki – Day 3

September 14, 2006

This was the first day of the Mobile HCI 2006 conference and was good fun. More about the conference over on the work blog here:
Mobile HCI 2006 Kick-off
Best Mobile Presentations from Day 1

There was a cocktail event in at the Tapiola Cultural Centre which was good fun. Interestingly, there was no beer served only wine. It was great to chat with everyone. There are two Australians here Kirsten from UTS and Ming who works for Nokia here in Finland. Afterwards we were taken into town and the locals took us to the Torni bar in the Sokos hotel. There was a great view of the city and we got into the local pear cider, very nice!

Elan Kirsten and Oliver Anat Heather Gunnar Gunnar and Oliver Heather and Oliver Oliver and Harald

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Helsinki – Day 1

September 12, 2006

Day 1 in Finland went sorta like this:
– Woke at about 5:30 feeling good. Did some yoga in the small corner of the hotel room
– Went down for breakfast. Breakfast here is good; fruit, hot breakfast (though the eggs aren’t much chop), great bread etc and the tea tastes really nice.
– Caught the bus into town (about 10 mins) and started wandering. I was completely disorientated at first even with a map, but we sorted that out when I came across the Nokia flagship store (I KNOW where that is!). Accidently ended up at a Helsinki Mobile Monday Morning event in this little hall and got to meet the local MoMo people (one of those bizarre travel stories). Spent most of the day walking around town. It was the perfect day for it. Nice and sunny with a light breeze, Shorts and t-shirt weather. Had lunch at the waterfront markets (Reindeer meatballs and potatoes with a beer, hold the salad).
– Went back to the hotel and my upgraded room that isn’t that exciting either (the standards are all booked out because of the conference and a big EU thing happening in town). Checked out the pool and sauna (on the cards for today)
– Went back into town at about 9pm and wandered around for a while. Took it upon myself to sample the local version of McDonalds called Hesburger. Hmmm, it’s even worse than McDonalds – who could have thought it was possible.

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The Flickr photos are here

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The trip

September 11, 2006

Soooo I went for a steak at the Commodore with Emma and Jesse on Saturday and left for the airport at 2pm. It’s now about 30 hours later and I am in a taxi on the way to my hotel in Helsinki. (This was written in the taxi before I got to the hotel and fell into bed for 12 hours…)

Getting out of Sydney was fine and I travelled Business Class with the marvelous Qantas. Given the length of the flight it made a whole heap of difference with full reclining bed/seat, plenty of space and everything to eat and drink. I realised I’ve never actually flown direct to London before, I’ve always gone to HK or the US first, and it was a long flight with a re-fuel in Singapore. All together 3 take offs and landings. Actually, I sat next to one of Qantas’ engineers on the way over and he was telling me lots of interesting stuff about the planes, some of which I didn’t really want to know before we landed safely…

Changed in London from Qantas to Finnair (small and cramped :-). Heathrow was a nightmare. The transit from Terminal 4 to Terminal 1 was a joke, huge multiple queues and poor organisation. And that was at 7am on a Sunday! Luckily I had 3 hours to transfer and made it comfortably.

Anyway, I’m here in Espoo, Finland, just had breakfast and am off shortly to spend the day exploring Helsinki.

Things of note:
Finland‘s vital statistics
Cloudberry jam – had some on bread for breakfast
Where I am

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You Tube Study

September 6, 2006

I would love to know how many hours people have wasted watching You Tube when they should be working. I know Ideal Interfaces would be living the high life if it wasn’t for You Tube, especially when you have Even Steven discussing Islam vs. Christianity.

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3 years old

August 27, 2006

Ideal Interfaces turns three today 🙂
It’s been busy, but it’s been more fun and more liberating than I could have ever expected.

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