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A visit to Melville, NY

Howard and I took the opportunity afforded by our Air Canada North American unlimited passes to make a trip to Melville NY, yesterday, and debut iotum Talk-Now to the Pulver Team.  Suffice it to say that an hour or two of quality time with Jeff, Scott, Carl and Jonathan is time well spent. 

I can safely say that there was some excitement about what we’ve built.  And, as always, there was an animated discussion that began “could you do this?”.  One of the things we learned was that the Pulver team all carry second cellular phones, in addition to their Blackberries.  The cellular coverage from their Blackberry provider is simply not reliable enough, so it has become a pure data device.  This sparked an animated discussion about whether we could use the features of Talk-Now to track availability, while making the actual calls from another device.  Naturally, you can, but the experience is less integrated.  We’ll be putting some thought into how to make this a better experience.

I shot this photo with my Blackberry Pearl yesterday while Jeff was tapping out his blog entry about our visit.  Did you know he writes his blog entries in manual HTML?  Wow.  For someone as prolific a blogger as Jeff that’s totally surprising.  I had to sharpen the photo quite a bit, because the Pearl’s software focused the picture on the foreground, rather than the Jeff.  C’est la vie.  The camera is probably one of the weaker parts of the Pearl package. 

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  • PaulSweeney January 17, 2007, 7:44 am

    Alex, maybe you might look at testing in Israel. I read an article that said that most people routinely carry 3 to four cell phones so that they can get the "zero within network" call rate. If you can get a handle on presence in that environment you can handle it in any environment :)

  • Chris Brogan... January 17, 2007, 10:04 am

    I have to agree about the Pearl’s camera being only so-so. I’ve snapped a lot of grainy shots.

    I was traveling with Jeff last week, and watched just how manually those blog posts go together. I’m still threatening to make him switch to Wordpress, where all the plug-ins and features make it a lot slicker. Heck, even Performancing for Firefox would be an upsell.

    I just *truly* read your banner and saw the Canadian. Are you coming to PodCamp Toronto at the end of February? Stop by http://podcamp.org and click on the Toronto link for info. I think you’ll find it a great trip, and I’d love to meet up with you in person.

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