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iPhone & PPC-6700: Part 2 January 19, 2007

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Communication, Computers, email, iPhone, Knowledge Workers, Mac vs PC, PPC-6700, Science & Technology, smartphone, Technology, Windows.
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Recently, I did a bit of a feature comparison between the recently announced iPhone (from Apple) and the PPC-6700 (my version from Sprint, but manufactured by Audiovox). The iPhone runs a version of OS-X and the 6700 runs Windows Mobile 5.0, so they are both running variations of the most popular desktop operating systems. They both have touch screens.

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However, that’s where the similarities end. Here, I’m going to recap some of the complaints that I’ve seen related to the iPhone, point out some things that are seriously wrong with the 6700, and then compare the lists. (more…)

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Substance and Style: Strange Bedfellows? January 17, 2007

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Communication, Computers, Knowledge Workers, Language, Mac vs PC, Macintosh, Management, Science & Technology, Technical Writing, Technology, Windows, Writing.
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Oddly enough, those of us who are highly technology centered frequently forget that most of the rest of the world is not. As a result, the truly geeky among us probably don’t use HTML e-mail, use plain text instead of a fancy font when building a to-do list, and probably don’t worry a bit about how our PC looks. The rest of the world, however, seems to want technology to be visually appealing and esthetically pleasing.

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Mercedes is famous for describing its cars with the slogan: “Form follows function.” However, anyone who’s looked at any Mercedes for more than a moment would realize that these cars embody a certain style as well. Does this minimalist approach extend elsewhere? Is it ridiculous to expect style and substance to co-exist, or does the very presence of style suggest that there is no substance? (more…)

A Self-Imposed “Earbud Exile”? December 22, 2005

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Knowledge Workers, Technology.
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More and more, I’m thinking about the psychology of knowledge workers and busy/noisy environments. For the purpose of this discussion, I define knowledge workers as people who have to concentrate for long periods of time, and then taking actions based on those thoughts. Rather like the polar opposte to elected officials, who take actions, and are later forced to spend many hours making up stories to explain those actions.
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