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Challenge 3: “Fill it with fireworks”…?

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My third challenge arrived in another DHL tube the other day, and after I first read it, I was left pretty confused. Here’s what it looks like.

Alright, I get it, show off the TV-out feature…but with fireworks? What?

Somehow I was able to cook up an idea on the same car ride to work for how I could pull this off. The following video is the result, recorded on my girlfriend’s red N95-3 at my store (note all of the 20% off tags on nearly everything).

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The video playing directly through the phone was using maximum volume on the N96. I think everyone can agree that the speakers are very, very loud, if not too loud.


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November 15, 2008 at 6:10 am

Streaming Video from the N96

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For my second challenge, I was set to stream live video from the N96. I thought finding something unique to stream would be the difficult part (which it was), but unsurprisingly, the N96 turned out to be the real challenge.

My initial intention was to use Flixwagon. I had never used any applications to stream live video before and having just read about Flixwagon being integrated into Ovi for simultaneous uploads, I thought it would be perfect. I was wrong. When installed on the N96, the application will start, allow me to change settings, but abruptly freezes and closes when I start to try streaming. To make sure I wasn’t doing anything wrong, I loaded Flixwagon onto the N95-3 and N85 in the house. Again, not surprisingly, the application worked perfectly. Another opportunity lost thanks to the inadequate N96.

After another hard reset, I started using Qik instead and have been able to finally stream some content correctly (though still very laggy). Streaming content I found to be completely unpractical using an EDGE connection so I was left with my only option being to stream while within a WLAN area. My goal was to interview random people at my store to ask them questions about their phones to gauge what your average consumer thinks about the current state of the market. On my first night, I wasn’t able to find a single person willing to be interviewed, though I did upload a couple introductory videos.

Today we were able to get Guitar Hero: World Tour on display with an excellent surround sound system and a 50″ Panasonic plasma HDTV. The following video is of several of my coworkers enjoying some of the last moments we’ll have in the store we called home. Even though I’ve only been there less than two years, everyone made that job feel like we were working with family with both customers and each other and it will not be easily missed. Apparently Qik doesn’t play nice with embedding directly into WordPress, so hit the links below to see Steven Kellee rock out on the microphone and the rest of the videos I’ve been streaming for the past couple days.

Despite the N96 not cutting it, I’ve been pretty impressed with both services overall. On an appropriate US 3G enabled phone, I look forward to using either of them for streaming in the future. I am still planning on uploading a bit more content in the coming days, so stick around for that.

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November 10, 2008 at 12:57 am

Some distressing news and a new challenge…

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Many of you have probably already heard the news, but for those of you that haven’t, Circuit City publicly announced on Monday that they would be closing 155 of their retail stores nationwide in a fatal attempt to save the company. My store in Snellville, Georgia was one of those 155 stores, along with nearly every other store in the state as well. This will effectively put me out of a job within the coming weeks, depending on how long it takes to liquidate everything in the building. There are plenty of reasons why this happened and given the company’s recent exceptionally poor performance, I can’t say I’m surprised. Notwithstanding, it makes for some significantly difficult times ahead for everyone affected. The following picture is from my store after the signage went up today.

Depending on what happens to my career situation in the next few months, I may be putting Thoughts On S60 on haitus until I can donate the time necessary to give it the attention I would like. If you thought my posts were few and far between before, just you wait!

The one good thing I’ve seen come out of this is just how incredible people can be in times of need. I have had several close customers stop by to not only express their concern (not just looking for the good deals), but have also offered to get my resume into their network to get me back on my feet. There’s no way I can possibly express in written text how unbelievably greatful I am to those who have extended themselves. If you happen to be reading, thank you. You have no idea how much it truly means to me.

That said, I still plan to finish the Face the Task Challenges and I just so happen to have my second challenge sitting on my desk now.

I’ve been giving it some serious thought, and I have an excellent idea on how to complete this challenge. I’ll give everyone a hint: there’s a reason I posted this and the news about my store closing in the same post.

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November 6, 2008 at 5:07 am