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N97 Tour: Day 12, the Presidents Walk/Ride and draw by number 2

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Yesterday was a day for Sports Tracker. Being the last day in Chicago, it was imperative to finish the last two challenges handed down from WOM World before we departed for New York.

The first of the challenges was to lead the group on a “Presidents Walk”, touring Chicago using only streets names after US presidents (excusing Lake Shore Dr). I spent a few hours planning the route on Friday but once we started it, we quickly realized that the “walk” would be much better suited if we had a faster form of transportation. We decided to rent bicycles from Navy Pier and it was definitely the right decision.


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N97 Tour: Day 11, Chicago Mobile Camp

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Saturday was our third and final Mobile Camp at the Illinois Institute of Technology and it was a very mixed bag. The turnout was very low with only two attendees, which was the least of the three. Despite this setback, a lot more personal discussion came out of having such a small group and it allowed everyone to expresss their opinions without anything getting lost.

The most interesting discussion to me that came up at all of the Mobile Camps was why the US market is so different from the rest of the markets where Nokia’s devices are sold. In short, the US market saw the rise of desktops before smartphones, whereas the Asian market saw just the opposite, and Europe saw the rise of both at almost the same time. With that said, it’s no surprise that the iPhone has become so successful in a market that’s trying to get a desktop to fit in their pocket efficiently and with the immense amount of control the carriers have. It emphasizes yet again that Nokia needs to market themselves completely different in the US than they do in other countries and I think efforts like this tour are certainly a step in the right direction.

We also put together a video of Matthew demonstrating the video editing software built into the N95 from years ago that hasn’t been seen on more recent offerings. After seeing the demo and becoming much more focused on mobile blogging on this trip, I’d very much like to see this feature brought back on handsets in the future.

Big thanks to Jeremiah (Pseudofinn) and Craig (SockMonkey) for making it out to the Mobile Camp! It was great to meet you guys and share so many thoughts about the mobile industry.

I personally don’t have any images from the event, but here’s a picture of a movie poster mixup seen near one of the trains we took back to the hotel.

“Right in the Mouth”

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N97 Tour: Day 8, Highest to Lowest

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For my second challenge, I took a journey to the tallest point in San Francisco and used Sports Tracker to draw our path down to the lowest point. Matt Bennett and Dan Silvers joined me in taking the 37 bus up the winding roads to Twin Peaks where we climbed the steep stairs to the top.


The plan was to use the incredible view to see Mount Davidson, which is really the highest point in the city (according to Wikipedia), but the intense weather made it impossible to see more than 100 yards in any direction.


From there, Dan and I took the F Market line back up towards the coast (losing rockstar Matt once we neared the hotel) and made our way to the waterline to catch the lowest point. Unfortunately, both of our SportsTracker applications had a hard time dealing with the lack of consistent GPS reception and required a quick reboot to get the data loaded properly. Mine appeared to stop working shortly after we left the mountain peak, but Mobile Dan’s worked a lot better. Check out these links to get to our SportsTracker pages and take a look at the difference in elevation. I didn’t realize it would be so dramatic!

Also take a look at the video captured from the top of the peak live using Qik.

Once again, we have a lot more media to put up that was captured on our adventure and this post will be updated once all of it has been uploaded properly .

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SymTorrent, Symella, and HSDPA-a wireless ménage à trois

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SymTorrentThere are a great many perks to using your mobile phone as your MP3 player, and my recent addition of an network that supports HSDPA has just brought the experience to the next level. I’ve been using Symella and SymTorrent off and on with various S60 devices since it was released a very long time ago, but using them on the $5.99 t-zones unlimited plan was not only painfully slow, but it also prevented me from using some of the features of each application. For those who don’t know, Symella is a peer-to-peer downloading client (much like Limewire, but without the viruses) and SymTorrent is torrent downloading application both developed to work specifically with S60 devices. With HSDPA (and Opera Mini to download the torrent files), I’ve effectively cut my computer out of the equation for getting music on my device altogether. I can now download, manage, and listen to music anywhere I am. I was able to download a full album in about 30 minutes over HSDPA with an average speed of 60 kbps.

SymTorrent in action

Follow these links to download Symella and SymTorrent for your S60 3rd Edition smartphone. They’re both free, and there’s no reason not to use them if you’re into torrents and P2P clients.

Written by Jonathan

May 23, 2008 at 4:26 am