Champagne Chairs

Champagne Chairs: “Every year the store invites people to submit chair designs made out of champagne corks.”

Damn sensoryimpact, being too interesting again. Eventually, people are going to realise they could just go there and get all the same news I’d be reposting here, just a bit sooner. Oh, wait… Let’s just check on Bloglines – they have 208 subscribers, PigPog has 19. It’s ok – no danger – everyone already knows 😉

Review of the Orange SPV C500

New in Tools – review of the Orange SPV C500. Also known as the Audiovox SMT5600, or to some people, the ScoblePhone. Full review pasted below…

Review – Orange SPV C500 SmartPhone

I have no time for this review. Executive summary?

It’s not a bad phone, with lots of software available, and lots of nice features, all wrapped up in a small package.

I have cleared a minute or two for you. Continue. What is it?

It’s a mobile phone. Cell phone for any Americans reading. It’s the smallest phone on the market at the moment to run Windows Mobile Smartphone Edition. In the US, it’s known as the Audiovox SMT5600. It doesn’t feel quite as well put together as a Nokia (the only other phones I have experience of), but it’s not bad at all, and it gives you a lot of features for such a small cheap phone.

Think Secret – EXCLUSIVE: Apple to drop sub-$500 Mac bomb at Expo

Think Secret – EXCLUSIVE: Apple to drop sub-$500 Mac bomb at Expo: “With iPod-savvy Windows users clearly in its sights, Apple is expected to announce a bare bones, G4-based iMac without a display at Macworld Expo on January 11 that will retail for $499, highly reliable sources have confirmed to Think Secret.”

Hey, this blog is supposed to be all about creative stuff! What do creative people love more than coffee? Their Macs! So, a cheap Mac should spread that creative stuff around a bit more.

I’ve never really used a recent Mac – my last experience was at university, where there were a couple of labs full of Macs. There were some Mac Classic type machines, and a load of the dull PC-like boxes that appeared after they got rid of that lunatic Steve Jobs, and started trying to go all corporate. I have the feeling that I’d like MacOS X, though. From what I’ve read, it’s everything we’d all love Linux to be, but not quite as free, and with less cuddly penguins. If I was buying a whole new machine, though, and there was a Mac for under $500 (around £300), I might be tempted.

Techdirt:Shocker: Cameraphone Photos Not Printed

Techdirt:Shocker: Cameraphone Photos Not Printed: “Printing out photos seems sort of archaic. Trying to convince people to print them out, as the printer makers are apparently doing, seems sort of pointless. It’s like convincing new automobile owners that they should hook up a horse to pull the vehicle.”

Seems to pretty much nail the issue to me. We have a really nice photo printer sitting here, right next to me. The only thing I remember printing recently was some directions – paper is a bit easier to fumble with in the car than a PDF file on a PDA. I hardly know anyone without a computer and Internet access, and if I wanted to show my parents photos that weren’t on the web, I’d take them along on a CF card or CD. It’s going to hurt printer sales (or more importantly – ink sales), but once everyone has a computer and they’re all connected to each other, what’s the point of wasting paper? Yay for trees!

Getting Started

Latest Update: Just correcting the formatting – the article never got properly formatted after it was imported from previous incarnations of PigPog.

A few thoughts on making those first steps, deciding what to try, and getting on with it.