This entry is primarily composed of "random".
- Palm Pre
Several people have persuaded me that I need to change my phone. I've elected to purchase a Palm Pre. Rooting them, and installing Debian is trivial, though I think its missing an openssh client - so I can read my mail in mutt via the device.
(I've seen mentions of the "scary black window" as a terminal; it isn't obvious how well that works.)
I went shopping yesterday to purchase one, but because my mobile phone contract doesn't end for another 9 days I'd have to pay an extra fee. Instead I'm going to wait 9 days and get it for free.
- Getting Bigger
Having randomly remembered the idea that people shrink over the course of a day due to gravity affecting the spine I decided to test this.
For a few days in a row I measured my height before going to bed, and then again in the morning. It certainly appears to be true, average difference in height is about 9mm for me.
- SEO - Is it hard?
- I was involved with the setup of a new site last weekend. Today it is top-5 when searched for by two pretty broad keywords in google.
This does not seem unusual for me - though I appreciate there is a difference between "site being popular/succeeding" and "site being findable".
(I remember once attending an interview for a hotel portal site. The interview wasn't that interesting, but I remember they perked up a lot when I said "Search google for Steve Kemp - I come top".)
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Tags: palm pre, random, seo 8 comments
Why the Palm Pre? In particular, if you haven't yet reached the stage where you can't get talked out of it, I'd strongly suggest the N900 instead, for many reasons.
First, see http://cool900.blogspot.com/2009/10/comparing-freedom-on-maemo-and-android.html ; the same arguments apply to Maemo versus WebOS.
Second, see this review: http://laforge.gnumonks.org/weblog/2009/10/26/#20091026-palm_pre-experience .
Third, Palm does a fairly bad job of actually releasing source code; see http://laforge.gnumonks.org/weblog/2009/06/11/#20090611-palm_pre-gpl_incompliance and http://laforge.gnumonks.org/weblog/2009/10/14/#20091014-palm_pre_gsm-no_source_code .
Fourth, see Joey Hess's blog post on the Palm Pre's privacy violations: http://kitenet.net/~joey/blog/entry/Palm_Pre_privacy/
Having covered many of the reasons why not a Pre, I should mention why the N900:
- Much better hardware specs: 800×480 screen, OpenGL ES, fullscreen video, better camera, more storage, ...
- Package management based on apt, and the ability to install your own packages (and provide packages for others) without going through contortions.
- Based heavily on existing FOSS technologies, and supporting the enhancement of those technologies.
- Possible to program in arbitrary languages, and as a result, possible to port existing programs. Not at all possible with the Pre's WebOS.
- No need to root the phone; you get root by default. See http://flors.wordpress.com/2009/08/27/software-freedom-lovers-here-comes-maemo-5/ .
- Support for booting alternative environments natively, not just in a chroot. Nokia even provides support for some of these, such as Mer.
- Has an SSH client. Or, you could run mutt directly on your phone.
Personally, I already have an N900 on order.