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Post by jayen_aitch » Sat May 17, 2008 11:03 pm

I've just found a thingy for my phone which will tell me when I am near speed cameras... I don't tend to speed anyway... but I'm glad of a little help to make sure I don't get points on my license.

It made my inner geek happy.

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Post by jayen_aitch » Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:17 pm

I suspect this thread is probably entirely my domain.

Anyhow... I love getting my email pushed to my phone... it's great.

My phone has a quick look for email every half hour and lets me know if there is any.

But having spam appear on your phone is so much more annoying than having it arrive in you computer.

All of a sudden the spam is invasive. A noise happens, and there is your spam.

So I've been getting a bit more bad-ass about marking things as spam with my email provider.

New rules:
If there is no unsubscribe address, then it's spam.
If I unsubscribe and they keep sending me stuff, then it's spam.

I shun spam, I shun it with all of my being.

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Post by Life on Deck » Mon Jun 09, 2008 10:32 pm

That phone sounds like it's just had kneecap replacements from a bee donor. It's the bee's knees.

I'm relying on it to get us out of a few Stockholm tickly scrapes.
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Post by jayen_aitch » Mon Jun 09, 2008 10:55 pm

Unfortunately its wings are a little clipped when I'm out of the UK... because I don't want to pay all the money in the world in data charges.

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Post by Life on Deck » Mon Jun 09, 2008 11:00 pm

Kanske Indietracks, då. Kanske Indietracks.

Is that the same phone you had as a satellite navigational system when you drove us to Tesco that time in Sheffield? It took us down avenues I've never crossed (or drove) through before.
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Post by jayen_aitch » Tue Jun 10, 2008 10:41 am

that's the badger.

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Post by humblebee » Tue Jun 10, 2008 10:52 am

jayen_aitch wrote:I've just found a thingy for my phone which will tell me when I am near speed cameras... I don't tend to speed anyway... but I'm glad of a little help to make sure I don't get points on my license.
I don't understand how it's legal to sell these things.

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Post by jayen_aitch » Tue Jun 10, 2008 11:03 am

humblebee wrote:
jayen_aitch wrote:I've just found a thingy for my phone which will tell me when I am near speed cameras... I don't tend to speed anyway... but I'm glad of a little help to make sure I don't get points on my license.
I don't understand how it's legal to sell these things.
It was free, if that helps.

I think it's because the idea of Speed Cameras is supposed to be to act as a deterrent, you're meant to know where they are/are likely to be and then not want to speed.

The idea isn't supposed to be to catch people out and make money, whatever the redtops say.

A device which makes a noise to tell you you're going to fast and might get fined probably fits in okay with that.

That said, I understand such devices are illegal in France.

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Post by humblebee » Tue Jun 10, 2008 11:25 am

jayen_aitch wrote:I think it's because the idea of Speed Cameras is supposed to be to act as a deterrent, you're meant to know where they are/are likely to be and then not want to speed.
If people know where the cameras are, then what they'll do is break the limit where they're not. If you don't know where they are, that should deter you from breaking the limit anywhere.

That was always my understanding of it, anyway. Granted, this is totally undermined by painting the things day-glo yellow and having massive signs warning you that they're there. But I thought that was just a sort of compromise to head off the threat of an armed uprising by Jeremy Clarkson groupies.

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Post by jayen_aitch » Tue Jun 10, 2008 3:12 pm

I don't tend to speed anyway... so what happens for me is, on the rare occaisions I accidentally go too fast, then it warns me and I slow down again.

That's got to be a good thing.

I suspect that most people follow the pattern you are suggesting though Pete.

I guess people mostly travel down roads they already know, on commuter routes and such, and on those roads they know the spots to slow down on.

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Post by humblebee » Tue Jun 10, 2008 3:15 pm

jayen_aitch wrote:I don't tend to speed anyway... so what happens for me is, on the rare occaisions I accidentally go too fast, then it warns me and I slow down again.

That's got to be a good thing.
How about a gadget that just warns you when you're going too fast, regardless of where the cameras are? Wouldn't that be even better? Less vulnerable to being abused by unscrupulous drivers who just want to break the law and avoid the consequences?

Sorry - I'm sure this is a discussion for another thread, really!

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Post by jayen_aitch » Tue Jun 10, 2008 3:27 pm

That sounds sensible. If that existed I would have wanted that instead.

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Post by humblebee » Tue Jun 10, 2008 3:35 pm

You know what gadget I want? I want a gadget that you can plug into your USB slot, right, which sends music wirelessly to a separate bit with red and white phono leads which you can plug into the aux input on your stereo. Then you can play music from your computer over your stereo, but wirelessly. With no wires. A bit like wireless headphones, except with speakers. And a computer. It must be possible to do that. Does such a gadget exist?

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Post by jayen_aitch » Tue Jun 10, 2008 3:47 pm

I was looking into this myself a while ago.

Yes, it does... you can pipe music around your home using bluetooth, (and possibly also wifi, I think, though I have looked less into this).

What you want is something like this:
http://www.nokia.co.uk/link?cid=EDITORIAL_804676" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

and something like this:
http://www.kikatek.com/product_info.php ... s_id=74746" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Though this is just one solution.

EDIT: I should add, you can also supplement such a system with the use of bluetooth speakers...
http://www.aspecttv.co.uk/Bluetooth-WiFi-Speaker/97.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
...which you could spread about your home. But the examples of these I have seen seem vastly expensive for what they are.

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Post by Gordon » Wed Jun 11, 2008 11:02 am

humblebee wrote:You know what gadget I want? I want a gadget that you can plug into your USB slot, right, which sends music wirelessly to a separate bit with red and white phono leads which you can plug into the aux input on your stereo. Then you can play music from your computer over your stereo, but wirelessly. With no wires. A bit like wireless headphones, except with speakers. And a computer. It must be possible to do that. Does such a gadget exist?
Apple airport does this with iTunes, I think

Re push email...
<pretend geek snobbery>
pfff... polling the email server every 30 minutes is not push (it's pull)... you want a blackberry or.. (what I want) the iPhone 2.
</pretend geek snobbery>

(I do like my blackberry, though)
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Post by humblebee » Wed Jun 11, 2008 11:07 am

iTunes is not getting anywhere *near* this computer, ever.

Those things Jonny posted look alright, but it's got like USB at both ends. Do stereos have USB inputs these days? I had no idea. Does anyone have a packet of Werther's Original handy, by the way?

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Post by jayen_aitch » Wed Jun 11, 2008 3:15 pm

The Iphone2 does look lovely, I love the design of it, but there quite a few things my n95 does better, and I like actual keys to push. I'm not convinced by this one button business. Touch feedback is a wonderful thing.

Pete: That Nokia Wireless Audio Gateway thingy definitely has phono lead slots... you can see them at the top of the unit on that picture there.

What do you hate about itunes?

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Post by squirrelboutique » Fri Jun 13, 2008 1:50 pm

I think this falls under geekery. I am unreasonably fascinated by the street view on Google Maps. My house and neighborhood are on there, and it's possible to stroll around the neighborhood and see everything. I love it. I don't know why.

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Post by Colin » Fri Jun 13, 2008 1:52 pm

squirrelboutique wrote:I think this falls under geekery. I am unreasonably fascinated by the street view on Google Maps. My house and neighborhood are on there, and it's possible to stroll around the neighborhood and see everything. I love it. I don't know why.
That thing creeps me out. How did they do that? Did someone have to go along all those streets with a camera, or am I being terribly naive? Surely it can't be done from space? I don't know which idea is more ridiculous.

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Post by squirrelboutique » Fri Jun 13, 2008 1:58 pm

I think it's a van with a special camera.

I'm ashamed at the state my recycling bins were in at the time of the photograph.

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