Archive for October 7th, 2006

The Amazing Amish

Many people make fun of the Amish people, but they are amazing people and we should learn more from them about forgiveness, love and courage.

* Amish girl asked to be shot to save others
* Amish grandfather: ‘We must not think evil of this man’
* Amish leaders set up fund for Roberts’ widow and three children
* Amish mourn gunman who killed 5 girls

Dreaming of Mr Data

I had one of these funny dreams again, early this morning.
I get close to Mr Data and we were having this conversation exactly:

Me: Turn ON your emotion chip for a moment please.
Data: Done.
Me: Would you like to marry me?
Data: Sure!
Me: Ok, please turn OFF your emotion chip.
Data: Done.
Me: Do you still want to marry me?
Data: Yes.
Me: Hazzah!

I am telling you, every woman needs an android to fall in love for her. Especially for someone like myself who has worked in an artificial intelligence project for 2 years. ;-)

And a real life conversation on IM, just I was writing this blog entry:
Idoxxxx: Hi, you look so damn cute.
Me: I am not.
Idoxxxx: lol, bye.

The state of the smartphone market

Three mobile Linux experts presented the “State of Linux on Mobile Devices” at an SDForum meeting last night in Palo Alto, Calif.. The presenters were Bill Weinberg, head of the OSDL’s Mobile Linux Initiative, Trolltech CTO Benoit Schillings, and Access/PalmSource senior product marketing director John Cook.”

Cook and Weinberg agreed that by 2010 the No1 smartphone operating system will be Windows Mobile with Linux trailing second and Symbian third, having lost its current No1 spot by then. It’s important to note here that the 26% of market share Linux will reportedly have by then will be sub-divided in non-compatible implementations by different software manufacturers (e.g. Palmsource, Motorola, Mizi, Trolltech) instead of a single compatible platform like Windows Mobile and Symbian S60 are (I don’t forsee UIQ to be alive by then).

One thing that’s clear though is that the smartphone market (with available SDKs for third party developers) is growing fast (85% annually) and that fewer and fewer basic/feature-phones will be sold by 2010. While there are still many people out there who “just want a basic phone”, there are even more people wanting to do “more” with their phones, e.g. office applications (which require a full OS to run underneath rather the basic system most feature phones currently run — sometimes they don’t even have a real OS underneath).