Dopplr

I managed to pick up an invite to Dopplr via contacts on Jaiku (Thanks again Karen) and have managed to set up a single trip. I’m looking forward to using it in anger so to speak once I’ve got back into traveling for work.

Dopplr announced via their blog that you can now add contacts from other social network sites including gmail, twitter etc which should make populating the tool with the right data a little easier.

I read a comment about Dopplr a while back, can’t recall who wrote it but it suggested that you should be able to go back and add old historic trips to it so that you can see where people have been. I like that idea a lot a single store point for all your trips. At the moment for me I try and geotag the photo’s on my flickr stream map but would prefer somewhere else to store notes, hotel reviews etc, travel tips that others could read.

Dopplr could expand to add that functionality and make traveling a little bit more stress free as you’d be able to catch tips and reviews before you travel automagicaly squirted into your reader.

Will Dopplr add this or have I just written a web2.0 site business plan

ISP inserting own adverts

Texas based ISP Redmoon has implemented software that hijacks pages being visited by their customers by placing Redmoon’s own ads on these pages.

The technology is provided by NebuAD, which boasts that ISP delivered advertisements are an untapped source of revenue.

I guess this may sound worse than it actually is. It depends if the software replaces ads or inserts even more. I guess that’s why I like RSS as it cuts out the chaff.  Sometime the advertising just takes over, take a look at this page, can you spot the article itself, it’s just there in the middle, blink and you’d miss it. [via]

WWD asks is it time to ditch the FAX number?

I don’t know about you but I haven’t used a FAX in years. When I joined IBM I signed up for a eFax account but never used it. It was hard to come to terms with it at the start as my previous employment prior to University was an Architectural practice, where the FAX was king.

Any document that you want to send these days is just pdf’d and then attached and sent soft copy.

More recently IBM’s phone system was updated to allow you to receive Faxes on your landline number and stored, allowing you to redirect them to your nearest fax machine which was pretty neat, but again, didn’t use that either.

So my answer to WWD’s question is yes, dump the FAX number.

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Autoprofiles for S60

I have to admit that Autoprofiles for S60 3rd editions devices looks pretty neat, but I’m having a debate with myself as to whether I really need it.

As you may or may not know I recently converted back to using Nokia devices, even after all the comments I made about the N70 when I first got it.

Prior to my current s60 devices I used an SPV M3100 and prior to that an SPV C600 (which I still use as my work mobile). The C600 comes with automatic as a profile and automatically switches to meeting when your calendar has an entry.

This all sounds great , yet I found that I missed a calls when it had auto flipped to meeting as my calendar said there was a conf call, but the call never happened or finished early.

I also attend a lot of meetings with senior people working in very large organisations and it’s OK to have your mobile go off in these meetings if your waiting for a call. If the meeting is important to you then just turn your phone off. The trick is also not to have a fashionable musically ring tone too, they just irritate people and you look slightly silly.

So for me, a sensible ring tone, set on ascending and a sensible message alert tone works in all environments…save your money. [via]

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