Finland for a 3 day Nokia Workshop.

Just like whatleydude, I too got the email from WOM World asking if I’d like to attend a brand new event for Nokia in Helsinki.

Here’s some of the email WOM sent me giving me an idea of what this brand new event involves;

It aims to involve everyone from creative’s, designers, video producers to open source software bloggers and mobile tech pioneers in a thorough discussion. Including, what the future holds for everything from mobile tech to media creation. There will be a number of workshops that’ll see discussion with participants and with Nokia guys about the future of different online arenas and mobile technology. Workshops that we hope you’d like to join in with and make yourself heard.

You’ll also be provided with a ‘trial pack’ that will include a Nokia device and other things for trial prior to and during the event.

I’ve only just noticed that we’re getting a new trial device which is great news, as I’ve been so looking forward to going and massively busy at work to spend too much blogging, I hadn’t read all of the email!

I’m hoping Truphone will let me have a beta product of theirs to use as well. So I’ll be taking some time to think of what kit to take so I can capture as much of the experience as possible, I do know I’ll be packing at least 3  Nokia devices and now that I’ve just noticed we’re getting a trial device, that’ll make it 4 Nokia devices.

I’m also really looking forward to meeting a bunch of the jaiku crowd too, as I’ve managed to miss all the MGoL’s, so really keen to actual put a real face to some of these manga faces for once.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to post on the working anywhere experience of Finland too, I’ve worked in Sweden,  Denmark,  France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ireland and the US but never Finland.


My Dad gets a Dongle

My Dad lives in Spain, he’s been there a few years now and we’ve managed to keep in touch using BT, and then I changed that to first jajah and most recently to Rebtel.

However,  recently Dad had a visitor who brought a laptop when they came to stay. Dad’s lucky there a open wireless nearby it’s a bit flaky at times but from his sun deck its OK for grabbing your mail.

However, Dad’s visitor fired up Skype and called home for free, I’m not sure if they fired up video or not but my Dad did comment on the call quality. As a result my Dad was hooked and was keen to get a laptop of his own get on Skype.

So a few months back on a trip to the UK he picked up a Fujitsu-Siemens laptop and gave Telefonica a call and requested DSL. This is where he hit a stumblling block, as he doesn’t have a landline in his farmhouse, the DSL requested caused Telefonica a problem. Telefonica  said they could provide data over his phone but it’d take a while to sort out, but this dragged on and on, if you’ve ever worked with Telefonica you’ll know what I mean.

So I was a tad surprised when I got a call saying let’s try Skype we’ve bought a Vodafone dongle.

I had to remind him he should have bought an Orange one but nevermind, I’m pleased he’s got one. It offers a lot more flexibility for him rather than being tied to a DSL line at home, but all in it’s good, we’ve given Skype a go and it works fine.

Truphone in Tintern

Following on from my last Truphone post, which resulted in an a few direct twitter messages, an email from Karl at Truphone and a call from  James Body himself, I’ve dropped them an email as a result.

I’ve got another Truphone saves the day story from our recent friends wedding. This time we were in Tintern, South Wales a very green and hilly place, as a result you guessed it no cellphone coverage.

The wedding was a no kids event, so like a few of our pals, during a lull in proceeding we were keen to find out if all was well back with our respective parents who had kindly volunteered (ahem) to be baby sitters.

So I asked reception for the WPA code, which resulted in stunned look followed by the presentation of a small piece of pre-printed paper with the WPA code on it. Two seconds later, I was able to dial my mum who was looking after our two girls back in Cardiff. So Truphone saved us once again this time the cost of a national call on a hotel phone, probably a few quid.

Another great holiday at Compton Pool

I can safely blog our vacation now as we’re booked back in for next year, yep almost a year in advance.

The award winning Compton Pool was a spotless as ever and there’s a new reception building with a flat screen pulling data feeds on tide times and weather into a customer compton pool page, very nice. The only thing I hope they fix for next year is the wi-fi in the cottage we’re in, so that’s 12 months notice John, it worked great down at the reception building though.

The girls had the treat of feeding the pigs and goats their leftover apple stumps and crusts each morning followed by a quick spring on the trampoline before leaving for the beach. So if you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Devon that’s a cut above the rest, look no further than Compton Pool.

There’s quality TV’s and Bose Hi-Fi’s in the cottages and I was able to hook up my N95 to the flat screen play some Editors through the TV’s speakers while the pictures we’d taken that day scrolled past in a slideshow, very pleasing.

Just as we left John had been selected as an extra in the new Tim Burton film, Alice in Wonderland that’s being filmed in Devon too…break a leg John!

Truphone saves the day (again)

As I mentioned in a previous post we’ve been away on vacation down in Devon. The Holiday cottages are great and what’s better there isn’t any mobile coverage. But with Truphone that’s not a problem. I dropped Truphone back onto my N95 just before leaving and I was able to get connected to the wi-fi at the holiday cottages and dial into my voicemail and check for any messages.

So Truphone saves the day and keeps us contactable by phone whilst everyone else is out of coverage and the thing I like most about it is that its using your phone to make the call, rather than your PC.

I wish I could choose a better number with Truphone something a bit more memorable and I’d consider jumping across to it full time.

Nokia N800 is fantastic in the car

We’ve just come back from vacation down in Devon and this year we decide to up the distance we’d drive to a good beach to about an hour. As a result we’d start the day pretty early and head off to the beach as soon as possible which usually meant around 9.30am-ish. This meant that we’d have a fair chunk of time each day stuck in the car driving backwards and forwards to the best beaches we could find. The first day we placed the intro game with the ipod and the FM transmitter, guess the artist and song as quickly as possible, 2 secs was my record btw. The second day I decided to drop the Nokia N800 into the storage box in the front of the car and leave it syncing rss feeds tethered to my N95 whilst we drove around in areas with coverage. There isn’t any mobile phone coverage at the cottages which is great so contact with the outside world was done whilst out and about except for wi-fi in the cottage and that’s another post.

Whilst driving we wondered what the weather was going to be like for the next few days, so my wife pulled out the N800, which was tethered to the N95 and looked up and checked out the weather. We then wondered where the exact location of the nearest farm shop was so it was googled and the postcode entered into the satnav. Over the next few days the N800 lived in the car and whenever we where driving for a while my wife would fire it up and either checkout the weather or check her email or just surf around to find bits of information. This was a bout of a revelation for us that you could have simple and reliable access to the Internet whilst travelling around in there car as the N800 is some much more friendly to use on the go so to speak than a laptop.


The N800 came into it’s own on Sunday as well, we left the St Pierre Hotel at 12noon heading back to my mum’s when my brother texted me the time and location of the pub were we’d agreed to met for sunday lunch. But he’d only entered pretty basic location information and having not lived in Cardiff for more than 10 years I couldn’t remember where it was, so once again, the N800 was pulled out of the arm rest and fired up as we drove down the hotel drive way. The pub was located and the postcode entered into the satnav before we’d reached the hotel gates.

From now on the N800 is the bit of kit that’s thrown into the front of the car on long car journey’s and I’m going to look into the Nokia FM transmitters too, and the N800 may become the web and entertainment device for long journeys.