I had Monday and Tuesday off from the day job, specifically to install FIOS and to fire Comcast. Mission accomplished. But once the install was done, there was left to figure out what to do with the rest of the afternoon.
How about buying a new smartphone with Mobile Windows OS?
I’ve resisted it for a very long time. I’ve been shopping and debating the upgrade. I’ve been praising myself for the incredible tricks I’ve been able to teach my old Treo 650. I could listen to the radio on it. I could interact with the Web on it and do e-mail on it. I had nearly mastered the sucker.
Then, one day, I Googled the following phrase, and everything changed: “Howard Stern mobile.” I wanted to see if there was an app that would allow me to listen to The Show via my phone. There was. But it required a .net platform, which means you need the evil Microsoft.
So last evening, I was at the compyooter with my new Treo 700wx, trying to get the thing to sync, cussing a lot, then realizing that I had to select the “usbswitch” program, then first installing and trying “SiriuCE” in many incarnations and failing, then installing SiriusWM5 and having instant success. It is beautiful. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I have also installed the Live365 software, and it is pretty damned gud as well, and there is also a web portal that allows you to log in to your XM account, though again, it appears to require .net.
Dad was down this weekend and had said they have an extra Treo with WM, and he offered it to me, but it’s probably locked for Verizon, and I’m generally very happy with my Sprint service. He and my stepmom have not been happy with theirs, partially why I was dragging my feet. But I think that to really love a Treo, you have to love installing and trying new apps. They’re just not half the geek I am. I’ve been generally ecstatic with the thing—especially as I’m at my day job plugged in to the Howard Stern Show. And the nice thing is that many of the things I had to find apps for with Palm, this thing does out of the box.
There is a downside, though: It may mean that the eee PC I’ve ordered can’t stay a Linux machine as I’d planned. How useless would it be to have a laptop with which you can’t sync your smartyphone?