· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · June
· · · · 02 (2 entries)

FSS: Double Wedding · Fri­day Slide Scan #32 is an early-nineties pic­ture of a wed­ding. It’s not a dou­ble wed­ding, but it is a dou­ble ex­po­sure ...
SavaJe Shakedown · At Ja­va One, I pur­chased the “conference gadget”, a SavaJe Jasper S20. Since it sup­ports most of Ja­va SE, I thought I’d check out whether a com­pe­tent Ja­va de­vel­op­er who knows noth­ing about mo­bile is­sues could make it do any­thing in­ter­est­ing. It’s kin­da cute, and it’s an OK phone on my lo­cal GSM net­work. How­ev­er, the soft­ware de­vel­op­ment pack runs on­ly on Win­dows. It’s got a cam­era and shoots video, but when I plugged the USB in­to my Mac, the Mac said “unable to use that disk” and then crashed a few sec­onds lat­er. I have nev­er had a USB de­vice fail like this on any com­put­er be­fore. Al­so, the phone’s pref­er­ences menus are lame and lim­it­ed, so on the screen, I can’t keep the net­work op­er­a­tor name from over-writing the Date/Time dis­play. Fi­nal­ly, my net­work provider re­quires some slight­ly odd GPRS set­tings (e.g. fun­ny DNS port num­ber­s) and the phone doesn’t have a way to set those, so I can’t con­nec­t. I re­port­ed this on the SavaJe de­vel­op­er fo­rum­s, and some badly-programmed bot pre­tend­ing to be a “SavaJe Devel­op­er Ser­vices Engineer” mind­less­ly point­ed me at the di­rec­tions to the phone’s GPRS set­up screen, when I’d specif­i­cal­ly stat­ed that that screen didn’t do what I need­ed. SavaJe might turn out to be a good idea, but they’re do­ing their best to cov­er that up. [Up­date: As of some­time over the week­end, an ac­tu­al hu­man seems to be hav­ing a look at the sit­u­a­tion, over at the SavaJe de­vel­op­er fo­rums. So let’s see...] [Up­date: Got a nice email from Lar­ry Kaye, Man­ag­er of Devel­op­er Ser­vices over at SavaJe. Very to-the-point; yes, they know about most of my is­sues, are work­ing on them. That’s all any­one can ask for in a bleeding-edge developer-release pro­duc­t. Will re­port fur­ther.]
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