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When Passions Collide

Monday, July 5th, 2010

A couple of months ago I received a note from Joshua Granick of Eclectic Design Studio. Joshua was working in a space where a couple of my passions collide and was looking for some help.

You see, Joshua was working on a Bible reader app for the Palm WebOS platform. If you regularly read McGuire’s Law, it’s pretty obvious to you that mobility is a passion of mine. It just so happens I’ve also been a big fan of WebOS, so that alone would’ve gotten my attention.

But, I also get passionate about applying modern technologies in Christian ministry. My second startup was called Seek First Networks and was specifically focused on helping small ministries and churches take advantage of web technologies. After I joined Sprint, I kept much of that work alive as a non-profit ministry called Living Stones Ministry.

And that’s exactly why Joshua was reaching out. He’d been using the Living Stones web services interface to a handful (or so) of Bible translations. It worked exactly the way he needed for his Bible Reader product, but he wanted to include dozens more translations

To be honest, I didn’t have the time to do the conversion work and make sure the infrastructure could handle it. But, I was excited about what Joshua was doing, so I gave him access to my source code and database structures, and gave him a very brief lesson in how to integrate additional Bible translations. He was able to immediately run with it and has added bunches of new translations to his product. Beta version 1.4.4 of Bible Reader and Bible Reader Plus are now on their way to the Palm App Catalog. If you’re rocking a WebOS device, check them out!

Observations: Uses – June 12, 2010

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

Standard disclaimer: don’t take from my selections, ordering, headlines, etc. any indications of the interests or plans of my employer (if you do, you’ll undoubtedly be disappointed when they don’t play out.)

The Ultimate Swiss Army Knife

Friday, June 11th, 2010

For years, we’ve talked about the cellphone as the swiss army knife.

And I’ve found the analogy

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to be really on-target. I’ve told the story many times about how I used to (pre-9/11) always carry a small knife in my pocket that had a small pair of scissors and a tiny screw driver. There were times when I found myself trying to demo the latest telecom applications at a customer site or a trade show and I’d use those scissors to strip a wire and the screw driver to lock down a connection. (Scary, I know…)

But, in reality, those scissors and that tiny screw driver were a poor excuse for real tools. They were incredibly valuable because I had them with me, but given my druthers, I’d rather use a real stripping tool or real screw driver.

Cellphones have been the same way. You can use your cellphone as a camera. You can use your cellphone to watch TV or movies. You can use them as an eReader. You can use your cellphone as a navigation device. And your cellphone is incredibly valuable for those purposes (relative to its quality at each) because it is always with you. (That’s a big part of McGuire’s Law of Mobility, by the way…)

But in reality, given the choice, most people would rather use a “real” camera, a “real” TV, a “real” book or eReader, or a “real” navigation device.

The EVO 4G is the first phone that really changes that reality. Its true broadband connectivity, high powered processor, 8MP camera, huge screen, and HDMI output make it truly competitive as a “real” product in each of those categories. Add in stereo Bluetooth, 720p video recording, an additional front facing camera for video chatting, hot spot capability, a digital compass, and all the applications in the Android marketplace, and suddenly the EVO becomes the ultimate “swiss army knife” capable of credibly replacing a broad range of products.

Wow.

Observations: Uses – May 14, 2010

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Standard disclaimer: don’t take from my selections, ordering, headlines, etc. any indications of the interests or plans of my employer (if you do, you’ll undoubtedly be disappointed when they don’t play out.)

Observations: Uses – April 22, 2010

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

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Observations: Uses – April 9, 2010

Friday, April 9th, 2010

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Observations: Uses – March 23, 2010

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

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Observations: Uses – March 5, 2010

Friday, March 5th, 2010

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Observations: Uses – February 13, 2010

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Standard disclaimer: don’t take from my selections, ordering, headlines, etc. any indications of the interests or plans of my employer (if you do, you’ll undoubtedly be disappointed when they don’t play out.)

Observations: Uses – January 24, 2010

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Standard disclaimer: don’t take from my selections, ordering, headlines, etc. any indications of the interests or plans of my employer (if you do, you’ll undoubtedly be disappointed when they don’t play out.)