March 18th, 2007


Wherein Brad does ~20/30(?) mile ride around city

Observations from long ride all over the city in the extreme fog & wind:
  • Heated hand grips are a lifesaver! Holy crap they're nice.
  • San Francisco is awesome. So pretty.
  • Wind is crazy. Damn. Felt like I was being pushed all over. Loved it.
  • Oh, condensation... that's what that is! You gotta wipe off your visor sometimes when it's all windy and foggy driving up & down the coast.
  • A 6th gear would be nice. I frequently found myself shifting into non-existent 6th gear.
  • Don't pull into a scenic rest area parking spot, facing downhill. Damn. Almost didn't make the turn back out. Would've been embarassing to ask adjacent car to back out so I could leave.
My route was:
  • Diamond Heights,
  • Market,
  • Fell,
  • the park,
  • beach, Cliff House, the baths, back down to Cliff House,
  • Great Highway (or whatever), down the coast...
  • Skyline...
  • San Mateo county line...
  • 280 back to San Jose avenue.

Need a new phone. Treo's dead.

5 months after its 1 year warranty expired, my Treo 650 just shat itself for the final time. The keyboard's all whack now, pressing random keys on its own, not responding to other keys, etc.

And given that OpenMoko isn't quite ready yet software-wise, I should buy another phone. So...

Dear Lazyweb,

I need a new phone!

The new phone has the following properties, and you'll tell me what phone it is:
  • QWERTY keyboard -- for thumb-killing fast SMS'ing.
  • GSM, Quad-band, Unlocked -- gotta use it in Russia and Europe and Japan, and with pre-pay SIM cards not from T-Mobile
  • Sufficiently Hackable -- can I put apps from the Internet on it?
  • Good IMAP client
  • ssh client
  • Camera
  • Menus and navigation that don't offend me -- I don't want spinny animations and offensive shit common in the slow-ass gimmicky "Java phones"
So, what do I want?