I spent the first 10 years of my career forced to wear a pager and be on call (without being compensated for it, of course).
I think I'm the only one on my team that doesn't have a cell phone ... and since the company's too cheap to provide one, I'm unreachable after hours.
I'm lovin it.
I didn't have a mobile until about a year ago. The only reason I bought it was because I was looking for a new job and wanted to talk to agents in private at work. Rather amusingly, one of the boss' friends sold me his old one thinking I wanted it so that my wife could phone me to tell me she was going into labour Nowadays (found a new job) it lives in the car, and is usually switched off.
I smashed my cellphone on the ground and stomped on it in anger 5 months ago. I've been having so much peace, that although I keep thinking of buying a new one, I just can't bring myself around to buy it
I'm surprised there's so few PalmOS-based mobile owners. I've recently bought a PalmOne Treo 600, and although it has a couple of minor issues, it's a fantastic side step from my separate Nokia 8310 + Clie TJ37, even though the Treo 600 is a lower res, lower powered device.
El Reg have reviews of both the 600 and 650, I believe. Worth checking out if you have reasonably deep pockets for money, but not two devices.
Java is actually a virtual execution environment, similar to .NET CLR, and is not a mobile operating system.
So called "Java based phones" actually runs some other operation system, which can be PocketPC, PalmOS, Symbian, SmartPhone, Linux, or some kind of proprietry OS created by the phone manufacturer.
The J2ME (Java 2 Mobile Edition) Virtual Machine is installed on the OS, and supports running J2ME applications.
The phone menus, wap browser, call and radio handling etc. are native code executed by the OS and are not written in Java.
J2ME VM is pre-installed on all Symbian phones, and sometimes can be installed on other types mobile OS.
I know one of the guys that develops "BREW" at Qualcomm. It is essentially some programming environment (From my understanding, I'm not really familar or into this type of stuff) for writing applications for mobile devices (or something or other), it's being developed by Qualcomm (you remember Eudora?).
It uses a proprietary C++ environment but the development kit is easily obtained and there's lots of info, etc. It is a worthy competitor to Java and MS environments, though it has some basic architectural and philosophical differences.
Michael Dunn wrote:
I have no cell phone, no pager, no nothing. I don't want to be reachable 24 hrs a day.
I only bought mine because I was spending more time on client's sites and needed to be contactable by other clients. I bought a 'pay as you go' phone with £10 credit. That was over 18 months ago and I still haven't used up the inital £10.