leave the lappy in the bag

December 2, 2008

I like having a phone smart and feature rich enough that I can leave my laptop on it’s bag most nights. Being able to stay on top of emails, calls, as well as other social Internet services is priceless.

The phone doesn’t meet 100% of my daily Internet needs, but it’s enough that I don’t feel completely tethered to a real machine. I don’t mind being obsessed with a machine that fits in my pocket. Especially when my last four “smartphones” were pretty dumb in comparison.

Now if ATT could just make their 3G network both fast and reliable.

Let the phone check email

November 6, 2008

Today’s productivity helper is to let the phone check email. I use Gmail for all accounts, so I have to stop what I’m doing to check email. This doesn’t sound like a big deal but it’s the tangeant factor that gets me. New email or not, chances are I’m going to stop thinking about work, and that’s a roadblock.

Now I just use the iPhone’s push capability to check Gmail each hour. I realize there are plenty of desktop email solutions, but that would take resources from my machine. This setup makes use of my data plan, as well as let me know exactly when email waiting for me.

Plus I really dig hearing the phone beep and vibrate every so often. In fact I love getting that notification at any time, not just during business hours. Just one more thing I can stop thinking about.

I just wonder how long until the iBurnout sets in.