By chance I discovered possibly the greatest app of the year on Symbian S60 v3.
Joiku light edition is a free application that transforms your Nokia mobile into a wireless router, creating a mobile hotspot. It takes your 3g or HSDPA connection and broadcasts it out, just like a standard wireless router does.
You are then able to connect any wireless device to the network. For example, you might be on a train and want to connect your iPod touch to the web. Typically, this is impossible. However, with Joiku, simply open up the application and within seconds you have your own wifi.
This is exciting. This is big. Just imagine the implications. Laptops, UMPCs iPods – the list is endless – all can now connect to the web pretty much anywhere. Connecting that gorgeous little Eee PC on the train to the web is now a reality with this. No cables , no usb dongle – just wifi.
I have not come up against any major issues as such. But I do have questions.
1.I am not sure whether it is possible to encrypt the network SSID . Ideally, you would want to make it secure with WEP or WPA etc.
2.Secondly, I could not figure out an obvious way to rename the SSID or better still create a closed network.
3.I am guessing the software is in early days – so future updates will no doubt fix these minor issues.
Looking at their website there are plans to launch a ‘premium edition’ . No doubt that version will resolve these issues. I certainly would be willing to pay for it.
Tested and working
I have tested it with my E90 and Macbook (running OS X and Vista) / iPod touch. It works.
In summary, if you have a s60 Nokia with an unlimited internet plan – you simply must install it.
For more information and to download the application please visit:http://www.joikuspot.com/
Windows Mobile users – don’t feel neglected
Those of you using Windows Mobile should not feel left out. Joiku have a copy for you guys too. Click here to grab it.
Tell me your thoughts
Have you set Joiku up? Did it work for you. Please feel free to post a reply.
One of my favorite sites at the moment is web archive. The guys over at Internet Archive have been archiving the entire web since 1996. Typing a URL address into their ‘WayBack Machine’ is a fantastic tool that takes you back to earlier versions of a particular domain name.
Running a search for jasonmonty.com and my previous domain jasonmonty.org revealed some fantastic memories.
Those were the days……FTP uploads via dialup……endless hours wasted coding HTML. Just makes me realise how far we have come since 2000. Thought i’d share some old screen shots of my old site. Ah the memories…….I must say I do miss Montymail.
Pretty much all the podcasts I have been listening to over recent years have been singing the praises of the ‘Get Things Done’ or the GTD approach to productivity. From Merlin Mann (www.43folders.com) and regular guest of MacBreak Weekly (www.twit.tv) to Adam Christianson over at www.maccast.com – they all agree it’s a great methodology.
I have been hanging out over at 43folders and visiting , David Allen’s sitewww.davidco.com . I have also watched the excellent presentations by Merlin Mann on the topic (see below) . All this stuff has inspired me to dive in and get more productive.
GTD meets my Outlook 2003 app
I must confess I have not read Allen’s actual GTD book yet (I am a self-confessed slow reader – and sadly it’s not on Audible.co.uk yet). However, I figured I would do a bit of ‘lifehacking’ and pull out the stuff that could have an immediate impact on my productivity. I spend most of my day in Outlook – so thought addressing my behavior here might help.
I recently got myself the excellent White Paper ‘GTD and Outlook’ on David Allen’s site. I must say – it is excellent. A bargain at $10. Being the slightly obsessive type, I printed it into A5 and got in bound. It sits on my desk as a constant companion.
Today, I began creating the various @categories in Outlook and started adding my tasks. I almost instantly saw the logic – and am very excited about it all.
I have also read up on the inbox zero element of GTD and this afternoon began dealing with my mail. I am down to 49.
It is early days and I really must read the book. But some immediate challenges have emerged:
1. I hope I can stick to it. I think I can.
I am not sure when I should review my tasks (daily/weekly?) At this stage – I figure it really ought to be daily.
How do I address the ‘portability’ aspects of GTD? I have an office laptop which is fully kitted out for remote working. But won’t that be invading my private space? I may be able to sync. it with my Nokia E90 smartphone – that might do the trick.
4.How do I communicate my new found approach to my immediate team at work. I have developed innovative ways to manage the high volume of emails – but I am sure it would help if they better appreciated the approach.
In summary – I am excited and extremely motivated by GTD. I really am determined to make a success of it.
I must also thank my previous colleague and friend who also provided me with inspiration to Get Things Done. You know who you are. Thought I would end with a presentation by Merlin Mann on Inbox Zero, happy viewing:
As we head towards another ‘jobsnote’ at the next Apple World Developer’s Conference (June 9-13) rumours are abound about a possible 3G iPhone launch. According to reports it will have 3G along with GPS.I have not read anything about video conferencing (or perhaps iChat support) yet, but no doubt it will. By all accounts this really does look like the iPhone that will take over the cellphone industry.
My only gripe…….please please please Apple make this sim free. Most of your loyal customers would be willing to pay a high price for a phone that can accept any sim card. I understand that a lock in with 02 is lucrative for both parties – but it is the customer who ultimately suffers. Apple are correct when they claim to be reinventing the mobile phone. However, Apple, please go that little bit further and reinvent how we access the airwaves. You have the potential to change the game.