Extra Fox – A blog by Christopher Taylor

How many HTC phones will NTT DoCoMo have available?

Posted in Uncategorized by extrafox on June 28, 2006

Since the press release back in January [NTT DoCoMo], there have been a number of speculative pieces and images to surface on the Net. What seems clear is that there will be at least one, maybe more, Windows Mobile 5.0 phone to choose from in Japan. Some or all of them may even be GSM compatible. That would mean I could travel to and from the US with a single phone.

In addition, a 3G smartphone manufactured by the Taiwan-based High Tech Computer (HTC) will soon be marketed by DoCoMo in Japan, market sources indicated. On June 15, HTC announced the MTeoR, a 3G smartphone featuring Windows Mobile 5.0 Direct Push technology [DigiTimes].

Please launch soon because I need my calendar to sync with Outlook. After the past two years with the SMT 5600 and then the Cingular 2125, I have gone into shock here in Japan. Ironic considering Japan is known for having the latest in cellphone technology.

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Philips Bodygroom online advertisement

Posted in Uncategorized by extrafox on June 26, 2006

A friend of mine sent me this hilarious advertisement for the Philips Bodygroom [ad]. This is a must see advertisement whether or not you need the product. Though, the product might be pretty handy as well. Keep in mind that this is a real product and not a parody! All I can say is, good job Philips. It took some b@!!$ to come up with that ad.

One last thing… and this is important! Check out the music video. It’s on the main menu of the Flash ad. Just too funny.

Using Flock

Posted in Uncategorized by extrafox on June 23, 2006

I just downloaded Flock [website] and decided to try out its blogging tool. It’s built in tool provides a WSYWYG editor that seems to be much better than the one that Blogger provides. Plus, since it is not web-based it gives some other nice features like the ability to save the entry to disk, or open an existing file. Still a pretty low tech editor, but nice.

The Flock browser seems interesting. It’s based on Firefox and is in its 0.7 beta release. It seems to be targeting the average Joe instead of the computer and technology expert. Nice idea, don’t know how it will fulfill on the promise.

Examples of fear tactics used by media industry

Posted in Uncategorized by extrafox on June 22, 2006

The media industry as exemplified by the RIAA is afraid of new media and continues to bully and foster fear amount the press and the public. However, this isn’t something new. History tends to repeat itself and the worst predictions have invariably been shown to be wrong.

“I forsee a marked deterioration in American music…and a host of other injuries to music in its artistic manifestations, by virtue—or rather by vice—of the multiplication of the various music-reproducing machines…” -John Philip Sousa on the Player Piano (1906)

“The public will not buy songs that it can hear almost at will by a brief manipulation of the radio dials.” -Record Label Executive on FM Radio (1925)

“But now we are faced with a new and very troubling assault on our fiscal security, on our very economic life and we are facing it from a thing called the videocassette recorder.” -MPAA on the VCR (1982)

“When the manufacturers hand the public a license to record at home…not only will the songwriter tie a noose around his neck, not only will there be no more records to tape [but] the innocent public will be made an accessory to the destruction of four industries.” -ASCAP on the Cassette Tape (1982) [ArsTechnica]

Of course, in my work I am forced to work within the contraints imposed by the RIAA and others. It’s job security for me, but usually results in losses for the consumer…

My next phone? Sharp/Willcom W-ZERO3

Posted in Uncategorized by extrafox on June 8, 2006

The phones in Japan are really great and all, but I have become very accustomed to having my calendar and contacts sync with Outlook. Yes, I know it’s sad what a Redmond junkie I have become, but there you have it.

To refresh, it’s Windows Mobile 5, Intel PXA270 416 MHz processor, 64 MB of RAM and 128 flash RAM, 3.7” screen, WiFi, 1.3 megapixel camera, and miniSD slot. This is manufactured by Taiwan’s HTC, the same ones who did the Wizard and the upcoming Hermes. We hope they bring this one over to the US sometime. After all, we did let them borrow Natalie Portman for their Lux Shampoo commercials [Gizmodo]

My only real reservation is the size, but this is a pretty sweet phone. I have typically gone for smaller phones like my US phone, the Cingular 2125. But, I will be willing to forego size for the convenience of having Windows Mobile in Japan and, right now, the selection is slim over here for WM5.0 phones.