Perks galore

Nokia 7210, Sony Ericsson T310, Siemens S55

Today I had my first meeting. Actually, I had three meetings today, one of them with a partner of NRK. Some of these guys spell “style” first thing in the morning. The way they talk, the way they dress, the way they walk. Everything. I haven’t decided yet if this is good or bad. Not that matters anyway. I just have to make sure that I’m not ending up like that if I decide it’s a bad thing.

Working with WAP has its advantages when it comes to the access to gadgets. Major mobile phone manufacturers, like Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Siemens feed my apartment with the latest of their latest models to make sure that the WAP site works all right on their phones. Which means that I have all the good stuff within reach. And no one told me that I couldn’t grab one of the phones and use as my personal phone while I’m working there. Today I took three models with me, the Nokia 7210, the Sony Ericsson T310 and the Siemens S55. All high-tech, state of the art phones. But it looks like I’m no high-tech lovin’ guy when it comes to mobile phones. All the models are crammed with crap I really don’t need. Polyphonic ringing tones, MMS, tons of games, and other things that I’ll never use anyway. So after about half an hour of fumbling around with the phones, I went back to my trusty old Nokia 3310. Not the best phone in the world, but it does what I need it to do, make phone calls and send SMS messages. Fear not – there is still a good pile of other phones for me to test. I’m already looking forward to work tomorrow. Envy me, geeks!

It’s not that late yet, but I’m still a little tired. I’m sleeping in a room which is unfortunately in the path of the sun at around 5:30 in the morning. This, in turn, results in me waking up, and this morning I had a hard time going back to sleep. Solution: Rotate the house. Or I can at least request that the land lady – who I suspect is not that fond of having me here – makes a fair try at it.

Before I go to bed tonight, I have to make myself some lunch to bring to work tomorrow. They have a large and well assorted canteen, but it was damn expensive to eat there.

By Vegard Vines Skjefstad

11 replies on “Perks galore”

Tally Ho! your new job and appartment seems exicting. Tomas and I just might stop by during the summer. how long is your workday or are you only available during weekends? :-)

Hey! I got a B on my “hand-waver’s” exam:)) So you could just send me one of those toys a.k.a mobile phones you’re playing with, as a little “Camilla-you’re-so-good-and-clever-and-intelligent-or-whatever”-present, oki? Thnx;)

I’m working normal eight hour days, but probably with some overtime soon. Just let me know when you’re coming and we’ll work something out.

I’m sorry, but I can’t send you any of the phones. But congrats on your grade! Good stuff.

You’re right about the phones. A good phone, too me, is simple but stylish, functional but uncluttered; in that sense, phones are like websites. Nokia could have stopped development with the 3210, for all I care.

WAP to me seems a bit like putting a jet engine on a beetle. No matter how quickly or cheaply you can get data to your phone – not particularly in both cases, at the moment – who really wants to read any substantial amount of content on that miniature screen? Or, if content isn’t the point, who wants to read a few headlines or summaries, then have to wait a few impatient hours to get home and read the substance of the article?

That said, I’ve often been known to bag stuff like this, then get hooked on it. Designing for WAP seems like it’d be good fun: while there’s no style or design to be heard of, the process of creating a useful and useable interface for such a limited medium would be a good challenge.

Klas: For all I know, she might be dreaming about that, too.

Alexander: Make sure you get hooked on WAP fast, as it will help me keep my job.

Geany: Just lost for a while. Hopefully, that goes for you, too.

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