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Exams & Coffee
I have finished my exams. I am currently eating too many bananas and drinking too much coffee.

I know that I am drinking too much coffee because of two things I did in my exam this morning.

The first was to say 'Economists who believe in the accuracy of models should give up now and teach high school physics or write Science Fiction. For one of the few examples of models working read Isaac Asimov's Foundation books."

The second was to explain strange attractors in complex market systems using a line drawing of two houses separated by a hill with a car on it.

Either it'll be marked by a man with a sense of humour. Or not.

Now 4 days off before London.

Mmm. Sleep. Better than Seabound or Malcolm Gladwell.

Anyone still reading this shit?

Oh, and having lost my N95 I am now debating between an iPhone and an E75. The N97 has been written off as too much. If only O2's tethering plan wasn't absolutely dreadful the decision would be easy. My current dumbphone has no numbers or email and it hurts.

If you'd like me to have your phone number or help with my address book please fill in :

Poll #1421070 Contact Details

Who are you? ($realname)

What is your preferred email address?

What is your postal address?

What are your phone number(s)?

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ant_girl From: ant_girl Date: June 25th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Either it'll be marked by a man with a sense of humour. Or not.

Or a woman? (With or without sense of humour). :-p
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: June 25th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I know at least the primary marker is a man. I suspect no-one will want to secondary mark three hour written exams from about sixty people.
From: alasdair Date: June 25th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am informed by a man on the inside that the only way O2 would have of telling if you were using the iPhone in a tethered capacity would be looking for abnormal usage, or protocols outside of email/web.

So if you just want the tethering so you can use a laptop to do the usual minimum email and web checking while on the road, you might well get away with it without the absurd plan. If you want it for full-on business use, yeah, it's not perfect.

(I cannot vouch that this is 100% the case, have not tried it myself, and obviously, things may change, but this appears to be the current state of play...)
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: June 25th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh that's really interesting to know. Thank you. I would not be surprised if 'something' changed about their offering in the next month or so given the combined weight of geek opinion (and geeks are not generally known to be slimline).

Or I have my spreadsheet which will tell me if a short-term E75 might make sense with possible upgrade later in the year if it's changed by then. My main concern is spending the summer in an office with controlled web access - so I will need some kind of mobile device potentially (being the addict I am).
rubian From: rubian Date: June 25th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Haven't read this shit for a while now. x
anotherusedpage From: anotherusedpage Date: June 25th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
congrats on finishing exams! :)
mimeticgel From: mimeticgel Date: June 25th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Reading this? I don't do read any more, but the words do make nice patterns.

Exams over heh.. now you need to give it a year or so before you are comfy with a more vegetative way of life.

The new iPhone has shinier bits on the inside. You can't see em, but they are there so it is obviously better.

These days I browse the netbook developments rather than phones, at some point my eee701 will be replaced but just waiting a few more months (still).
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: June 25th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Has Damien told you I'm starting at your place next week? (Well, not Birchwood). And keep an eye out for any jobs that come up if you get a chance!
From: pax_draconis Date: June 25th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
HTC Touch Diamond 2, or the Diamond Pro 2 if you want a keyboard slide-out. Excellent high-end i-Phone botherers.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: June 25th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
No more choices! Nokia or Apple. Life is hard enough as it is.
littleonionz From: littleonionz Date: June 25th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay, nice one. Enjoy the not study:)
From: choccoweeble Date: June 25th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
The overwhelming reports I've heard are that the iPhone is a great gadget but a really shit phone (in terms of calling functionality, features etc). Hope that's in some way helpful.
kathbad From: kathbad Date: June 25th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Saw Malcolm Gladwell (again) on Tuesday - he is a very fab speaker...
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kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: June 26th, 2009 06:50 am (UTC) (Link)
The Sun kit? Has it been confirmed they want it or not? Last I heard PDIT wasn't sure.
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marcushill From: marcushill Date: June 26th, 2009 07:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I've never read a word you've written, and I don't see why I should start now.
putrescine From: putrescine Date: June 26th, 2009 08:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Your absence from the audience for Seabound was statistically significant, put it that way. Great gig though.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: June 26th, 2009 08:27 am (UTC) (Link)
So I hear. I was mostly unconscious for the evening though and suspect any kind of music would have prevented me achieving that state.
gaius_octavian From: gaius_octavian Date: June 26th, 2009 09:19 am (UTC) (Link)
FWIW I'm pretty happy with my Nokia E71.
carabel From: carabel Date: June 26th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Don't go for an iphone just yet, wait another couple of months. G1 very good but heavy on the data use even if your not doing anything so not really good to use on networks other than t-mobile which allow unlimited data for G1. E75 isn't bad actually and i tend to dislike Nokias, N96 is the nokia i would go for tho. Stay away from Samsung and LG!
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: June 26th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
ayrton_nix From: ayrton_nix Date: June 26th, 2009 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Does this mean you can have fun again? When are you coming to have fun up here? Soon? Sooner?
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: June 26th, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Summer project in London (let me know if/when you're down and we should at least be able to do coffee - in fact I could do with dropping you an email) - then real life starts again proper in September.
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