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It’s unfortunate that Python on my Nokia E63 has only reached version 2.2, now that the rest of the world is speaking 2.5/2.6 or even 3.x. As far as I can tell, version 1.4.5 of the more or less official PyS60 package contains Python 2.2.2.

The bright side: the existing Python implementation for S60 3rd Ed. is well integrated into the hardware of the Nokia phones, thanks to the efforts of Nokia itself. Building applicationsthat do something useful shouldn’t be too hard, and perhaps Jurgen Scheible’s Python for the Series 60 Tutorial can be of help. I haven’t read it through, so I won’t comment on its qualities, but at least it has the merit to exist – with lots of sample code, available on the website.

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Here’s what happened. While checking my LinkedIn account, my eye fell on a message from one of my contacts. The message, however, originated from Twitter. I had a possible reply to his question, but I wondered: how should I reply? Not via a private message in LinkedIn, that’s clear. A “comment” on LinkedIn didn’t seem appropriate, since the message originated from Twitter. So I replied via a direct Tweet – but now I’m not sure that my contact actually got the message! We’re not following each other on Twitter, and we’re using different tools to create and read messages: he’s using Echofon, and I have installed Socially on my mobile phone. It’s good that different tools open up to each other, but in the current state of affairs the integration doens’t go far enough. Why, for example, doesn’t LinkedIn have a button/link that allows me to fire off a Twitter reply to my contact?

By the way, I like Socially a lot. It does what it promises, it looks good, and it has al the functionality a reliative newbie to social media like me needs.

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Yesterday, for the first time in my life, I had to reset (yup, “reset“) the Bluetooth headset I use with my mobile phone. No, the battery wasn’t empty. No, I didn’t leave the headset in extreme cold or heat. I use only a single button on it, so it wasn’t some fancy key combination that could have provoked the crash. And no, it doesn’t run Windows ;-)

I hadn’t thought about it in those terms, but the headset obviously contains a small computer. And apparently, computers still crash from to time – even when they’re small and simple. Software development is a craft, not science!

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#whyday

I first mentioned _why in 2004, when I discovered his guide to the Ruby programming language. When I republished that post a few days ago, I was annoyed by the fact that I had to resort to the Wayback Machine to find a copy of hat guide – even Wikipedia has broken links to _why. I applaud the Wayback Machine for what it does, but it can never be complete – by definition, of course. We have libraries to preserve copies of worthwhile books; why not have a sort of i-archive to preserve worthwhile digital/Internet material, more selective and specific than the Wayback Machine?

Anyway: hope you have a great #whyday!

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Understatement Of The Week

Says Matt Ford, on Ars Technica: “Quantum chromodynamics (QCD), the theory that describes the strong nuclear force, is odd even by quantum mechanical standards” (that’s the understatement, of course). I hardly understand quantum mechanics, let alone QCD – but his article on “Reexamining nothing: is the vacuum of space really empty?” is clear enough and worth reading if youcare about scinece.

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While cleaning up a few bookmark folders, I rediscovered the Rubicode website and their Mac OS X tools. A few of their tools, dating back several years (remember OS X 10.1 and 10.2?), have been upgraded less than a year ago. And they’re still worth using if you need what they deliver.

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You can check out a number of PyCon 2010 sessions on blip.tv, if – like me – you had wanted to be there but couldn’t. And by the way: there are more interesting “shows” to see on blip.tv – I won’t forget that presentation from Nicholas Negroponte ¬†on the OLPC project anytime soon

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