I’ve had the HTC Hero from Sprint for about a month now and i’ve had enough time to digest all the features.
1. Extremely well integrated with twitter, facebook, and flickr.
2. Very flexible customization with seven pages of personalized layout
3. No keyboard means lightweight and small (I’ve no problems using the touchscreen keyboard)
4. Phone, especially Speaker Phone, work better than my old LG phone.
1. Shaky software. i.e. Alarm Clock crashes instead of alarming and calendar app crashes.
2. Advanced Task Killer App is needed to control usage and save battery life ( couldn’t android have a built in way to kill apps?)
All in all, I love this phone. My wife has the samsung moment and my preference is definitely for the hero over the moment.
Phonegap a big success. I tried out phonegap for android this morning. Those guys at nitobi have done a great thing for web devs wanting to write mobile apps.
Check them out on Twitter @phonegap
My wife and i had this debate a little before christmas so i’ll share my point of view.
The retail industry has made a mockery out of christmas and trumped up santa to the point where many people are stressed out, frustrated, and sick of christmas. Many Christian groups are calling for devout followers to give up the tradition entirely; i disagree.
Santa claus is a great metaphor for what Christmas is all about. Santa claus is God and the metaphor flows easily from there. All those tales about the naughty list and gifts of coal never pan out in the end. Santa brings gifts and glad tidings to all. Likewise, we christians believe that God gave his son to all, sinner and saint, that we may achieve salvation through him.
With this understanding, santa claus is a great tradition. It is unfortunate how often this goes overlooked and unless we teach our children this metaphor, santa will continue to be seen as just another part of the modern decadence.
Remember, all things in moderation.
I just wanted to mention a couple of websites that are doing positive things in the area of consumer health.
QuickenHealth, http://healthcare.intuit.com, is making it easy for consumers with a certain group of insuresrs, to track and manage their expenses. It helps clarify what, why, and when the insurer made or didn’t make payments on your behalf.
Patients Like Me, http://patientslikeme.com, makes it easy for people with some of the more acute conditions to collaborate with other patients like themselves online. For me, the ALS group would have been nice back when my family was going through a grandparent having the disaease.
Keas, http://keas.com, named after a strange bird, lets you integrate data from one of the major PHR’s and then manage your own health by selecting from a variety of care plans.
While none of these sites is completely solving the problem of health care, they are all forward thinking and are specific examples that could be cited for how health care is going to shift more and more to the responsibility of the patient. We will show up for our appointments more educated than ever before.
Can we learn anything from the past about technology and the disruption it can cause to an industry?
Think about a few examples…
- The record and video stores are being replaced by online and/or mechanical counterparts. See netflix, itunes, redbox, etc…)
- Power generation went from individually owned windmill’s and watermills to centralized power plants
- Email has supplanted traditional mail in popularity and usage
Given that the health care delivery system is just now approaching the “tipping point” for being completly digitized, is government legislature really necessary when the past shows that innovation will inevitably come and reduce the cost, remove the friction, and improve our delivery system?
It’s the spirit of the free market system that has lead to countless examples of this in our short history as a nation and i hope that we don’t rush to judgement instead of letting the entrepreneurs duke it out. Let the most valuable solution win!
Death to PPOs HMOs and all the other insurance plans that don’t involve the consumer!