Temporary Retreat

I won’t be posting for the next week or so, instead I thought I would leave this delightful picture of Drea De Matteo.

Palm to announce Treo 670 / 700?

Rumours and pictures of the Palm Treo 670 have circulated for months.

Now it looks like there may be some truth in them. Microsoft, Palm and Verizon holding a joint conference means that this isnt another Palm supports Microsoft Exchange or .net frameworks for infidel devices.

This looks more like the real deal. (Picture courtesy of MyTreo.net).

Time to move to Symbian.

Check out the media invitation below:

Palm, Inc., Microsoft Corporation and Verizon Wireless Announce Press Conference for Sept. 26 SUNNYVALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sept. 23, 2005–Ed Colligan, Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM) president and chief executive officer; Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman and chief software architect; and Denny Strigl, president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless, invite the news media to join them for a press conference on Monday, Sept. 26, at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco beginning at 9 a.m. PDT.

Admission will be limited to members of the business and technology news media who present current press credentials.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. outside the Twin Peaks conference room on the second floor of the hotel.

RSVP Members of the news media who plan to attend in person are asked to RSVP to Ryan Luckin of A&R Partners at rluckin@arpartners.com.

Webcast Details The press conference will be accessible via live webcast at links below beginning at 9 a.m.

A replay, podcast and written transcript of the press conference also will be available starting at approximately 12 p.m. and listed in Monday’s news release.
To view the webcast please click on the following links (Due to their length, the following URLs may need to be copied/pasted into your Internet browser’s address field. Remove extra spaces if they exists.):

For 56 kbps: http://metahost.savvislive.com/microsoft/20050926/ sfo_press_conference_20050926_56.asx
For 100 kbps:
http://metahost.savvislive.com/microsoft/20050926/sfo_press_conference_20050926_100.asx
For 300 kbps or broadband: http://metahost.savvislive.com/microsoft/20050926/sfo_press_conference_20050926_300.asx

Date & Time Monday, Sept. 26 Press Registration: 8 a.m. PDT and continental breakfast Press Conference: 9 a.m. PDT
Valet parking will be provided at the hotel

Location
The Palace Hotel 2 New Montgomery St. San Francisco, Calif. http://www.sfpalace.com/main/location.htm

Broadcast Video and Other Materials Video and photographs will be available from several sources, including the following: — Palm’s Multimedia Library (www.palm.com/MultimediaLibrary). Preregistration is required to access broadcast-quality video and stills. — Microsoft’s press room (www.microsoft.com/presspass). — Verizon Wireless’ Multimedia Library (www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia). Preregistration is required to access broadcast-quality video and stills. — Cameras are permitted on-site — an audio mult-box will be provided. Please direct any media inquiries to Ryan Luckin of A&R Partners at rluckin@arpartners.com or 408.910.9265. Please direct any broadcast inquiries to WCTV’s media relations at mediarelations@wctv.com or 212.445.8220. CONTACT: A&R Partners for Palm, Inc. Ryan Luckin, 408-910-9265 rluckin@arpartners.com SOURCE: Palm, Inc.

Shoot the marketing department


Dell cigarette lighter
Originally uploaded by
renaissancechambara.

Dell recently launched its latest MP3 product the Dell DJ Ditty. It is designed by Dell to compete with the iPod Shuffle.

First of all the name, what kind of marketer would labour their ‘cool’ new product with the name ditty. You’d only go and ask for one at the counter if you wanted to win a bet against one of your mates or were very drunk. Now imagine that even if you where happy with the product how you would recommend it to one of your friends.

Then there is the ‘inspired’ product design. You’ve been had, its a rip-off of a cheap Ronson lighter from the Argos catalogue. Its not cool, its not ironic and it may sound better than a Linn hi-fi system, but it still says BAD TASTE.

I am sure Apple are already wondering how they are going to handle their haemorrhaging market share when this bad boy hits the market and turns the Apple Store on Regents Street into an empty shell.

Adium


Essential
Originally uploaded by renaissancechambara.

OK so you have your favourite IM service that you like to use, but its a free world and some people are just wrong and chose MSN instead. Or you have an ID for years on ICQ that some people still use. What do you do with them all? When you have IM ID congestion you need Adium X. Adium is a multi-protocol messaging client that is slicker than an eel skin codpiece and full of open source goodness. There are funky themes and other extras with Adium, allowing you to customise it more than and a 1987 Vauxhall Nova. Its just a shame about the Orville the Duck icon they use to represent the application, instead here is some graffiti I photographed down by the Truman Brewery a while ago..

Toy Time

I passed the the model shop on High Holborn and spotted some gems that I will share on this blog over the next few entries. First up was a Scalextric set with a Ford Torino, a skittish handling toy car based on a skittish handling real one; talk about a marriage made in adult childhood heaven.