March 18th, 2004

Beatles

X-connection

I talked with frida on the phone yesterday, and we talked some about LJ and mentioned the thing about how you sort of get "groupings"..

That LJ seems like a very small world at times.. (and internet as well).

The way you sort of run into the same people over and over again..

Dunno..

I almost never look at someone elses Friends page, and I'm really bad at looking at comments.. (Usually I see a friends's post, hit the "Make a comment".. write whatever I want to write.. and then move on to some other post etc.. That way, I wouldn't say I'm meeting my friends's friends that easily..

Still, for some reason.. all on my friend list seem to have some others on my friends list on their friends list etc.. or is people I've encountered before etc..

frida used to have kaar on her friends list.. then I added kaar, but for some totally different reason.. think it had to do with swedes, or something.. but kaar also has .. like.. janette on her list, which I've had on my list really long, and off for some time as well before I added her back (She went M.I.A), etc..

It all sort of run in circles.. It seems way harder to find someone on my list which is a "unique" friend, than to find someone that I share friends with..

Just chatting with kikiwinterset.. I've got greenskye, anniz and montfort in common with her.. with greenskye I've got, among others, ozswede in common with her.. And ozswede and montfort in common with me as well.. etc etc..

In most cases, it's far from six-degrees of separation.. it's more like two-degrees with like 95% of the list.. and former friends have a habit of turning up again.. even if it might have been like 2 years ago since you encountered them the last time..

That doesn't only go for LJ..

There's been a couple of sites/communities where I've been sort of a regular, or made a name etc..

the, after 4 years of service, now closed down "Spotlife", which was about cams and chatting (until the chats got out of hands, so they closed them down and became more of a cam-and picture-portal).

I was at "Citizen-X" (another Cam-chat community) before it closed down, before doing a comeback again.

I was active at the short-running, but really great, community "Utonica" (where I met isabel80 by the way)

During most of the time, I've been an on/off regular at "Camrecord".. (kralice among others.. )

And I run into people from those places, every now and then.. without even trying to.. Suddenly you get a reply to a comment in some community from someone you've seen at "Spotlife", and it's like.. "Hey.. It's you??"

not mentioning shannonkringen which I sort of bumped into, and sort of admired, like a dozen times in various places (in other people's journals or in various communities etc.. ) until I sort of resigned and had to add her.. Can't run into someone that many times, and like what she does and stands for, without giving in, in the end..

At times I think it's sort of funny, when one thinks about it, when you meet someone through a friend (usually a group of friends) and in the end you lose all those friends you started out with, but ends up still having him/her as a friend..

and now I'm so sleepy.. I'm not sure what I think anymore..
Beatles

Generation 3

Vodafone has started, but only in Data through a PC-card (Basically as a modem).

3 / Tre started some time ago, and has 70% coverage.

This past week, Telia started their 3G net, with about 75% coverage..

(The percentage being of population, rather than area)

At least it's started to move..

3G, or UMTS as the technology is called, obviously is the new exciting step when it comes to IT, and features a lot of what most of us wants I guess. The ability to have full communication about everywhere we want, in a simple way. At least it has all the things that would make it possible to make it simple, since it's, at heart, a standard computer with a, "fixed" connection towards a network.

That make it possible to communicate with each other through: Video (live), Images, voice and text, as much as it allows us to watch video and images, listen to radio and music or to surf the Internet. At the moment only with 384 kbps though.

I know... Most of that has been possible in various ways before, but only if you've been really entusiastic and willing to get like 5 different kind of services, set those up in 10 different ways and brougth half of your Digital equipment with you (Computer, mobile/cellular, PC-Card, digital camera etc).

Obviously it's sort of difficult not to be sort of "I want!!!" about it..

Except that, obviously, it's brand new, and as such.. nobody that would provide those services seems to have thought anything about it at all.. sort of.. "Wow.. We have this new technology now (It's only been in the pipeline for about 3 years or so)... Now.. what are we gonna do with it???".

All made more difficult by they having came up with about a billion different ways of subscribing to various services (which make it impossibe to compare prices (Which means they're doing everything they can to hide the fact that it's expensive), and sort of mixing 2G (GPS/GPRS) services with 3G services as well as DATA-services.. or really, make a difference between all those various technologies and charging different fees for each...

"For only xxx amount of money/month, you'll get 100 mins of live video-conversations (3G), 200 MMS (GPRS/2.5G) and 500 mins of voice (GPS/2G)"

Eh? Yes?? Is that better than "10 MB of traffic/month for xxx money", which the other service offers?

(One point of 3G is that they count the traffic in amount of data you use, rather than minutes.. (The main problem at the moment is that you sort of have to pay things twice, since all use, both outgoing and incoming goes toward the amount of data. That way, if someone calls you both the one calling and you get to pay for that conversation unless it's done through the 2G net). If it's implemented right, the cheapest way would be the best way of it. Standard phone-conversations doesn't need 3G, and thus should automatically go through the GPS-system, and as such not count towards your data-transfer. At the moment, it seems that if you're in a 3G area, it's automatically connected through the 3G-network. Which might cause problem if you goes outside of that 3G area. With Telia, it seems you're automatically connected to the GPS-net, while with Tre, you're disconnected and has to call up again (through the avaible GPS-net).

The next problem obviously being.. devices? Hello.. where the heck are the phones?? With Telia you're offered 2 different ones, none of them that good. With Tre you've got 3 to select from, and they're even worse...

I think part of the problem is 2.5G/GPRS.. most makers of mobile phones has gone to lenghts making phones that could be used with GPRS.. with cameras, downloading java-games etc.. and to have the hottest product when it comes to GPRS, and now their G3 phones seems more like an extended version of one of their GPRS-phones, rather than a product developed to take advantage of 3G. The hottest 3G phone at the moment seems to be the SonyEricsson Z1010, and I do think that SonyEricsson will be the ones that'll have an edge thanks to it's resources when it comes to both phones (Ericsson) and computers (Sony). Most other still seems to think of it as phones, rather than the computer it's at heart, and develop phones rather than handheld computers.

Personally, I think that, whate