Mobile Journeys in Sydney and my bluejack

by Andy Polaine on February 6, 2005

Still digesting some of the speakers’ talks from the Mobile Journeys forum in Sydney. Although many of the speakers from telco research groups had valuable things to say, it still seems like the reinvention of the wheel a lot of the time. The same old problems (over-hyped capabilities, kludgy interfaces, clunky mis-matched standards) surface over and over. Why are the lessons not learned from the early days of CD-ROMs, the Web, etc.?

I find it rather disheartening that faster connections, better tech., etc. are still seen as “the next big thing”. These things aren’t big, they’re simply progress. Understanding the social nature of mobile interconnections is the key as the guys from Aware and Mark Pesce pointed out.

I had been joking with Mark that I would Bluejack him at some point. But I ended up doing it by accident – he doesn’t believe me, but I thought it was the laptop of the person in front of me. Perhaps that was Shane Williamson’s I saw who was blogging during the forum. By the way Shane, I agree about blogs being the digital social networks Mark spoke of, though there is something slightly more intimate about Orkut, etc.

1 m February 7, 2005 at 8:33 am

hi A, commenting as promised : )
bluejacking.
at the CCC Congress http://www.ccc.de/congress/2003 here in berlin a month ago they did it as part of a lecture in a big hall with 1000 people. talking about it and then browsing the room, displaying on a huge screen all the devices found. people gave their phones and computers the weirdest names of cause…. a long list of funny people. : ) i was told one of them called his phone “would the real adolf hitler please stand up!” : )

2 euph February 7, 2005 at 3:27 pm

Comment your view on dissapointment with the still overhyped new thing phenomen which still goes on

I agree whole heartly with the statement
“Understanding the social nature of mobile interconnections is the key as the guys from Aware and Mark Pesce pointed out” but think it needs to go even further and not be based on a “marketing” understanding

I remeber comming out of uni the first time with a degree that was neither fully design or fully a computer science degree. It was information science degree when I went on about information use, information behviour etc….
(and this is not just the marketing speil and overwash of the information process but true understanding of informational requirements ) I was more than once put to the side by employers, recruitment agencies etc… because they just didn’t get what information science is and I was often given rather strange stares.

Personally i found i had to redefine my approach. But like your complaint about overhype etc.. I think or I have found personally people with in “tech research departments”, “marketing departments” etc….still also have these departmental views of how things are done and when they don’t fit in to a box as I didn’t things seem to still come out the departmentalised way and unless there is intiative to break this I fear we will see the reptition over , and over and over again

3 apolaine February 7, 2005 at 4:45 pm

Both your comments point towards the same thing, that culture finds a way to express itself quite separately from the designs of technologists. The bluejacking/bluetooth visibility thing was never meant to carry meaning, but people use it that way because it is a novel hole in the system. People find a way around the hype…

4 Shane Williamson February 16, 2005 at 10:43 am

Yes Andy, it was me in front of you :-)

5 apolaine February 16, 2005 at 4:38 pm

Aha.. there you go. Were you online via iBurst or Unwired? You must have escaped my prying…

I found about 15 devices that morning, but not that many laptops. I did try and Bluejack a few others, but to no avail. I struck gold with the presentation laptop thanks to Mark wanting to use Bluetooth to control his presentation (which I showed him how to do at COFA recently much to his amusement!).

6 Shane Williamson February 18, 2005 at 6:30 pm

I was using 3’s Netconnect data card (data speeds of up to 384Kb/s)
http://www.three.com.au/index.cfm?pid=2204&pageid=2212
I didn’t have Bluetooth on my notebook.
What app are you using to control the presentation via bluetooth?

7 apolaine March 1, 2005 at 8:18 am

I was just using my SonyEricsson T610 and also my Palm T3. But it was the phone that allowed the Bluejack more easily. When you try to connect to a Bluetoothed Mac, it immediately brings up the pairing dialogue box, which is what you saw in the presentation.

If you rename your phone/Palm to something amusing, that’s how you get the message across. Mine just said Andy’s T610 because it was (slightly) unintentional. The other way is to send a .vcf card with the name set to something entertaining. Many phones will immediately come up with the message “Do you want to accept ‘My Pants’ (or whatever)?”

As far as I know, there’s not much more that can be done this way, but it’s a good way to waste time on the bus and see who it was who has their Bluetooth broadcasting.

For the record, I pretty much leave mine on all the time…

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