June 20th, 2004

Netzah

By this time I expected to have introduced a shareholders' resolution to dissolve Netzah. Things have not been going well financially; not really a fundamental problem with the model, simply a bad choice of projects and failure of our customer to make their own numbers.

Sadly things are never that simple. John has a new idea. John thinks he can get funding for this new idea. We're not really in a bad position if we can get income; no debt and a bit of cash in the checking account.

However I feel like I'm being set up to bash my head against a nice solid wall some more. For the most part I'm willing to continue some task—even a painful task—so long as forward progress in being made. I seem to have a willingness to try again that exceeds that of many people I know and that some would probably describe as unhealthy. I feel like John is taking advantage of this or at least is trying to do so. I actually suspect that's false. He actually seems to be just trying to find a way of
doing what he's good at and giving Netzah a chance to do what we're good at.

I actually suspect that this project will end up being a 'no' for business reasons. IT seems like we're setting ourselves up to succeed only in a case where we can pull off economies of scale, which is something John's companies have been historically bad at doing. Still, I'm frustrated that what looked like it might be a simple closure to an interesting if painful experience is going to be so complicated.

Nokia 6600

This is the month of new toys; a new work laptop is sitting in my boss's office and the new desktop is on order. Yesterday I got a Nokia 6600. This is thanks to obra who pointed me at Talks, a screen reader for Series 60 phones. It's so cool to be able to look at the address book, look at missed calls and do neat things like copy a number from recent calls to the address book. It's a bit bigger than the S55, but seems more solidly built. I guess I'll need to get a new Bluetooth headset; my current headset seems not to be compatible.

The voice command support seems to be kind of broken. It is very bad at recognizing commands. I seem to have gotten it into a mode where I cannot delete the voice tag on `normal profile' nor can I record it. Either operation says voice system error. Advice on how to recover appreciated. O, and whoever decided that you can only have a voice tag on at most one phone number per contact needs to get shot.

Next up: getting Bluetooth under Linux working better. I have GPRS, but would like to get Obex working.