Sunday 17 August 2008

It's amazing what technology can do these days

So I was at a friends stopping the night, but unable to sleep I eventually decided to call a cab to take me home. Small dilemma: I didn't want to disturb everyone who was asleep in the house any more than I had to. But not to worry, Nokia came to my rescue!
First, I didn't know any more detail than the suburb I was in so I started Nokia Maps on my N95 (my "Mobile Modem", but that's for another post) which fairly quickly acquired a GPS fix even though I was indoors and gave me the street and even number I was at.
The web browser on the N95 is somewhat limited and although I could browse to the Canberra Cabs website with it and get their phone number, I could not use the online booking facility. Calling them would clearly disturb those sleeping around me (and I'm not even sure it would be possible given the setup I've got), so I pulled out my Nokia N800 Internet Tablet. Using my N95 as a bluetooth modem I pointed the Mozilla based browser to the Canberra Cabs website, filled in my details and within just a few minutes was in a cab spending the rest of my money for the night getting home.

Now to sleep.

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