Yesterday, I tested out the phone to visit our podcasts and listen to some of our recent interviews, downloaded to the phone. I then left the phone in a spot and walked around for a while with the stereo wireless headset and it worked like a charm: the high-speed wireless network, the cellphone's browser, the freedom of wireless, and sitting on the hammock watching the stars listening to the podcast. The sound quality was excellent, both in terms of focusing the caller's voice (over background noise), and listening to audio playback from the net, the laptop, or the ipod. Next test today is skype and long hours of calls, to see how uncomfortable it can get and which dies first the battery in the cellphone or the headset.
Next week's trip to Rational Software Developer Conference 2007 in Orlando should be fun (quick infomercial). They have some great activities planned, including some new things by our own team:
- We created a new space for RSDC at http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/spaces/rsdc, which won't be active until Sunday (or late Saturday night). It puts into a single view many of the activities around RSDC including Rational Tube, RSDC in SecondLife, and more (see the following)
- We are presenting the IBM CODESTATION learn-and-play game in SecondLife, where you can learn to program bots to take the Labyrinth challenge and get into development in the SL environment. There's also an article right now on our site about just that. The presentations in the main tent for RSDC will also be played in SL. As before, you should download and install the free SecondLife client to visit these URLs.
- IBM Rational has also launched the community video site Rational Tube, asking users the question What makes you Rational? in keeping with this year's theme and where anyone can create and post a short video. There are number of interesting videos by Scott Ambler (self-professed crazy agile Canadian :) ), Grady Booch, and lots of execs and all the usual suspects from IBM Rational. There's also this cool one by iRise on Formula One raching and Rational RequisitePro (huh? what's the connection, you ask?), and comedian Mitch Fatel.