My own digital lifestyle post

This afternoon I spoke with Sean Lyndersay of the IE team to a bunch of Microsoft employees about RSS. Interesting conversation. These were mostly field folks, so basically were technical field people, premier services, MCS, tech specialists, and information worker specialists. Lorin was in the audience and he used to be CTO of Sprint and he calls himself a “sales guy”. Yeah, right. Heheh. Every single one of them used an RSS aggregator. That’s the first audience I’ve spoken to where that was the case.

But, that’s not my digital lifestyle story.

On the way out Jeff Sandquist called me about a meeting I’d have in about 35 minutes (I was in downtown Seattle, which is usually a 17 mile drive, according to Live Local. Jeff asked me whether I knew where the next meeting was. I looked at my phone to make sure the details were there. They were. And headed back for Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, WA.

Well, turns out it was raining cats and dogs. I wondered what the traffic was like. So, I start up SmartPhlow, which shows all of Seattle’s roadways and current traffic conditions (unfortunately that’s not yet available for public use since it’s still in testing). I see that there’s some slow traffic, so things aren’t gonna be too bad. I leave that on my phone, and soon I hit the traffic. I check SmartPhlow again, see that it hasn’t gotten any worse, but that I’ll probably arrive five to 10 minutes late.

So, I call Jeff up. But, wait, I don’t have his phone number programmed on my phone (bad boy) so I call Microsoft’s main switchboard. A computer answers and asks me to say the person I’m trying to call. “Jeff Sandquist” I answer. The computer answers “did you say Jeff Sandquist?” “Yes.” The voice then says “OK, dialing that person.” Within a few seconds Jeff answers the phone and I say “I’ll probably be five to 10 minutes late.”

Well, end of the story is I pull into the building 18 garage at 3:04 p.m. and am at the meeting at 3:06 and I realized just how dependent I’m becoming on my new phone.

Oh, when I got to my meeting? Jeff came and said another participant would be 10 to 15 minutes late. So, what do I do? Pull my phone out and start reading feeds.

RUMOR CORRECTION: Microsoft does not block MP3s on Verizon phones

It took me a while to track this rumor down, but the team just sent me an update/correction. Here’s more from Wayne Hickey, who is doing PR for the Windows Media Team.

“It is absolutely untrue. Microsoft provided the technology for this deal only, and in no way placed restrictions on design or the use of other audio technologies as part of the deal. Verizon intended to support direct MP3 playback at launch, but their primary focus was over the air delivery and one of their other tech providers was unable to do direct MP3 playback by launch. They do support MP3 playback via transcoding to WMA via Windows Media 10 and are working to deliver direct MP3 playback shortly.”

The original story was reported here on Engadget, Techdirt, and ZDNET and was linked here on Memeorandum/Tech.