Cloudy Days and Connected Nights

With tablet and iPhone in hand and head in the clouds


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My first computer was a Commidore Vic 20. I have owned a Coleco Adam, many Macs, including the first 12 inch iBook, several Windows laptops and a Windows desktop, and 3 (so far) Netbooks. I had a website back when the only wysiwyg web-layout program was ClarisWorks, and blogs ( and 12 years before there were blogs. I am (among other things), the web-master for Carl Zeiss Sports Optics USA. I carry a Blackberry Curve and an iPhone 4. I travel with 2 computers, my work laptop, and my personal laptop, as well as a Tablet (Archos A101). My iPhone and tablet are my sanity on long flights and late nights in hotel rooms. I am in the air and on the road 160 days a year. Tablet and phone in hand, and my head in the clouds, I am living the mobile life.

Written by singraham

November 16, 2008 at 11:15 pm

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  1. Hi Steve! This is Lizzie, I actually met you in Cape May (I was an intern for CMBO). Now I work for a non-profit in DC. How are you? I do some work for Wildtones, and they (and I) where wondering if you would do a review of the new Peterson Field Guide for the iPhone. Email me at and we can get you a free promo code. Couldn’t find your contact info, so sorry about the weird post here. Many thanks!


    January 12, 2009 at 11:45 am

  2. Hi Stephen,

    Hope you are well.

    I am planning on producing a conference on Cloud computing and wondered if you would be interested in helping with this.

    I have put together a draft agenda and wondered if you would like to help me develop this – provide your criticism of it and develop it into the position you think it should be in.

    In return i would be happy to provide links to your blog from the company website and event website.

    I am also producing an online magazine on web 2.0 and would be happy to include an article with links in here if you like.

    Hope this is of interest.

    Best regards,


    Mark Johnstone

    July 20, 2009 at 2:11 am

  3. Stephen,
    Hola from Mexico. I am president of the Sociedad de Audubon here in San Miguel. I have purchased the Ipod Pro and wonder what you think of the new Audubon guide apps for Iphone and ITouch.

    LInda Whynman

    November 28, 2009 at 7:10 am

  4. Hi Stephen,

    Thank you for your very insightful reviews of iPhone navigation apps. When making a decision of on-board (e.g. CoPilot, Navigon, etc.) verses connected (e.g. MotionX-GPS Drive) solutions, you point out that AT&T’s coverage is not reliable and complete enough to trust a solution that relies on network connectivity. However, please consider that:

    – AT&T’s network covers over 300 million people, or 97% of the U.S. population.
    – The 3G network covers approximately 233 million people, or 75 percent of the U.S. population.
    – All carriers are currently upgrading their networks to provide faster and broader coverage (e.g. AT&T with HSPDA 7.2 to be completed in 2011).

    I am not affiliated with AT&T and I have no vested interest in their success. However when it comes to choosing a navigation solution I believe the benefits of an off-board solution (latest map updates, POI database, search results, small app size, etc.) outweigh the downside of requiring a network connection, provided the vast majority of driving is performed in areas where network connectivity is not an issue.

    The bottom line is that the iPhone has forced AT&T to get better, and it will continue to do so.

    All the best,

    Mark McCormick

    November 30, 2009 at 1:24 pm

  5. I don’t disagree with anything you said here. However, since I am one of those folks who is often testing the limits of AT&T’s cell phone network in normal (phone) usage, relying on it for Nav too just does not make sense. I am way too often where I have no bars. (Now where is a phrase that has totally changed meanings in the past 5 years!). Of course, in those areas, I am pretty sure Verizon would fare no better at all…I may well be just off the grid all together. That’s my life. If it were different, a non-resident GPS app would certainly be much more attractive.


    December 1, 2009 at 3:51 am

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