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Tech entrepreneur, executive, and investor; father of eight children; Googler.

Dion showed me Google Maps on his mobile phone when we were traveling through the back roads of Westchester County a few weeks back. I was impressed enough to phone my carrier, turn on an unlimited data plan (Cingular, $20/month) and give it a go on my Sony Ericsson K750i. I had no idea how to install it, but I just visited Google’s homepage via the phone’s browser, searched for “mobile google maps”, clicked on the first link, and it installed automatically. I used the app to drive from SFO to OAK last week and worked out great. Used it today to discover a new pizza joint a few blocks from my home. Sweet!

I also installed Google’s J2ME Gmail client while I was at it. I’ve avoided the Blackberry largely because (a) I want to avoid morphing into one of those folks who constantly interrupt their participation in a conversation or a meeting to play with it, (b) I have enough tethers on my life already, and (c) I like putting my phone in my pocket. I’m loving the Gmail client. Easy to check email, not that bad to type short replies with T9 text input, and I get all the options of the Gmail environment I already use as a backup for OS X’s Mail client.

Who knew J2ME could be this useful?

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  1. November 13, 2006

    “I’ve avoided the Blackberry largely because (a) I want to avoid morphing into one of those folks who constantly interrupts their participation in a conversation or a meeting to play with it”

    Trying to say something to me Ben? 😉

  2. November 13, 2006

    Hate the sin, love the sinner, my friend.

  3. February 8, 2012

    These look more to me like Hotels, fnllowiog the standards set from the classic game Monopoly. The Houses in Monopoly are green, of course, and proportioned more like cubes.Maybe I’m picking nits. I don’t think my infant child would know the difference.

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