Friday, August 22, 2008

New Jawbone battery life

Man, Thursdays suck. Don't get me wrong--generally, they're great, because you're past Hump Day, with only one more day till the weekend. What I really mean is, Thursdays for me require somewhere between six and ten hours on the phone for various standards and customer calls. If I'm at my desk, I do some/most of these calls from a landline. However, if I'm on the road, that means I'm on my BlackBerry and my (no longer so) New Jawbone.

Most days, the 4-4.5 hour talk time of the New Jawbone is sufficient, but on Thursdays, it's a non-starter. So, I've charged up the old Jawbone, and intend to use the original on Thursday from here on out. I used to get 7+ hours out of the original Jawbone when it was new; if I can get 6 these days, it'll be more than worth the extra heft. That said, putting the old Jawbone in my ear feels like the comparative difference between a regular carhop order and something that Fred Flintstone would order.

One more annoying thing--when the New Jawbone dies, there's no dying-man's-last-gasp--i.e., a tone to let you know that the battery's conked out. Nope, just pure silence; I can never tell if that's attributable to the noise canceling capabilities of the other party's headset, or just me being dead in the water.

Yep, the latter. I'm throwing my BlackBerry wired headset in the car just in case...

New Jawbone Carrying Case

I receive a lot of questions about how I carry my Jawbone. Unfortunately, the answers are A) in my pocket, or B) in an outer pocket on whatever bag I'm carrying at that moment. I yearn for the days of my Plantronics 640 and 655, with their nifty carrying cases which clip right into a pocket or shirt placket.

That said, I can make one recommendation for a way to protect your new Jawbone (or other small devices) when traveling. From the never-send-a-boy-to-do-a-man's-job category, the OtterBox 1000 from the eponymous company offers an unparalleled level of protection. If you're a suspenders-and-belt person, the OtterBox 1000 provides an awesome way to mitigate the risk associated with carrying an expensive headset in your pocket/bag. Plus, the 1000 can make the blind-feel-in-bag-for-headset exercise a thing of the past. All too often, I end up digging around in my bag once the plane has landed, trying to locate my Jawbone. When I travel with my 1000, I never have that issue. The 1000 is also fantastic for carrying compact digital cameras; my Canon SD700 IS fits perfectly inside the OtterBox 1000 case. If I'm on a boat or otherwise near water, my camera's in my OtterBox 1000.

Speaking of OtterBox, long-time readers will recall how much I (still) love my black Otterbox Defender case for my BlackBerry Curve. The Curve itself is a fairly delicate and pretty expensive piece of kit. I drop my Curve about once a month, whether I need to or not. Not to jinx myself here, but the Defender has saved me every time, along with providing sufficient heft that I can type without worrying that the device is going to fly out of my hands.

I doubt that OtterBox would make a case one-third the size (the OtterBox 333.3?) of the 1000, but if they did, it'd be an awesome carrying case for a Bluetooth device. The 1000 retails for $11.49. I'd pay that for a case one-half to one-third the size of the 1000; at less than $10, it'd be a no brainer.

So, OtterBox, maybe there's an idea for you--the OtterBox 500, at half the width and two-thirds the height of the 1000, priced at $9.95, with the goal of carrying compact Bluetooth headsets securely and safely...

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Not that the world needs more protocols...

But how about something like the Home Network Time Protocol (HNTP)? I just walked between three rooms in our place, and between five digital clocks, they all show different times. All our Macs are perfectly synchronized to the second thanks to NTP. I wish every digital clock had the capability to similarly sync.

I vaguely recall a technology a while back which offered RF synchronization with some kind of baseline clock (the terms "NIST" and "cesium atomic" come to mind), but I guess that never went anywhere. I'd love to see it come back...