Unubiquitous computing

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Very excited about my first trip to India (Bangalore).  I’ve got a ‘Tripit’ account because it leverages other corporate software systems for travel. Tripit’s got an App on my iPhone (work supplied, OBVIOUSLY!) and my personal windows phone and…..

I made the technology-ignorant assumption that if I could use an App on my Windows phone, there would be an equivalent for my windows surface…. they’re both windows mobile devices….

Silly me

Must remember that technology rarely meets use expectations of the technically naïve

So I’ll be sat at the airport during icky layovers (New Jersey on the way out, Mumbai on the way back) using my surface to read and surf the nets for pleasure but my tripit notifications will be coming through whichever phone I’ve decided to turn on

Unubiquitous computing
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  1. James Sutherland writes:

    Interesting, how are you finding the contrast between the two? (I’ve never actually seen a Windows phone in the flesh – er, the silicon? plastic?) I do rather like my Surface Pro 3 though: once you join the minority of people having touchscreens on their laptops, the Windows 8.1 UI becomes much less irritating. (For the first time, I’ve been using it over a month without scraping the UI off using one of the third party patches!)

    If you wanted, you could probably run the Android version of their app on your Windows machine using Bluestacks, though I haven’t tried that myself. I can understand your confusion, with the dual usage of the Windows name, something Apple and Google avoided by using OS X/iOS and Chrome/Android respectively.

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  2. Sarah writes:

    Can’t wait for the India trip reports! Hope you’ve arrived safely.

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  3. wendy writes:

    Only one ‘accident’ on the journey, my work laptop bashed my windows phone screen (phone not usable now). Here safely and disoriented with amazing view from 9th floor of heavily guarded hotel. It’s colder, and more cloudy than Minneapolis. Feels more like being back in the UK!
    view from my window

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  4. PixelNomads writes:

    We love the Tripit app. Their website does have a bit more functionality (better editing for individual entries, better trip management) than the app, so I would probably use the website on your Surface rather than the app. I use the website on my tablet (app on my phone). The calendar integration is fabulous and being able to forward reservation emails is so wonderful! In 7 months of travel, we only had a few emails that it couldn’t deal with (mostly in Japan, as the emails contained Japanese or were in an odd format).

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