December 13, 2004

A Great Way to Get Stock Quotes

This is actually a cool device. Stock quotes and sports scores!

7 Comments:

Blogger First Sea Lord said...

I believe that some time ago there was a service with complete regularly updated stock and sports listings available nearly everywhere in SF; the service was very inexpensive.. it was...it was..

It was called The San Francisco Examiner.

December 13, 2004 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger The Laird of Madrona said...

Other than the fact that 1) it does not deliver stock quotes or sports scores by request, and 2) XM programming is inferior to the competing satellite radio server, Sirius, I guess it is a "cool device".

USE YOUR DAMDED CELL PHONE PROVIDER!!!

December 13, 2004 at 5:35 PM  
Blogger Dr. X said...

Sound quality's not very good either, apparently.

I'm now trying to think of the most convoluted way to get a stock quote. When I'm at home I go to Yahoo! and type in the ticker of the stock.

So the most convoluted way would be to have a handheld PC with a wireless Internet connection running PCAnywhere that would allow me to connect to my home computer, launch its browser, load Yahoo!, and get a stock quote.

The next time I attempt to buy an electronic device in a store I'm going to ask if it can get a stock quote, just to see the delighted look on the sales person's face.

In the year 2020, a roll of toilet paper will get you a stock quote.

December 13, 2004 at 7:11 PM  
Blogger Undersecretary to the Deputy Commissariat said...

Treo 600/650. Handmark Express. Why aren't you on your way to the store already?

http://express.handmark.com/index.php

December 13, 2004 at 11:05 PM  
Blogger The Sum of All Monkeys said...

I can do this now.

I own a Palm Tungsten T3, which while not web-enabled, does support bluetooth.

I also own a Sony Ericsen T616 phone, which while it has a crappy browser, also supports bluetooth.

Once the two have been set up to talk to each other (I had to tell my t3 that I was an American, I use a t616 and my provider is Cingular) I simply bring up the browser one the t3. And it in turn...

Connects to my phone.
Tells my phone to establish an internet connection.
Routes all internet data from the phone to the t3.

Result: A pretty decent web browser.

And it works great as long as my cell phone is within 30 feet of the t3 (usually it's mingling with the lint and cigarette butts in my pocket)

Why did I go this route? I wanted a small phone (unlike a Treo) and something flexible enough to swap out later.

Other benefits are that I can wirelessly update my calendar / contacts / etc. to both my palm and my phone to my computer (bluetooth device for my PC was a whipping $30 for USB device) as well as eventually get a bluetooth device for my laptop.

I'm also looking into bluetooth for the car, so I can have a handsfree speakerphone as long as my phone is in the car (in addition to transmitting contacts & modem data, bluetooth handles voice as well) and I use my bluetooth wireless headset to talk to my phone on a regular basis (cell phone headsets are freaky. Wireless headsets without any cord are downright Borg-like)

Eventually I will bluetooth enable my dog.

December 13, 2004 at 11:22 PM  
Blogger Dr. X said...

"Treo 600/650. Handmark Express."

Is it Bluetooth-enabled?

December 14, 2004 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger Undersecretary to the Deputy Commissariat said...

If you chew the right gum, sure.

Yes, it has Bluetooth. Be warned that it won't necessarily work with Your Favorite Bluetooth Device. There are already plenty of war stories out there from people who bought Bluetooth ensembles (including cars) without checking compatibility.

I read a brief, negative review of the 650 by someone who nevertheless intends to keep it, and he mentions a $40 product that is needed to sync via Bluetooth with OS X. That review is here:
http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/smartphones/treo/sprint-palmone-treo-650-reviewed-027427.php

A merely lukewarm review is here:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1733584,00.asp?kc=PCRSS02129TX1K0000530

My feeling is that TSOAM has it right - if you want the best phone and best PDA, buy separate units that can be linked. If you are willing to compromise and carry one less device, look hard at the Treo. I'm doing neither because I resist cell phones. But if I had to have a phone, I'd probably jump at the Treo.

December 14, 2004 at 6:34 PM  

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