July 2003


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Have been experimenting with easy methods, of displaying pictures from P800, instantly on the web.

FOTOpages – TashCamUK http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com

phlog.net MMS to photoBlog http://www.phlog.net/user/TashCamUK


Fotolog – TashCamUK http://www.fotolog.net/alanlodge

CamBlog – TashCamUK http://www.camblog.com/blog.php?blog=239

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The real picture – With myriad practical uses, picture phones are gaining acceptance, writes Sean Dodson

Thursday July 3, 2003

The Guardian

A little over a year ago, at T-Mobile’s flagship store in Oxford Street, a few dozen journalists gathered to witness the European launch of multimedia messaging service (MMS). Each was given two new Sony Ericsson T68i handsets, the first European mobiles able to take and send pictures. Expectations were high. But to the embarrassment of the companies involved, the network went down and the demonstration failed.

It was an unhappy baptism for a technology that was hyped as a potential saviour of the mobile industry. With revenue from voice calls levelling after years of incredible growth, “mobile operators can ill afford multimedia messaging services to fail,” wrote Joanne Taaffe, in Total Telcom Magazine.

Now, we are beginning to see a different story. Picture phones, such as the Sagem myX6, are being sold for under £100. Mobile networks are offering international roaming services for picture messaging. Interoperability – the ability to send messages between different networks – has been possible in the UK since April 16. Countries that started with interoperability – Finland and Norway – have seen a quicker acceptance of picture messaging than the UK.

Perhaps, more crucially, we are beginning to see communities develop around picture messaging. Cheeky photoblogs like Celebs at Starbucks are giving picture messaging a life of its own.

What has become clear is that the phones are being used in a different way than intended. Instead of people sending pictures between phones, those who have bought a MMS-compatible phone are more likely to email images to themselves or share them using small networks like Bluetooth or infrared.

“It seems to be less person-to-person messaging. We are seeing quite a few examples of people taking photographs and uploading them to the web,” explains Mike Short, chair of the Mobile Data Association, an industry consortium that issues figures for text messaging and the mobile internet. “The dynamic is quite different from the way text messaging took off.”

In the UK, there are nearly 50m text-compatible phones compared with just 750,000 MMS-compatible ones. As Short points out: “These numbers constrain how much person to person messaging will take place”.

Mobile carriers will not yet release figures on how many picture messages are being sent in the UK. Vodafone recently stated that as early as next year, it expected 7-10% of revenue would come from picture messaging.

People are beginning to find practical uses for the new phones. Women are using their phones to take images of taxi drivers. Receivers of faulty goods are snapping the damage and sending the images to the company. People hiring cars are taking pictures of scratches before they drive off. At the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant, south Wales, junior doctors are using mobiles to send pictures of x-rays.

But there have also been abuses. Companies with sensitive documents are wary of staff with picture phones. Some health clubs have asked members not to use them. Signs have appeared in Japan asking customers not to take pictures of magazine articles, while picture phones are banned in Saudi Arabia.

Picture messaging was invented in Japan, where it took two-and-a-half years to reach mass-market acceptance. Now it is commonplace. Just take David Beckham’s recent visit. The Real Madrid player was met by swarms of people holding picture phones aloft everywhere he went.

“Although there was a lot of hype with the launch of things like Vodafone Live, the reality is only a small percentage of users have camera phones in the UK,” explains Ben Wood, a mobile phone analyst at Gartner. “We regard photo messaging as a kind of disposable photography. It’s sending a picture you probably would not have previously taken.”

It’s too early to tell how picture messaging is doing, but it is worth remembering that text messaging was first available in 1993 and it did not take off until 1998. The mobile internet was first available in 2000 and only now is it also beginning to take off. Unlike the pictures the phones take, there is no immediate answer.


is official website of Nottingham Pride 2003, This is the one-stop place to find out everything thats going on from pre-pride to post-pride!

This is the *ONLY* place on the web with up to the minute details of everything to do with the all new, all singing and all dancing 2003 Pride!

Thats right everyone Nottingham IS having a pride this year, it is to be held at:

the Arboretum on the 30th August,

and weather permitting it will be a great success.

circular image

DragonDrop, using a WatchCam, then said .. .. .. ..

” The story so far..

this image was shot at a gig, then, it went from my phone, to a PC, to be uploaded to the camblog site.

The camblog site was loaded by tashcam’s p800, a screen shot was taken and this was zapped to camblog.

I took a photo of this image directly from the screen, went from my phone, to a PC, to be uploaded to the camblog site (again!) ”

posted by dragondrop [06:04am]

This is from DragonDrops CamBlog at: http://www.camblog.com/blog.php?admin=browse&blog=291

hehe, getting carried away now. This is a P800 Screen Capture, of a bit of the DragonDrop CamBlog, when viewed on my phone. Then for the giggle, thought I’d put it up here, on a CamBlog at: http://www.camblog.com/blog.php?admin=browse&blog=239 . Weird eh?

Have just installed another piece of software on my phone. I can now ‘ScreenGrab’. Here a first couple of examples of my desktop. [ well, Palmtop, i suppose]


Hello everybody

This meeting is for the London Reclaim The Streets street party currently being planned for the afternoon of Wednesday 10th September on the occasion of DSEI – Europe’s biggest arms fair.

This street party is being planned as part of the direct action day against DSEI. The arms fair is at the ExCel Centre, London Docklands, 9th -12th September, and the protests are from 6th -12th September.

Info on www.dsei.org

This open meeting about the street party for DSEI is at 7pm next Tuesday, 29th July at LARC, (London Action Resource Centre), 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES, nearest tube Whitechapel. LARC’s phone is 020 7377 9088. We’re also looking for venues for subsequent meetings.

Lots of help and ideas are needed to get the street party together at short notice. Spread the word.

The Reclaim The Streets (RTS) concept is being revived for a one-off street party as part of the protests at the DSEI arms fair. In its present incarnation, the group includes some people from previous RTS actions and some people who are completely new to it.

See you there. Cheers

street party for DSEI people partyintheroad2003@yahoo.com

Info on www.dsei.org

Have been chatting to these folks …..

DragonDrop – Watchcam and Phone cam adventures


‘Watchcam’ is a wristwatch with a camera on it.


Casio unveiled the ‘WQV-1’ to the UK marketplace – the world’s first commercial digital wrist camera. About a year later, they brought out the WQV-3. This was ther next leap in technology – the first colour watch cam which. This took colour photo’s but still retained it’s monochrome screen.

The latest model, the Casio WQV-10 has a colour screen and takes colour photo’s. In the humble opinion of www.DragonDrop.org, it’s the dogs.

Have signed up for another Blog! This one is from CamBlog at: http://www.camblog.com Up to now, I have had to upload a picture to a ‘storage site’ via ftp, either from my phone or pc. I then have to write a short html ‘link’ code for the image to appear within the blog. Although ‘fiddly’, I will still do this, because it offer control of picture size, text etc ….

Now, with CamBlog, I can upload a picture to the site, and it appears instantly, without any coding. A further variation of the service is that you can configure it so that if you upload to the site, via email, it ‘forwards’ the image links to my main blog (this one). While convenient for an instant snap, cannot include text. This has to be posted as another entry. Still, playing with the toys, trying to see what works ……..

TashCamUK http://www.camblog.com/blog.php?blog=239


I decided that is time to upgrade to a camera phone. The Sony-Ericsson P800. It has so many features beyond being a phone with a camera. Its a PDA, it’s an MP3 player. On GPRS, It has full internet and WAP access. I go into a little of the specification here.

Earlier on my blog at:

Sony Ericsson P800 – My new phone http://tash_lodge.blogspot.com/2003_06_08_tash_lodge_archive.html#95438768

Reviews and links for the Sony-Ericssom P800 http://tash_lodge.blogspot.com/2003_06_08_tash_lodge_archive.html#95442469

Taoism – shit happens.

Bhuddism – the shit that happens to us is good.

Hinduism – the shit that happens to us has happened before.

Zen = what is the sound of shit happening.

Catholic – the shit that happens to you, you deserve.

Protestantism – the shit that happens to you, why doesn’t it happen to somebody else.

Jewish – why does this shit always happen to me.

Agnostic – I’m not sure I believe in this shit.

Atheist – I don’t believe in any of this shit.

Rastafarian – let’s smoke this shit.

George Melley – Radio 4

Wicked !!

Temporary Autonomous Arts. I have included a pics of the lay out and the text, a closer look and some images from other participants so you can see the range.

The police came in to the show on the second night (it was a squatted gallery in a disused cinema in hampstead) to see if they could chuck us out for having a rave but after searching for sound system stuff they accepted we weren’t.

They were bemused/amused to see them selves as part of the art show.

much love. Sarah

Following a recent series of anti-war gigs, the Shoestring Project in Nottingham began to organise gigs to raise money for community projects and activism. The gigs have been hugely successful and many contacts have been made with local people.

They’re also developing projects working with refugees and the homeless, hopefully starting in Autumn. They have also donated money to Medical Aid for Palestinians and have plans for environmental and peace projects.

In September the project will start up a series of gigs at various venues, and in association with Bored Beyond Belief, Shoestring will be beginning a regular night at Moog on Tuesdays:


This chap is not alone … !

Vincent Bethell founded The Freedom To Be Yourself because he wanted to enhance humanity, and he says, “I’m attempting to make the world a more human place. I have never been, and I will never be a natur-ist or nud-ist. This issue is about ALL HUMANS: every race and every body, the entire human race.”

Body visibility in public often results in discrimination, and such discrimination towards visible human skin is highly irrational and must be stopped. Skin visibility in public is not offensive, disgusting, shameful or a reason for hatred. It’s about celebrating the beauty of our human racial identity, our humanity, our self-awareness; it’s about being human in opposition to dehumanisation. All humans – Every Body!

The natural visual identity of humans is a genetic, unintentional and inherited visual appearance due to the fact that we belong to the human race. Our visual appearance should not cause fear, shame, disgust, hate or persecution. This issue is a HUMANITARIAN ISSUE and the inhuman prejudice and persecution towards human skin should be described as ‘same race racism’, which in this case means racist hatred towards The Human Race (racial hatred towards the genetic visual identity of yourself and other humans).


Please note that not all people share the human racial view of skin visibility and each individual will have their own individual reasons for refusing to wear clothes in public

Naked in public http://www.geocities.com/thehumanmind

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