Driving With The Guru

January 30, 2008

Banning Cell Phone Use While Driving

You have probably heard the statistic that a driver using a cell phone is as dangerous as a slightly drunk driver.  But did you know that the following countries have passed laws against it?

Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe

The United State's answer is a resounding: What do you mean?  We drive drunk all the time.  Only the following states have passed definitive bans against cell phone usage while driving:

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • New York

Many states have passed laws banning bus drivers from talking on cell phones while driving, and some states have pending laws on the subject.  Why does the U.S. federal government blackmail the states via highway funding on the issue of BAC intoxication standards but remain silent on this issue?

Okay, okay, driving drunk is one thing, cell phone use while driving is another.  I admit I partake from time to time, but I think the one that takes the cake is shooting video for podcasts or video presentations while driving.  A video of lane splitting is one thing, but imparting deep wisdom or funny anecdotes - do you really want to be distracted from driving reducing the quality of your spoken and recorded message?  Discuss.

February 12, 2007

SymSMB for S60v3 - WiFi File Sharing

Telexy Networks released SymSMB for S60v3. They claim nearly 10 thousand downloads since its release, the going rate is now 24.95 Euros. The PC client is compatible with Mac, Linux & all sorts of Windows derivatives.  These are the phones they claim compatibility with:

  • Nokia E60
  • Nokia E61
  • Nokia E61i
  • Nokia E65
  • Nokia E70
  • Nokia E90
  • Nokia N80
  • Nokia N91
  • Nokia N92
  • Nokia N93
  • Nokia N93i
  • Nokia N95
  • S60 3rd Edition