SOMETHING PEOPLE IN Europe have learned is that SMS text messaging--between individual people and group texting through a gateway--rarely falls over. It's one of those wonderful things about using GSM service. Today, as Steve Jobs parted the crowds and delivered his annual keynote address to the Apple faithful, the digirati's favourite short text system died. Twitter, the simple little text messaging system that gives hundreds of thousands of people strings of information, rolled over and took a break when the action started around 9AM with Steve Jobs describing four important things. The information slowdown did not affect Jaiku's text messaging system, however. So all during the Jobs Show, I continued receiving text comments from Jyri Engestrom in the venue and from interested viewers who commented on new devices ("Time Capsule--I want one!") and services ("Pay $20 to upgrade the iPod Touch?" and "Rent movies in 5.1 through Apple TV."). The up-and-down nature of internet connections, microblogging services, and online web properties points to the fragile nature of our browser-based ecosystem. As major media events like Macworld and major disasters like Hurricane Katrina show, it's often prudent to be able to fall back on old reliables like SMS text messaging.
It was through my Jaiku textstream that I learned how I might get more out of the Dolby 5.1 surround sound system we have upstairs because now Apple TV will let you view audio and video podcasts directly on our widescreen television. And I can graduate from my Flickr screensaver to a full-blown live Flickr photo feed that lets me browse friends and see private images shared by family. That, along with getting 5-m YouTube videos through Apple TV. These things will be nice to have in the years ahead.