Archive for March, 2005
Although spring isn’t in full swing yet, there’s a sort of feeling in the air, a feeling of change, I can tell it by looking at people and not just the weather.
With all the bad news from all around the world a laugh is what is needed to stay up with the mood and I definitely had lots of laughs on monday when I had the chance to attend to Zelig Circus, the most followed comic TV show in Italy, thanks to the staff of Il Sole.
We had a small booth inside the tent’s show and we took care of giving leaflets of the charity association to the 1800 people who were lucky enough to get a ticket for the show. It’s impressive when all the people clap their hands together while laughing at the jokes performed by Zelig’s characters, it’s very different from the small screen experience.
I wasn’t allowed to take pictures during the recordings, but I took some before and after. The first two you see here are TV captures depicting the stage with the presenters Claudio Bisio and Vanessa Incontrada at the beginning of the show and the energetic Papy Ultras (Pino Campagna), one of my favorites!
I hope to be able to repeat the experience, in the meantime I spotted some interesting discounts in the PocketLand special offers, so I think I’ll make some software shopping for my Pocket PC in the next days before they expire. I just asked the activation of a discount code for EcPc to give the chance to anyone interested to add even my software to their Easter shopping cart. The code is 19570032670125A, it expires after 1st april and is automatically applied if you go to the special offers page.
Update: I had the luck to repeat the Zelig Circus experience. It was even better than the first one, since I attended the last recording of the season. Here I posted a complete photographic report, with comments in italian!
I was uncertain until the end if going to the Cebit 2005, then I decided to not leave since that wasn’t the kind of journey I could just wake up and go as I did with the 3GSM in Cannes. The long travel to Hannover required some careful planning, especially for the accommodation, something I didn’t in due time. No problems, it will be for the next year and fortunately I’ve been able to read many reports from the event, although that can’t substitute the feeling of being right there.
The VGA version of EcPc is at a good point, I completed all the new high resolution graphics and I’m putting together a Beta right now. I’ll post a preview in the forum once ready.
Do you know the Handango Champion Awards? They’re the annual awards by Handango honoring the best in the mobile software catalogue. The deadline is Thursday, March 24th, so I’d like to invite you to vote EcPc by clicking here and following these instructions: select Windows Mobile Pocket PC in the first question about the operating system, then on the second page select the Best Application for Life category, write Euro Coins Pocket Collector in the application name field, Albegor as developer, 81123 as Product ID, leave your e-mail address and your brief motivation if you want.
You can read more about the awards and the winners of the last year by clicking here.
This week I presented a project to the Alessandro Volta Center for Scientific Culture and during the discussion I had with an engineer, Matteo Baracani, I was pleased of the compliments for the work I did until now and the awards EcPc earned, something which probably exceeds the value of the degree I did not get (yet), the infamous italian “piece of paper” for friends.
Well, I ended the discussion with a joke and told him that if I’d had 1 Euro for each compliment I got now I would be like… and he told “Bill Gates”!
We laughed, but the true is that it was a bitter laugh for me. It’s curious how people always think about Mr. Gates when it comes to talking about software and money. I don’t need the money Gates has to make up for a decent life, although I do recognize a minimum is necessary to bring to completion good ideas, so I hope they’ll evaluate positively the project so that I can start working seriously on it. It could turn into the most important project for this year. 8)
In the meantime if you want you can vote for EcPc in the Handango Champion Awards, thanks!
I’ve got a 5 cents Euro coin from Monaco in my collection.
I found it by chance the last summer and I think this remains the best way to find what you’re searching for because it’s easy to think Lady Luck kissed you for an instant.
Collecting satisfactions apart, I dedicated only little time to marketing activities after the release of the new version of EcPc since I’m working on the VGA version since I’m going to bring it to the Cebit 2005 in a few days. I can only say that the coins look even better than the real ones with so much pixels available! 8)
In the meantime I’ve managed to propose an exclusive discount only for the subscribers of PPCThoughts.
I became a subscriber some months ago because I wanted to support what actually is my favorite website which keeps me daily updated about the mobile world, so I wanted to give something back to the community by offering to subscribers a 50% discount on the regular price of EcPc. Consider this another privilege of being a PPCThoughts subscriber.
I’m adding a few new translations to EcPc, they are hungarian, greek and dutch, but I’ll wait to get at least a consistent part of the translation before adding them to the current list. The spanish one could benefit from some help, so you’ll be welcome if you want.