When leaving for a motorcycle road trip of any significant duration, it is easy to prepare the for the obvious eventualities. Money, clothing, simple tools, and prepping the bike itself are all important, but so are the little things that can only be learned and taught from experience.
The Vega Iron A870S is a smartphone launched in 2013 by the Korean manufacturer Pantech. Pantech was known for cheap cell phones but is now recognized for its recent high-end devices with creative quirky features, for instance the rotating camera on the No 6.
When I was about 16, I wanted to build a go-kart. And not just a gravity-powered seat, but a proper go-kart with a gas engine. Where I would have driven it is a mystery, but I started the project anyhow.
One software project I wrote on the side was an SMS autoresponder, or SMS bot. The fun began as early as planning, and I had some neat features to build into it. For one, a bus schedule lookup. And random fortune cookies. Also the obligatory weather report. Plus a stateful game of Farkle, because why not?
A few years ago I was interested in location-aware phone apps, and experimented with that sort of thing using my Blackberry Bold 9000. I didn't know what I wanted to make. But it was going to be awesome.