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Salam Pax from Baghdad is back!

via Nick Denton

This entry is about the NTT DoCoMo FOMA P2401 and PowerBooks and TOTALLY irrelevant for most people. Sorry.

The NTT DoCoMo FOMA P2401 is a G3 384K bps PCMCIA data card. It's ridiculously expensive since you have to pay by the packet, but it's really fast. It didn't work on the Mac. For some reason, after you used it for awhile, the IP connection stopped working even though you were still connected. I couldn't find anything on the web about it and wrote a lot of bug report mail to Apple, but nothing happened. My guess is it was a problem with PC Card support at that speed. Anyway, it works now with the 10.2.6 OS X upgrade. Having said that, I used it today on the way to the office and the throughput was a bit choppy. I don't know if it was the coverage or the software...

So, if you had bought a FOMA P2401 and were anxiously awaiting proper support on OS X, you're in luck.

Reid Hoffman, former COO EVP of Paypal, co-investor in Six Apart, good friend and generally smart guy has launched LinkedIn today. He and his team have been working in stealth mode and I've been anxious to use their service after all of the discussions with Reid about it.

There have been a bunch of networking sites launching these days like Ryze and Friendster. LinkedIn is more focused on business networking and has a bunch of innovations to make it more useful for connecting when you are trying to network seriously (vs dating sites).

Anyway, I have no direct financial interest in LinkedIn, but I may invest if I have the opportunity in the future. Reid is a business associate so this is somewhat a shameless plug for a friend. Having said that, I like it a lot so far.

UPDATE: The discussion has moved to the the wiki

Sorry about the generally light blogging these last few days. I've been in LA visiting my sister and her family with Mizuka. I'm at the airport now on a kiosk. Maybe I'll work on my birthday script some more on the plane.

Anyway, see you tomorrow in Tokyo.

In an attempt to learn python, organize my life and figure out how to mess with Chandler some more, I have decided to make a database of birthdays of my friends. If you consider yourself my friend, please go to the birthday entry form and enter your info. Thanks in advance!