Connecting to Social Media and the rest of the digital world with real time news, online map navigation, worldwide free calls and net meeting as well as calendar, tasks and notes management is now reality. To an always online gadget geek like me, it’s both a thrill and professionally a must. So when all this is merged into a sleek little mobile phone device, I feel free like a bird. I’ve had a Nokia N82 for a while and am looking for the next step: a Smartphone.
This time my wife DianeCA was one step ahead of me and we had a real great weekend when she got her new Nokia X6:
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Playing with wife’s new toy.

I know I am lucky being married to a woman who takes advantage of digital connectivity too. Then again, that’s how we met 12 years ago: She living in NY, US and me in Oslo, Norway – we met on the net in a news group. Then mail followed by photo exchange and chatting until we both “met” in video meeting. Love was growing, she moved over to Norway and we are happily married for over 10 years, and both a bit geeky.
So let me give you a peek of our playing with her new tool this weekend (click photo to bigefy and enjoy):
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My digital beauty with brain even let me play a bit

Synchronizing the digital world:
A new Smartphone with standard installations is a start, but to me there is way to go. Upgrades and updates is of course the first things to do – then adjustments, setups for Social Media accounts as well as email, makes it even more useful. Then synchronizing with all the necessary digitized stuff at you’re PC adds the contents that make it a joy to use like for me: about 2000 contacts, all my appointments and tasks, photos and videos of course and then favourite places marked on the map as well as bookmarks for web browsing and all RSS subscriptions. For that, Nokia Ovi Suite is brilliant and saves me years of work, collecting digital beauties.

Makes travelling much more fun:
We have AUX connection on the stereo in our car and even my “old” Nokia N82 connects with that and gives: hands free phone calls, music from the favourite list, listening to Podcasts and of course GPS Map navigation. Our car stereo does not includes that, and I am glad, because I want it on a portable device (yes, the Smartphone!) so when we stop at new places, I bring it along to find the best restaurants, entertainment, tourist info office or other public services etc. If I am travelling abroad, I always find a free WiFi zone and call my bellowed wife via Skype – with video to see her lovely face or show her something around me – for free! You may say I am addicted, but it’s all for a good cause, don’t you think?

Digital Beauties with brains:
Talking about things digitalized and the vague difference between the real and the virtual world: when playing with Diane’s new toy this weekend, I all of a sudden was thinking of a song a friend of mine performed at the Norwegian Computer Society annual meeting once. His name is Henrik Wigerstrand and he is a brilliant singer and guitar player – as well as writer. I recorded it with my compact camera and the lightening conditions were very difficult, so the quality of the video isn’t so good. I do hope you will turn up you’re speaker and listen to a very funny song with subtle and thoughtful touches in the equality debate:

Visit from FIL & preparing for OsloBG:
OsloBG2010 at RennyBADiane went back to Oslo now to work for 3 more days before her parents come to visit and to prepare our house for guests. I have to admit to a dash of withdrawal now that she took her new Nokia Smartphone with her. Now I really hope to get the new Nokia N8 in time for the Oslo Blog Gathering as I can see I really need this device to maximize the experience. I want to be able to post live as things happen along the way and make it more fun for my readers to check in and keep up to date with our events.
Btw: Talking about connectivity features; Nokia N8 supports options like: GPRS, EDGE, micro-USB, Bluetooth connectivity, HSDPA, WiFi connections, GPS along with A-GPS support. That should make me capable of keeping my readers up to date and keep my guests from getting lost at the same time!


  1. You two really are very tech savvy! I’ll have to check out this new gadget. Loved the video and the photos of you and your wife. I love the story of your meeting online first.

    Tusen tak for taking the time to visit my blogging friend Sonya after the wedding in Tromso.

    Debbie Sumstad Petras

  2. Isn’t the new digital world fun? :)

  3. Enjoy your new toy.

    Have a terrific day. Big hug to you both. :)

  4. Renny I feel so very old fashioned as I am not much of a techy and my husband is not either. My daughter gave him a IPod a couple of years ago – he never used it. My younger daughter gave me a GPS map navigation for Mother’s Day and I am afraid it is still in the box – but we have not traveled far – my cell phone is basic and 2 years old and I don’t know how to delete messages – should I go on? I am going to bury myself into a hole.
    This is quite a romantic story about you and Diane, it was fate.


    I was so relieved to read Vagabonde’s comment because I didn’t understand a word of your post (apart from how you met Diane)! I’m in desperate need of a grandchild who could help steer me through the basics of the computer world never mind going to infinity and beyond:-)

  6. I must confess I am never good with techno stuff nor computer savvy but I’m glad I connected with my daughter when she taught me how to set up my own blog (soshiok), otherwise I wouldn’t have known you & Diane :D

    Cheers & have fun folks!!!

  7. well technology has made so much possible for you and diane. to think you wouldn’t have known the other even existed without it.

  8. Oh, what nice toys you have!
    Nice to meet your wife too, give my regards from Casablanca :)

  9. Haha grandmoms and moms are so adorable…! I love the way you met and agree it was planned by destiny..If you have a chance please stop by my site..

  10. This is the sweetest post ever, Renny. The best part is that you make clear that you love your beautiful, smart wife even more than you love your Wifi technology. I think some people have a hard time choosing nowadays! ;-)

    It’s time for me to update my 2006 Nokia phone, so this post is very interesting to me. Perhaps we can all compare our new gadgets at BlogFest! See you then!

  11. Looks like a fun new phone. I don’t know how I would stay in contact with my family if we didn’t have technology.

  12. Aren’t new “toys” fun!!

  13. When both spouses like digital toys, that’s got to be a plus, Renny. I’m not as bad as Vagabonde but not as trendy as you and Diane…somewhere in the middle. Can you imagine what kids will be using 25 years from now?! They’ll probably have chips in their brain!

  14. I am late with techny but I hope to learn a lot about if only we can have 5 minutes during the Oslo Blog Gathering and Diane and you you’ll teach me a little and show me the possibilities of the nokia X6 in the reality!!!

  15. I always find it so cute when you guys both blog on the same subject, just hours apart! You are connected, indeed! :-)

  16. I’m not a professional writer, but I do enjoy reading great content like this. Thank you for providing such vital information in a presentable way.

  17. You two are the most techy couple I know LOL!!!

  18. Social networking helps to stay connected with your friends and knows all the updates about your loved ones

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