Discovered ping! (http://www.pingmessaging.com/Ping!/Ping!.html) yesterday; it seems quite a cool little app for the iphone – namely (once you know another iphone user has it and their username) it allows you to sms them for free. In non-scientific tests it seems as quick, if not quicker, than our carriers SMS.
I can’t see why (when ping! registers with the server) it can’t disclose your mobile number, and allow that to be your username, it would be so much more obvious than e.g. david-goodwin.
It has pretty much no integration with any of the rest of the iphone – e.g. address book etc, and if you delete a thread you seem to need to remember someone’s ID to message them again.
Then again, it’s free to install, messaging is free, and O2 only give me 500 free texts a month.. which get easily gobbled up when you send a message longer than 10-20 words.
ping! would also be free to text people who are abroad; luckily for them I don’t know anyone abroad with an iphone who I’d want to text much (if any).
Knill Nash Dash – random posting on the 2009 event.
The Knill Nash Dash is an 8ish mile cross country run which happens to go through my family’s farm and so on… so as per last year, I did it again this year.
Thankfully the weather was much better this year – last year they wouldn’t let us go through the river crossings – this year they were mandatory. Last year, I was sliding around in the mud – this year the route was dry and much better.
Anyway, I came 7th (I think) with a time of 1 hour 5 minutes. Perhaps with slightly better timing towards the end I could have made one of 4th, 5th or 6th… as I was in 4th on the final ascent.
The course was well marshalled, of interesting terrain and the event itself was very well organised (thanks to the Presteigne Pacers).
Anyway – I enjoyed it. My watch heart monitor thing thinks I used 1100 kcal. When ever I looked at it, it was flashing at me telling me my heart rate was too high (170+) … stupid thing… unfortunately I failed to stop it properly at the end so I lost my average heart beat – which would have been interesting.