PLANETIZEN is an extremely useful site. Part of its quality is based on heavy reader participation. It is rare to turn to it and not find a fascinating reference.
Here for example is the camera phone. Such a tool might well have utility for bloggers since one can post by email.
Picture phones are standard cellphones with built-in lenses that enable rudimentary photography...it turns out that the picture phone's combination of simple imaging and instant connectivity also works for serious uses. It's too early to say what percentage of picture phone owners are using the technology for work, but Strategy Analytics said that in five years, as much as 20 percent of picture phone users will be using the technology for work-related purposes.Or maybe blogging.
Pino bought his four picture phones a month ago to maintain constant visual contact with members of his crew who are working in distant towns.
''Before picture phones, if one of my guys had an unexpected problem, he would call me and try to explain it,'' he said. ''Most of the time, I'd have to drive over to look at it. Now he just sends me a picture.'' Last week, for example, one of Pino's crews working in Winthrop discovered a broken drain pipe in a wall.
Pino, in Newton at the time, requested a cellphone picture instead of driving over to examine the situation. Within minutes the Winthrop crew was proceeding with updated instructions from Pino.
''That saved me an afternoon,'' Pino said.
Pino also uses his picture phone to stay in touch with customers, taking advantage of the phone's capacity to send pictures to e-mail addresses.
''If I reach a point where I have a question, I just e-mail a picture of the situation to the client,'' he said. ''Most of them are sitting in front of a computer all day anyway.''
Portlock uses her picture phone to get ''really, really quick pictures'' of properties to clients who are at work, or traveling.