OT: Neo Freerunner in literature

Joachim Ott jo.omsl at googlemail.com
Sat Oct 23 16:42:05 CEST 2010

[I posted this to shr-user already and wanted to put it onto the
openmoko-wiki, but there's the real place for some "trivia". I also
could not crosspost because I have 2 different mailaddresses for the
lists. Sorry if you receive this twice.]

I just finished Gibson's "Zero History", and I was curious about the
Neo phone that one of the main characters is using in the first half
of the book (while the rest of the world seems to use iphones and
macbooks only), so I asked Cory Doctorow (mentioned in the "thanks"
section of the book) and he confirmed that the Neo Freerunner is
meant. In the book the Neo has an american + russian gps, often
problems with the software, the company producing it went off
business, later it was said it went bankrupt. Well.

I can't really advise this book (it's the 3rd part of "pattern
recognition" and "spook country"), it's too much "ideal world" story
to me (different from Neuromancer and its 2 followers). But I got it
rather cheap from amazon for 12,95 €.

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