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Saturday, 27.10.01
WIRELESS: Socket Communication's Business Model for the DPC :-(
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:56 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Hey, I just surfed to Socket to get the driver for the Digital Phone Card for my Notebook. They had this driver available in the past as download, so if you bought the DPC for your Pocket PC you was able to use it on your Notebook as well by downloading this driver.

This is great, specially

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Tuesday, 23.10.01
THOUGHT: Search engines, the last secret on the planet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:49 CET under 09 - Thoughts

I wonder how search engines works. Even if I used to use them for a long time it’s still a secret for me. As an example I take Google: Google seems to visit PPCW.N last time on 13. September. This can I see by the cached site they provide from Pocket PC Writer Net. Even if I use spider and robots commands like

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Saturday, 20.10.01
WIRELESS: The Systems convention in Munich with a Bluetooth showcase
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:29 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Last week, we had the Systems convention here in Munich. Well, it wasn't as busy as the last years. One reason why some exhibitors was missed was some companies aren't allow there staff right now to use any airplanes, like Toshiba where it is forbidden for everybody to take a flight right now.

The other reason is the conjuncture, the .COMs aren't exists anymore or haven't the money for exhibitions and also companies like Siemens or O2 have to save money. However, a lot of other companies was presented for sure.

One of them was Anycom (the manufacture of the Bluetooth Anycom cards) and they had an interesting trial running in one hall: Hall B4 was fully covered with Bluetooth and every visitor could borrow Bluetooth equipped hardware to access the net. Fantastic show case what Bluetooth is able to provide right today.

However, there was one problem: Since the whole hall was covered it was likely impractical to access the own Bluetooth equipment as happened a friend of mine:

A booth, fully equipped
with Bluetooth antennas!

Bluetooth identifies itself with BD addresses, a kind of unique MAC addresses as used for W-LAN. To access your mobile phone from your Pocket PC for example, you have to select the right BD address in the Bluetooth configuration program. Can you imagine what's happen if there are more than 30 Bluetooth access points? Yes, you have a list of 31 BD addresses and you don't know anymore which one is your mobile phone... ;-)

Okay, you can give your Bluetooth equipment a unique name but this isn't required and therefore my friend didn't find his mobile phone! :-> He had to leave the hall, out of the Bluetooth range, to find his mobile phone again...

He, he, he... This is a bug from my point of view and I'm sure that a lot of people will not give their devices a unique name! This will be funny next year if we have a Bluetooth penetration and everybody within the airline lounges is searching his headset... ;-)

Cheers ~ Arne
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Friday, 19.10.01
WIRELESS: msn Mobile Germany added a cool service to their portal - traffic news
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:21 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Wow, I was longer time not visiting the Pocket PC optimized mobile portal of msn here in Germany. Last weekend, when I drove back from Frankfurt to Munich I found a real cool service they added: traffic information's.
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COMMUNICATION: The perfect car or how to place a GPS enabled iPAQ?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:30 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Yesterday I got my package from Microsoft from the möbius conference. Beside some great software stuff, Microsoft gave us also a GPS receiver for the Compaq iPAQ from

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CONFERENCE: möbius 2001 - Microsoft's mobility Conference - 07. - 08.09.01
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:53 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Together with the Pocket PC 2002 launch, Microsoft held a mobility conference in Redmond

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WIRELESS: The Perfect Surf
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:40 CET under 09 - Thoughts

How I connect my Pocket PC with my new Siemens S45 for a convenient Internet access.

Back to the past
I'm looking since a long time for the perfect combination to use the Internet wireless. At least, this was the reason why I bought my first Windows CE device, a Sharp Mobilon, end of 1997. When I hold it in my hands and I tried to connect it to my Ericsson GF788 with attached IrDA modem, I recognized that both infrared ports doesn't spoke together.

This was the time I had a deeper look into the Windows CE OS, I visited a lot of Newsgroups and tried a lot by myself - until I found the problem. The infrared port of the Mobilon (Windows CE 2.0) wasn't attached to the dial-up networking of Windows CE.
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WIRELESS: Visual IT - Red Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:35 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Synchronize your Pocket PC contacts with your mobile phone with three taps only. Using a Pocket PC and a mobile phone is a common package today. Doesn't matter if you use both as stand alone products or connect both to use it for accessing the Internet wireless there is one thing most users of a Pocket PC and a mobile phone with an IrDA port looks for: synchronizing the contacts from the Pocket PC to the mobile phone SIM Card.

There are several options by using a 3rd party software as Windows CE 3.0 doesn't support contact sending to a mobile phone today. But no other software as Visual IT's Red Phone is developed for this task only and this makes Red Phone so interesting.

With a simple user interface it's 3 clicks only to send the phone numbers from the Pocket PC to a mobile phone!
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WIRELESS: Microsoft - Mobile Information Server
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:33 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Access Microsoft Outlook wireless via WAP and use all known applications like Calendar and E-Mail on the road.

Thanks to Microsoft, I've got a test account for parts of their Mobile Information Server platform. So I was able to have a closer look to the future of Microsoft's .NET products.

Q: What is the MIS?
A: Mobile Information 2001 Server is the application server that extends the reach of Microsoft .NET Enterprise applications, enterprise data, and intranet content into the realm of the mobile user. It brings the power of the corporate intranet to the latest generation of mobile devices, so users can securely access their e-mail, contacts, calendar, tasks, or any intranet line-of-business application in real time, wherever they happen to be. This overview addresses high-level information about Mobile Information Server and briefly explains the different editions and client versions of the Mobile Information Server product.

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WIRELESS: Pocket Presence - Running Voice GSM
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:31 CET under 09 - Thoughts

If you use the Nokia Card Phone 2.0 together with your Compaq iPAQ you have recognized that the Nokia driver doesn't include a voice interface. The Swedish company Pocket Presence now engineered a voice interface which have some more features than using the iPAQ for mobile data only!
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WIRELESS: Trium Mondo GPRS Prototype
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:16 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Thanks to Trium France I had on the CeBIT 2000 the chance to got a closer look to the new Wireless Pocket PC.

The Mondo is based on Windows CE 3.0, so it supports all basic applications already known from the standard Pocket PCs. But Trium, which is the GSM brand from Mitsubishi for cellular phones, added a GSM/GPRS module to the Pocket PC. On the CeBIT 2001, I've got a test sample from Trium for playing a little it.
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WIRELESS: Expand your Pocket PC to a Wireless Pocket PC with Nokia's Card Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:14 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Enhance you Pocket PC with a wireless modem. If you are living in the GSM covered world, I suggest the Nokia Card Phone which supports HSCSD data transmission.
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