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Thursday, 22.11.01
THOUGHT: How Bluetooth changes the way we are using devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:20 CET under 09 - Thoughts

The experience with Running Voice (see my review) and the combination with Bluetooth made me thinking about how Bluetooth influence the way we will work with devices. The most interesting aspect I found is that this isn’t any kind of science fiction and future but real today. We have all components right now, it’s only a question how we will bring together everything.

Let me explain it on the combination using a Bluetooth enabled Pocket PC, Bluetooth enabled GPRS phone and Bluetooth headset in a car environment:
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Wednesday, 21.11.01
THOUGHT: Bluetooth testing experiences
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:19 CET under 09 - Thoughts

I used my Bluetooth Pocket PC (Jornada 565)/mobile phone (Ericsson T68) heavily yesterday since I wanted to know how long the stand-by time of a Jornada is with the Anycom Bluetooth CF card. And I have to say, I'm impressed. I worked with Pocket Presence Running Voice 1.1 to figure out (find a complete Running Voice Bluetooth review later this day) and my Jornada was at least 5 - 6 hours connected to the mobile phone incl. mobile data connection and using Inbox, Pocket IE and Microsoft Messenger plus sending and receiving SMS

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Saturday, 17.11.01
WIRELESS: How fast is your GPRS connection speed?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:08 CET under 09 - Thoughts

You don't know it, perhaps because you don't know this site my Italian fellow Giorgio Cifani pointed me to. This Italian and dedicated to wireless communication web site have a cool test page running (PDA optimized) which tells you how fast your GPRS connection is:

GPRS connection speed with a HP 560, Anycom Bluetooth CF card and Ericsson T68:
26,7 kbps*
W-LAN connection speed with a HP 560, Symbol Wireless Worker, Linksys Wired/Wireless Hub and ADSL line:
320,6 kbps

This is a great testing site even for network operators

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WIRELESS: Added two more pictures of the Compaq GSM/GPRS jacket
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:58 CET under 09 - Thoughts

A lot of you asked what's on the top of the jacket. If the slot is for SD cards or other cards, well the answer is quite easy, it's for the SIM card, which is necessary on GSM networks.

The other picture shows you an attached headset you can use with the GSM/GPRS jacket, that you don't have to hold the iPAQ/extension pack combination to your ear like I do here. As I said before on my Trium Mondo review, it's like holding a piece of toast to the ear, however the jacket feels a little bit more like a brick ;-)

Cheers ~ Arne
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Friday, 16.11.01
PPC 2002 BUG: Problems with the DNS entry on Pocket PC 2002 by using GPRS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:15 CET under 09 - Thoughts

I don't know if you recognized this problem if you are a GPRS user, but sometimes you are connected to the GPRS network and you are not able to use the web or sending and receiving E-Mails. Well, in most cases the problem is the DNS entry on Pocket PC and the real assigned server.

On most networks you have to enter at least one fixed DNS entry into the DUN (see more details her

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Tuesday, 13.11.01
OPINION: What’s the wireless killer application?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:03 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Okay, so far so good, from the technology side everything is prepared, I have several Pocket PCs, some with – others without external keyboards; I have the possibility to connect this devices with my mobile phones, some with Bluetooth, others via cable and all with infrared – I also have a jacket which can be used directly on the Compaq iPAQ as a wireless modem and all my mobile phones, I’m using right now (and for sure the jacket), supports GPRS which let’s me stay online without paying per minute. Also my GSM operator supports GPRS and this as the best one in Germany how the network was tested now by an independent telecommunication magazine. So everything is prepared but what to do now?

Don’t get me wrong, for sure I know that I can access my E-Mail accounts (what I’m doing several times per day with the combinations I described above) and I'm using also the web (mostly visiting some of my favorite Pocket PC sites like Pocket PC

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Friday, 09.11.01
UMTS: NTT DoCoMo 3G FOMA mobile phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:02 CET under 09 - Thoughts

This week is gadget week for me! Today I got my fingers on two NTT DoCoMo FOMA phones and it's a real killer. With it's bright and large screens I wonder why the GSM world is so far behind. Even the Ericsson T68, which is a real killer device with it's color display, is a boring machine if you see the gadgets!

With it's polyphonic ring tones, based on synthesizer chips it's boosting your office. This is real fun and if you've hear such a ringing mobile phone, you will throw away your current GSM phonea nd you will never accept a call anymore because listening the ringing is to much fun.

One Panasonic FOMA phone had a built in video camera which snaps pictures and records short video sequences, the NEC phone is more or less the basic device. Now I understand why i-Mode

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Saturday, 03.11.01
WIRELESS: Connecting with GPRS by Bluetooth using the Ericsson T68
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:11 CET under 09 - Thoughts

If you want to see, how Bluetooth works on the Ericsson T68 find here 2 video clips I've created.


GPRS Connect


GPRS Disconnect

Pay your attention on the blue LED on the right top. First it blinks slow, after the Bluetooth connection with the Pocket PC (using the Anycom Bluetooth CF card) it starts blinking faster.

After disconnecting the dial up connection on the Pocket PC the Ericsson T68 indicates the transmitted bytes. The Bluetooth LED stops the fast blinking.

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