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Sunday, 30.12.01
THOUGHT: Why GPRS is so interesting even if a wired connection is available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:50 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Most of you access the Internet wired, like me. At home, in Munich, I have a DSL connection with a flat rate. This means that my PC is running the whole day and Outlook is getting the E-Mails every 5 minutes. Actually, between the years, I'm at my parents in Frankfurt. Thank God, my parents have ISDN, so I can access the Internet here fast enough for my daily work but they don't have a flat rate which means I have to dial-in to an ISP. Unfortunately most German ISPs takes a dial-in fee of some Cents every time you connect and mostly I connect some seconds only to get my E-Mails. This means I pay for nothing if there are no interesting new E-Mails...

But thankfully I have also my Pocket PC and my GPRS with me! This means I can stay connected to the Internet (incl. MSN Messenger)

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Thursday, 27.12.01
WIRED: The problems with a network card
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:46 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Dear friends of Pocket PC Writer.Net! Sorry, that I was not able to wish you a merry Christmas 3 days ago! I was disconnected with my main PC from the Internet and you know why? Because my (wired) network card was gone. Seems, that this 15,00 € cards are not built for a 24/7 use. However, it

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Saturday, 22.12.01
UNWIRED HOME: Cutting the wires at home
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:52 CET under 09 - Thoughts

As a wireless guy, I try to cut all wires, doesn't matter if for my mobile devices like Bluetooth connections between Pocket PCs and mobile phones or reducing all the cable stuff at home. At least, the only cable I will accept is the antenna cable of my TV... ;-)

Well, thanks to a friend I got my new wireless environment for my home PC yesterday, the Logitech Cordless Freedom Optical. I love the Logitech stuff, I'm using there mice since I've got my first PC mouse and the last one I had was the Cordless MouseMan Wheel. So it was clear for me that I will cut the keyboard cable as well anytime. Yesterday was the time and "threw" away my wired keyboard. Wow, I love the new keyboard, it's not only wireless but also have great functionalities with it's additional wheels and shortcut keys. That's comfortable.

Okay, so far so good - typing on the keyboard is is smooth (I will enjoy it while I'm writing my second book now) and I thought,

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Tuesday, 11.12.01
WIRELESS: Have a look of the 3G services of tomorrow
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:36 CET under 09 - Thoughts

While I surfed around the Ericsson web site because I was looking for some information on WCDMA/CDMA2000 and others I found this Flash animation of Ericsson's "3VOLUTION":

One of the most exciting aspects of Mobile Internet is that it opens up such vast potential for so many different uses. Even though the technology to support Mobile Internet is still in its infancy, initial ideas are quickly evolving into real commercial services. And once 3G comes along, with its ability to support a rich array of multimedia, interactive content, the sky's the limit.

Who knows what the future holds? It will probably be full of useful and fun services that have not been dreamt of - yet. But we can try to guess the types of services that people will be able to - and want to

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Sunday, 09.12.01
QUALITY: The Ericsson T68 - four weeks old and just useless [UPDATE: 11.12.01]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:40 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Well, I wrote a lot about the Ericsson T68: I love it and I hate it. I love it for the features, no other GSM phone offers so many features like the T68: Bluetooth, GPRS, HSCSD, colored display, a real cool stand-by time and all within a very nice shaped design. On the other side, there was the speed - e.g. on text-input with T9 or the the whole speed of using the phone in general. Also the "No" key didn't work proper the first week but anyway, it did its job later. But yesterday evening it happened: the slider on the left side, which is used for the speaker volume, the phone status and scrolling of WAP sides and SMS broke. I don't know if it is the plastic only or the whole switch but it doesn't works or is fixed anymore. Means it is useless now.

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Thursday, 06.12.01
CPU POWER: What are mobile phones running on?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:08 CET under 09 - Thoughts

As you might remember my NTT DoCoMo FOMA article, I was fascinated of the features these phones offers as this comes close to a Pocket PC. Well, for good reasons Microsoft specified the Intel StrongARM processor as the standard CPU for Pocket PC 2002 devices but do you know which CPU mobile phones use?
Jeff from Intel sent me this interesting background information for your attention:


DoCoMo, like most cellular phone manufacturers and carriers, focus on size and battery life when describing the features of their phones.  Therefore, it is a little known fact that the NEC N2001/N2002 FOMA phones utilize the Intel StrongARM SA-1110

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