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Thursday, 28.02.02
WIRELESS: VoiceStream to provide W-LAN access for Starbucks locations
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:02 CET under 01 - General News

VoiceStream Wireless yesterday was chosen by Starbucks Coffee Co. to supply 802.11b wireless LAN networks for the coffee giant's retail locations. No financial details of the deal were disclosed. VoiceStream acquired most of MobileStar's assets last year in a post-bankruptcy deal. The coffee giant said it plans to install wireless Internet connections in more than 500 of its company-owned stores (including

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FAN FEST: First European Pocket PC Fan Fest - EVER!!!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Take your Pocket PC to CeBit and join us for a party!

  • When: Thu.March 14, 19:00 pm,
  • Where: Diskothek Xcelsior, Bahnhofstrasse 8, 30159 Hannover
  • What: A Pocket PC Fan Fest is a night of fun and friends, as people meet and talk about all things Pocket PC! There will be chances to win prizes and many more surprises during the night.

Don't forget to bring your Pocket PC because that is your ticket for food and fun at the first

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Wednesday, 27.02.02
WORST CASE: My DSL provider is insolvency!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:37 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Hell!!! Sometimes I don't have it easy! After all the trouble I had with my DSL provider Streamgate in the past I got an E-Mail from them today which can not amuse me: The are inability to pay the bill to Deutsche Telekom which means they ran into the insolvency. They try hard (as they told in the E-Mail) to provide a rest of service for the customers, however - 30 minutes after I got the E-Mail all lines seems to be capped by Deutsche Telekom. No more telephone, no more Internet, nothing... :-(

The hardest thing for me (and maybe for you) is that it will takes at least 6 weeks that I get a new connection from an operator. That's how long it takes here in Germany... THAT'S CRAP!!! HELP!!! :-(

In the quintessence it means that I will be very limited in updating PPCW.N as I have to use GPRS for my Internet connection within the next 6 weeks... Oh hell - could something be harder? My GSM/GPRS operator VIAG Interkom will become rich through me. :-( Good for mmO2, bad for me...

Cheers ~ Arne

PS: I uploaded this message from the public W-LAN of the Munich Airport. How I will handle it in the next 6 weeks, I don't know! :-(

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COMPAQ WIRELESS PACK: Ash on my head! :-(
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:09 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Some guys are really waiting for my review of the Compaq Wireless GSM/GPRS Jacket and you are right, I'm heavily delayed! :-( I'm really sorry for this and the only excuse I can give you is that I had some real busy weeks (from business and private side) behind me.

But I promise you to write the review within this week and will publish it within this week too!

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Tuesday, 26.02.02
INTERVIEW: PPCW.N interviews Martin Croome, European General Manager Socket
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:43 CET under 09 - Thoughts

On Pocket PC Writer.Net I will not give you the latest views of myself only but also the views of the insiders of the wireless industry. Therefore I'm interview Martin Croome, European General Manager, Socket Communications; I met at the 3GSM Congress in Cannes last week. Martin gave me the opportunity for an interview where we was talking a about everything related to Bluetooth, SD and CF cards.

Enjoy ~ Arne

PPCW.N: Martin, thanks a lot for the interview. Let us talk a about Bluetooth as technology first. Where do you see Bluetooth today?

MARTIN CROOME: Today, Bluetooth is a connectivity tool between mobile devices like PDAs and mobile phones. It is the perfect technology for connecting these devices without the hassle of using cables anymore. However, I see a demand for connections to Bluetooth Access Points too in the near future.

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SKINNING: Give your Pocket PC a new face with PocketBlinds 1.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ian from Stardock just sent me the following lines:

Just wanted to let you know that we'll be releasing PocketBlinds 1.0 soon. It got quite a code revamp, and is now very fast, even on the Jornada 54x devices! (loading and previewing a skin takes 1 seconds, etc). As an added bonus,

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PPCW.N: Mobile channel redesign
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:18 CET under 06 - Site News

Today I launched a completely new mobile channel interface for Pocket PC Writer.Net. I have to admit, that the old one looked a little bit crap and loveless. It was a plain PHP script which took the last 10 articles from the database and provided it for you by direct access, AvantGo or Mazingo. However,

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Saturday, 23.02.02
BETTER SURFING: MultiIE 2.0 with Pocket PC 2002 support to be released soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I just had a chat with Peter, the man behind MultIE and he is entering the final stage now to offers you MultiIE for download soon! :-)

The good news for every registered MultIE 1.x customer is that the update will be free of charge for you! All others can download it for a limited evaluation time! However, as MultiIE 1.x was nominated as best Internet tool by Pocket PC Awards, it's worth to check it out if you already has it on your Pocket PC 2002 but like to surf the Web with it. The main features are:

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AVANTGO: Dropped the AvantGo channel of Pocket PC Writer.Net today
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:05 CET under 06 - Site News

Because AvantGo kicks out its early supporters and doesn't allow users to create custom accounts anymore or even want to get money from sites like Pocket PC Writer.Net to be listed, I've dropped all AvantGo support now. I'm not able to pay for distributing my contents and why should makes other money from my ideas?

Anyhow, I would like to thank you for using AvantGo in the past on your PDA and I would like to welcome you offline on your Pocket PC again. Therefore I would like to ask you to switch to Mazingo, which is free of charge for you anyway - as before AvantGo - but offers you more features incl. Audio and Video synchronization.

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WIRELESS PPC 2002: Asus to try hand at own-branded PDAs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Asustek Computer will launch its first own-branded PDA (personal digital assistant) with a GPRS (general packet radio service) module in mid-April, said vice-president Tzeng Chien-sheng.

The PDA will be equipped with Intel’s StrongARM 1110 processor, and run on the Pocket PC 2002 operating system. Asus will follow this up with the launch of a similar model using Intel’s new XScale processor in Q3.

Tzeng noted that not all of their new PDA models will have built-in GPRS modules, but users will be able to enjoy GPRS functions by attaching an external module to the SD (secure digital) card slot.

Intel’s new PXA250 and PXA210 XScale processors boast core computing speeds of 400 and 200MHz, respectively. With high performance ratings and low energy consumption, the XScale has already gained the support of Microsoft, as well as Taiwan’s High Tech Computer (HTC), Acer, Compal, Quanta, Wistron and PenPower Technology.

Intel has already begun volume production of the XScale processor, which it expects to see in new hand-held IAs (information appliances) by mid-2002

Thanks to Christopher Coulter for the link!

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Friday, 22.02.02
SMARTPHONE 2002: PPCW.N is ready for Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Anytime this year, we will see the first Microsoft based Smartphones 2002 in the market and from this time, Pocket PC Writer.Net is accessible with the built-in Pocket Internet Explorer. Even better - it fits right today! :-)

I just surfed Pocket PC Writer.Net today with the Smartphone 2002 SDK and here is how it would looks like on your mobile phone:

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W-LAN SECURITY: Open networks on the 3GSM Conference
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:25 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Andy from Pocket PC Thoughts wrote some days ago about a program for the Pocket PC called Mini Stumbler: "Wireless networks are not safe. That's the point the people behind the Network Stumbler want to make. The software can detect open WiFi networks, and makes it really easy to use the connectivity they provide. Mini Stumbler is now released, and runs of Pocket PCs."

I know, the unsafe Wi-Fi networks are one of Andreas favorite topic and he is right to hightlight this again and again. However, you can use a minimum of security if you encrypt your Wi-Fi network and 802.11b supports this with up to 128 Bit. But what I've seen on the 3GSM Congress in Cannes this week was far away of any network security! A lot of booth's seems to used W-LAN for their presentation Notebooks and almost none of the companies used encryption! So I was able to access this networks for my Internet connection as well.

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3GSM LIVE: WLAN - from 3G killer to 3G helper!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:19 CET under 01 - General News

WLAN and other alternative wireless technologies are not a threat to the 3G operators. Instead they can help increase both revenues and customer satisfaction for the mobile operators. According to leading Wireless analyst Northstream, mobile operators are the most likely to benefit from a co-existence between WLAN and 3G.

"In our view the idea that WLAN would replace 3G is simply not true. Replacing 3G with WLAN would be like attaching a motor to a bicycle and calling it a motorcycle", says Tommy Ljunggren, Co-founder of Northstream.
According to the Northstream analysis, WLAN and 3G represents two distinctive technologies addressing different needs. Office WLAN is already

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3GSM LIVE: Bluetooth passes 500 qualified products milestone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:11 CET under 01 - General News

Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), Inc. announced it has been qualifying, on average, over ten new Bluetooth wireless products each week during the quarter ending 31 December 2001, bringing the total number of qualified products to over 500. A number of these products are now commercially available in Europe, Asia and the United States. Nearly half of the 133 new products qualified last quarter include mobile phone, computing and other consumer electronics products. The remainder of the products qualified during the quarter were the critical chips, software and development tools from which equipment manufacturers can build their own Bluetooth wireless products.

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3GSM LIVE: Microsoft strengthens its wireless position
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:07 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft has announced a raft of new partnerships, flagging 2002 as the year in which it plans to make significant in-roads into the wireless market. Ben Waldman, VP of the mobile devices division, said that Microsoft’s initiatives would rectify the fact that wireless users have become “second-class citizens” when it comes to content and applications. Waldman named eight operators that will be selling devices running the newly released Microsoft Pocket PC Phone Edition 2002.

Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile, Telefonica, mmO2, SingTel, Telstra and Turkcell will all be marketing the new devices, three of which have been unveiled so far. The HP Jornada 928 and mmO2’s XDA, PDA/mobile phone cross-overs coined as WDAs (wireless digital assistants), are expected to hit the market within the next two months. The Sendo Windows-Powered Smartphone (known as Stinger during its development phase, although that name has now been ditched) will follow in the summer.
In addition, Taiwanese manufacturer Compal is set to begin production of another Smartphone, based on the hardware reference design that Microsoft has released

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HARDWARE: Mazingo, IBM and Casio forms mobile power partnership
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While AvantGo kicks its users more and more out (the latest was with dropping the support of customer channels), Mazingo takes really care about its users. The latest development was announced two days ago in San Francisco.
That's a great offer, go for it. You save more then 200 US$.

Cheers ~ Arne

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Mazingo Network announced a new hardware and service package that will allow consumers to significantly increase the number of news feeds, movies, and TV and radio shows they can download and carry on their personal digital devices. The package combines a Casio CASSIOPEIA E-200 Pocket PC, IBM's 340 MB Microdrive removable storage, and one year of Mazingo mobile service. The Mazingo service, based on the concept of "magazines-on-the-go," enables consumers to download rich video and audio content from a variety of channels onto their Pocket PC's for business and personal enjoyment.

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Thursday, 21.02.02
3GSM LIVE: A detailed view on Microsoft's and Nokia's latest hardware developments
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:55 CET under 01 - General News

All right guys. Now I'm on my way back to Munich after two and a half days of 3GSM World Congress in Cannes. So what did I do yesterday when I didn't update PPCW.N? I had some meetings with different Pocket PC related companies like BVRP and also met the responsible Product Manager of the Smartphone 2002 platform from Microsoft Redmond.

Also I had an interview with Martin Croome, the European General Manager of Socket Communications, which I have to edit and publish later this week. I spoke with Martin about Bluetooth and everything related like Wireless LAN, the future of CF and SD I/O cards and why the Socket Bluetooth card doesn't work today with the Casio E-200.

I've also visited the hardware manufactures like Nokia, Siemens, Motorola and others. The Smartphone, which gets all my interest beside the Microsoft Smartphone 2002 was for sure the Nokia 7650.

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3GSM LIVE: Wireless pioneers honored in 7th GSM Associations Awards Ceremony
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:00 CET under 01 - General News

Cannes, France, 20 February 2002: – The eve of the 2002 3GSM World Congress saw the seventh GSM Association awards presented by international journalist and broadcaster Jon Snow at a gala event at the Palm Beach Casino in Cannes.

Each year the prestigious wireless industry awards attract a huge number of entries from companies worldwide. This year’s awards, sponsored by PWC Consulting - a business of PriceWaterhouseCoopers - were no exception, with the highest number of submissions to date.

“Once again, our industry has surpassed itself,” said Rob Conway, CEO of the GSM Association. “The sheer diversity, innovation and technological excellence demonstrated by all the entries made the choice of winners a supremely difficult task.”

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3GSM LIVE: Suppliers reaffirm support for second phase of GSMA’s M-Services initiative
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:55 CET under 01 - General News

Cannes, France, 20 February 2002: Manufacturers and suppliers around the world have expressed continued support for the GSM Association’s M-Services initiative to drive a consistent, open global platform for application and service delivery. Phase II of M-Services was announced by the GSM Association today at the start of the 2002 3GSM World Congress.

M-Services Phase II is a clear set of operator-delineated requirements – with GSMA Associate Member and broad industry input - that will assist the manufacturers in defining handset design, functionality and user interface to a universally recognised, open and non-proprietary set of principles. The adoption of M-Services by the industry will improve customer satisfaction levels and simplify the route to market for applications and services.

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3GSM LIVE: Industry leaders’ desire for consistent, open service delivery platform
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:45 CET under 01 - General News

Cannes, France 20 February 2002: The GSM Association, the voice of the world’s network operators, has today unveiled details of the next phase of its ‘M-Services Initiative’ – further refining the requirements of terminals - to ensure consumers experience consistently available services through the mobile Internet.

Utilizing open, non proprietary standards as its foundation, the GSM Association’s ‘M-Service Initiative’ is the embodiment of a clear desire by CEO and CTO industry leaders from the world’s operator community, to collaborate in recognizing the needs of consumers and pursue what they believe is the right solution for the delivery of services in a consistent way. ‘M-Services Phase II’ is backed by an overwhelming number of operators and manufacturers committed to its principles and to implementation in their product & service offerings.

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Tuesday, 19.02.02
3GSM LIVE: MS is presenting the new HP Wireless Jornada and Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:04 CET under 01 - General News

I just was on the Microsoft booth to find the latest wireless developments there and had a little bit time to play with two new devices we have already heard from: the Wireless Jornada from HP and the Smartphone 2002 based Sendo phone. I also saw the Smartphone 2002 based Orange phone.

So get some pictures of the coolest devices here:

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3GSM DAY ONE: Registration and looking around
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:44 CET under 01 - General News

After a five hours trip, which normally needs one and a half only (thanks Lufthansa...) I arrived in Cannes. As every year, the city is focused on the 3GSM World Congress. However, this year you find less advertising about a bright mobile future than the years before.

However, one fine tradition of Cannes is that every company which means it has a brand has its own Yacht in the harbor. So you see every big corporate there. Also the most interesting toys are presented on the boats, not on the booths.

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Sunday, 17.02.02
CONNECTED: Back again on the Net
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:42 CET under 06 - Site News

Puh, I just prepare myself for my trip to Cannes and wanted to downloaded some important files to my Notebook. So I connected the Notebook with my GPRS phone and was surprised how fast the download happened. However, it wasn't the GPRS phone which downloaded the files but the LAN card which was also plugged in. And this LAN card used my DSL line... ;-) Thank God!

But do you think I got a call from Streamgate? No, nothing... :-( Anyway - I'm glad that it works again as you can imagine! ;-)

Cheers ~ Arne
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ACCESSORY: Power Sync Cable for iPAQ 3800 released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Gomadic Corp. of Herndon, VA has recently released their new iPAQ Power Sync cable for the 3800 Series iPAQ PDA. By connecting this 3-foot long cable between the base of the iPAQ and a standard USB port, users can simultaneously recharge their iPAQ 3800 series PDA while auto synchronizing data with their USB enabled desktop or notebook PCs.

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Saturday, 16.02.02
3GSM CONGRESS: Away from my home PC until Thursday
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:16 CET under 06 - Site News

Every year, the GSM community meets on its congress and exhibition, the GSM World Congress in Cannes (puh, live can be so hard ;-). Since last year, the GSM Congress is called 3GSM World Congress for good reasons as 3G is coming for sure and 3GSM is the brand name for 3rd generation networks based on the GSM standard.

This year I will also attend the 3GSM Congress again but this time I will cover the latest developments for you, the readers of Pocket PC Writer.Net. So I will go there from Monday to Thursday to find the latest gadgets and services there.

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Friday, 15.02.02
DISCONNECTED: Day four without any Internet connection
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:45 CET under 06 - Site News

My all-time non favorite "Telco" and DSL provider Streamgate isn't able to reconnect me until today. Since Tuesday night I'm offline now. The customer service isn't able to provide me any help and from the technical service team I didn't got any feedback until now.
If you are a regular visitor of Pocket PC Writer.Net (and before Unwired-I.Net) you may remember the drama in summer last year when I was disconnected for whole week because Streamgate wasn't able to connect me after they got my line from my previous operator Deutsche Telekom.

Hell, seems this becomes a nightmare again and I wonder how long it takes this time to become reconnected. Also it's a "little bit" expensive to get the E-Mails via GPRS. If you live in Germany and you are looking for a DSL provider, don't take Streamgate as they are not able to provide you a minimum of competence! :-(

Cheers ~ Arne
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Thursday, 14.02.02
MOBILITY: The NexiCam - Digital Camera Expansion Pack for the iPAQ
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:57 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Last night I had the chance to play a little bit with the NexiCam and I have to admit that I’m really impressed. Even if it was a little bit dark (a pub) it was nice to see how it works.

The NexiCam digital camera expansion pack for the Compaq iPAQ features high resolution 800 x 600 SVGA color for superior picture. Beside taking snapshots with your iPAQ you can also use the NexiCam for recording short videos. The built-in Type II CF card slot lets you store

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Wednesday, 13.02.02
WIRELESS PPC 2002: Audiovox announced Wireless Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Audiovox just registered it’s latest product - a Wireless Pocket PC - at the FCC. The Pocket PC 2002 based PDA looks like the Toshiba Genio or Audiovox Maestro but includes a small antenna on the top and is named Thera. Because Audiovox added the HF unit to the device, this Wireless Pocket PC doesn’t includes a CF card slot anymore as the non wired version. However, like the Maestro it still includes the MMC/SD card slot and therefore it is comparable with the O2 xda. A price, RAM size, wireless mode (GSM/GPRS or CDMA 2000) and release date isn’t announced today right now.

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CONVERGENCE: 802.11 system offers secure connection to GSM networks
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:32 CET under 01 - General News

interWAVE Communications has said that its 802.WAVE system can provide secure GPRS/ 3G wireless Local Area Network (LAN) convergence. interWAVE's 802.WAVE solution delivers wireless LAN speed with 802.11 technology in standard GSM network deployments, offering authentication and roaming capabilities.

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PPCW.N: Offline for two days now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:05 CET under 06 - Site News

Just to inform you: my DSL provider (or Deutsche Telekom who runs the line shared cables) decided to cut my DSL access again. This means currently I can not access the Internet at home. Also I'm not able to dial into an Internet Service Provider because my DSL provider, who also offers my telephone line, doesn't provides any interconnections to other networks for data calls... :-(
As soon as I'm back in the cyber world, I will be able to update PPCW.N again. Currently I'm using my Pocket PC via GPRS for E-Mail only.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Sunday, 10.02.02
GPRS: Pretec's CF card sized GPRS card released on CeBIT
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:33 CET under 01 - General News

As Pretec announced this week, the Pretec CF card should be available within the 2nd quarter 2002. Also more details are available now> So the GPRS card will be a CF Type I which means it will works with every today available Pocket PC 2002. Also the card will be available in two versions; a GSM 900/1800 MHz version for Europe and Asia and a GSM 900/1900 MHz version for the US.

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Friday, 08.02.02
SITE: Ludipocket/MobiGeeks destroyed!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:42 CET under 01 - General News

It's not a news really ... but for those like to go on our site, they won't be able to do it for few days. The server had been attacked and the target was to destroyed the Hardisk ... and it had been successful ... but we have back up and we hope to come back soon ... see you soon for more news around this amazing mobile/PDA world
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GonnaSoftware has released PocketDates 1.01, an easy-to-use organizer
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

PocketDates by GonnaSoftware is a PIM software that is compatible with Pocket Outlook. It has 5 views (week, 2weeks, month, year and task) and enables you to see appointments of specified date at the same time.
A variety of colorful category icons will help you to grasp your appointments at a glance. In addition, you can customize colors and the background picture of this software.

PocketDates 1.01 is available for download from for US$ 15.95. A trial version is also available there.

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NOTEBOOK: I need a new Notebook, I found it, but...
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:49 CET under 09 - Thoughts

One pros of the Internet is that you can find what you are looking for very fast. This time I’m looking for a new Notebook with a little bit more CPU speed and support for Windows XP. My previous one, the Sony Vaio PCG-C1 was the right one but today with its 400 MHz Pentium II processor and 128 MB RAM only without XP or even 2000 support, it’s not state of the art anymore. However, what I’m looking for is a sub notebook in this size. As you know (or you imagine) I’m a highly mobile user and I don’t want to carry kilograms of hardware with me. Unfortunately the sub notebook segment isn’t a wide one in the PC industry but anyway – I made my decision: the Fujitsu P Series Notebook

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Thursday, 07.02.02
PROTOTYPE: National Semiconductor is presenting a new kind of device on CeBIT
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:55 CET under 01 - General News

National Semiconductor will presents its ideas of a future device on this year’s CeBIT in Hannover. The concept device is an 8 in 1 multifunction device which includes a digital camera, digital camcorder, mobile phone, E-Mail and Internet client plus PIM functionalities and MP3 player. The “Origami Mobile Communicator“ is Bluetooth enabled as well as GSM and CDMA. The Origami Mobile Communicator includes a 4” 640 x 480 touch screen, USB and a CF card slot.
As OS, National Semiconductor is using Windows CE .Net running on a Geode SC3200 CPU. The Origami Mobile Communicator should be used as a show case for OEMs and will not be released in that kind from National itself.

Cheers ~ Arne
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WIRELESS: HP confirms Wireless Pocket PC in the first half, Compaq is thinking about it
Posted by Arne Hess - at 01:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Hewlett-Packard Co. and Compaq Computer Corp. have plans for Pocket PC PDAs with integrated voice and data. HP's device, which will support GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) networks and look much like the company's Jornada 560, will ship first in Europe in the first half of the year, officials of the Palo Alto, Calif., company said.

Compaq will be discussing plans for an integrated wireless iPaq at CTIA, but the Houston-based company also will continue to offer expansion sleds for its existing line of iPaqs, including a triband GPRS pack due next month.

Okay guys, seems to see more Wireless Pocket PCs beside the O2 xda soon. Now I'm missing a wireless device

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CELLULAR: Toshiba eyes up European mobile phone market
Posted by Arne Hess - at 01:37 CET under 01 - General News

Toshiba has confirmed it has set up a European mobile phone handset business. The company expects to be launching phones by the middle of this year. The first handsets will be compatible with Europe's emerging GPRS or 2.5G networks. There are also plans to manufacture 3G-compatible phones as

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DRIVER: New Pocket PC Keyboard driver available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 01:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I love to use portable keyboards with my Pocket PCs (specially if they my Pocket PC is online) for typing SMS messages or chatting via MSN Messenger. Unfortunately all my keyboards have the US American QWERTY layout but doesn't matter, drivers could improve this.
Think Outside and TT-Tech recently released new drivers for their Stowaway Portable Keyboard and Snap-N-Type keyboard:

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Tuesday, 05.02.02
PREVIEW: First view of the final Compaq Wireless GSM/GPRS Pack
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:37 CET under 06 - Site News

Thanks to Compaq - with this version - I'm allowed to speak and write about it and I will be able to provide you a full featured review soon. :-) So stay tuned.
As you can imagine, it will not take to long anymore that the Wireless Pack will become available commercially. Okay, there was a (small) delay but at least - all of us want to have final products, not becoming a Beta tester for a lot of bucks and therefore waiting for it was worth!

Here it is my friends, the preview of the Compaq Wireless Pack. These are the first pictures of package (find more later, including a review but tonight my girlfriend is asking for me and she definitely will throw away the jacket if I'm not going out with her. But might be a good test using the combo in the Munich night life ;-)

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PRE-RELEASE: Pocket Informant 3.0 available as public pre-release
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

This pre-release is just that - an unfinished piece of software. Although we are nearing the end of beta testing and development, there are a few things that do not work properly, cause memory leaks, or may even damage data.

The pre-release is not a Public Beta. There will be only one pre-release of 3.0. Although we truly enjoy listening to every customer's thoughts and opinions and feature wishes, please note - we cannot reply to any of them as we would never get any development

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Wi-Fi: Final Pocket PC 2002 Driver and Utility for Symbol WirelessNetworker
Posted by Arne Hess - at 01:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Thanks to my fellow MVP Michael Gordon for pointing me:

UPDATED: This software installs drivers and utilities on Pocket PC 2002 (Microsoft Windows CE Version 3.0.11171, code-named "Merlin"). The supported CPU is the ARM SA1110. This executable (.exe) file runs on a Windows (95 or later) desktop or laptop PC, and then installs to the Pocket PC 2002 device using Microsoft ActiveSync 3.5. A connection to the Pocket PC 2002 device via ActiveSync is required to complete the installation. (1.17 MB)

Cheers ~ Arne
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WIRELESS: American Airlines teams with Microsoft to provide free wireless Internet access
Posted by Arne Hess - at 01:06 CET under 01 - General News

American Airlines Admirals Club will offer its members a chance to experience the wireless Web via Microsoft Windows Powered Pocket PC 2002 devices. Beginning February 4, 2002 and continuing for 90 days, Admirals Club members traveling through Dallas/Fort Worth, Terminal A will have free Internet access using Pocket PCs running on a Wireless LAN. Travelers will be able to surf the Web, send e-mail, listen to music, play games and even send instant messages as part of the Business Travelers Pocket PC 2002 program.

"American continues to look for ways to enhance the customer experience in the airport and the Admirals Club offers the ideal environment for mobile professionals" said

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Monday, 04.02.02
CONGRESS: Going to the 3GSM World Congress mid of February
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:19 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Anyone of you guys is going to the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes this month too? If so, let us meet. I will be there for one to two days (depending on Lufthansa ;-) and will check the latest wireless stuff there. I hope to see some new fancy Wireless Pocket PCs (perhaps also the Fujitsu Siemens LOOX with an attached GPRS module? ;-), Stinger based Smart Phone 2002s and latest developments in 3G and wireless services.

I'm going there by myself, not as an exhibitor, so you can not catch me on any booths but if you are an OEM, software- or service-developer or network operator and would like to invite me to show me your latest developments, please feel free to drop me an E-Mail. Otherwise I will keep you updated, my digital camera will be with me - for sure! :-)

Cheers ~ Arne
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WIRELESS PPC 2002: Update of the Jornada 568/928 with GSM and GPRS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I got this picture of a Jornada "928" today. Since I was arguing the Stinger GUI of the first shots, this looks more like the kind of Wireless Pocket PC we already saw in the CES presentation.

Also this is that kind of Wireless Pocket PC GUI I already knew from the O2 xda. As far as I've heard now the "Starfighter" (which is the code name of the Wireless Jornada) is called Jornada 568, not Jornada 928. However, it could be that there are different model numbers for the different GSM (900/1800 MHz and 900/1900 MHz) versions.

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CASES: PielFrama cases available free of shipping charges within Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:29 CET under 01 - General News

The most elegant case, made in first quality leather for protecting your PDA. This case is manufactured by Ubrique's internationally renown craftmen. Ubrique artisans have manufactured leather goods with the best skill for centuries, always using first quality Spanish leather and innovative design.

The front cover of the case protects the screen with a double lining and a protective layer inside. It opens vertically, so that the screen and buttons are perfectly accessible, including reset button or side buttons. The device can be synchronized using a cable. A belt clip is included, for a comfortable and safe transportation.

Currently PielFrama cases are available for:
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Sunday, 03.02.02
WIRELESS: SMS Extension 1.0 RC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SMS Extension 1.0 RC allows you sending SMS messages via a cellular phone equipped with IrDA port. You can also send alert SMS, receive reports about message delivery and simple manage contact's database. Functionality is available from pop-up menu from Pocket Outlook Contact application (Send SMS).

SMS Extension 1.0 RC is available for free from

Cheers ~ Arne
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SOFTPAQ: iPAQ H3600 Series Pocket PC ROM Update - Version 4 (28 Jan 02) - UPDATE 04.02.02
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

This SoftPaq contains the ROM Upgrade Utility (RUU) and ROM image for the iPAQ H3600 Series Pocket PC models listed below.

The Utility performs the following:

UPDATE: The SoftPaq isn't available anymore by the link. It seems, that Compaq removed it. Right now, I don't have any information why!? Contains it problems again as we saw with previous SoftPaq (Parrot)?

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Friday, 01.02.02
BANDWIDTH: Ouch, I've reached the included bandwidth limit of my hosting service
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:10 CET under 06 - Site News

Real bad news for me! Today I’ve checked the amount of transferred GB in January and I transferred more than included within my hosting package. In detail, I transferred 1.4 GB more which means I have to pay additional bucks, around 50 US$... :-(
This additional peak came within the last days, including a flood of visitors regarding the Fujitsu LOOX.

Anyway, thanks to some helpful guys (to be honest, not much but a hand full only), I can cover this extra charges with the PayPal donations. Thanks a lot for your donation! In the mid-term I have to think about a new model. I’m not sure if I will delete images (which is the most amount of bandwidth) incl. some step-by-step screen shots or if I reduce the news on the front page or both?

What do you think is to do to reduce the transferred data without loosing any information?

Cheers ~ Arne
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SUPPORT: Any Linux/Unix freaks out there?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:51 CET under 06 - Site News

My friend Jason, over from "Pocket PC Thoughts" needs your help:

< clunk >

That's the sound that the Linux install on our server made when it decided to fail.

HELP: If you're a Linux/Unix expert and you know how to recover
a screwed up MBR/partition, please contact our host Barry Shilmover

So if you know how to deal with this problem, please contact Barry! Thanks a lot, I can not live without my daily dose of Pocket PC Thoughts... :-(

I‘m afraid the day, when something like this happens to my server or SQL database... :-(

Cheers ~ Arne
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PIM: Pocket Informant 3 preview at
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

pocketnow got its fingers on a preview version of the famous Pocket Informant which will be released soon as an updated version 3.0.

Version 3 was started with the intention of being a complete rewrite of Pocket Informant. Alex Kac, CEO/Developer of WebIS, Inc., was kind enough to list for me the following goals:

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