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Saturday, 28.12.02
PREVIEW: MTUX SideX 2003 Beta
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:26 CET under 08 - Reviews

MTUX, the developers of the SideX Applet Platform are currently working on SideX 2003. While SideX 2002 worked pretty good (see my review here) the new version got a lot of speed and stability enhancements as well as more features and a slightly modified design.

SideX is new Applet Platform designed for Pocket PC 2002. It's simple but powerful and includes great applets. It provides the unique UI for Pocket PC and let you use a lot of additional and useful applets in a smart way.

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USB DRIVER: Pocket PC 2002 compatible Mass Storage USB Driver released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 01:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you remember my trials from January 2002 where I've successfully connected my Sony VAIO USB FDD to my Casio E-200? J. Klug reported in the German Microsoft CE Newsgroup about a Pocket PC 2002 USB driver project which is developed by D.Jenett: USB Mass Storage Driver is the long awaited USB mass Storage driver for Pocket PC 2002!

This is a driver which enables you to use USB mass storage devices (HD, Multimedia Reader, Digital Camera) with your USB host enabled Pocket PC.

As reported by J. Klug he was able to access the memory card of his Sony digital camera right from his Pocket PC as a "USB Drive" in File Explorer without exchanging the memory cards.

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Friday, 27.12.02
UTILITY: Total Commander for CE released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Are you a big fan of Total Commander (formerly known as Windows Commander) on your Windows Desktop PC and you are still looking for a great File Explorer for your Pocket PC because the built in isn't enough for you?
The guys of Total Commander released a Windows CE and Pocket PC version now:

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CONTRIBUTION: Don't be too anxious to jump on the WiFi Band Wagon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:00 CET under 01 - General News

With integrated WiFi, many people are anxious to jump on the WiFi bandwagon, but purchasing a unit with integrated WiFi may turn out to be an expensive mistake.

WiFi in its ever growing popularity has spawned a new series of handhelds with integrated WiFi, and many people are running out to buy the latest and greatest. Could this turn out to be an expensive mistake? I believe so.

If you look at the specifications for most wireless cards as well as PDAs with integrated wireless, you see 802.11b support. 802.11b has been the standard for wireless networking for years, so one might think that an integrated 802.11b card would be a safe gamble. Unfortunately, what many do not know is that 802.11b is now being used in conjunction with a new IEEE protocol called 802.1x, and is growing in popularity rapidly. 802.1x uses the EAP protocol, or "Enhanced Authentication Protocol" and is used for securely authenticating users on a network. It allows you to enhance your wireless security by providing username/password authentication using a backend RADIUS database, assigning dynamic WEP keys, and much more. Many large scale corporations (rumored to include Microsoft) and colleges (such as MIT and Georgia College & State University) have already implemented 802.1x on their network to provide these secure authentication services. Since it's an IEEE protocol, it's also widely accepted by the engineering community. It's not a replacement for 802.11b, but rather a supplement providing secure VPN-like services.

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Tuesday, 24.12.02
Merry Christmas, dear PPCW.Net Visitor, Contributor and Friend
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:56 CET under 06 - Site News

I would like to wish all my readers and friends of PPCW.Net a peaceful Christmas and a silent night with your relatives and friends.

I will spend the next 2 days with my parents and my brother and I'm pretty sure you will not see me online. I'm a real Christmas geek, I love to sit around the tree, having a good red vine and a fantastic goose.

So see you latest on 27th online again!

Cheers ~ Arne

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Sunday, 22.12.02
CONNECTIVITY: Pocket Presence finally released Running Voice GSM 2.5
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Running Voice GSM 2.5 is the most complete and user friendly GSM/GPRS Communicator for the Pocket PC platform, providing the Pocket PC device with GSM voice, SMS and advanced data capabilities.

Running Voice GSM supports Pocket PC 2002 devices, most relevant GSM devices (Bluetooth phones and PC Cards), most Bluetooth devices and general IrDA communication.

The objective of Running Voice is to offer users the next generation of mobile communication, creating value by combining mobility with Internet and data access in new intuitive ways. Therefore the product offers new tools and services integrated with mobile telephony, including smart integration with Internet.

Main new features found in Running Voice GSM 2.5 are:

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UTILITY: OutboxBuddy 1.0 now available from PocketGear
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SyncData's OutboxBuddy is a companion software for Pocket Inbox and adds features missed today:

  • Automatic insertion of a signature for outgoing mail.
    You can define different signatures for every mail account, including the ActiveSync Outbox as well as SMS on Pocket PC Phone Edition devices.
  • Automatic addition of a default recipient which is pretty hand if you want to send yourself a copy of an E-Mail you sent with your Pocket PC.

I love to use OutboxBuddy on my Pocket PCs as it adds the same signature to my E-Mails I used

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Saturday, 21.12.02
COMMUNICATION: Pocket PC sees two Dynamic DNS clients
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Two new dynamic DNS clients have been released this week: Pocket DynDNS and Pocket NoIP. Both provide a great alternative to what formerly was the only PPC service available, TZO - who charges $25/yr.

Pocket DynDNS and Pocket NoIP are available for a one-time fee of $9.95.

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Wednesday, 18.12.02
CHRISTMAS GIFT: If you still need a gift, check out this ;-)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:21 CET under 01 - General News

Maybe you are still looking for a cool Christmas gift for a friend or a relative? Here is my hottest recommendation to make every German speaking Pocket PC owner happy:

I want to recommend my own book for sure. Since it is in German find the details about it in German too:

Das große Buch Pocket PC 2002, erschienen im Data Becker Verlag - ISBN 3815822351
Pocket PC 2002 von A bis Z
Ob effizientes Speichermanagement oder gekonnte Termin- und Adressverwaltung: Mit dieser praxisorientierten Kompaktreferenz bringen Sie Ihren mobilen Begleiter auf Hochtouren!

Immer mehr Menschern vertrauen bei der mobilen Organisation wichtiger Termine und Daten auf Ihren Pocket PC. Dieses große Buch hilft Ihnen, den täglichen Umgang mit Ihrem Westentaschencomputer weiterhin zu optimieren. Dabei wird zunächst auf die Möglichkeiten und Erweiterungen des neuen Betriebssystems Pocket PC 2002 eingegangen. Im anschließenden "praktischen Teil" stehen u.a. die optimale Nutzung der Speicherressourcen, Datenaustausch per Bluetooth oder Infrarot, die intelligente Daten- und Programmverwaltung sowie die problemlose Texteingabe mit oder ohne Tastatur im Mittelpunkt.

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Tuesday, 17.12.02
CONNECTIVITY: New Release of connect2internet for Pocket PC available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The newest version of the easiest way to connect your Pocket PC to the internet via GPRS. In Version 1.4 are a lot of improvements in the included powerful SMS Client and increased the list of supported network operators to more than 80 all over the world.

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UTILITY: Spb released Pocket Plus which really enhance the PPC 2002 Platform
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Pocket Plus is a software that enhances the Pocket PC operating system with enhancements that has been requested by many Pocket PC users but still missing in all the official OS updates.

When Microsoft first released the Pocket PC 2002 platform, it became quickly apparent there were gaps in the functionality that users were craving: the "close" button not actually closing applications (instead they were minimized), Pocket Internet Explorer unable to function in full-screen mode or with multiple windows, repeating alarms were removed (making the Pocket PC a poor alarm clock), and a smattering of other issues.

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Monday, 16.12.02
CUSTOMIZATION: JGUI released Netphone Logo
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you have a Pocket PC Phone Edition (like T-Mobile Phone Edition or the  o2P xda), JGUI's latest application - NETPHONE  LOGO - might be interesting for you as it adds the cellular network logo to default Phone application.

Additionally NETPHONE LOGO allows to show/hide information about last calling number or name.

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ADMINISTRATION: Blueprint Unveils NetTools Remote Network Manager
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

London, UK – 9 December 2002 - Blueprint, a developer of mobile data applications, today released a portable remote network management tool for IT administrators. Blueprint Network Tools Version 1.0, or "NetTools", provides network support staff control of their networks and servers from a Pocket PC or other form of web-enabled wireless handheld device, including a mobile phone.

NetTools comprises two software elements – one of which resides on the handheld device, the other on a server. The client device must be fitted with a wireless network card to enable wireless Virtual Private Network (VPN) or communication with the local area network (LAN) using General Packet Radio Services (GPRS), Global System for Mobile (GSM) networks or a standard dial-up connection.

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DYNAMIC DNS: Free DynDNS, now with a Pocket PC Client
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Network Dweebs Corporation today unveiled its latest project, Pocket DynDNS. PocketDynDNS is the first Pocket PC client supporting dyndns.org's free dynamic DNS service. Prior to the product's release, Pocket PC users needing dynamic DNS have been forced to pay annual fees to companies such as TZO, "but all of that is about to change" said the company's president.

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Sunday, 15.12.02
REVIEW: Gomadic iPAQ 3600/3700 to T-Mobile, o2 XDA, Siemens SX56 Interface Adapter
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:14 CET under 08 - Reviews

Want to buy a new accessory for your new Pocket PC Phone, but it’s not available on the market yet? With Gomadic’s new iPAQ 3100, 3600 and 3700 compatible interface adapter which works with T-Mobile's, o2's and Siemens's Pocket PC Phone Edition devices, you can convert any iPAQ accessory to work with your Pocket PC Phone. Equipped with a 3600/3700 series socket on one end, a short 1” length of cable and a Pocket PC Phone Edition plug on the other, simply plug the iPAQ device in the socket, connect the adapter plug to the base port of the Pocket PC Phone and you’re ready to go! This is the perfect accessory for the user who recently upgraded their iPAQ and still wants to be able to leverage their older accessories.

Only Gomadic's interface adapter maps all pins from the 12-pin 3600/3700 series iPAQs interface to the appropriate pins on the 22-pin Pocket PC interface ensuring 100% compatibility with every cable accessory including Phone to PDA cables, GPS antennas, Power sync USB cables, etc.

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Friday, 13.12.02
DOCUMENT VIEWER: Westtek announced the availability of ClearVue 2.11 and ClearVue 2.12
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The Westtek ClearVue viewers are hands down the best viewers available on the Microsoft Pocket PC or Handheld PC 2000 platforms, with superior fidelity and performance. Unlike other products available for the Pocket PC and Handheld PC 2000, the ClearVue viewers require absolutely no conversion step or ActiveSync filters, giving you the ability to view email attachments or native documents while on the go. View your documents the way the author intended.

Westtek's ClearVue viewers support Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and Word files natively. In addition, Westtek's ClearVue Viewers support industry exclusive features - view PowerPoint transitions and animations, view Excel charts and view Word images and tables. None of the other Pocket PC or Handheld PC 2000 products even come close.

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PHONE INTERFACE: Pocket Presence is cooking a new Running Voice GSM version for PPC 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Pocket Presence, the guys behind Running Voice GSM , are currently working on version 2.5 which enters the Beta stage right now.
The new Running Voice GSM version will also include some major features of the recently announced SMS application called "SMS Tool".

Main new features found in Running Voice GSM 2.5 are:

  • Data speed monitor and graph
  • Data speed icon in the Navigation bar
  • Support for EMS rich text (font size, bold, italic, underscore, etc.)
  • Enhanced message settings (Unicode, validity time, delivery report, etc.)
  • SMS Outlook integration (send messages from Outlook Contacts)
  • Support for export of SMS messages to a separate file
  • A third virtual COM port in Flexport for seamless usage of additional communication applications
  • Enhanced support for navigation with hardware buttons
  • Visualization of call direction in the Voicebox

Cause Running Voice GSM 2.5 is currently in

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CUSTOMIZATION: V2R launched Page2Day
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Page2Day is a plug-in for the Today screen that allows you to start your favorite applications right from the Pocket PC 2002 Today screen. and allows you to customize your Today screen as you can do on the PC desktop.

You can even assign different files or documents for a soft-button, e.g. you can have 5 Media Player soft-buttons with your favorite 5 Songs. Or you could start the Pocket Internet Explorer with your favorite Web Site, doesn’t matter which is the default PIE start page.

Features

  • Smoothly integrated in the Today screen
  • Customizable plug-in size, so the user can define the size required by Page2Day
  • Customizable soft-button size
  • Starts all kind of applications directly from the Today screen
  • Soft-buttons or icons can be assigned with a user selectable sound
  • Completely free designable background
  • All soft-buttons can be moved with drag and drop
  • Assign arguments to start different applications with different files, e.g. Start Pocket Internet Explorer with a dedicated URL or start Excel with a dedicated sheet.
  • Assign Media Player soft-buttons with different songs.
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REVIEW: Pocketwerks Vinyl
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:40 CET under 08 - Reviews

Vinyl was created for the sole purpose of providing a simple and elegant way to remotely navigate and playback your digital music collection on your PC with your Pocket PC.

The Vinyl software package consists of two applications, one designed to run on your Windows PC, and the second on your Pocket PC. VinylServer is the PC application which runs in the system tray of your desktop PC and indexes as well as plays the music from your music collection. Vinyl is the Pocket PC application that provides various views of your music collection with robust playback and playlist support, all rendered in an easy to use interface.

Just a few of the possible scenarios for using Vinyl include:
Create a playlist on your Pocket PC and listen to it playing on your computer speakers while at work or play.
Connect your PC soundcard to your home stereo system and choose from the hundreds of songs living on your PC to be played during a party or while just relaxing at home. Pass your wireless enabled Pocket PC around and let your friends add their favorites to your playlist.
Connect a small FM transmitter or music transmitter to your PC, and use Vinyl on your Pocket PC to choose your music that is now accessible in every room of your house.

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Thursday, 12.12.02
PHONE EDITION FIX: SMS NAME from Paragon released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally that long awaiting fix is available - from Pargaon: This freeware little application was designed for improving SMS messaging on your Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition device.

By default, when you get SMS message, you see a telephone number only. With "SMS Name" you'll be able to see a sender name (which you have added to your Contacts list).

Usage: Just copy the file to your device and run it.

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Wednesday, 11.12.02
P2P: OpenNAP CE v1.3 out and renamed now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

OpenNAP CE v1.3 is out, this time the product is traveling under a new name... "Zamar":

"Why the name change? No, we weren't sued or threatened in any way. When we first began the OpenNAP CE project, we didn't have a clear understanding of the difference between OpenNAP and NAP. We later discovered that OpenNAP is the server software, and not the protocol (NAP). Having found many other servers other than

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PRESENTATION: IA Style released IA Presenter 2.3
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

This new version of IA Presenter displays sharper, clearer presentations, with enhanced animation, sound, and transition effects.

What's new in Version 2.3?

  • Superior text and shape display quality for 3D and rotated objects using our proprietary Smart Rendering technology.
  • Object/Diagram animation, sound effects, and transition effects as defined in the original PowerPoint files are retained for playback on the Pocket PC.
  • Choose arbitrary slides for a particular presentation from the original PowerPoint files, and assign the new collection of slides a new group name for future presentations.
  • The VGA Pointer Style command lets you select from a variety of eye- catching shapes to use for the pointer during slide shows.
  • Use the VGA Slide Navigator to display and browse thumbnails of  slides on a projected screen.
  • Control the quality of converted PowerPoint slides with the new IA Presenter Converter.
  • Smoother integration with a Remote Control.
  • With the proper hardware and IA Presenter, you can leave your laptop at home next time you need to deliver a presentation.
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CUSTOMIZATION: V2R today announced the availability of Skin2Choose Winter Pack II
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Skin2Choose Winter Pack 2 includes 6 additional Today Themes and Dialer Skins for winter time to be used on Pocket PC Phone Edition.

Skin2Choose allows you to customize your dialer skin of the phone dialer and you can also Change the Today Theme with that application. With the Skin2Choose browser you are able to browse through all of your dialer skins and choose a new skin for your phone.

With the free trial version you can preview all 10 included standard skins but only select the original Microsoft skin and the Pink skin. As soon as you buy the full version you will be able to select the other skins.

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Tuesday, 10.12.02
VOICE DIALING: Fonix VoiceDial now avilable for Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

"Killer App" for Microsoft Pocket PC Phone Edition devices allows users to dial by Voice.
Fonix Corporation, a leading provider of speech interface solutions, announced yesterday the release of Fonix VoiceDial, a totally interactive, hands-free speech software application for the Microsoft Pocket PC Phone Edition that enables users to place calls simply by speaking the phone number or contact name.
"With no voice training required, users can tell their Pocket PC Phone Edition device to call a certain number or individual on the user’s contact list, and Fonix VoiceDial will do the rest," said Tim Hong, Wireless and Mobile Product Manager at Fonix. "This hands-free phone dialing solution is speaker independent, so people can use it in their cars, at home, in the office, or anytime they want to make a phone call. "
"I have several applications on my Pocket PC Phone Edition, but the one I use most often in the course of a day is VoiceDial from Fonix," said James Schmitz, an independent beta tester for VoiceDial. "I have over 200 contacts in my address book. Everyday I am amazed at how accurately VoiceDial recognizes the name of the person I want to call or a specific phone number, even if it is not in my address book. Fonix VoiceDial is easy to use and does not require any voice training. It’s especially useful when I’m driving as I don’t need

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BETA TESTING: Spb Software House announces Beta Version of Spb GPRS Monitor 2.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

December 9, 2002 - Spb Software House, a developer of Pocket PC software, announced today the availability of Spb GPRS Monitor 2.0 Beta - a unique utility for measuring your GPRS connection speed and calculating total bandwidth used (and the associated costs).

The first version of Spb GPRS Monitor had been long awaited by Pocket PC users and has received a great deal of positive feedback. Following the success of the first version of Spb GPRS Monitor, Spb Software House decided to add the functionality the users have been asking for, thus developing an even better second version of Spb GPRS Monitor.

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Monday, 09.12.02
REMOTE CONTROL: Pocketwerks Vinyl 1.0 - access your MP3's just from your Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Vinyl was designed from the ground up to take advantage of your digital music collection. With Vinyl you can remotely navigate and control the playback of your digital media collection from your Pocket PC via a beautiful user interface that features album cover art throughout.

A few of Vinyl's key features include:

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Saturday, 07.12.02
P2P: OpenNAP CE provides Napster-like services to Pocket PC users [UPDATE: 10.12.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Network Dweebs Corporation announced Dec. 5 the release of OpenNAP CE, a freeware OpenNAP client for PocketPC. OpenNAP CE provides Peer-to-Peer file transfer services to the PocketPC community using the current file sharing standard used by most servers.

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Wednesday, 04.12.02
APPLICATIONS: Here are some cool new Pocket PC Phone Edition Apps
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you love to use your Pocket PC Phone Edition but want to improve the functionalities, here are some cool applications I can recommend to give it a try:
- PhoneSnooze 1.4
- Phone Today
- OutboxBuddy

I'm using all of them except PhoneSnooze which is pretty new but seems to be more than useful:

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OFF-TOPIC: Going through the PC upgrade hell
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:55 CET under 06 - Site News

You may have noticed some lack of updates during the weekend on PPCW.Net and yes, I'm pretty busy right now. While other sites goes through the server hell :-( currently I'm going through the desktop hell... What happened? Well, pretty easy - Friday evening I got a new PC - an HP Pavilion with some great specs:

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