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Sunday, 31.08.03
THOUGHT: Is there still room for Faxing in an email driven society?
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 19:08 CET under 09 - Thoughts

In the last few weeks I've seen several software developers update their Fax Software to add Windows Mobile 2003 support. It also made me realize that these two developers have been in the Pocket PC scene from the launch of the first Pocket PCs. That means they have been continually supporting the Pocket PC platform for 3 Pocket PC generations now.

This also brings to mind the several discussion threads I have gotten myself involved in with regards to the importance of Fax messaging in a predominantly email centric society. How many times do you send someone a fax as compared to sending them an email or several emails at that?

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Friday, 15.08.03
W32.Blaster: Be a nice guy and help out your friends and colleagues
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:19 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Phase 2 of W32.Blaster has started now, hitting the Microsoft update/download servers. Since it is already the 16th in countries like Australia, Japan, China, etc the worm begins now to attack the Microsoft servers right from the previously infected servers and even home PCs!

Because this, users with infected PCs and servers are not able to download the required patch anymore which ends in a circular flow: "the PC is infected but can't download the patch since the download server is down, also because of that PC". So the overall idea of the W32.Blaster developer isn't that bad - use the PC to attack the server who has the required fix. :-(

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Monday, 11.08.03
THOUGHT: Configuring Inbox E-Mail accounts on Pocket PCs and Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:18 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Is it just me or am I not the only one? During the past days I had to hard reset my Pocket PCs and Smartphones several times for several reasons (no, this time not because any bugs but because I need fresh devices) and I was going through the configuration hell all the time again.

While one of the strengths of the Windows CE platform "should" be the interaction with Windows for Desktops I always wonder why Microsoft didn't included an auto-config wizard for Outlook and Inbox? At least the most devices comes with an Outlook CD-ROM and most users use ActiveSync to synchronize their device Inbox with Outlook and - that's the important point for me - Outlook gets this E-Mails by using POP3 or IMAP4 accounts (if you are not a corporate Exchange user).

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Friday, 01.08.03
THOUGHT: "Your Smartphone is so out of fashion!" - "I know but I can use it!"
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:39 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Well, something is happening and I'm not sure what I should think about these development. After Samsung has banned camera phones in certain areas, also the German car manufactures following this way. According to an article in heise online, Volkswagen (VW) is going to ban camera phones as well like Audi and BMW already did. It would be just a question of time and I'm sure it's just the beginning.

While I fully understand why companies are going this way, it reminds me a little bit a discussion I had with a Nokia user a while back. He was laughing about my Smartphone because it has such an out of fashion clip-on camera only while his "hancy fancy" phone has a camera already included.

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