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Tuesday, 30.12.03
HONOR: PPCW.Net recommended by Microsoft's Windows Mobile site
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:25 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Normally I don't like this "I was recommended here and linked there" game but I take these days off from regular work to scrawl a little bit though the web to check out pages I haven't checked for longer time because I was too busy during the past months. :-( One of the sites I've visited in depth was Microsoft's previous "PocketPC.com" which is its Windows Mobile site now. If you are a long time reader of PPCW.Net, you might remember that I was a contributing author for Microsoft's PocketPC.com, when it was launched on April 19, 2000 - together with the introduction of the first Pocket PC series.

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Wednesday, 24.12.03
MERRY CHRISTMAS: Wishing you all a the best this Yuletide season
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 16:29 CET under 09 - Thoughts

It is once more that time of year... I'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!

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Saturday, 20.12.03
THOUGHT: Being disconnected because a Network failure
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:52 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Hell, yesterday a HLR in Germans O2 network dropped out because an outage (and also the USV dropped out because the outage was too long) and in these moments you see how addicted the world is to mobile communication.
The HLR (Home Location Register) is the place where carriers handles your contract (said simplified) and if a HLR drops, the network isn't able to handle your SIM card correct which means you get "network denied" because your are unknown for the network.

I was on the way to the local tax office and wanted to discuss some stuff with my girlfriend while I was driving (I'm not that good in this tax stuff but my girlfriend is) and can you imagine how I felt not being able to speak with her? Damn... :-(

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Friday, 12.12.03
THOUGHT: How much is Bluetooth a standard - if...
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:42 CET under 09 - Thoughts

companies like Sony do their own stuff just to protect their product range? As you remember I bought a new Notebook which also includes Bluetooth now. One reason to buy a Notebook with Bluetooth was - for sure - to use Bluetooth with other devices (at least that's what Bluetooth was created for - isn't it Mr. Sony ;-))
While my Notebook works as a beauty to make a GPRS dial-up connection through my PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone2 (aka Orange SPV E200/HTC Voyager) this Bluetooth Sony software on the Notebook doesn't want to work as a serial connection with ActiveSync. While I first thought I'm to dumb, a Google search offered me some hints and the most important result is I'm not alone - as I found out at Geekzone:

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Thursday, 11.12.03
THOUGHT: To synchronize or not to synchronize? For sure but how?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:09 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Well, this topic is hitting me around once or twice a quarter - minimum. It's about synchronizing all your devices to have everything up to date and it's a multi-device question. And it's a pain, every time I think about...
Why it is hitting me again? Because of my new Notebook I got yesterday but it covers multi facets: Desktops, Notebooks, Pocket PCs and Smartphones. And all I'm writing about now is for consumers, freelancers, etc - I'm not talking about corporate environments where you might use Microsoft Exchange or other solutions.

First of all I have to explain that my PC is running 24 hours, 7 days a week thanks to a reliable DSL provider which gives me access with 1024/256 KBit without any disconnects after 24 hours or other annoying stuff - so my PC is "always on" and even if it doesn't have a fixed IP address you can use services like Dynu.com to get a subdomain matched to your current PC IP. DSL is one of the strong growing technologies in the IP environment and I'm not the only one anymore who is always on - I'm sure.

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Wednesday, 10.12.03
GADGET DAY: Got my new Subnotebook today
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:24 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Today is my very personal "geek's gadget day" and therefore I might be away from PPCW.Net for the next couple of hours... UPS rang my door bell this morning and brought my brand new Subnotebook - a Sony Vaio PCG-TR1MP... :-)

If you are a long time visitor of PPCW.Net you might remember this article I wrote February 2002 (hell, that's already 2 years ago): "NOTEBOOK: I need a new Notebook, I found it, but..." where I wrote about a new Notebook I was thinking about to buy. Well, I never bought that one but it took at least 2 more years to made the decision which one to take and last week I made it and decided to got with the Vaio PCG-TR1MP, even if I swear before never to buy a Sony Notebook again.

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Monday, 08.12.03
HELP: Anyone knows about a W-LAN "modem" like Apple's AirPort Extreme
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:54 CET under 09 - Thoughts

For Christmas (and no - I'm not telling you here today for whom ;-)) I'm looking for a solution to get a Wi-Fi enabled Notebook connected to a Wi-Fi enabled Modem like Apples AirPort Extreme. However, I don't need IEEE 802.11g but IEEE 802.11b would be good enough and also I'm looking for something cheaper!
Anyone of you heard about such a router/modem combination others the AirPort Extreme?

Otherwise I have to go with a Bluetooth solution like this one from Typhoon where I have to add a separate Bluetooth Dongle to the Notebook because it includes Wi-Fi but not Bluetooth:

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Monday, 01.12.03
NAVIGATION: Plug a SD card sized GPS card into your Microsoft Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:03 CET under 09 - Thoughts

When I was at PowerLOC two weeks ago, we also had the chance to play with the one or the other GPS receiver and the most interesting for me was the SD Card sample, PowerLOC had in the office.
So for sure I've tried it how it would fits into a Microsoft Smartphone and the result isn't that surprising at all:

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WEIRD: The E200 doesn't works as Bluetooth modem with PPCs but with Notebooks
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:48 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Since the HTC Voyager were released as Orange SPV E200 there are a lot of discussions about how to use it as a Bluetooth modem for Pocket PCs and Notebooks.
The charm of having a Bluetooth enabled mobiles phone is for sure to connect it with other devices and accessories and one of the most important usage patterns might be using a Bluetooth enabled cell phones as a wireless modem for Bluetooth enabled Pocket PCs and Notebooks.

As I've already explained in my previous thought "FIRST HAND: Bluetooth experiences with the HTC Voyager aka Orange SPV E200" I was able right after the installation to use my Notebook/Anycom Bluetooth/HTC Voyager to connect to the Internet:

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