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Thursday, 29.04.04
THOUGHT: Why should I pay AOL $19.95 for a Pocket PC client?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:29 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Okay, maybe I've missed something (and in addition I have to admit I'm not a big fan of AOL anyhow since I believe into the Internet and not some propriety services) but why the heck should I pay AOL 19 US$ for a Pocket PC client? Only to get my AOL Mails sent & received, my AOL Instant Messenger to "send & receive" IMs, my AOL Address Book to access my AOL address book from my handheld, my E-Mails automatically downloaded and to send mails then signing off with one single tap?

Well, all these features are handled by my Pocket PC anyway, thanks to Pocket Outlook, Inbox, MSN Messenger, Pocket Internet Explorer - without paying an additional Cent!

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Saturday, 24.04.04
THOUGHT: We need a new DRM model for a new world we are living in
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:10 CET under 09 - Thoughts

For a couple of weeks I'm thinking about the perfect DRM (Digital Rights Management) now and wonder why we don't have a satisfied solution available which satisfies everybody: the industry and the user.
The reason why I'm thinking about DRM so much is the fact that I have most of my CDs ripped to my PC to listen the musing at home on my PC, at work on my Notebook on the move with my Smartphone, Pocket PC or iPod. However, I'm also entering the stage now, where I'm thinking about building a Media Center PC and with this PC, DRM becomes even more important because I would like to rip my DVDs also to store them on a single location - the hard drive of my Media PC which should be the location where all my media contents should be stored in future.

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Saturday, 10.04.04
THOUGHTS: Is more really better or is it just excess baggage?
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 19:16 CET under 09 - Thoughts

If you've been a long-time Pocket PC user, you might have come across those little utilities and applications that take up a mere 40K to100K. This can be from Registry editors to simple tweaking interfaces that help the average Pocket PC user do those complicated registry hacks from a simple interface.

Over the years, more and more developers have started offering multi-functional applications to add value to their products. The downside of this is that most of them offer these features in a fixed package. These applications have steadily grown in size where one application could have started out as a 600KB installation, with every added feature or version upgrade, it grows by about 50KB to 100KB.

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Monday, 05.04.04
THOUGHT: I did it, again I bought another Apple device - after several years...
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:32 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Okay, yesterday a couple of us Mobile Device MVPs (not to say most Europeans ;-)) visited Bellevue (which is half of the way between Seattle and Redmond) just for one reason - shopping at CompUSA... :-D
And yes, I have to admit I did it - after a long period of not using an Apple device (the last one I owned was an Apple Newton, my first PDA ever) I bought it - an Apple iPod!

You might wonder know why and iPod where my Pocket PCs and Smartphones can play music as well! and I'm a Microsoft MVP? Well, for several reasons:

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Friday, 02.04.04
THOUGHT: W-LAN roaming business models which will never work - here E-Plus
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:43 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Today, German GSM and UMTS operator E-Plus proudly presented their first Wi-Fi roaming agreement with  Airnyx, which allows E-Plus customers to use Airnyx Wi-Fi HotSpots - currently available at gas stations only.

While we discussed the sense or no-sense earlier, when Agip (an Italian owned gas station) announced it's cooperation agreement with Airnyx, today E-Plus also announced the price plans to use the HotSpots and hell, I don't know what they had in mind but for sure they don't want to make Wi-Fi a success at all:

"E-Plus Online WLAN" costs 12 Euro Cents (0.15 US Dollar) per minute with a minimum usage-time of 30 minutes which is 3,60 Euro (4.45 US Dollar) for 30 minutes W-LAN on a gas station. 8O

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