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Wednesday, 19.05.04
IM: What's with the Yellow Mobile Icons? - finding out the truth
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 14:52 CET under 09 - Thoughts

MSN Messenger quietly made its way to public availability sometime in the latter part of April. I saw fellow MVP Paul O'Brien with the tag "MSN 6.2 - strange!" on MSN Messenger which prompted me to download and install this new version.

The first thing I noticed after completing the installation is that it now sports an extra set of icons.  These icons are Yellow Mobile icons. So is this of any special value to Windows Mobile users?

Let's find out the truth about MSN Messenger 6.2 and mobile devices...

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Wednesday, 05.05.04
THOUGHT: I love my Apple iPod - more and more
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:20 CET under 09 - Thoughts

As you might remember some weeks ago, when I attended the annual Microsoft MVP summit, I bought an Apple iPod with 40 GB storage space!
While the iPod was initially bought to hold my complete music collection plus the one or the other file, now it became my preferred data recovery drive!
As you might have seen yesterday, the "My Documents" hard drive of my main PC decided to die. Well, actually it's not dead but Windows XP doesn't recognizes it as already formatted but told me it's not formatted. Thanks to Carlo I've tested GetDataBack for NTFS and it found - more or less - all my files as far as I've seen. However - the HDD is 40 GB and the available space on my second HDD is 20 GB only.

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Tuesday, 04.05.04
THOUGHT: Does your PC has feelings?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:19 CET under 09 - Thoughts

At least my PC seems to have it... While I was publicly ranting and thinking about a new Windows Media Edition today, my main PC (I used to write the previous 2 articles) died! :cry:
But not the PC itself died, no it's more perfidy... The PC decided to kill the "My Documents" hard drive which includes more or less all documents, photos, the complete web site (which is mirrored here on the web server -makes sense, eh?), my PST files for Outlook, my downloads - so more or less everything which isn't a program... 8O This little bastard... ;-) Okay, my PC has feelings - do you hear it HP - my HP Pavilion Desktop PC has feelings but I have feeling too... Argh... :x

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HOME ENTERTAINMENT: Building a Windows XP Media Center myself
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:24 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Well, it seems to become time to "upgrade" and merge my home entertainment system to something more fancy and state of the art and therefore I thought about building a Windows Media Center Edition "myself". Yes, I know - Windows XP Media Center Edition isn't available to buy but I'm in the happy situation that I have a MSDN subscription and as a MSDN subscriber you can download MCE for testing purpose.

What I wonder about if somebody here has any experiences with building a Media Center yourself? Because this PC would be based in the living room my girlfriend will not accept a "standard looking PC" under no circumstances and therefore I thought about something stylish and silent like a Shuttle Barebone PC System but wonder if that system can host a Media Center anyway?

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Monday, 03.05.04
THOUGHT: Another reason why I enjoy Bluetooth that much
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:55 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Maybe one of the most discussed technologies in the past years is/was Bluetooth and its value. Bluetooth seems to polarize - either you like it or you dislike it and while a lot of people (and even fellow MVPs) doesn't see a value in Bluetooth I continue to like it since my first Bluetooth experiences with an Ericsson R520.
To make it clearer why I enjoy Bluetooth that much here a short retrospection why I bought my first Windows CE device (a Sharp Mobilon HC 4600 H/PC) in 1998. These days I was looking for something smaller than my Notebook, with more stand-by time but also for something which was able to connect me to my E-Mail server. When I found the Mobilon I imported it straight ahead from the U.S. and it was great to use because the U.S. version included a fixed line modem. However, these days I was already working as a product manager in the GSM industry and responsible for value added services which also included mobile data. The Ericsson phone I had these days, the GF 788, was able to communicate with PCs through its pluggable infrared dongle and that was my start into working with Windows CE and GSM. These days you had to tweak the Registry because you wasn't able to use the IrDA port as a modem by default - and the rest is history.

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