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Sunday, 31.07.05
THOUGHT: What - my girlfriend an "industrial-spy" because of her camera phone?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:28 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Don't worry, she isn't - for sure not but the story she told me yesterday just follows perfectly my earlier posting "What do you use your camera (phone) for?" I've asked you last Wednesday.
One use-case I forgot to highlight there (how can I forgot it) was that my girlfriend and I often send us MMS messages each other if one of us found something interesting for the other to buy.
For instance I bought a Notebook for her some years ago where I've checked the technical details in the shop but wanted to make sure she likes the design too. Therefore I sent her an E-Mail with some photos of the Notebook and a couple of minutes later she told me I should buy it. Easy, right?

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Wednesday, 27.07.05
THOUGHT: What do you use your camera (phone) for?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:33 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Most of today's mobile phones as well as all Smartphones (except the first generation phones) but also many Pocket PCs and Pocket PC Phone Editions have a camera today - in different qualities. From QCIF to 1.2 Megapixel and some (regular phones) even have 2 Megapixel cameras with auto focus instead of widely used fixed focus technology.
As always, if you have something new, you have to find the cases you want to use it for. An MP3 player is easy, listening music on the go and a camera seems to be a low-brainer too, snapping photos - but in which situations do you snap pictures and what do you do with the shots?

Mostly I'm using my camera in the following situations and I wonder how you use it?

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Friday, 22.07.05
THOUGHT: "What, you can use your UMTS SIM for voice too"
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:16 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Ouch, this hurts. I just hang-up from a call with the customer service of my favorite German GSM and UMTS carrier where I asked the service if they have a UMTS data roaming agreement in place with a French carrier who might have launched the UMTS network already because their homepage is talking about GPRS roaming only. The point is, that I'm going to Paris over the weekend but I expect some important E-Mails and would like to know if I can use an available UMTS etwork there. The feedback I got wasn't too promising:

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THOUGHT: The fragile Windows Media Center requirements are way too complicated
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:17 CET under 09 - Thoughts

As you might remember, some weeks ago I bought a Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 - finally. Unlike I've initially planned, I bought a complete system from Medion which isn't working that bad at all not to say I'm pretty satisfied so far since it includes more or less everything I need in a form-factor I was looking for (at least I was looking for everything but not a Tower). It includes everything? No, not really or yes, maybe?

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Sunday, 17.07.05
THOUGHT: The way how Windows Mobile Software is distributed today needs to be roofed
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:54 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Today I found more time to play a little bit more intensive with the HTC Universal I got for the (long awaited) review and I have to admit, speed-wise (with UMTS/3G) it really rocks. It's amazing how much more fun the wireless Internet makes, if you use it with a UMTS/3G data connection instead of the way slower GPRS/2.5G connection.
Amazing enough, on my balcony, I really reached top speeds up to 360 Kbit/s (today's UMTS maximum is 384 Kbit/s) so yes - this is what I've dreamed about all the years since I've started in 1997 with my first Windows Powered handheld PC I've used for 9.6 Kbit/s 2G CSD (Circuit Switched Data) data connections!

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Saturday, 16.07.05
THOUGHT: Why is it so hard for Radio Stations to publish their Live Streaming URLs?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:52 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Thanks to the Internet, virtually everywhere in the world you can listen your favorite radio station as long as it is broadcasting over the Internet as well; which most stations do today anyway using either Microsoft's WMA or Real's RealPlayer formats.
So I have a couple of Bookmarks for my favorite radio stations, some of them are local stations (Munich radio stations), some of them I can not listen (over antenna or cable) anymore since I live in Munich (my good old Hessian radio stations like FFH and Planet Radio (not to mention HR3, "the best radio station in town" (and my all time favorite station) which is unfortunately streaming via a propriety format which requires a special application from the Frauenhofer Institute (which invented MP3 10 years ago anyway)) but it's always "hard" to get the URLs for the streams and I wonder why?

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Monday, 04.07.05
THOUGHT: T-Mobile's web'n'walk portal - a great starting point...
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:54 CET under 09 - Thoughts

But not that complete yet. Okay, while everybody else is talking about the rumors that T-Mobile International may sell their US share T-Mobile USA (formerly known as VoiceStream), I want to rant about T-Mobile's new web'n'walk "PDA portal" I've used intensively today.
Even if you are not a German T-Mobile customer (please note that at the moment it's available in German only, the international versions will be launched later this year), you can access it (from your Vodafone, O2 or E-Plus device) under: and it's well done, a pretty complete link list but as I said in the header - not completley done (yet):

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