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Thursday, 25.08.05
THOUGHT: Google Talk might be(come) the right tool for your corporate
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:38 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Okay, I hope not too many system administrators are reading this ;-) but I want to rant about Google Talk as well, as so many did during the past 36 hours (looks like the whole blogsphere as well as the Internet is knowing one topic only at the moment) already.
I don't know how it is with your (business) contacts but many of my contacts (mostly the one outside Europe but in the US and Asia) are using Instant Messaging services to stay with their colleagues or clients in touch but what I've seen so far from most European companies - they don't support or even allow to use IM clients on office PCs. For some reasons, most (European? - how is your company treating this topic) companies still think IM is something for teens only and they are chatting just private stuff - which isn't true at all. With most of my contacts (except some real good friends for sure) I'm mostly chatting business related and it's a fast and easy way. It's like an E-Mail but as fast as a phone call.

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Monday, 22.08.05
HOW TO: Pimp your Ride or how to make your car truly wireless
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:48 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Ok, there is nothing more boring than sitting in the car while in a traffic jam without a high-speed connection, that's wasted time. Sure you can have your Notebook with a 3G/UMTS PC-card with you or (if you are lucky) your HTC Universal, also with inbuilt 3G or - if you are not that lucky (but lucky enough) - you have your GPRS connected Pocket PC with you but why not making the whole vehicle truly wireless?
I did - with O2's Surf@home box I'm calling from now "Surf@Autobahn". I've previewed O2's Surf@home a while back; it's basically a W-LAN access point with an interface to O2's UMTS network instead an interface to a DSL-modem which means, you can use your W-LAN equipped devices (Pocket PCs, Notebooks, Smartphones) to surf with UMTS speed, even if these devices aren't UMTS enabled and you don't need a dial-up connection at home anymore (for sure it cannot replace a DSL connection).

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Sunday, 21.08.05
THOUGHT: Is the Pocket PC the better Portable Media Player?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:45 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Over at Yahoo! News, they have an interesting article called "PluggedIn: Portable media players may struggle to find market" where the author comes to the conclusion that Portable Media Players are too pricy, too hughe and that they haven't found there "natural" place yet, like MP3-players (a logical follower of the good old 80's Walkman).
Actually it's an interesting thought and even the media player manufactures might don't see a serious market yet if you count the available portable media centers and compare it with the number of Pocket PCs which can do basically the same.

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Tuesday, 09.08.05
CURIOSITY: Très chic? Is T-Mobile raffling Paris' Sidekick II or what?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:54 CET under 09 - Thoughts

T-Mobile is working hard to promote their web'n'walk "mobile Internet" service (which is basically a mobile bookmark list plus access to Google Mobile) here in Germany and beside the typical TV- and print-campaigns, you also have a lot of online ads floating around.
However, the latest web'n'walk raffle is far too much "Paris Hilton"-like than something for the average T-Mobile customer or who wants to win such a T-Mobile Sidekick II? 8O

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Sunday, 07.08.05
CURIOSITY: Apple, the Blogs and the Bloggers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:24 CET under 09 - Thoughts

ThinkSecret, an independent Apple news site, recently got some inside information about Apple's Retail Store Policy where - not surprisingly - Apple retail employees are ordered not to comment on rumors to customers under any circumstances. Furthermore, while Apple employees are granted permission by Apple to create their own personal Web pages and blogs, they are not allowed to comment on anything related to Apple on such pages. Furthermore, they are prohibited from posting in any capacity on any Mac-related (does it includes iPod related or not? ;-)) Websites or forums, whether they identify themselves as working for Apple or not.

In this context, it doesn't surprise how Apple defines bloggers (no, it's not really Apple but Apple took the definition from the New Oxford American Dictionary, 2nd Edition) as Scott Beale from Laughing Squid found out (screenshot taken from Tiger's Dictionary app):

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THOUGHT: Major Music labels still don't get it
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:33 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Yahoo! News has an interesting article about the latest CDs by Foo Fighters and Dave Matthews Band containing a new anti-piracy technology which are selling (still) well despite a backlash among some fans angry that the discs are incompatible with iPods, experts said on Thursday.

Aiming to curb piracy, labels like Sony BMG, which released both records, are rolling out copy-protected albums in the United States, which let users make three exact duplicates of a CD and store files on a PC in Microsoft Windows Media format!

But the copy-protection bars users from importing music onto iPods since Apple's Fairplay software is incompatible with protected Windows Media Audio files.

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Saturday, 06.08.05
THOUGHT: What's wrong with Windows Mobile 5.0 and its streaming capabilities?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:07 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Today I was working on several Multimedia reviews including my promised highpad Media Control review and a Orb Networks comparison with the highpad Media Control client but unfortunately I noticed, that something went wrong with Microsoft's Windows Media Player 10 Mobile steaming capabilities and Windows Mobile 5.0.
In fact you you can not stream anymore! 8O Or at least I'm not able to get it working! :?

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TIP: Run the MSN Screen Saver 'without' the MSN Search Toolbar
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:47 CET under 09 - Thoughts

For some days now, I have the MSN Screen Saver installed on my PCs (Notebook, Media Center Edition and office PC) and I must admit it's exactly what I was looking for for a long time. It shows my very own photos randomly as well as it adds RSS news feeds on top, something absolutely handy if you want/have to stay up to date.
Anyway, I was "slightly annoyed" by MSN because I had to install the MSN Search Toolbar for Internet Explorer. As good as these Toolbars might be (doesn't matter from whom - Google, Yahoo! or MSN) I don't want to be forced to install it just because I want to run a different application, especially because the MSN Search Toolbar doesn't provides me any benefit because I'm using Avant Browser instead of the Internet Explorer (even if Avant Browser is using the Internet Explorer OCX) which offers tabbed browsing and some other goodies for a long time already.

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