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Saturday, 31.03.07
Comments are enabled now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:27 CET under Off Topic

Here we go, so of you asked for enabling the comments in my personal blog, especially after my last posting about which virus scan to use with Windows Vista. So from now, you can comment my personal postings as well. :-)

As always at the::unwired, I believe in freedom of speech and I don't want to force anyone to register just to give a comment. Nor I'm collecting E-Mail addresses and therefore you don't have to register to comment - just comment.

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Tuesday, 27.03.07
Windows Vista and which Virus Scanner?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:24 CET under Off Topic

Maybe anyone of you have a recommendation - I'm looking for a new virus scanner I can use with my Windows Vista Professional setup. Coming from MacAfee, I switched to Norton years ago. However, I was never really satisfied with Norton (while I have no experience with Norton 360), especially because of the system resources it took over. And quite frankly, even if I'm a big Microsoft support, I think Microsoft OneCare is a no go (at the moment) so I thought about Kaspersky Anti-Virus which I'm currently trialing (and I'm impressed about the update frequency of their virus signatures - are these guys ever sleep? ). However, unlike other programs, you cannot/shouldn't install virus scanners in parallel so it's hard to compare all the available products and I don't have the time to install and try one after the other. So I'm going to ask you - any goods and bads with Kaspersky - any other recommendations?

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Tuesday, 20.03.07
Doesn't have Business Users a need for Entertainment too?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:45 CET under Digital - Lifestyle

If you compare the Windows Vista versions (best before you upgrade/buy one), it shouldn't be a surprise at all but I'm still wondering why Microsoft left the inbuilt DVD codec support out of Windows Vista Business as it is part of Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate? And it keeps me to the questions if Microsoft really believes that business users doesn't have a need for entertainment?

I mean how many normal users watch DVDs on their PC or Notebook? Not too much I would think but the real PC DVD-watcher are mostly business travelers, bored in hotel rooms or during flights and this customers cannot watch DVDs without any further codec installation (which you better know before you leave) and they even cannot watch Media Center recordings, they might have copied to the Notebook prior departure because Microsoft's propriety Media Center codec is also not supported in Windows Vista Business. Oh come on Microsoft, the world isn't that black and white that a business users (which I would call myself as well) hasn't have needs for entertainment but is wrestling his Excel spreadsheets 24/7. No, it happens even more often than you might think that business users have "kill time" where they want some entertainment.

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Wednesday, 14.03.07
The Wow Started Today - Bill Gates opened the MVP Global Summit
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:40 CET under Off Topic

As I mentioned earlier, this week I'm in Seattle attending the Microsoft MVP Global Summit and also mentioned earlier, the whole event is for Microsoft MVPs only and therefore covered by our NDAs we have. Therefore we/I cannot talk to much what's going on here but I can share with you, that the summit started today.

Kicked-off yesterday with the registration and a regional dinner (on the photo bellow, some of the many Mobile Device MVPs (from the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy (and I hope I haven't forgotten anything)) representing you - the Windows Mobile users),

today Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates started the 3 days session with a keynote followed by a Q&A and it's always interesting and refreshing to hear, what Bill Gates vision is, to listen his predictions and to learn more, where Microsoft is going to:

After the keynote, several general sessions like Xbox, Windows Live, etc. followed and unfortunately I'm not allowed to tell you anything more but I can tell you that - if you have a Xbox 360 already - something great is coming 2007. If you don't have a Xbox 360 yet but you are interested in computer gaming, you might better buy one soon to be ready to start (and no, this isn't Windows Mobile related but just on its own and completely off-topic).

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Sunday, 11.03.07
Enjoying the Free Windows Vista W-LAN Promotion from T-Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:49 CET under Digital - Lifestyle

Well, if it rains in Seattle, what else somebody can do than having a cup of coffee at Starbucks? At least that's what I'm currently doing, enjoying my favorite Caramel Macchiato in my favorite Starbucks on Pine Street (the one with the fireplace):

But thanks to the Microsoft/T-Mobile Windows Vista promotion, I'm also enjoying the free wireless Internet, served by a T-Mobile HotSpot:

So indeed, it worked - I've just created a new T-Mobile HotSpot account and was able to immediate login to T-Mobile, free of charge.

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Cheers from Seattle
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:46 CET under Digital - Lifestyle

As I wrote earlier, I'm out the coming week for the Microsoft Global MVP Summit where Microsoft invites all its MVPs to get in contact with the product teams (in my case the Windows Mobile group) and I left Munich yesterday morning:

With a 5 hours stop-over in Copenhagen (where I teamed-up with other MVPs) I had plenty of time to spend and this weekend is another Biathlon World Cup weekend. As you might remember, I'm a big Biathlon fan and thanks to Windows Mobile, the Copenhagen W-LAN network and my always on Media Center (and therefore WebGuide4) in Munich I was able to place shift my live TV to the Copenhagen airport (unfortunately, the Sling Media Slingplayer Mobile is still not working with Windows Mobile 6 devices I'm currently Beta testing):

Pretty cool since I had a downstream - via the public W-LAN network on the airport - of 210 Kbps which is definitely good enough to watch TV on mobile devices.
Also a great add-on was the Proporta USB Mobile Device Charger (which I've previously reviewed on the::unwired) because it kept my device battery in a good condition which allowed me to use the Xda during the flight as well.

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Wednesday, 07.03.07
512 MB more RAM can Rock your Windows Experience Index
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:41 CET under Digital - Gadgets

While I'm - overall - pretty happy with the Windows Vista on my new Fujitsu Siemens Tablet PC, I wasn't too satisfied with the performance of the system, due to the "lack of RAM". While the Notebook had - initially - 512 MB RAM (only), I already ordered it with 1536 RAM instead and overall - 1.5 GB are good enough to run Windows Vista on a modern PC.
However, because I have many application running simultaneously (Outlook, Windows Mail, Word, Corel Photo Paint X3 and more), the performance was - RAM-wise - pretty much on the limit, especially because the T4210 hasn't have dedicated video memory but shares it with the main memory.
So I've decided to upgrade the memory again and initially I thought about adding Kingston 2 GB RAM but 600 - 900 Euro :-O for a 2 GB SODIMM DDR2 RAM is way to expensive. Therefore I've decided to went with another 1 GB RAM module for 99 Euro only.

Anyway - after I've installed the 1 GB RAM module (replaced the 512 MB module) my Windows Vista Experience Index jumped from 2.5 to 3.1:

And indeed, the whole system is snappier. The additional RAM not only contributed to the graphics index but also increased the memory operation per second index from 3.something to 4.7:

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Join Microsoft's Windows Live i'm Campaign
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:54 CET under Digital - Lifestyle

i'm is a new initiative from Windows Live Messenger. Every time you start a conversation using i'm, Microsoft shares a portion of the program's advertising revenue with some of the world's most effective organizations dedicated to social causes. Microsoft has set no cap on the amount it will donate to each organization. The sky's the limit.

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