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Thursday, 31.05.07
Site Outages Yesterday Evening
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:07 CET under Off Topic

Well, you might have noticed some site outages yesterday evening between 20 and 22 o'clock (CET); right? I'm really sorry but thanks to the Palm Folio news, which Google News grabbed immediately from the::unwired which Google News listed until this morning as one of the top 5 links about this topic - I had up to 300 - 400 unique visitors per minute on the web server yesterday evening. This was definitely way too much for my 3 years old web server. Maybe it's time to upgrade to a new machine?

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Wednesday, 23.05.07
Who Calculated these UMTS Tariffs?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:08 CET under Wireless - Mobile Networks

It's not a secret that the carrier of my choice is O2 (Germany). Maybe it's because its innovative Genion product, maybe it's because I worked for O2's forerunner VIAG Interkom for 3 years, maybe it's just because I like the whole brand.
Anyway, as happy as I'm with O2 (Germany), as frustrated I was with O2's data tariffs. Even in the past, when I was the responsible product manager for VIAG Interkom's WAP service, I had some hard fights with Controlling to get the WAP tariffs in the Homezone reduced and it took ages until O2 reduced their GPRS and UMTS tariffs earlier this year. Therefore I signed a 24 month contract back in 2005 with E-Plus (another German GSM & UMTS carrier) for one simple reason: E-Plus was the first carrier in Germany which offered a true GPRS & UMTS flat rate. However, signing a second contract means you get a second SIM card and so on. I prefer to have everything under one contract especially because O2 offers a service called "MultiCard" which gives you up to 3 SIM cards under one mobile number (without any additional monthly fees). This means you can use one SIM in your mobile phone, one SIM in your Pocket PC and one SIM in your Notebook. While only one SIM gets incoming calls, all 3 SIM cards can be used for outgoing calls (but not in parallel) and - this is even more important - all the SIM cards can be used in parallel for data connections!
This means I can send a MMS from my mobile phone while I surf the O2 WAP pages the same time while I still stay connected with my Notebook to O2's UMTS network. That's indeed pretty handy and smart!

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Thursday, 17.05.07
Hey You - Get a new Madonna Song for Free!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:06 CET under Digital - Lifestyle

Right, you can get Madonna's latest (so far unreleased) song "Hey You" for free and no - I'm not talking about any P2P networks. Inspired by Live Earth - The Concerts For A Climate In Crisis, Madonna has written a new song titled "Hey You," which is available exclusively on MSN, free of charge, for seven days. "Hey You" was produced by Pharrell Williams and Madonna and recorded in London. Madonna will perform "Hey You" as one of the headliners for Live Earth U.K., joining the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Genesis, the Beastie Boys and other performers at Wembley Stadium in London on July 7, as part of the 24-hour, seven-continent Live Earth concert series.

As the exclusive online destination for Live Earth, MSN is pleased to offer this song in conjunction with Madonna and is proud to donate 25 Cents for each of the first 1 million downloads to the Alliance for Climate Protection, in support of Live Earth. The download is available in WMA (for Windows Mobiles and Zune player ;-)) and MP3 (for iPods and other devices ;-)). Want to prelisten before you download it - no problem - click here.

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Wednesday, 16.05.07
Fujitsu Siemens or HTC? HTC or Fujitsu Siemens? [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:41 CET under Digital - Gadgets

No question, when I saw the HTC Shift announcement the first time I was thrilled by HTC's first UMPC but now I wonder if the recently announced Fujitsu (Siemens) is the better choice?
the::unwired reader Ralf just sent this photos from the WinHEC he's currently attending in L.A. and no question - both devices have their advantages:

I think everything comes down to the included WWAN options and while the Shift is announced to have GPRS/UMTS/HSDPA I haven't read a single line about WWAN functionalities of the Fujitsu (Siemens) UMPC yet. If WWAN isn't part of the pack, it's a no-go anyway.

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Wednesday, 09.05.07
The Impact of Bloggers to Election Campaigns
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:50 CET under Off Topic

Yesterday I've seen an interesting report about blogging during the French Presidential election campaign at ARTE (for sure I've watched it place-shifted ;-) ) and it's quite impressive to see, how French parties used bloggs, bloggers, websites (in general), online videos and the Internet during its election campaigns.
Never knew that the Internet is so much used in France and that the parties have recognized blogs and bloggers as valuable opinion makers. I mean, they spent millions of Euro to ran the election campaigns in the Internet as well.

If you speak French or German (or you understand it at least) you can watch the report online for the next 6 days at again - absolutely recommended!

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Tuesday, 08.05.07
Some Free Stuff from NewsGator
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:34 CET under Digital - Lifestyle

My favorite RSS Feed solution (yes, it's not just a reader but way more), which runs on my PCs (Outlook), on my Windows Media Center Edition (as a MCE Service) and on my Windows Mobiles (either as stand-alone client or application), NewsGator just updated their web site and pointed out some great new free stuff for you:

  • FREE Browser Toolbar: Subscribe to feeds and even clip web pages with a single click
    Subscribing to feeds couldn't be easier! The NewsGator browser toolbar automatically finds RSS feeds on web pages that you are reading (even ones that aren't marked!). With a click of a button, you can preview or subscribe to the feed so it automatically shows up in your favorite reader. It also lets you save (clip) any web page to your reader even if the page doesn't have a feed, and it lets you see what pages are linking to the page you're viewing with the cool Discussion feature. You can also search NewsGator's huge online database of feeds to quickly add new subscriptions.
  • FREE Desktop Notifier: Get pop-up notifications of your most important feeds
    Once you try NewsGator Desktop, you'll wonder how you ever got your news without it. NewsGator Desktop runs in your system tray (those little icons in the lower-right corner of the screen). You tell it how often you want it to check for news. When there are new stories available, it pops up a small window where you can quickly read, save, or email the article. You can fly through stories with simple keyboard shortcuts (like spacebar to mark a story read and move to the next one). You can decide exactly what feeds will show up here, so only the most important articles will pop up.
    NewsGator Desktop does a second very cool thing – it will synchronize with your Windows RSS store. What does that mean? If you're using IE7, Outlook 2007 or Vista, NewsGator Desktop can make sure the feeds and articles you see in those applications match the ones in your NewsGator reader. You'll never have to mark an article read in two places again.
  • FREE Screen Saver: Catch your news while your PC takes a snooze
    See your news when your PC takes a snooze! You can use the locations feature in your account to specify only the feeds you want on your screen. You can use the arrow keys to move through feeds and articles in the screensaver and the spacebar to go read the story on the web.
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Place-Shift presentation at Salzburg Mobility User Group Meeting
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:23 CET under Digital - Lifestyle

Just in case you are living anywhere in southern Germany or northern Austria and you are interested in Place-Shift, how it works, which options you have and how it looks in reality - the Salzburg (Austria) mobility club user group has invited me to present place-shift during its next meeting - this Thursday:

10. Mai 2007 at 19.00 h
Gasthof Jägerwirt
Kasern 4, 5101 Bergheim
Autobahnabfahrt Salzburg-Nord hinter Fa. Palfinger

So I will have a couple of Windows Mobile Smartphones with me where I will live demo Sling Media's Slingbox, WebGuide4 and will talk and show other options as well. Oh yes - one side note - I will present it in German. ;-)

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