happy new year and welcome back at the::unwired. Hope you moved well into 2008
too? I was off the past days, spending the New Year's Eve with my girlfriend in
Paris. Now I'm back on duty and looking forward an hopefully exciting year 2008.
At least there is one reason why 2008 is exciting for me: Thanks to all its
direct forerunner, the::unwired turns 10 this year!
Everything started with my first Windows CE site back in 1998 which was called
"Arne's WindowsCE & GSM Page". Later (in 1999), Arne's WindowsCE & GSM Page was
renamed to "MobileNET.de" (as well as it got a new domain). MobileNET.de became
the place where I provided soft- and hardware reviews as well as tips and tricks
as I did before at Arne's WindowsCE & GSM Page and as the::unwired provides
today. Parallel to MobileNET.de (or better a little bit later, in 2000), I
launched "Unwired-I.Net", my personal mobile data and Windows Mobile diary (at a
time when blogging wasn't common at all) where I posted hard- and software news
as well as I published my thoughts about a mobile data world. However,
maintaining two sites with nearly the same focus wasn't useful at all which was
the reason why I merged both sites into "Pocket PC Writer.Net" in 2001. Since
Pocket PC Writer.Net was a way too long name (and URL to enter on mobile
devices), the site was renamed later into "PPCW.Net" which was the direct
forerunner to today's the::unwired which launched in 2005. And here we are - 10
years later. Happy birthday the::unwired!
In the past 10 years I've maintaining my Windows CE, GSM and Windows Mobile
sites, I've seen many new technologies, names and designs: From Windows CE based
PC) and P/PC
(Palm-sized PC) as well as GSM based CSD to (still Windows CE based) Windows
Mobile Pocket PCs to Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Editions and GPRS to Windows
Mobile Smartphones to UMTS to HSDPA.
When I started with mobile data on Windows CE, back in 1998 (with mobile GSM
data in general (on Laptops) I started back in 1994),
(Circuit Switched Data) was used with amazing fast speeds of 9.6 Kbps and I was
completely thrilled when
Packet Radio Service) was launched later with an available speed of 30 - 50
Kbps. Later I was even more amazed when UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunication
System) was launched with a theoretical speed of 384 Kbps, which is now being
enhanced with HSDPA
(High Speed Downlink Packet Access) and
HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access) with downloads up to 7.2 Mbps.
Now, 10 years later we have nearly everything in placed I dreamed about 10
years ago: We have amazing fast data networks with mostly reliable plans, great
and powerful hardware (with the same unreliable stand-by time) and an operating
system which is still my first choice (even if it is still far away from being
perfect but the day it becomes perfect I can lose my site since you wouldn't
need it anymore). We have also new competitors: Was the PalmOS and Epoc the
competing platforms in the beginning, today it's Symbian, the iPhone and soon
Google's Android platform which Windows Mobile has to compete with. Was Windows
CE the challenger of PalmOS and Epoc in the early days, the iPhone and Android
is challenging Windows Mobile today.
I'm always a big friend of competition (maybe that's one reason why I started
my career in the GSM industry back in 1993 at a "MVNO" (Mobile Virtual Network
Operator which was called "Service Providers" these days)) and therefore I
appreciate the entrance of Apple and Google into the mobile market. Competition
is the best engine to drive innovation and while Apple's iPhone platform itself
isn't a revolution at all, its UI changed revolutionized some things already.
And while it's too early to predict what the GPhone will be, I'm sure it will
revolutionize too which drives Microsoft to improve Windows Mobile too. That's
what I want to see, an improved Windows Mobile experience! What we have today is
good or better was good but now it's time for something new, better, different
and I had the chance to see a little bit of Windows Mobile's future already and
what I saw is why I have no fear that Windows Mobile will be able to easily
compete with the next iPhone as well as with the upcoming GPhones.
Anyway, it will take some time until we will see the new stuff- until we will
see it - back to the daily business: News, reviews, views and tips and tricks.
Again I wish you a happy new year and I wish the::unwired 10 more successful
years. The past 10 years became successful thanks to you - the readers, the
forum members, the tipsters, the advertisers and the supporters.
Cheers ~ Arne