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THOUGHT: Easter Eggs, the Pocket PC and the number 3
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - on Monday, 21.04.03 - 02:36:06 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 6892x
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Happy Easter! I know it's a bit late for that but I seem to have gotten caught up with my Pocket PC trying to look for more Easter Eggs. I still haven't found any new ones though. Arne also sent an email and he seems to be enjoying Austria. Arne hasn't been getting the best GPRS coverage there so I guess you will all have to settle for me in the meantime instead.

I spent this weekend looking for Easter Eggs in my Pocket PC, still nothing new apparently ever since the launch of the Pocket PC about three years ago. In case you some of you may have forgotten, the Pocket PC Easter Egg is the Perfect Hand at Solitaire. You can get this by starting up Solitaire and pulling up the Keyboard SIP. Make sure that your keyboard is set to use Small Keys. Just Tap on Ctl, Shift, and New and there yo shall get your perfect hand at Solitaire. Amaze your friends as to how fast you can finish a game of Solitaire using this trick. :D

Searching for a new Easter Egg made me reflect back on the beginnings of the Pocket PC. After all, the Pocket PC just turned Three Years Old. I remember all the excitement that Windows CE 3.0 stirred up among the PDA users most particularly those who have been using the Palm-size PC (precursor to the Pocket PC). It was sort of a make-or-break affair, but many were confident that the number 3 was indeed a sweet one for Microsoft. And as true as it can be, the Pocket PC has made so much headway ever since its launch on May of 2000.

This gave me the idea to pull out three of my handheld devices (which I think is a visual representation of the progress that the Pocket PC has attained so far) for a nice family portrait. I laid out my devices, spanning generations from a circa 1998 Philips Nino 391 75MHz MIPS powered unit with 8MB RAM to an HP Jornada 548 133MHz SH3 powered unit with 32MB of RAM to an HP iPAQ h1910 200MHz X-Scale (running at 300MHz now) powered unit with 47 MB of available RAM and took the shot.

I remember my love affair with wireless technology and the efforts it took to get my Phlips Nino to surf the Internet as well as to send and receive my email with attachments wirelessly. The Jornada 548 gave me the freedom to do more with Word and Excel, and now, it seems that that the Pocket PC is breaking down all the barriers and moving on to new ground. Where will the Pocket PC take us this time? The future seems to be without limit.

Mabuhay ~ Carlo


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