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September 29, 2006
September 19, 2006
  • Do you have a nice Windows Smartphone such as the Q or a PDA? Do you use ActiveSync to work with your contacts, favorites, install software etc.? Are you a software developer that uses ActiveSync to get your builds on the device? You are out of luck with Windows Vista RC1.

    The Windows Mobile Device Center is not part of RC1 and will be released as an update. You are warned, while RC1 is labeled a release candidate, this major feature is not available. ActiveSync is not compatible as the WMDC has replaced it. That means you are able to do nothing more than copy over some files (such as pictures and music) unless you use Exchange. No contact syncing, no software installs... Nothing. I will post when the update is released.

    Sep 19, 2006 at 03:50 PM in Electronics & Devices, Microsoft & Related, Software
June 03, 2006
May 17, 2006
  • So, you are interested in a Windows PDA phone? A smart phone is just not enough and you want that extra screen space? You are also excited by the high speed EV-DO Internet access? You are looking to narrow down your choices I bet. Of course the ever famous Palm Treo 700w shimmers in the distance, but perhaps the specs look sub-par; such as the 240 by 240 screen which only provides 75% of the screen real estate offered by other phones (including the non-Windows Palms). That is a bummer! The amount of memory in the Treo is also less, the cpu is slower, the keyboard buttons are smaller... On top of it all, if you are a developer you might actually need that extra horsepower! So that may lead you away from the Treo and towards something like the XV6700.

    I researched and picked out the UTStarcom XV6700 (via Verizon Wireless). Now you can read a couple of reviews here and here. For the most part, these reviews are correct. However, assuming you are fine with the battery life and size (for me they are fine), I am about to tell you how and why I am on my fourth device and have decided to give up on it.

    May 17, 2006 at 12:30 PM in Electronics & Devices, Mobile, Reviews
March 22, 2006
  • Headset_hs850sm I plan on posting several reviews of new mobile devices I have been using and testing. Usually the headset would not be the first review choice, but after using the Motorola HS850 (and sadly shelling out the money to do so) I felt I needed to put this review at the top of the list. Why? My experience with the HS850 was less than adequate at best (mostly terrible) and I do not want anyone else purchasing this headset without having a fair warning.

    Let me start by saying that my expectations were not high when choosing a bluetooth headset (or any headset for that matter). I do not expect a headset to work while in windy conditions, or within range of loud noise, nor do I care particularly what it looks like or whether I can be a full 30 feet away with it still working. In short, I have the same basic requirements I have with wired headsets:

    1. I want to make and receive calls
    2. I want to be able to hear the call effectively
    3. Callers on the other end should be able to hear me reasonably
    4. Usable while driving
    5. Usable while in the office or home

    Those are my basic expectations and the HS850 passed only one of them consistently.

    Mar 22, 2006 at 01:23 PM in Electronics & Devices, Mobile, Reviews
December 19, 2005
  • I am in the market for a large capacity hard drive based MP3 player... This means that I have been spending some time researching the options. I find a lot of great looking devices from Creative, Apple etc. I can get a device that not only plays music, but enables me to look at pictures, watch video and even record sounds. I can even listen to FM radio. The radio capability is always touted as a must... Sure, I can understand that. What I cannot understand it the lack of AM capability? Where is it? I have contacted Create as well as others... and like trying to listen to AM on these devices, what did I hear? Nothing. Nada. Nil. I have not gotten a response...

    Is there a manufacturing cost associated with it? Is it a technological issue? I honestly would like to know. Perhaps I am the only person who listens to AM? I don't think so. If anyone knows, please let me know.

    BB

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    Dec 19, 2005 at 01:10 PM in Electronics & Devices
November 25, 2005
  • Here we go with the Google click-to-call. I am quite intrigued by the potential, especially when linking it up with the rumored print ads and Google Talk. Screenshots and more information can be found via Greg Yardley's blog.

    I am a huge fan of VMware and accordingly I have been chomping at the bit to see VMware 5.5 released from beta. As of today it has been and can be downloaded here. I need to get back to gorging myself on turkey so I will be brief... The new version increases performance, inclusion of the free VMware player, advanced snapshot management and what I think are two biggies... full 64-bit host/ guest support and guest systems and virtual smp.

    Nov 25, 2005 at 02:26 PM in Electronics & Devices, Link Roundup, News
July 27, 2005
  • I recently purchased a pair of Sony Fontopia headphones (Black MDR-EX71SL) to go along with the MP3 player I use when working out. Although the MP3 player did come with a pair of headphones, not only were they terribly uncomfortable but they inexplicably died within a few weeks. Within a couple of days, I had scoured the Internet and consulted with those "in the know" about what my options were. I had not purchased a pair of headphones separate from a device in years - however, my requirements were pretty simple: light weight, comfortable, loud enough to keep out ambient sound, good sound quality and reasonably priced. The Sony Fontopia headphones I purchased have met and exceeded my criteria.

    Jul 27, 2005 at 04:34 PM in Electronics & Devices, Reviews
July 25, 2005


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