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  • Blog Post: MyPhone

    This week I was migrated back to a QWERTY keyboard driven WinMo phone. Thanks to our friends at Palm. It is an awesome device, but more on that in another post. For now I want to talk about the much vaunted new service, MyPhone. It’s in beta, so I did sit on a waiting list to get an activation code....
  • Blog Post: All things to all people?

    Recently I got my hands on a Samsung i900 , aka the “Omnia” (which is Latin for “all” or “everything”) and I’ll be honest, I had been coveting this device since I first set eyes on it last August. Looking Good What’s not to desire? 5MPx camera with flash, Full GPS, replaceable battery (which gives a...
  • Blog Post: Roadtest: Acer Aspire One

    I’ve now been using this great little laptop for just over a week. Where last week I was asked “Which one did you get?” this week I’ve constantly been asked variations on the same question: “How does it perform?” “Do you like it?” “What would I do with it?” Essentially “Do you think it’s worth it? [for...
  • Blog Post: My new toy: Acer Aspire One

    I did it! I followed my new rule for gadget buying. i.e. Divide the price of the gadget you desire by $100. Then consider the purchase for the resultant number of days. As it turns out, with the Aspire One, I considered for somewhat longer than the 5 – 6 days. Since the advent of the Asus EeePC last...
  • Blog Post: TE08: Smackdown – ONE MORE WAY TO WIN

    There is another way to win at the Smackdown!! *SMACK!!* If you’re not one of the 100 lucky dogtag winners. We’re running another across the whole conference, where people can take a photo of their Windows Mobile experience at TechEd08 . Email the photos with your TechEd ID to smackdown08@live.com.au...
  • Blog Post: TechEd08 - Mobility Smackdown

    You've been there, or certainly heard all about it: The Mobility Smackdown ! The session where there are no limits, no noise control, and no PowerPoint! The session where a couple of passionate men (including myself) put a theme and fun into demonstrating their technology! The session where everyone...
  • Blog Post: R42 New Tech - Dell XPS1730 aka "The Beast" - Part 1 "Procuring"

    For over 6 months I've been wanting to purchase a personal home computer. My home interests include video editing, and I gave my last laptop to Em (my 18 yr old) for Christmas, before she headed to Uni. So I've been computer-less. Not entirely of course, working for MS, I have a couple of work laptops...
  • Blog Post: SWMUG May 2008

    What a great meeting of minds last night at SWMUG. Er, that's the Sydney Windows Mobile Usergroup to the uninitiated. We kicked off with a segment on Microsoft and Mobile News from April. I seriously thought that this would be a 5 min segment summarising perhaps 4 or 5 happenings over the last month...
  • Blog Post: Now we're talking

    Not piddly GPRS 2.5G, not 3G, not even HSDPA (or HSUPA) Next/3.5G - no, we're talking true blue 4G Networks. Nothing yet, but the initial agreement with partners (Nokia, SonyEricsson and Alcatel to be precise) to get things off the ground. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7348706.stm Is it the networks...
  • Blog Post: Remember to update your Windows Mobile Daylight Savings Time (DST) settings!!!!

    Update using MSI or CAB (this updates PDA or Smartphone running WM5 or WM6).  For more information on the update: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949168 (If you’re unsure – MSI is the easier update option.  Just have your phone connected to your laptop over ActiveSync before running...
  • Blog Post: Embarking on the Long Road to TechEd08

    For the last number of years, I've had a couple of points of input into TechEd in Australia. Primarily in the Mobility Track, and in the Microsoft Technology Showcase. 2 years ago, inspired by a similar session at our internal training conference, "TechReady" I worked with Rick Anderson to...
  • Blog Post: Wide Awake Developers: Steve Jobs Made Me Miss My Flight

    I caught this blog as commented on Guy Kawasaki's Truemors Site. Not only do I empathise, I too have been a participant in the current US "war against terror" as conducted through Airport Security (check out this blog ), but I had to laugh. Wide Awake Developers: Steve Jobs Made Me Miss My...
  • Blog Post: Coming to Fruition

    Some years ago, circa 2005, when I was an Infrastructure Consultant with MCS, I went with our Mobility Solution Specialist, Rick Anderson, down to Canberra to talk Defence about Windows Mobile 5. Back then we spoke about being evaluated by the DSD (Defence Signals Directorate) for Common Criteria or...
  • Blog Post: An amazing week for Mobility

    Well, when they said the announcements at Mix08 would blow us away, they weren't wrong.... I'm excited about all of the mobility announcements. It's clear that the Internet, Social Networking, and Gen "C" is combining and extending to the most portable platform we have available today. A summary...
  • Blog Post: Where will Windows Mobile take you?

    No, no, this is not about the Windows Mobile 6 campaign, which could take you to one of the wonders of the world... Rather it's about the i-mate Ultimate promotion * As quoted by i-mate: i-mate’s Ultimate experience – call for applicants i-mate Australia is running an online experience to...
  • Blog Post: More Mobile Goodness

    The news tonight is Microsoft and Nokia have made a surprising deal to use Silverlight on the Nokia handsets ... wow that will see lots of quick adoption. Thanks to James McCutcheon our Mobility MVP, of J3 fame for that tidbit... R 42
  • Blog Post: Far out!! SonyEricsson Announces their Windows Mobile Device

    Yes, you read right!!! SonyEricsson, arguably one of the most popular mobile platforms in the globe since the early '90's has announced the "Experia X1" their Windows Mobile Device . You heard it here first R 42
  • Blog Post: I'd never have thought it

    Heard of Twitter ? That's a question I've asked at 3 presentations I've given recently. It's one of those "polarising" questions. All of the audiences I've asked the question have been technical people, both within and out of the Microsoft ecosystem. Even with this audience there are a minority...
  • Blog Post: Play Nicely Now

    I Love our generation. I Love the technology we work with, and I especially Love the Internet. One of the things I love is enabling people, connecting people. The implications of that over my career, has been to work with a heap of technologies: JCL, COBOL, Novell, WordPerfect, Windows for Workgroups...
  • Blog Post: Zune Stress Test

    For Christmas I was fortunate enough to get everyone in the family a Zune , including myself. I got one of the 2nd Gen 80GB Zunes, and I have to say it is an awesome device. No doubt you already have your personal preferences about media players. Some, like the convenience and ease of use, not to mention...
  • Blog Post: Inaugural 2008 Meeting for SWMUG

    So on Tuesday night we had a true Geekfest. No agenda, no presentations, no plan, simply a bunch of enthusiasts with their favourite toys. In this case mobile gadgets. The theme was "Nostalgia Swap Meet." As ever in these types of meetings, I'm blown away by just how outdated, clunky, and big...
  • Blog Post: Thin is in....

    On Monday I took delivery of my new work laptop. A Toshiba Portege R500 . Despite being ridiculed by my boss for getting a 'wimps' machine, I chose this computer because of certain irresistible promises: Low weight - good for all the flying and travel I'll be doing in my new role. Actually pretty good...
  • Blog Post: Sinking and refloating of the TyTN II

    The HTC TyTN II is still the best phone/PDA I've used to-date, and without it I feel like I'm simply incomplete. More so at the moment as my watch is (not) in for repair, so I need the PPC even to tell the time. Unfortunately I left it in my car on NYE, which led to the battery going flat (1st time since...
  • Blog Post: Calling all Treo Users

    Great news for Palm Treo users – The Telstra Windows Mobile 6 ROM is now available for download (in addition to Three and Vodafone ROMs). Upgrade today and enjoy the great new benefits such as HTML email, IRM protected email, Internet Connection sharing (aka mobile broadband) and Windows Live!...
  • Blog Post: TyTN II

    Finally, a device manufacturer that remembers what the "U" in "USB" stands for... I received my new HTC TyTN II today. From my previous post on the last SWMUG monthly meeting, you'll remember I said that this was going to be my next device!! It is definitely closest to my current...
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