Tuesday, February 28, 2006

They are out there....and they are coming

For years, every Sunday night, a group of us would meet at Chinese restaurant and have a couple of drinks, a few appetizers and watch "The X-Files". It was quite a gathering of folks and grew as the years went on. For those of you that don't know about the X-Files, it was a show that starred David Duchovny who played FBI agent Fox Mulder who, along with his partner Dana Scully (played by Gillian Anderson), uncovered extra terrestrial mysteries and tried to use science to explain the unexplainable. It was very very cool!

Today I decided to visit the origamiproject.com, a site registered to Microsoft, and it brought back memories of the X-Files or at least the intrigue I used to experience. The site really does not offer too much other than give a taste that there is something out there....and it is coming on March 2nd.

There are links for three weeks but only one is live. The next link should open up this week (I hope). Take a look at the origami project and experience a look into the beyond.....

I have no question in my mind that on March 2nd, we will yet again have another opportunity to Experience Mobility.

Is it time to add anti-virus protection on your PPC?

It really is only a matter of time before the threats become very real so it possibly is time to start considering anti-virus protection for your handheld. I'm not too concerned yet but after reading several advisories lately, I am thinking about it more often.

And yet it seems to me that there is a strong chance that the anti-virus program that is protecting my PC might well offer me some protection...or one would assume it might. As I see it, the only way I am going to get a virus is through email or from active sync. In my case, active sync is the more likely to cause the problem. I hope that my virus protection on my PC might look for some hidden virus lurking in the background waiting for an active sync connection before it initiates .... well, at least I hope so.

You might find the following of some interest..it is what sparked me to write my comments.

MARA research group discovers world’s first PC to handheld crossover malware

Mobile Antivirus Researchers Association

Date: February 27, 2006

The Mobile Malware Researchers Association (MARA) today announced that it has characterized the first malware to cross-infect a handheld phone or PDA from a binary on the desktop PC. The malware, a Trojan dubbed “crossover”, spreads from a Win32 desktop machine to a Windows Mobile Pocket PC handheld. Detailed analysis and the malware binary are available to antivirus companies and security experts who qualify for MARA membership, which is free.

Crossover is the first malware to be able to infect both a Windows desktop computer as well as a PDA running Windows Mobile for Pocket PC. It was sent to MARA anonymously.

Included with the malware was the following text file:


virus name: crossover virus - proof of concept
virus type: multiplatform

Target Platforms: Windows desktop OS's, Windows ce, mobile with .NET CF 1.1

This is a proof of concept virus that shows how a virus can spread from a desktop computer to a pocket pc. With the growing use of handheld devices this type of virus may become very prevalent in the future. For viruses to be more effective they need to spread across a wider range of devices including wireless devices. AVers have to be able to provide adequate protection to deal with these types of viruses. The crossover virus is named so because it crosses over from wired PC's to wireless pocket PC's. It is the first virus of its kind. When executed the virus checks what the current OS is, if it is not windows ce or mobile the virus makes a copy of itself and puts a startup command to the copy in the registry local-machine-current-version-run, the virus then quietly waits for an activesync connection to be detected, it can wait infinitely and everytime the desktop is rebooted the virus recreates itself and again add new copies to the registry, theoretically you can have so many copies running on startup it could degrade or halt the PC's performance. When an active sync connection is detected the virus copies itself to the handheld device and remotely executes the virus to start running on the device.

If the current OS is windows ce or mobile the virus erases all files in the \\My Documents directory of the device. Then it copies itself to the \\Windows directory and creates a shortcut to the copy in \\Windows\\startup. When the device is reset the shortcuts execute their target files, here also you can theoretically have multiple copies of the virus running on startup.

The crossover virus was written in C# (C Sharp) using Visual Studio .NET 2003, the Communications Library of openNETCF.org was used and a great help. It should run on any handheld device running windows ce/mobile and .NET CF 1.1

This is proof of concept code for educational purposes only. This virus closes the gap between handhelds and desktops, now its one big world open to all.

More information, code and sample binaries are available from MARA http://www.mobileav.org

Copyright (c) 2005 Mobile Antivirus Researchers Association.

Permission is granted for the redistribution of this alert electronically. It may not be edited in any way without the express written consent of MARA. If you wish to reprint the whole or any part of this alert in any other medium other than electronically, please contact MARA for permission.

Disclaimer: The information in the advisory is believed to be accurate at the time of publishing based on currently available information. Use of the information constitutes acceptance for use on an AS IS condition. There are no warranties with regard to this information. Neither the author nor the publisher accepts any liability for any direct, indirect, or consequential loss or damage arising from use of, or reliance on, this information.

Can you see me waving?

If you want to see a cool new preview of new ways you will Experience Mobility, then you want to navigate to Microsoft's Windows Live Local mapping service. This is pretty cool and even though it is only limited to two cities right now....

The interface is very intuitive...and surprisingly fast in appearing on your screen. There has to be millions of pieces of data and they just seem to work flawlessly. This one item we will have to keep our eyes on. I think it has great promise!

I wonder if they need a photographer? Message to Microsoft: "I'm retired, enjoy photography and like to travel"!!!

My favorite game....

All of us have their favorite game and I certainly am no exception. There are several that I like to play as a diversion but there is one that I always go back to when I need a break and that game is Cubis!

I absolutely love it! It can be as challenging as you want it and, for me, it serves as a great diversion. When WM5 came out, it would not work...I was SO disappointed. As a matter of fact, I called Astraware to find out what the story was....and they replied: "it will come"!

Well, it is here, I am happy and I had a hard time deciding whether or not I was going to download and play it first or share this info with you. Guess what I did?

With CUBIS, you enter the third dimension of puzzle gaming with 100 hand-designed levels, 3D isometric graphics as well as an excellent tutorial to introduce you to the game. In addition, there are 3 detailed graphic themes that you get to choose from (Mayan, Leonardo and Chinese. I always choose the Mayan...not sure why, I just like it!

I was incredibly impressed with the install (I guess you know the answer to the question I asked above now)! There was this VERY COOL startup screen that asked what OS you were using...this was very cool and yes, I was impressed. SO now I am very happy because I am playing the game on my K-Jam and it is just terrific! If you have never played it before, try it...I guarantee that you will like it!

Cubis Features

One hundred ingenious hand-designed levels!

Revolutionary new 3D isometric graphics!

Three gorgeously detailed background schemes - 'Mayan', 'Leonardo' and 'Chinese'!

Comprehensive ten-level tutorial to introduce you to all aspects of the game!

Catchy in-game music!

Classic cube-matching game play!

Extraordinarily accurate conversion of the online game by Freshgames LLC!

You can download your copy of CUBIS here at the Astraware Web Site

Good Read

If you are thinking of upgrading to Vista then I think it is important to start looking at what folks are saying so you can make the right decision on what you will need. There are a variety of writers out there that when they post a story, I always tend to read them. Ina Fried from CNET is just one of those writers. Ina just wrote an article called Microsoft boxes up Vista. It is short, informative and well worth the read.

You can read Ina's article Microsoft boxes up Vista here.

Monday, February 27, 2006

I don't use my drill press everyday....

I don't use my drill press everyday, as a matter of fact, I only use it a few times a year. So what does that have to do with how you Experience Mobility?

The other day Microsoft accidentally posted some details of the Vista product lineup on one of its Web sites. Of course, the "buzz" is starting and I can only imagine what folks are saying....for some the choice of which version they will use is easy but for others, I am sure it will be difficult to decide.

Often folks ask new computer users "what do you want to do" when they try to help them decide what computer to buy. I like to to ask not only "what do you want to do" but "where do you eventually want to be"? All too often, we purchase things and find out later that we should have gone a "step higher" in our purchase because we outgrew its capabilities.

Microsoft indicated that the six versions for Vista were designed to meet how people use their computers and I am sure that each will provide the functionality that different folks need but I urge caution in choosing the right version for you. In my opinion, what ever you ultimately decide is the right one for you, consider going to the next level. Doing so will give you the ability to grow without having to make major upgrades.

So what does this have to do with my drill press? Years ago I had to do a fairly large project where I needed a drill press. I could have purchased a simple press that would have allowed me to complete that task......but I chose to get one just slightly better. Over the past several years, I have had the need to use the "extra" capabilities to complete "new" tasks and those tasks could never have been done if I purchased the "basic" press. It was a good decision and over the years, it has paid for itself several times over.

If you will be considering an upgrade, give some serious thought to what you want to do and where you eventually want to be.....it will make your ability to Experience Mobility a little more enjoyable.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Folding SD Plus Card Eliminates Need For Separate USB Card Reader

SanDisk Doubles Capacity of Innovative USB-Flash Memory Combo Card

SanDisk Corporation introduced a 2-gigabyte (GB)(1) SanDisk Ultra(R) II SD(TM) Plus card, thus doubling the capacity of its award-winning storage card that combines USB connectivity and flash memory storage. The card looks and functions like a typical SD card and its high speed makes it ideal for digital cameras, camera phones and digital video cameras. Folding the unique card in half reveals a high-speed USB 2.0 connector that plugs into any USB port to easily and quickly transfer photos or other data to a computer without the need for a separate card reader.

The SanDisk Ultra II SD Plus line features write speeds of 9 megabytes (MB) per second and read speeds of 10MB/sec(2). The cards are targeted at enthusiast and prosumer-level digital photographers with 5 mega-pixel or higher resolution digital cameras that require significantly faster flash memory film cards. The faster cards allow photographers to shoot images in rapid sequence and minimize the lag time between shots.

The SanDisk Ultra II product line, which also includes CompactFlash(R) and Memory Stick PRO Duo(TM) card formats, allows photographers to quickly capture high-resolution images and take advantage of the advanced features available today in high mega-pixel digital cameras.

"The SanDiskUltra II SD Plus card is really convenient to use," said Tanya Chuang, senior retail product marketing manager at SanDisk. "With two gigabytes of capacity you can take many hundreds of high-resolution photos and transfer the images to a computer quickly and easily with the built-in USB connector. We have received an overwhelmingly positive response to the SanDisk Ultra II SD Plus line from both consumers and reviewers alike and have won numerous awards for its innovative design and performance."

Pricing and Availability

SanDisk Ultra II SD Plus
512MB $69.99 Now
1GB $89.99 Now
2GB $134.99 June

Visit SanDisk's web site/home page here

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Read your Word Documents In Microsoft Reader Format

Sometimes it is easier to create documents on your PC...it makes sense because you have been used to writing and reading on your PC for a long time. Over time, we have become so used to reading from Word that it just seems natural, at least it does to me. This is especially true for me because of a feature Word has called reading layout view. I like this feature because it displays your document like the pages in a book. The pages fit on the screen, and the text is displayed using Microsoft ClearType technology which, for my tired old eyes, makes a huge difference.

But there are times when you either don't have the time or can't get to you PC to read...so what do you do? I used to copy my files to my iPAQ and would read them using Pocket Word (now called Word Mobile). It worked but it was definitely NOT tha same experience. For short documents it was fine but for long documents it was brutal.

I like reading and I especially like reading using Microsoft Reader. I find it easy and very comfortable on my eyes. Over time I have accumulated quite a libray of books that have kept me reading for hours and hours. I used to say "wouldn't it be nice to read my Word documents in MS Reader"? Well, I don't say that any more because I can and DO!

That's right, If you have a Word document you can easily convert it to MS Reader format and either read it on your PC or on your Windows Mobile Device. Microsoft has an add-in that you can use to create your own Microsoft Reader eBooks. In my opinion, Microsoft Reader makes your long documents significantly easier to read....it's like reading from a book.

The following is an overview from Microsoft:
With the Word 2000/XP/2003 Add-in: Read in Microsoft Reader (RMR) 1.1.3, you can use Microsoft Word 2000, Microsoft Word XP, or Microsoft Word 2003 to create your own Microsoft Reader eBooks. Microsoft Reader makes on-screen reading more like reading a printed book, while adding active reading capabilities, instant access to content, and storage of a personal library. You can use this add-in to convert new or existing Word documents, letting you benefit from the features and convenience of Microsoft Reader.

You can download the Word 2000/XP/2003 Add-In that will allow you to Read in Microsoft Reader here.

This is a very cool way to save and read documents while you are on the road...truly, this is one of the best ways for you to Experience Mobility.

Windows Vista Step-by-Step Guides

If you are an IT Professional you probably are already aware of this but just in case you missed it you might want to look at these step-by-step guides that provide instructions for deploying or migrating to Windows Vista. These guides also describe how to configure security, monitor performance, and manage printers.

These step-by-step guides will assist IT Professionals in deploying or migrating to Windows Vista. These guides will also provide step-by-step information on how to monitor performance, manage printing, control how CPU and memory resources are allocated using Windows System Resource Manager (WSRM), control device installation using Device Management and Installation (DMI), and manage ADMX files. There are also step-by-step guides to help you protect data using BitLocker Drive Encryption, to administer the TPM Security Hardware in a computer using Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Services, and to help deploy better-managed desktops and mitigate the impact of malware using User Account Control (UAC).

You can find the Windows Vista Step-by-Step Guides for IT Professionals here.

Free Games, E-books, and Tools for Pocket PC

OK, so you just bought your first Pocket PC, now what? I suppose most folks want to go out and get a lot of programs right away but I really suggest not doing that. Take your time, learn your device, see what is on it and get a real good feel for how it operates.

If you immediately load it up with "stuff" then you will just have too much to absorb and the chance of you losing out on the real power of the device is very real. In addition, if you "buy stuff" right away, you may well find that it was not what you wanted. I suggest that you join a few mobile device sites and browse the forums to see what folks are saying. On the left side of this page are some sites that you can start with....they are EXCELLENT, filled with incredible amounts of helpful information and best of all, you will get to interact with some pretty spectacular people.

Alright, alright, so you really do want to put some programs on....I guess it is just in our nature. Well, you are in luck because there dozens and dozens of FREE (that's right...FREE) programs available for you to use on the Microsoft Marketplace site. This is a great place to visit and I urge you to bookmark it. You will visit often!

But really, take my advice on this...TAKE YOUR TIME! If you do, then I guarantee that you will throughly enjoy you first attempt at being able to Experience Mobility!

Friday, February 24, 2006

Weston Kaufman ... this is NOT Experiencing Mobility

I have been fortunate over a long period of time...no SPAM but recently, it has been coming and if it gets by my SPAM filter, I might inadvertently read a preview. I had to laugh today because I received an email from Weston Kaufman and the following was the email....are they stupid? I can't believe that anyone would reply...but maybe someone does.

It must be the teacher in me but I just laughed at the spelling...

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From the BlackBerry courtroom to Starbucks

Even though I don't have a BlackBerry, the patent infringement lawsuit has become a HUGE item and one that I have been following. The final result will have a dramatic effect on millions of folks that try to Experience Mobility in their own way.

I read an article today that Anne Broache wrote titled: A view from the BlackBerry courtroom

I like reading Anne's articles. She has a very definite "flair" to what she says...I always find her stories interesting, but what I liked the best in this article was her final paragraph because it really defined how she Experiences Mobility even when she is working.

Anne said:
They were the ones dashing for the exit--in my case, on to a Wi-Fi-equipped Starbucks--all intent on delivering the word that this match is, to no one's surprise, far from over.

So it was off to Starbucks...write her story...have a cup and Experience Mobility.

Pretty cool!

You can read Anne's article here

I wish I were in London...well, in six months

I saw an interesting news item the other day but really didn't give to much thought about until today. I had to spend some time doing a few tasks outside so I decided to use my iPAQ and stream XM radio to Experience Mobility while I was working. Of course it worked fine until I moved too far away and lost my Wi-Fi signal.

It was then that I remembered that the City of London announced their plan to install a "dense and comprehensive" Wi-Fi Internet network throughout London's Square Mile. Pretty cool actually because they are partnering with a Wi-Fi firm that will install and manage the network for them. They are hoping to go live relatively soon and within six months, the entire city will be blanketed.

Besides city workers and residents, visitors with Wi-Fi-enabled devices will be able to access the Internet wherever they go on the streets of London. Hmmm....I wish we had that up here in Maine!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Let's Build the World Together!

Once upon a time, somewhere in the skies there was a huge magic world. People who used to live there worked and progressed, they settled down and built up more and more territory which had not been discovered and learned. A magic Castle built up by an ancient race was the centre of the world. That race had given birth to the whole civilization and was called "The ancients".

This game is amazing! AirIslands is a powerful strategy game designed for the Pocket PC. You get to own an island then build on it to make your world. With the reputation that Spb has in providing excellent quality programs coupled with excellent graphics, nice sounds and an original game theme, this promises t be a great way to Experience Mobility!

You can learn more about this excellent game here on the AirIslands web site.

Skype 2.0 for Pocket PC Released

Boston Pocket PC posted an item today on the latest version of Skype (version 2.0). They indicated that it is now available for download. Skype for Pocket PC 2.0 (prior release was v1.1) enhances voice quality and the number of devices supported, more languages and 240x240 screens.

Read about the enhancements and bug fixes at Boston Pocket PC.

Restaurants, Cafes Fastest Growing Segment of Wi-Fi Hotspots

If you are going to Experience Mobility, then part of it is connecting through a Wi-Fi hotspot. It used to be difficult to find them especially if you are in an area that is new to you. Fortunately, there is a pretty cool service you can use to find out what hotspots are near you.

Restaurants and cafes represent the fastest growing segment of Wi-Fi hotspots, according to recent data released by JiWire, the leading provider of public Wi-Fi hotspot information and services (www.jiwire.com). 34,544 restaurants and cafes currently offer Wi-Fi access, representing an increase of 18,267 hotspots from a year ago.

"As Wi-Fi becomes more integrated into consumer electronics products such as digital cameras, VoIP phones and gaming devices, people have come to expect an Internet connection at all times," says Kevin McKenzie, CEO of JiWire. "Restaurants and cafes have found that by offering Wi-Fi access, they are able to provide a valuable amenity to their customers and often gain a competitive advantage over other venues that don't."

Tokyo has the most restaurants and cafes with Wi-Fi access (1,037), followed by London (578) and Singapore (410). Within the United States, New York City has the most restaurants and cafes with Wi-Fi access (328), followed by San Francisco (319) and Chicago (271).

For more information about which food and beverage establishments offer Wi-Fi access, go to http://www.jiwire.com/search-hotspot-locations.htm and search a specific address or geographic area by "Location Type."

JiWire has helped me on numerous occasions....I hope it allows you to Experience Mobility just a little easier.

Experience Mobility .... Travel the Universe

There are so many avenues to take just to Experience Mobility. Truly, the possibilities are limitless so as you enter on the journey to Experience Mobility for yourself just let your imagination guide you on where you want to go.

I am spending a week at my summer place in Maine. It is cold, quiet and quite beautiful not only during the day but also at night. Last night the sky was spectacular so I bundled up and sat on my deck for a little less than an hour enjoying the wonders of the universe. I would have stayed out longer but I was cold.

When I came in from outside, I found myself looking out the window still trying to get a view and then the thought occured to me that I should look for a program that might help me understand a bit more about the universe....and I found one that is pretty spectacular to use on my laptop.

Celestia is a free space simulation that lets you explore the universe in three dimensions....and it is way cool to try. Celestia runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. The download was fast and the install was flawless but it does require a pretty good laptop to run on if you are going to try it outside. I urge you to upgrade to the most recent drivers for your graphics card.

What is really neat is that Celestia does not assume you are only on the earth. You can locate yourself throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy....this cool.

It is pretty much seamless in operation. For me, I found if I had nothing else running and a fresh reboot that it was fine (my laptop is several years old). In my initial usage, I found it a simple interface to use so I was able to navigate through the universe easily.

What is very cool is that Celestia is expandable. It comes with a magnificent array of stars, galaxies, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and spacecraft. But when you finally get through all of that, you will be startled at the amount of addons that available.

Experience Mobility and travel the universe....this is pretty cool and its FREE!

There's a NEW game in town

The Power of Teamwork

Just how smart are your friends? Get the gang to play the new Q6 Trivia Game on MSN® Messenger and find out if your crew has what it takes to win sweet prizes like a Dell UltraSharp 17" Flat Panel Monitor or an Xbox™ 360 prize pack.

The Power of Knowledge

It's easy. Every week, your 6-person team of geniuses gets a shot to answer 6 trivia questions. The entire game takes place in MSN Messenger, so the team can chat live and use MSN Search for extra help.

To learn the ins and outs of the game and check out all the cool prizes that each member of your team has a chance to win, simply click here.

The Power of Prizes

Heads up! Your first set of questions will be posted on Thursday, February 23, 2006 at 9:00 p.m. EST. And be on the lookout for the next 5 weeks—new questions will be posted every Thursday at 9:00 p.m. EST. But you can't win it unless your team of 6 is in it! To make sure you have the latest version of MSN Messenger, simply download or upgrade it right here.

Already a MSN Messenger user? You can learn how to register your team of 6 trivia geniuses by simply clicking here.

Power up the game!

Learn more on how to experience the power of 6 by clicking here

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Are you feeling lucky?

If the answer is yes then you just might get the opportunity to Experience Mobility by visiting Mobilitysite and participating in the forums. Why? Because if you are a registered member and have 25 or more posts then you are eligible to enter a pretty cool contest they are running over there.

That's right folks!! Be an active member(25 posts or more), take a photo of you and your device somewhere interesting and post it in their Gallery. It's pretty simple so get out you cameras!

You could win one of the following :

Garmin iQue M4 Pocket PC GPS Unit
Sony PSP
iPod Nano 1g
(5) Cases from Cases.com
NEW! Battery from Lion Battery. HX4700 5000mah USB Port Extended Battery

Pretty cool huh? ....and really, you were only just Experiencing Mobility!

Good luck!!

Experience Mobility with a Podcast

There is all sorts of content out there on the web for you to take advantage of. One of the hottest areas today is the "podcast" where you can download content and play it on your Windows Mobile devie, and iPod or and device that allows you to add files for playback.

Jason Dunn from Pocket PC Thoughts wrote a nice article that I saw on the Microsoft Windows Mobile Tips and Tricks site on Finding Great Podcast Content.
In part, Jason had the following to say:

What's a "podcast" you might be wondering? It’s a term that's a bit misleading, because it has nothing directly to do with Apple iPods. In simplest terms, a podcast is an audio file that, through automated means, is downloaded for you.

If you are new to Podcasts then this is a pretty good article to read. You can find it by clicking here: Finding Great Podcast Content

Windows Mobile 5.0 Compatible Titles at Astraware

One neat aspect of using a mobile device is the ability to take a moment while you are out and about and play a game as a diversion. There are several that I like and Chuzzle is one of them.

Astraware is continuing to update their classic games to be compatible with Windows Mobile 5.0. Recently, they had sixteen games including Bejeweled, Tradewinds and Zuma (an all time favorite of mine), that were made available for WM5 and now they have added an additional 9 games.

It is important to note that if you owned a previous registeres version of an Astraware title, you can get the updated version for free. See the full range of Windows Mobile 5.0 compatible titles here.

9 games have been updated. These classic titles are those most requested for update by Astraware customers:

Chroma Games
Mummy Maze
Seven Seas
Tip Top
Fruit Frolic
Mars Needs Cows

Astraware has also announced that Chuzzle, is now available for Windows Mobile for Smartphone. The game was released for Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(R) for Pocket PC in December, but breeding the special tiny Chuzzles required for Windows Mobile(R) for Smartphone has taken a little longer to perfect.

Chuzzle features 4 highly addictive game modes, a bonus unlockable Bechuzzled game and special trophies to mark your Chuzzle achievements. To get your copy of Chuzzle, click on this link.

About Astraware

Founded in 1994, Astraware Limited develops, publishes and distributes games for mobile devices. Some of the company's best known handheld titles include Bejeweled(R), Cubis, Zuma, Insaniquarium and Zap!2000/2016. Astraware is a Microsoft(R) Certified Gold Partner and its games are 'Made for Windows Mobile(R)' certified. Handango have presented awards to Astraware twice in recent years, with Game of The Year in 2003 for Bejeweled, and Palm OS(R) Developer of the Year in 2004. Mobile gaming enthusiasts have downloaded more than 30 million copies of Astraware's products, and the company has customers in over 100 countries.

For more information, contact Alison Barclay at alison@astraware.com, or visit Astraware here.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Not much today...but I think you can see why

This is my first experience in creating a web site/blog so the learning curve is big but there is movement....slow...but there is movement.

I wanted to see what I could do and what kind of time it takes...I was up last night until 2am playing. I can see why folks buy them pre-done...it is a lot easier but I wanted to say I tried it.

My wife woke me at 4:30 to drive her to the airport in Boston.....she is off to visit family in California so I decided to drive to Maine and relax on my lake.....it is cold up here tonight!!....but the fire is warm and toasty!!

So how did I Experience Mobility today? Well, today I am carrying my HP iPAQ 6515 so I was able to make several calls as I was driving to Maine. During one call, I needed to see something on the web so I pulled over, connected and surfed to the site I needed to see. I got what I wanted and then continued with my call.

The ability to call, surf, carry your calendar and contacts as well as a few games makes experiencing mobility pretty cool with the HP iPAQ 6515.

The picture is not a winter picture but you can see my view and why I like being here.

Monday, February 20, 2006

What Is My Favorite Device?

I have used a variety of Pocket PCs but my love affair with them started with the HP iPAQ and it has continued. Today I use the iPAQ 5555, iPAQ 2750 and the iPAQ 4700 as well as the iPAQ 6515 for my phone. I use them all, each for a different purpose.

In addition, I have an iMate K-JAM and an iMate JasJar both of which I enjoy immensely but if you were to ask what device I use the most, I would have to say that is is a split between two. The 6515 and the 4700 but my favorite all time device is the iPAQ 4700.

What is your favorite device?

What's is coming

Over the past several years I have been fortunate to interact in a variety of forums with some pretty terrific folks in the mobile community. One thing leading to another, I eventually had the opportunity become more active and serve as a moderator and Senior Editor of a popular Pocket PC site, Mobility Today.

It was a terrific experience being able to help folks with issues they had with their Pocket PCs and it was very exciting writing about my thoughts on hardware and software that was available for folks to use.

I liked reviewing products because I enjoyed sharing with you my experience with a particular device or an accessory that made using the device just a little bit more fun. When I found a piece of software that was just outstanding, I couldn't wait to tell you about my experience. All of it was done with the hopes that it would make it a little easier for you to EXPERIENCE MOBILITY!

I hope that with Experience Mobility, I might be able to continue to do what I do best...TEACH. If I can help someone new begin to Experience Mobility, then I will have succeeded. If I can help those that have been using mobile devices enhance their ability to Experience Mobility, then I will have succeeded and if as a result of all that I do increases my ability to Experience Mobility at a higher level, then I will have succeeded.

I hope you enjoy it, I know it will be fun doing it so lets Experience Mobility!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Reviews on Experience Mobility

Check out the Experience Mobility Reviews

1. myvu – a personal media viewer
How many times have you been on a plane, working on your laptop and have the person in front of you recline their seat only to push your folding table into your chest and virtually stop you from working or watching that video? How often have you felt the “eyes” of the person sitting next to you staring at your laptop? With the myvu personal media viewer you will have privacy as well as comfort viewing your videos.

2. The "Original" SeV T-Shirt
A news item on the introduction of the SCOTTEVEST NEW Performance T-Shirt brought back memories of their "Original". This is just not an ordinary T-Shirt either! SCOTTEVEST incorporated that "almost hidden" pocket concept so the shirt NEVER looks "frumpy" and using what made their vests so remarkable, this pocket has been designed to balance whatever you carry so it does not pull on your neck and won’t stretch the fabric.

3. Digital Foci Memory Card Travel Case
Memory....Memory....Memory, this seems to be the cry from all of us that have been using PDA’s, Smartphones, cameras and other digital devices. For whatever reason, we never seem to get enough but fortunately for us we have had the ability to use storage cards to satisfy that ever growing need of having more storage and save the main memory for the device.

4. ModPod - MP3/WMA FM Modulator
Sometimes it’s the SIMPLE things that make your ability to Experience Mobility better and more enjoyable. The ModPod is a simple device that offers an array of options for you to be able to enjoy your saved music.

5. The Verbatim FlashDisc
Verbatim has introduced a small FlashDisc that allows you to share photos, files, MP3 songs with anyone and you can do it easily and inexpensively.

6. How Do I Protect My New iPod Video? Vaja iVod
Vaja has a reputation of fine leather products with a consistent quality in construction....a well deserved reputation that continues with each new line of cases they introduce. It is a personal preference but I like leather cases protecting my devices and I like leather that is soft, pliable and rich in texture. That is what you get with a Vaja case but in addition, the cases they have designed for the iPod have all those qualities but in addition it is a hard case.

7. Covertec Cases – Craftsmanship and Design
Each time I get a device, I try to get a case that will protect my investment and will allow me to use my device the way I want. When I got my JasJar, I tried to get a case that would allow me to use my device in two modes of operation – cover open and cover closed.

8. VIDEO PREVIEW - Logitech mm28 Portable Speakers
Take a look at what my first impressions were as I opened for the first time the Logitech® mm28 Portable Speakers. I was impressed with the quality of the speakers and was clearly blown away with the extraordinary sound as you will see.

9. Cingular 2125 - Absolutely Raises The Bar!
I had to ask myself what I wanted in a device and what I really needed a device to do. Was there a better solution for me out there or at least one that will enhance what I like and need to do at a significantly higher level? I always would look at news items on Smartphone’s but none seemed to have any attraction to me until I saw that Cingular was introducing their Cingular 2125 Smartphone in the U.S. What initially intrigued me was that the Cingular 2125 was the first Smartphone-class handset in the U.S. to feature the new Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system.

10. Logitech mm28 Portable Speakers – an A+ Performance Audio Solution
....if I want to listen to my collection of music while I try to Experience Mobility, I have little choice as to what I can use. Oh, don’t get me wrong, there are some great sounding headsets out there but I just don’t like them. I think it is because they tend to isolate me from my environment and I need to be aware of all that is going on. Maybe it is a claustrophobic thing…I’m not sure but what I am sure about is that Logitech has come up with an incredible solution for me while I am on the road.

11. Preview: MoGo Mouse Video Highlights
See what the MoGo Mouse looks like and get a feeling on how I like it with this Experience Mobility Preview Video.

12. Review: I GO! --- You GO! --- Lets MoGo!
If you are looking for a means to Experience Mobility at a higher level, then this is one option to consider. Having the mouse stored in your PCMCIA slot is a BIG plus…one less item to pack in your carry bag. It is innovative, sleek, works flawlessly and is a definite "what’s that you got" item...Yes sir, there is no question that when I want to Experience Mobility, I Go with my MoGo!

13. Palm Treo 700P – A First Impression
I have been a Windows Mobile enthusiast for years so for me to “break away” from the OS that I have been used to and have loved for so long is amazing…at least it is to me. But it was time I took a look because I have been so impressed with the folks I have met from Palm on several occasions since January.

Palm has created an A+ device and I have no hesitation in giving it my highest recommendation.

14. Xantrex PowerSource 400
The PowerSource 400 is a UPS that is a perfect backup power solution for the small office or home. In the event of a power outage, it will supply uninterrupted backup power allowing you to continue to work and stay productive.

I have been impressed with the Xantrex PowerSource 400. It looks good, performs well and gives that added assurance that your power needs will be met in the event of an emergency. It is a nice feeling to know that in case of an emergency power outage, I am protected!

15. The Booq "Python XL" Laptop Backpack
David Matson did a great review on the Boog Python XL backpack. I thought it was a terrific review and it needed a wider audience to see it. So with his permission, I have posted it here for all to see. If you are looking for a new "tote", then this backpack should be a strong consideration.

16. The Nokia N-90 Experience
What is the Nokia Experience?
To me, it was dealing with a high quality device that easily allowed me to perform the everyday functions I want in a smartphone plus a few added very neat features.
The Nokia Experience has been very cool journey into a whole new world!

17. Emergency Preparedness Kit by innergy Power
A short time ago, I was spending some quiet time relaxing at my lake house enjoying the quiet peacefulness afforded by the wonders of nature. It was a glorious day, sun shinning, light breeze, kids swimming, and a few canoes on the lake…and then, all of a sudden a dark cloud appeared, the wind increased dramatically bringing “white caps” on a normally tranquil lake. On the horizon, there were a few flashes of thunder and the wind was increasing.

18. Socket’s Go Wi-Fi! P300 – A Simple and Powerful Wi-Fi Solution
Socket advertises that the “P” in P300 stands for “performance” but after using it for just one day; I believe that the “P” is for “POWERFUL”.

Socket Communications has again developed an outstanding solution for Wi-Fi connectivity. Using the Socket Go Wi-Fi! P300 will increase your mobile productivity as well as improve your overall satisfaction of your device.

19. PowerSquid – a simple innovative idea designed to make your life easier

A revolutionary design providing a unique means of power protection for the “gadget” Geek

I don’t know about you but I have too many devices! They all need power and most have those oversized power supplies that just make life difficult when you try to get them all attached.

....Then one day I saw a news item of a rather unique power supply that had the bulky power pack problem solved! Rather than a box with fixed outlets that do not allow for ANY flexibility, the Flexity PowerSquid provides you with the opportunity to attach all of your power packs easily and provides you the flexibility to design how you will setup your power solution.

20. NewerTech USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter

A Simple Solution - An Easy Installation - A True Innovation

The NewerTech USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter allows me to seamlessly create a connection between a USB port and a mass storage device port. The connection allows me to take any ATA, Serial ATA, or ATAPI based mass storage device and connect it through any USB port on my computer. What it does is that it virtually creates for me an external drive with any ATA or SATA drive that I might have … pretty cool accessory to have!

21. The iGo Think Outside Stowaway Sierra Bluetooth Keyboard

If you are looking for a means to comfortably enter text into your Bluetooth enabled device, I give this device my highest recommendation. I expect that this device (like so many other Think Outside products) will provide years of perfect service.

22. The X3 micro – A BlueAnt Bluetooth Experience

Over the past several years I have tried a number of different Bluetooth headsets all with varying degrees of success. Some work well but are uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time and others are very comfortable but have horrible reception. I think what irritates me the most is driving down a highway and having to push and hold the headset into my ear so I can hear the person on the other end.

This is a pretty slick Bluetooth headset. I am happy with the ability to charge the device three ways, I am thrilled that I can pair it with three devices and change what device is using it on the fly...

23. The iPAQ 6925 – A Reincarnation

I have been an iPAQ fanatic for years and have had a never ending love affair with them. I’ve been fortunate to have had the unique opportunity to own several and use virtually all of the iPAQ line. They always worked for me and with rare exception; I always have had a positive experience.

There have been two devices that have been my favorites, the iPAQ 4700 which I still use almost everyday and an iPAQ 6515 that I had the privilege to have own loan for about 8 months. It was a sad day when I had to send it back; it was like losing my best friend. But the memories of such a positive experience have remained so when I was given the opportunity again to use the latest Cingular version of the iPAQ 6925, I jumped at the opportunity and I have NOT been disappointed. In fact, I have been so thrilled for the past five days that the device just does not leave my hand…well, I may put it down for a moment but I pick it right back up.

24. How do you write a review on a light bulb?

I’m serious! That is a question I have been asking myself for the past 4 months and I have been stumped! Let me take minute and go back in time to explain.