Posts by Daniel Matejka

  • by | May 28, 2003 4:36 PM

       My recent review of CoPilot 3 is still too fresh in my mind for a complete from-scratch review of their new offering. But much is new; a short review of just the changes doesn't do the program justice. I'll try not to make you read the older review very thoroughly. I'm using CoPilot Live 4.0.4.7. WHAT'S HOT    Besides bumping the revision number to 4, TravRoute has changed the name to CoPilot Live. The new name showcases the single biggest feature new from CoPilot 3, first on this list of new features: two-way communication with a base station ...

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  • by | April 16, 2003 12:14 AM

    TravRoute's Pocket CoPilot 3.0 April 15, 2003 Review by: Daniel Matejka, Contributing Editor INTRODUCTION    Pocket Copilot is one of those wonderful routing programs that knows where you are and knows how best to drive from there to where you want to be. Reading reviews of GPS software as you are, I'll assume you need no introduction to the concept. If I'm wrong about that, several reviews sibling to this one begin just so. Certainly TravRoute, CoPilot's developers, are also happy to give a light technical overview and provide testimonials.    Initial ...

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  • by | March 4, 2002 7:26 AM

    INTRODUCTION     I love coffee. There is nothing better in this world than coffee. It is my last, greatest addiction. I love it in the morning, in the afternoon, and in the evening. I can drink coffee on both the coldest and hottest days of the year. It's just that good. Of course, I am an ex-smoker, so coffee has great cross-addicted memories for me. So it was only natural that I review ZIO Soft's new game (programmed I guess by Floodgate Entertainment, for whom I could not find a website), "Expresso Run." Yes, they should have named it "Espresso Run," ...

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  • by | February 27, 2002 7:32 AM

        In this survey review, we take a look at the three most viable iPAQ keyboard options: Think Outside's Stowaway, TT Tech's SnapNType, and Compaq's Micro Keyboard. We'll take a look at the provided software, but really focus on the physical aspects of the products, which is what really matters. WHAT'S HOT Heck, what's hot is that my screen can take a vacation from being attacked by my stylus! And, those in online conversations with me will eat my (typing) dust! STOWAWAY ADAPTER - HARDWARE Since pocketnow has provided a great deal of coverage for the award-winning, patented Stowaway ...

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  • by | February 24, 2002 8:46 PM

    INTRODUCTION     Nostalgia is a funny emotion. We, as humans, love to "wax nostalgic" about the memories of our younger days. It seems like nothing ever was wrong, either - everything was simpler, easier and more enjoyable. I often get nostalgic over my video arcade days as a younger boy. Ahh, the fun of spending an afternoon playing those wonderful Midway games after school. I was master of my imagined destiny, easily defeating all those who stepped into my path. And it was all so easy, too...     Turn to the present day. I now am married, have a child, live ...

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  • by | February 20, 2002 5:56 PM

    INTRODUCTION     One of the things I love about Bluetooth, or for that matter any other wireless technology, is being able to use a device without actually having to have it in your hand or be sitting in front of it. This was the main reason why I decided to purchase a Bluetooth CF card for my iPAQ to go with my Ericsson T68 Bluetooth enabled phone. I had never liked dialing up using an Infrared connection between the phone and the iPAQ since I always seemed to lose the Infrared line-of-sight. Making a dial-up connection between the phone and iPAQ via Bluetooth is great but ...

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  • by | February 17, 2002 7:59 PM

    INTRODUCTION     Lessons are often best learned the hard way. Just ask George Mosquerra, Pocket PC craftsman made famous for his patent-pending SilverSlider super-slim iPAQ CompactFlash sleeve design series. George had a fantastic problem on his hands: demand was outstripping available supply (in other words, he just couldn't make 'em fast enough!), so he commissioned a little-known company called PDAMotion to mass produce his SilverSlider 2. pocketnow has been singing songs of praise for "GM" since 2000, so why would would anyone go for the plastic (rather than ...

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  • by | February 15, 2002 8:27 PM

    INTRODUCTION When Vaja first hit the Pocket PC scene back in 2000, their singular offering was a magnetic case for the naked iPAQ 3600 series. Since then, they've introduced a huge array of new offerings, including support for Casio and Hewlett Packard devices. In addition to the standard fare of flip-over cases, Vaja now also offers custom casesif you're so bold and daring as to desire one of these $200+ beauties. As has always been the case, every Vaja product is handstiched, and you can easily verify this is the truth below since the stitchings are imperfect. But that's not a bad thing! ...

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  • by | February 12, 2002 10:22 PM

    SETUP Griff is installed as usual, by launching the application from your PC after a download. PROGRAM FEATURES Griff is the latest attempt to imitate software music as we know it on the Pocket PC. Instead of focusing on one thing, it brings in many of the features you can expect from desktop music software, and it does it in style. You can create patterns that connect into music, edit sound waves (samples as well as pure sound algorithms), create a patch from where you'll build your music, add effects to that and mix it all into a great whole. In short, it's theoretically possible for you ...

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  • by | February 11, 2002 7:20 AM

    DoubleBit Software's Pocket TV Browser v1.01 February 11, 2002 Review by: Doug Raeburn, Contributing Editor INTRODUCTION     With the abundance of TV channels made available by cable TV and satellite TV, getting the most value for your dollar can be a challenge.  Sometimes it can be just too difficult to find the programs and movies you want to watch.  Most of the commonly available sources for TV listings, such as the TV section in the Sunday paper and TV Guide magazine, require you to know when a show is on to get information about it.  Or they serve as a ...

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  • by | February 5, 2002 10:56 PM

    INTRODUCTION   Data input is a complex subject so I've decided to use a journal of sorts to record all my observations as I learn this keyboard. Forgive any overlaps or disorder; discovery is hard to keep a handle on. Stowaway journal, 2:31pm 09/01/02 Within 15 minutes of the arrival of my new Stowaway keyboard via FedEx I am typing on my Casio EG-800! I've downloaded- using my PC, as the scripting of the page at this link prevents direct downloads via modem to the Pocket PC - and installed the drivers (5 minutes to download, 5 minutes to install, delays for screenshots on the PC), ...

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  • by | February 3, 2002 8:10 PM

    INTRODUCTION     Up until several weeks ago, I had never brought into my office a piece of Bluetooth, the technology named after King Harald Bluetooth who was unlike most of Viking peers in that he preferred talking over attacking. Why was Harald blue? He ate blueberries so much that they ultimately stained his teeth. I think this 2.4 GHz RF-based wire replacer is suitably named after this ruler, don't you? Now I find my desktop covered with Bluetooth printer modules, CompactFlash cards, PCMCIA cards, an iPAQ Bluetooth sleeve, a 3870 (which has an integrated Bluetooth ...

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  • by | January 31, 2002 8:21 AM

    INTRODUCTION     Raise your hand if you are one of the many people anxiously waiting he release of Pocket Informant version 3! Aside from the Compaq upgrade CD, I don't remember a piece of software for the Pocket PC generating so much anticipation. After providing a true all in one package for a PIM replacement, WebIS, Inc. is looking to raise the bar in performance and customization with the upcoming release of version 3. WHAT'S HOT     Version 3 was started with the intention of being a complete rewrite of Pocket Informant. Alex Kac, CEO/Developer of WebIS, ...

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  • by | January 30, 2002 9:52 PM

    INTRODUCTION         The single most useful part of a Pocket PC is its ability to manage your daily life. However, most people (myself included) have found Pocket PC's built in Outlook functionality to limited. From what I've read on newsgroups, Pocket Outlook is the first application people look to replace on their Pocket PC.       I began using Agenda Today within a few weeks of purchasing my iPAQ. This wonderful tool gave me a useful week-at-a-glance view of my calendar and allowed me to quickly and easily navigate my appointments. With features like drag and drop, ...

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  • by | January 29, 2002 9:49 PM

    INTRODUCTION     Generally, when I go outside, if I take my Pocket PC and my cell phone, I feel that I am pretty well armed to handle any situation that comes my way. That is, if I need to contact someone, I look up the person in the contacts on my iPAQ, and phone them up on my mobile. This is also true if I need to remember to do something. Any important appointments have a reminder set in my schedule. If I need to reschedule or if I'm late or lost, I can just call and make the necessary changes or get directions. But what happens when I'm there and I need to know where to ...

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