Posts by Jared Miniman

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    INTRODUCTION     For the longest time I have been in hot pursuit for a Bluetooth headset that didn't cause such a disruption in my conversations that the other party continuously asked me such questions as "are you in a tunnel?" or "do you have me on speakerphone?". I'm an engineer and frankly, it's beyond me that this search has gone on for so long. Let's think about where we've been since the first BT headsets first hit the market several years ago. Motorola was one of the first manufacturers shipping and they used BT 1.1, had obnoxious Christmas ...

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    INTRODUCTION     I'm embarrassed to admit that I sometimes I question whether I might wake up one day and have forgotten how to write. This isn't a tease on illiteracy; rather, I write on paper so infrequently that there is a distinct period of adjustment to the physical writing implement whenever I am mandated to write. I am surrounded by computers. I have two laptops, one desktop, and several PDAs, like most of the folks who read this website on a regular basis. I spend so much time inputting into Microsoft Word, GMail, and a suite of about twelve other PC applications ...

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    INTRODUCTION     Let me begin this article by exclaiming how particular I am about my travel accouterments. Not even bringing my food and supplement carry-on needs into consideration, I spend about five minutes collecting clothing and essentials prior to each journey I make for business or pleasure followed by about 30 minutes of perfectly laying out my suitcase. Why the obsession over neatness? Perhaps it is due to my engineering background. Or, more likely, perhaps I treat my travel luggage as an extension of my person and I want to know where every item is at all times. ...

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    HELP SUPPORT     Not really sure how badly you'd need support for a one-time purchase like a case, but you might need replacement if the wrong case arrives, for example.  That's never happened to me, but no one is perfect.  I'm sure Vaja will work to make good on your order.  I really have never heard of any customer support complaints from Vaja users.  You can use the Vaja contact form if you have any questions about your order.  My order shipped from Miami after being constructed in Argentina. One aspect that was never made clear to me is over ...

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    I was pleased to hear about San Francisco-based WaterField’s line of bags.  Perhaps what caught my attention most was the buckle mechanism—you can request either a seatbelt-style closure or a paragliding style harness.  How cool is that?  The Cargo Bag line comes in three styles (Small, Medium, and Large).  According to WaterField, the Medium is the best size for laptop packers like myself, and it can easily accommodate 12 to 15 inch screen machines.  The Large size uses a different kind of material so it self-stands.  But I went with the Medium ...

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    INTRODUCTION     As a regular traveler, I'm constantly looking for new and innovative ways to carry fewer items in my possession without leaving the essentials at the office.  I've never been too keen on so called laptop micro mice.  They simply have been too small for my hand and too uncomfortable over extended periods of time.  Plus, their super short cords are neither durable nor usable when back at my real desktop.  Logitech, one of the premiere mice innovators, recently took a stab at the micro market with their V500 Cordless Notebook Mouse.  ...

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    INTRODUCTION     We've been touting Bluetooth at pocketnow for what seems like ages, and yet still it hasn't hugely impacted the way we go about our computing lives. Is the cause of this pricing? Nah, as chip prices are almost at the point where including the radio in a given product has negligible cost effects. Is this it the availability of devices that take advantage of BT? Partially. There are a bunch of BT headsets, printers, LAN stations, phones, etc., but all of these things seem kind of gimmicky to me. What's the biggest reason? Microsoft! Feel free to disagree with ...

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      INTRODUCTION Vaja is one of the few case manufacturers, who, if you asked members of the handheld community who have been around for several years, would be mentioned as a "survivor." I can't think of a single accessory that has captured the interest of enthusiast websites as much as the Vaja case. Perhaps it's the elegant Argentinean leather. Perhaps it's the presentation (with most of their recent releases) of a leather case within a useful leather bag. Or perhaps it's the fact that aside from the iPAQ itself, there aren't really any other accessories available quite so exclusive and ...

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        The only other company of late that has really broken with accepted design and produced something truly innovative is Think Outsidewith their Stowaway. This fold-up and fit-into-your-pocket design has won the hearts of many editors here at pocketnow, and it goes without saying that the friendly California-based company deserves all of the recognition they've received in recent years. The make keyboards for everything from Palms to cell phones.     Back to the task at hand, this is not a story about the full-size keyboard; rather, it's about yet another attempt by an accessory ...

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    INTRODUCTION Just as you thought pocketnow had covered all of the available Pocket PC GPs systems out there, Pharos comes along with their Portable Navigator package, and of course we had to take a closer look at it! As an aside, last year it seemed like most GPs systems out there were targeting the iPAQ, and they forced you to connect a cable to the ActiveSync port at the bottom of the iPAQ. My hunch is that GPs makers saw the iPAQ as the only viable target device, since it was much more powerful than the other models, until the crop of similar Pocket PC 2002 devices hit the market. Now ...

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    INTRODUCTION    It goes without saying that I carry a Pocket PC with me wherever I go, including the bank, to concerts, to restaurants, and of course to the gym (how else would I enjoy stereo MP3 heaven?). Driving with my iPAQ is no exception, which shouldn't shock you as I depend on various GPS systems to keep me from getting lost. Honestly, I've never been that great with directions, but technology comes to my rescue in a huge way.     Teletype has been around since 1981 and has a great deal of expertise to leverage. Not only are they leaders in GPS, but they also know a thing or ...

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       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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      INTRODUCTION Last July I reported on the first VGA card to hit the market, the original PCMCIA ColorGraphic Voyager. Since last year, two major things have taken effect: many new VGA card manufacturers have hit the market, and most all of them support over 256 colors (which is the best the original Voyager could do). Also, the CompactFlash size has become the standard, which is a great thing since most Pocket PC users don't have access to PCMCIA slots or sleeves. Finally, Conduits has further updated their Pocket Slides application, and several other players have introduced their own ...

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    INTRODUCTION     The common denominator with all of the PowerPoint solutions reviews thus far was that they all were self-contained; an ActiveSync module or application of some sort runs on your desktop and handles all conversion. What if you were a marketing agent and wanted to upload a PowerPoint presentation and view it from anywhere, leaving your desktop behind? Perhaps you could then stream that presentation off the web or download it to your Pocket PC. Presenter, Inc.'s iPresentation Suite, reviewed here in a beta form (and it does show), is a solution that addresses ...

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