Well, the bulk of eXpansys USA’s PDA2K’s are still stuck in Customs and aren’t expected to clear until Friday at the earliest. I’m told a small supply (less than 30), may get through for shipping tomorrow. All of those are spoken for, and will go to fulfill orders that are already on the books.
I have no idea if I’ll get one or not. When I know, I’ll post another blog entry so that everyone can see it. If I don’t get one, it will be late next week at the earliest before I will get my device.
Bruce Tognazzini has posted a list of his top ten most persistent design bugs in personal computing.
Welcome to the Over the Hill Gang, design bugs that have been around so long that we’ve begun to think of them as folk heros. However, the usual requirement for turning a public enemy into a folk hero is death, not longevity, and so it should be for these worthies: Their executions are long overdue.
These bugs aren’t necessarily fatal. The are all at minimum highly irritating, and they have all survived for a minimum of five years or five product release [...]
And the results are in. Playing full screen, 640 width, Pirates of the Caribbean (DivX) using BetaPlayer .093a (with the 2700 plugin), half volume, on headphones, and starting at 100% battery:
1100mAh default battery: 1h 38m to 19% remaining (at which point I received a low battery warning)
2200mAh extended battery: 2h 23m to 43% remaining (movie completed)
Not too bad considering what it was having to do. But 98 minutes isn’t enough time for very many new releases out there. Of course, if you are using the 2200mAh battery, you shouldn’t [...]
It’s official: HP has officially launced the HP iPAQ 2100, 2400, and 2700 lines in the United States today. The 2100, 2400, and 2700 represent HP’s new focus on offering a choice of configurations within similar model lines.
All of the models feature an Intel PXA270 processor, a 3.5 inch transflective QVGA color display, integrated Bluetooth, IrDA/SIR, USB client, serial RS232, and dual expansion slots (SDIO and CF). Also included is an integrated microphone, speaker, and stero headphone jack.
All of the models also feature Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003, [...]
The Adaptive Headset Technology is quite amazing. In every test I ran, my friends, family, and coworkers were impressed with the clarity of the headset and the almost complete lack of background noise. During one test, I had the music turned up to the proverbial 11, and they could only hear music (and muted at that) when I spoke. Otherwise the line was extremely quiet.IN THE BOX
The box. Already you can tell [...]
Our good friend McDeb has available her Holiday 2004 Series theme pack, which includes 12 XVGA/VGA Pocket PC themes and 9 desktop wallpapers, for $10.
Direct from Sena:
Sena Cases, manufacturer of slim, and functional leather cases, announced the release of new cases for the Dell Axim X50 and X50v.
“Other than the Sena quality and the slim design of this case, two features of this model particularly stand out: No-strap magnetic closure mechanism of Sena Cases’ and the design that allows sync/charge thru cradle.” said Ramsey Oten, Ph.D., Marketing Director of the company.
Sena Dell Axim x50 series cases are offered in Black, Tan, Black-Blue, Black-Red, and Red-Camel colors. The main features of [...]
The good guys over at Nyditot are working on a new version of their video driver that will allow on-the-fly landscape mode toggling for those of us unlucky enough to have purchased HP (*ahem*) or anyone else who doesn’t have Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition. Way to go, Nyditot! Is this good news for you, as it was for me?
I spoke to eXpansys USA today, and my PDA2K, along with about 200-300 others (and other additional items on the same pallet) are stuck in Cincinnatti, OH, in Customs. :(
I spoke to the Customer Service Manager at eXpansys USA, and he said he wasn’t certain how long they would be held up. He is trying to expedite the shippment through Customs; but that process is completely untouchable by vendors. US Customs does what they want when it comes to inspections… As a former Regulatory Affairs Manager, I know exactly what he’s going through, and it ain’t [...]
Didn’t get to use my X50v much on Saturday (as I was out shopping with the family), so we’ll skip that day and continue on.
My SanDisk 1Gb card is most definately hosed. Even after formatting, it still has issues. So we are on for a return try Monday (Dell Customer Service is closed on the weekend).
I spent most of the day today attempting to create more video content for the X50v. I popped my Pirates of the Caribbean DVD into the PC and attempted to follow the steps located here (pocketmatrix). The first few steps went okay, but had troubles [...]
A few more reviews of the soon-to-be-available i-mate JAM and T-Mobile MDA Compact (aka HTC Magician) are beginning to surface.
ZDNet UK says: i-mate’s JAM overcomes all the negatives in one fell swoop, being remarkably small and light, and also available SIM-free.
PocketReview has a two part review of the MDA Compact (Part 1, Part 2). Part 2 includes a great picture comparing the size of the MDA Compact to an iPod Mini.
SoundExplorer is designed with serious voice recording in mind. The program can be set to only record sound over a certain level (so you’re not recording when someone’s writing on the board). It can be configured to save files in dated folders so you can easily retrieve a recording from a given day. It can place [...]
There’s trouble at the mill. My Sandisk 1Gb card (which I received as part of the X50v package) corrupted itself and had to be reformatted (which didn’t seem to help). Not even StorageTools could bring it back. Luckily, I have a backup of the items that were on that card (not trusting the card initially). Friends of mine dealt with funky Sandisk cards in the past, and now it is my turn. So I’m calling Dell in an attempt to return the card and get a refund rather than a replacement (which I will purchase on my own from someone other than [...]
I went and opened a Cingular GSM account today. I got what ever free phone the Cingular store had. I’m not concerned with that phone at all. Most likely, it will end up sitting in its box and collecting dust unless and until I decide to add another line to the account. All I was really interested in was the SIM Card, anyway. I need it so I can use it with the PDA2K.
If you’re in my Plaxo Network, look for an updated Plaxo card from me soon. This is a completely new number…
I am currently waiting for the line to finish activation. I need to receive [...]
First a recap of links (for those who might have started a little late):
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 – Part 1 and Part 2 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8
Be sure to check out the comments by dhpss on Day 8 concerning the VGA cable connector. Very tasty indeed.
Rick at e-sword.net sent me a link to his most recent release of Pocket e-sword (a free Bible for Pocket PCs). Full VGA and landscape support. We installed this on Turkey day to my X50v and my dad’s 2215. Ran perfectly on the iPAQ, but didn’t look anywhere near as good as on my [...]
The Freedom Keyboard, folded is only slightly larger than a Pocket PC
When unfolded, the Freedom Keyboard provides a 3/4 size full keyboard
The keyboard also has fold-out cradle to hold your handheld in good
viewing position while you type. Because it uses Bluetooth and
not a hardware connection, you can place the handheld in any orientation.
You also [...]
We interupt this normal routine to bring you a:
Happy Turkey Day!
Hope all is well with you and yours. Tune in tomorrow for your regularly scheduled X50v programming.
(btw – this post was done entirely on the X50v – but more on that later)
To all our American readers out there, have a safe and filling Thanksgiving!
Be sure to use your Pocket PC to schedule as many helpings of food as possible, and don’t forget to add recurrences for the leftovers!
The developer of MySportsTraining (read our review here) is having a Holiday sale. From the Expose Corp news release:
“As most countries enter the Holidays season, people’s health takes a hit. We thought we should promote MySportTraining (and the other titles we sell) to help people track what they eat (and find out why they feel bloated), monitor their health, and why not, hit the gym and start an exercise program to get fit. For just a few bucks, people can get through this health-challenging period of the year with their weight and health intact!
For two [...]
Thanks to everyone who wrote me and who responded to yesterday’s blog. I really do appreciate everyone’s help and reassurance. I finished my order with eXpansys, and have sent them the information they requested.
They don’t have any PDA-2K’s in stock right now, and are looking to have some other’s come in by the beginning of next week. If they get them in stock, I should have my new device by the end of next week, if not earlier.
I just spoke to their Sales Department, and they received my information. Best case scenario is that the [...]
Well, I thought I had my Wifi problems licked. I was sadly mistaken. But after much fussing about, I did find a fix. Here’s the rundown: for some reason when I configured wireless Activesync I lost my internet connectivity. Any “Work” proxy changes I attepted to make would not help. Now this may have to do with my router configuration, so let’s not be too hasty to blame Dell on this one. Secondly, when I could finally get Wifi internet access, my Activesync would be broken.
Now for the fix. With Wifi on, go into the Settings, [...]
A Health program with components for both the desktop and the Pocket PC that allows you to use the same databases in both.SETUP
FitnessPlus has two components, one for your desktop PC and another for the Pocket PC. The program ships with one installer for both. First it installs on your PC, then on your device.
MySmartPhone.No has posted a little preview of the Qtek S100 version of the HTC Magician Pocket PC Phone. The pictures are a bit blurry, but the size comparisons are worth a look.