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Waiting for Serenity

Sitting in the theater with Jason and Anna of the Delta Park Project, waiting for the movie to start. Someone came up to us in line and asked if we were the Mensa group, and we said “Yes, yes we are.” :-)

It’s raining outside, and it smells of wet nerd in here…

Sent wirelessly from my
Windows Mobile device.

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i-mate JASJAR as mini laptop


i-mate JASJAR as mini laptop
Originally uploaded by JoshB.

The JarJar/HTC Universal is a unique form factor among mobile devices. It mimics a “convertible” tablet PC, in that you can flip it open and use it like a baby laptop, or spin the screen around and use it like a traditional Pocket PC.

I find myself most often using it in “mini laptop” mode. If it’s in my hands, I fold the screen all the way back (there’s a detent that holds it at about 170 degrees), and it’s like a wide Blackberry/Treo with a gorgeous landscape VGA screen.

On my desk, I usually leave it open like it’s pictured here – where I can glance at it if needed. No cradle or stand necessary, which is nice.

The only time I really use it in slate/portrait/traditional mode is when I’m reading an ebook. When I’m reading, I only use one hand, and I’m holding it for long period of time, and using it in slate mode is much more comfortable (especially since I’m often laying on my side in bed while I’m reading).

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Sony DSC-T7 Tiny Digital Camera


Sony DSC-T7 Tiny Digital Camera
Originally uploaded by JoshB.

Kevin is out of control – he comes in with a new camera seemingly every week. :-) This is his latest – the ultra tiny Sony DSC-T7. I couldn’t believe how thin this thing is, and the fact that it still manages a 3x optical zoom is amazing. The LCD screen is relatively huge, too, taking up almost the whole back of the camera. That’s my business card, for scale.

Too bad it’s a Sony, with proprietary batteries and Memory Stick Duo storage…

You can see another shot of the front of the camera on Flickr.

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Sierra Wireless Voq Smartphone


Sierra Wireless Voq Smartphone
Originally uploaded by JoshB.

A friend at work got one of these (here’s his review) for cheap from woot.com (one great deal a day – check it out). It’s a Windows Mobile 2002 Smartphone, with a fancy flip-out QWERTY keyboard. It was never very popular, and eventually got cancelled, but it’s a cool piece of smartphone history, and this was the first time I got to play with one in person.

You can see a couple more shots of the Voq under my voq tag on Flickr.

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Picked up a Samsung i730 with Verizon EVDO

I’ll post more later, but I’m busy playing with getting acclimated to my new Samsung i730 Pocket PC phone. The reason I switched to Verizon? EVDO. I did some bandwidth tests in various locations today, and was getting from 300-800 Kbps. Sweet! Browsing is incredibly fast, especially with Bloglines Mobile, which is where I do 90% of my browsing. It feels faster than WiFi, even – probably less latency. Apps and system functions are really fast, too – faster than my i-mate JasJar (with which I have to figure out what I’m going to do now).

Anyway, lots more later, as I put it through its paces. Short take so far: I’m in LOVE! Brian and I are going to record a podcast in a bit, and you can bet we’ll talk about this new device.

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iTunes for Windows Mobile – Fake or Not?

Pocket PC Thoughts – iTunes for Windows Mobile?

The gadget blogosphere is all a-twitter about some photos posted by a blogger purporting to show a version of Apple’s iTunes running on a Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC.

The shot looks pretty convincing – unlike a lot of the MP3 player apps that have been written to try to look like the iTunes interface. The menus and functionality all seem to be there, including subscribing to and syncing podcasts (which has to take forever over GPRS, but would be sweet over EVDO). They’re actual photos, rather than screenshots, which would be a lot easier to fake. Of course, that doesn’t mean someone didn’t whip up some fake screenshots, display them on their Pocket PC, and take a photo of that.

So what do you think? Fake or real? I’m leaning toward fake, because I can’t think of a single good reason Apple would release iTunes for Windows Mobile. Their biggest competition in the music player market is Microsoft’s array of parters with their Plays for Sure devices, like the Creative Zen, and Windows Mobile devices with Windows Media Player. Could this be an attempt to subvert the enemy by outdoing WMP?

Again, I think this is fake, but if it’s real, I’ll be first in line to download it and install it. I love the iTunes UI experience, and this looks like a dead-on translation. I guess time will tell!

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Sierra Wireless Voq Review

A friend of mine recently jumped on the woot.com deal for an unlocked Sierra Wireless Voq Professional Windows Mobile Smartphone for around $150, and shared some thoughts. He’s an Audiovox SMT5600 user, and had a Motorola MPX200 before that. Here’s what he thinks of the Voq:

I got my Voq phone last night. It is larger than most current phones, but it still fits in my shirt pocket with no problem. The screen is about the same size and quality as the SMT 5600. Voice quality seems fine, although I’m not sure reception is as good as the SMT5600. I got a “Roaming” message on the way to work, but I do not have a “Roaming” message in the office. The keyboard works well. I can live with many other things if it gives me a QWERTY keyboard. A couple of other negatives: it uses a proprietary USB cable and it does not charge when connected to the USB cable like the SMT5600 does. That means I’ll need to get another charger, since it did not come with a car charger.

Anyone else have one of these? What do you think? The flip out QWERTY keyboard was the main feature distinguishing it from other first-gen Windows Mobile Smartphones, and my friend seems pleased with it so far.

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Why Doesn’t ReallySimpleSyndication.com Have an RSS Button/Link?

Dave, why doesn’t www.reallysimplesyndication.com have an RSS/XML button or text link pointing to it’s RSS feed?

Makes it kind of un-simple to subscribe…

EDIT: I emailed Dave about this, and he fixed it immediately. It was an oversight on his part, and he thanked me for catching it. I wasn’t trying to make him look bad. :-)

Oh, and FWIW, I was able to find and subscribe to the feed thanks to Firefox’s LiveLines extension, and it’s ability to autodetect feeds on pages. Thanks to the helpful comments on how I could find the feed. :-)

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