Windows Mobile 6 Beta for T-Mobile Dash

March 9, 2007

T-Mobile Dash - HTC ExcaliburFor those brave, foolhardy folks who just can’t wait, apparently there is a beta of the Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for the T-Mobile Dash floating around.

According to the folks at the XDA-Developers Excalibur Forum (the Dash is an HTC Excalibur), there is a lot to like:

  • It’s noticably faster
  • It adds the ability to edit Word and Excel files
  • HTML Mail
  • Windows Live integration
  • Lots of eye candy

There are also the usual Beta compliment of problems — in some applications the number keys don’t automatically change to Text, it apparently broke Blackberry Connect, as well as a few other applications.

You can find more details, as well as a raft of workarounds for the various problems on XDA-Developers.

Me, I think I’ll wait a month or two for the official upgrade to show up…

T-Mobile Dash (HTC Excalibur) Review

February 2, 2007

T-Mobile Dash - HTC ExcaliburI’ve had a love/hate relationship with PDAs over the years, starting way back with the Newton. The fact is, I’m not organized enough to get much use out of organizer features (other than contacts), but I do love a good e-book reader and a collection of e-books, and when PDAs offering a decent e-book reading experience came around, I tried several.

Eventually, though, I’d get tired of keeping them charged, and carrying them around with all my other crud, and they’d start languishing in a drawer.

When PDAs with wifi came around, the idea of being able to read email and do the occasional online lookup (plus read e-books) got me back into it. After awhile, though, I got tired of poor wifi connectivity (and no connectivity away from it), plus the charging and carrying, etc., and there we are again.

I should note that I tend to bounce back and forth between Palm OS and Windows Mobile (or its name-of-the-day); both have their ups and downs (Palm OS is slow, dated, and multitasks poorly; Windows PDAs tend to have a lack of good aftermarket email programs)

The last time around, I got a Treo 650. Hurray! A PDA and phone made for one less gadget to carry around, and it had data service from the phone carrier.

Unfortunately, the data service was slow, the phone wasn’t a very good phone, the bluetooth implementation stunk (well, it worked like ass with the bluetooth hands-free built into my car anyway), the damn thing was big and bulky, and it had the battery life of a mayfly.
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WordPress 1.5 – Better for Business Blogs?

February 20, 2005

The 1.5 version of WordPress is here!  And, well…  …here.  I’ve just finished upgrading this site from WordPress 1.22 to 1.5 — and I’m quite impressed. 
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Driving With Your Eyes Closed

November 24, 2004

I once worked R&D management in a fairly large organization that did a lot of data processing.  The head of operations was infatuated with the idea of “Executive Information Systems”, and kept wanting ever more “distilled down” and “rolled up” reports. 

At one point, I suggested (tongue in cheek) that what he really needed was an icon on his desktop that was either Green, Yellow or Red, to indicate “all systems go”, “problems”, and “update your resume”.  Much to my chagrin, he liked the idea.

He’d have loved something like this.  Ambient’s newest toy “information system”, The Dashboard apparently boils down whatever information you find critical (unread e-mail, weather forecast, how much time the pool boy spends in your house, etc.) to drive a set of three rockin’ and rollin’ analog needle gauges wirelessly.

That way, if there’s a problem, you can spend some quality time trying to figure out what critical factor made your gauge flatline before you actually deal with it.  Maybe with any luck, it’ll just be your P.A. causing interference by running the microwave…

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Tea at Sea

April 2, 2004

Marylyn Monroe famed amongst other things for her love of Tea once said that, “World Peace would be with us if politicians drank tea at meetings” – or something to that effect. And she was very true in her words, very true indeed. A cup of Tea does wanders to all that drink it.

Did you know that people in Britain and the Republic of Ireland consume the most tea per person in the world? I always thought it was Japan or China but then their cups are much smaller than our cups! It is also interesting to note that more than 2,000,000,000 cups of tea are drunk every day throughout the world! That is a gigantic amount of cups and I can but imagine how many I contribute to that figure, about one I might guess! In weight terms, that equals out to 2 and a half million tones of Tea being drunk throughout the world every year or from a British point of view just under 6lb’s per person per year is consumed!
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Six delicious coffee recipes

April 2, 2004

6 Delicious Coffee Recipes

Do you love coffee? Most of us do. In this article we will provide you with 6 recipes to enjoy your coffee a different way. We hope you enjoy it.

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Life on Fast Forward

January 10, 2004

I can’t believe it’s already 2004, and ten days into it to boot… The past few weeks have been mostly a blur—of getting ready for the holidays, dealing with creaky winter infrastructure around the homested, and making a mad dash through “hightened security” airports and holiday crowds to the sub-zero north to visit my mother, who recently suffered a stroke.

Plus, of course, getting over the cold from hell that I acquired on the trip.

So anyway, time to take a breather, and take a little stock of the new year…

Ah.  Looks good.

On the whole, despite a few trials and tribulations, 2003 was a good year for me and mine, and I’m firmly confident that 2004 will be a better one.

I wouldn’t have it any other way…

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