July 2006


Compaq Aero ActiveSync Serial Cable

Reader R.O. asks: I lent my Compaq Aero to a friend that promptly lost the Autosync cable. I haven’t been able to locate a replacement but I was wondering if a db9f/db9f null modem cable would suffice.

Wow, a Compaq Aero? Handheld PC or Palm-size PC. Haven’t had a question about one of those in years. Yes, the serial cables were null modem type cables with 2-3 (and other pairs crossed). Click on this link for more possibly useful info: HP Jornada cable discussion in PocketPCFAQ.com forum.

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Excel/Word Mobile for Moto Q Smartphone?

Reader J.R. asks: Is there an excel, word package that works for the Motorola Q smartphone that recently came out thru Verizon?

J.R. Unlike Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Pocket Phone Edition devices, the Windows Mobile Smartphone devices (such as the Motorola Q) do not have Mobile Office components such as Excel or Word. There are, however, third party packages that may meet some of your needs (reading but not writing). You can read my O’Reilly Network blog item…

Reading Microsoft Word and Excel Files on a Windows Mobile Smartphone

…for more information. If you want to edit Word and Excel files, you should look at Pocket PC Phone Edition products such as the T-Mobile MDA or Verizon Wireless Treo 700w.

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ActiveSync 4.2 for Microsoft Windows Mobile 5 devices

Microsoft recently upgraded its ActiveSync software for Windows Mobile 5 devices (Pocket PCs & Smartphones). You can find its download site linked below.

ActiveSync 4.2 Download Page

Note that older Windows Mobile devices (2003 Second Edition and older) do not need to upgrade to this version. ActiveSync 3.8 works fine with previous generation devices.

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And then there was one: MobileViews Blog

There are currently three separate MobileViews blogs:

This is clearly two too many blogs for a small site like this one. So, these three blogs are being folded into this new single blog creatively named MobileViews Blog 🙂

So, you can visit here for news about mobile technology, my responses to questions I get in email (of which I have a backlog for which I apologize), and news about this site and ye olde editor: Todd Ogasawara.

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