December 2007


MobileViews Weekly Podcast #2

I posted the MobileViews Weekly Podcast #2 summarizing blog items here for the week ending Dec. 29, 2007.

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WifiRouter 0.80: Use a Windows Mobile Phone as a WiFi Router?

Wow, I didn’t mention anything related to Windows Mobile in this blog this week. So, here’s an interesting freeware utility for Windows Mobile to close out this WiMo-less (so far) week.

WifiRouter 0.80

Here’s how its author, Jorrit, Jongma, describes it: WMWifiRouter is a tool to use your Windows Mobile 6 (possibly 5) as a WiFi < -> GPRS/UMTS/HSPA router. It’ll allow you to use WiFi capable devices to connect to the internet through your phone’s data connection.

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Pocket PC/Phone Edition
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Rumored Apple Sub-notebook

iPod touch, Newton Messagepad 130, and Macbook

I generally don’t mention rumors in my blogs. But, like many people, I’m anxiously waiting to see what Apple announces at its Macworld conference in a couple of weeks (Jan. 14-18). One persistent rumor this past year is that Apple is going to introduce some kind of subnotebook sized device. A couple of people are even speculating that it is touch screen device closer in size and form factor to the old Apple Newton instead of a conventional notebook. That would put it around the size of the Nokia N700 and N800 series devices. If this is true, I sure hope Apple learns the lesson Nokia leanred with the release of the N810 and provide a physical keyboard. I still am not comfortable and fast on the iPod touch’s screen keyboard. And, while there are people who have become proficient with it, I suspect many more are in my situation (slow with lots of errors).

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New U.S. Fed Spare Battery Travel Rules Starting January 1, 2008

APC Mobile Power Pack

The U.S. Department of Transportation has new rules regarding to traveling with spare Lithium-Ion batteries that go into effect on Jan. 1, 2008. Check out the…

SafeTravel.dot.gov

…site for the details.

I wonder how much variability there will be among TSA screeners looking at items like spare notebook computer batteries, spare digital camera batteries, and my power workhorse the APC Mobile Power Pack (see photo above)?

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GettingTasksDone Doesn’t Support OpenID on an iPhone or iPod touch

GettingThingsDone.com

Saw a blog post over on jkOnTheRun asking if anyone tried using the iPhone formated website for GettingTasksDone.com on an iPod touch. I figured, hey, I have an iPod touch so I’ll check it out. Given my inability to learn to tap-type on the touch’s screen, I headed over to the normal desktop formatted version of the website to login. It said it supported OpenID, so I logged in with my OpenID instead of going through the registration process. This OpenID login procedure seemed to break near the end of the process. But refreshing my screen indicated that I was logged in. I created a pair of tasks and then went back to the iPod touch. But, guess what, the iPhone formatted site doesn’t seem to let me login with OpenID. Since, I’m too lazy to register for this site, I let it go at this point.

It does look like the iPhone formatted site works fine on an iPod touch (no surprise). But, I wish it worked with OpenID too. If you are not familiar with OpenID, click on the link for it above and read a bit about it. You’ll probably like the concept once you learn more about it.

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OLPC Focused Blog: XO Activity

I was one of those unlucky people who got a semi-Dear John letter before Christmas telling me that my XO OLPC would not be delivered this year. So, my daughter and I will have to wait at least a few more weeks before we can try out the XO. However, I did run across an OLPC focused blog to help me learn more about the XO before it gets delivered…

XO Activity

…created by Bill Pytlovany. The blog provides screenshots and detailed how-to information. I’m looking forward to reading Bill’s blog while I wait for the OLPC XO to be delivered in my neck of the woods.

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