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Friday, November 3rd, 2006
9:52 am - Goodbye SK II

I cracked the screen on my SK II last week -- and now I've replaced it with a Treo 650. So far I'm not in love, but I look forward to downloading free software for my new palm-based device.

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Wednesday, August 16th, 2006
8:49 am - Blackberry 8700g as a Modem

bb8700g.jpgI'd heard a lot of scatter-shot chatter around about using various Blackberry devices as a modem for your laptop. Various instructions were contradictory, vague or very provider/model specific, so I decided to give it a try and fiddle with various settings to see if it could be done under my situation. This article is the result of my trial and error. As a disclaimer, I only have the Blackberry 8700g, Windows XP Pro, T-Mobile Unlimited Internet service plan (non-BES) to test with. I cannot test other configurations, but I'd be delighted to hear about your findings. There are a LOT of screen shots in this article. My apologies to the mobile visitors, but I felt the additional clarity was worth the bandwidth inconvenience.

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Wednesday, August 9th, 2006
12:44 pm - Bloglines RSS Reader for the Blackberry 8700g

I’m a non-recovering news junkie. I consume news in a manner that would give these guys pause. IMHO, news aggregators are the internet news addict’s equivalent of a funnel and hose at a frat house beer bash. When I switched to the Blackberry 8700g, I knew that hunting and pecking around for my news fix with a web browser wasn’t going to cut it. After a few false starts looking for an RSS Reader that would run well on the 8700g and wasn’t going to cost me an arm and a leg, Joe Brandt from the Logic Lost blog pointed me towards the Bloglines RSS Reader.


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Sunday, August 6th, 2006
2:55 pm - Blackberry 8700g, the first week

Well, I’ve come to the end of my first week with the Blackberry 8700g and I’m starting to get the hang of it for the most part. I’m still making some course corrections and exploring third party software possibilities. A couple online resources have been invaluable in the learning and adjusting process, so I’d like to give them a quick nod of recognition and appreciation.

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Friday, August 4th, 2006
9:36 am - Continuing Impressions of the Blackberry 8700g

Battery life… tethered as I am to a desk for a solid five days a week, where a power strip is never more than a stubbed toe away, I don’t always give battery life of my mobile devices as rigorous consideration as I probably should. My previous Sidekick II could just barely make its way to the two-day mark before it began its pitiful drones for power. Anyone who has owned one knows exactly the sound I’m talking about. I think it was scientifically developed to make you feel like an abusive pet owner. This morning I’m staring at my Blackberry 8700g which hasn’t seen a charger since it arrived five days ago. While I consider myself only a moderately heavy user, engaging in about a dozen short, about the same number of texts and about an hour and a half of web browsing a day, I’m delighted to see three of five power bars still solidly lit!

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Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006
3:09 pm - Former Sidekick/Hiptop User

Afternoon, mkb_cbr ran across my entries about my Sidekick/Hiptop experience and search for an alternative after breaking mine (for good this time, grin) and asked if I would cross post them here. Hope you find these useful:

Mobile Phone Replacement Thoughts
I did a little more research on smart phone replacements for my dead/decomposing Sidekick. As we speak it sits and occasionally chirps pitifully at me. Some of these pathetic sounds are phone calls that I occasionally can answer by energetically pounding buttons at random. Others seem to be phantom electrical shorts as the damaged circuitry guts slide and shift around within.
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Blackberry 8700g Impressions
This will be a series of ongoing posts as I acclimate to my new phone. There will be a lot of comparision to my old phone the Sidekick 2, because they both will be fulfilling a very similar role in my life. Right out of the box, I experienced a slight pang of nostalga for the “kewl” factor of the Sidekick. As trivial as it is, I do miss the way the screen flipped up and over on the Sidekick. In comparison the Blackberry 8700g isn’t sexy in the same way, but I quickly learned that opinion of what is sexy in a phone are just as varied as they are with people.
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Take care.

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Saturday, July 8th, 2006
10:22 pm

Hi guys!

I am a Master's student at Warwick Business School in the UK, doing research on consumer adoption of 3G services.

To help me collect the data needed for research could you please fill in my questionnaire.

Just follow the link: http://3gadoption.ioctl.org/

It will take you about 3 minutes to complete the questionnaire, all the data is anonymous.

You are welcome to pass the link on to your colleagues and friends, especially to those who use the 3G services.

Thank you very much for your help!


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Monday, August 1st, 2005
9:11 am - Finally, light at the end of the tunnel?


Link to the source page

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Wednesday, July 13th, 2005
10:53 am

This goes out to anyone who's got a Treo. The hiptop system has that nifty aim/web proxy in mind.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, tmobile/danger run proxy servers for the device. The one for aim will keep you online on aim even if you drop data service. Wile in dead air, if anyone sends you anything via time, the proxy server will keep it in queue till you get data again. You can also queue up msgs on your device till you get data. The web proxy will truncate the page your viewing, fixing tables so they suck less on a mobile browser, shrinking images, and so on. This saves time downloading the page, plus costs for data service, then again if you've got a sidekick data's for free.

My question is, is there anything like this system, but for the Treo? I know Opera has a web proxy setup, but their browser doesn't work with Palm, yet. Thanks.

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Friday, May 6th, 2005
10:42 am

Noticed this on ebay...


$1125, :(

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Sunday, December 12th, 2004
12:07 pm - The Search Continues

There hasn't been much traffic on here of late, so I thought I would inquire about what alternatives people have been looking at with the SK2 being out. I personally will be walking away from it, but not because of the usual issues.

I've realise that the SK just doesn't have enough of the features that I have been wanting. It was a great trainer PDA, but now I need expandable memory, opensource apps, and other such things. I will miss it's keyboard, and I am trying to find a suitable replacement with that feature as one of my main points of comparison. Any ideas?


current mood: drunk

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Monday, August 23rd, 2004
3:55 am - Reguarding The MPx-300

I was wondering if anyone had tracked down a credible source with a release date for the Motorola MPx-300. I'm dying to get my hands on that phone. Any coutry will do, as long as it can be unlocked.

Any leads would be greatly appreciated!


current mood: aggravated

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Tuesday, July 6th, 2004
6:47 pm - More MPx info

Little bit of news about the MPx, the Motorola MPx is to be manufactured by Tainwan-based handset maker Compal Electronics. The graph on the linked page shows the MPx as being available
in 2H (2nd half of the year), despite recent rumors that claimed otherwise. Sweet.

Also, some new pics of the MPx here.

Although it is bigger (and higher res) than the Hiptop screen, is anyone worried that the MPx screen is too small for a PPC device?

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Friday, July 2nd, 2004
9:57 pm - T-mobile not going to carry the MPx?

Apparently there is an ugly little rumor going around that T-mobile is NOT going to carry the Motorola MPx.


I think Hiptopers who are interested in the MPx should contact T-mobile and warn them that a decision to not carry the MPx is a decision that will lead to less customers, and specifically less customers who purchase their $20 unlimited data service in addition to a voice plan.

The T-mobile site is not Hiptop friendly, but you can send a web based e-mail from your PC to T-mobile customer care by going to http://support.t-mobile.com/caseSubmitForm.html

Select the topic of "phones and accessories" and the subtopic of "models offered". Then let them know that you WILL LEAVE them for any carrier if they don't carry the Motorola MPx.

current mood: irritated

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Thursday, July 1st, 2004
10:19 am - T-Mobile Unveils MDA III Wi-Fi PDA


The T-Mobile MDA III handheld is a Wi-Fi enabled Pocket PC with a retractable QWERTY keyboard. This is the third version T-Mobile has released, unfortunately GPRS or 3G were not integrated into the successor of the MDA 2, but they have plans to add Blackberry push email support by Q4 2004.

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Monday, June 28th, 2004
1:04 pm

I don't know if anyone's taken note of this yet, but ViFi rocks.

What is it?

Take VoIP, being able to make phone calls from your computer, over the internet, to your VoIP company, and having them connect you to a real phone number. Also works if someone from a real phone wants to make a phone call to you. What makes this cool is I've got that phone number where ever there's a computer with a net connection, so if I got a California number with my VoIP account, I could go to China, get on a computer there, load up the VoIP software, and still be able to make local calls to San Francisco without having to pay extra. It's all (mostly) through the net.

That sounds cool and all, but I'm not going to be able to find a free computer everywhere, with a mic and head set and internet access, and I don't want to bring my laptop everywhere with me. That's where the MPx comes in. It's a cell phone and PDA, it's got a mic and speaker, and it supports WiFi. I could be walking the streets of Berkeley, want to make a phone call, enable WiFi, sniff out a network, open up my VoIP app, and make calls all day, without having to use any of my cell phone minutes through ATT or Tmo. Shit I could disable GSM all together.

Hiptop2 will fail, the MPx will own. Any questions?

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Thursday, June 24th, 2004
9:33 pm - More MPx Info

Now that someone has a engineer's MPx in their hands, the info is finally flowing. It has to be understood that his device is not running final hardware or firmware, but we can get a general idea of some things.

Here's some pics:
handheld -
external screen hotness
external screen hotness
close-up of the keyboard
close-up of the keyboard

A link to the MPx manual (PDF) - http://home.comcast.net/~omalfar/stuff/MPx_Manual.pdf

Some informative quotes (pulled from 11 pages of posts) from Mark (the lucky MPx owner):
"...love the WiFi and the BEAUTIFUL CONSTRUCTION!! It's very pretty...really pissed I don't have a case for it right now as I don't want to get the finish scratched."

"Processor is an OMAP 733 195mhz processor... The ROM date...June 16, 2004...I was told that the 733 would replaced with a "Motorola Only" chip for the MpX...something similar to the 1510 used in the 6300...but better....specifically that it would be as fast as the 400mhz iMate I showed the Motorola engineer.."

"...the Landscape mode while using the keyboard makes for some very quick data input for a complete novice like me. The keys have a clear plastick raised center that photos don't show..gives a great solution for tacticle feel when typing to differentiate between keys...really smart!! Keys have a soft "tic" for auditory confirmation of input as well as a soft spring like response to your finger. Everything is intuitive in the keys...space bar, back keys, enter, etc.. Dpad will move you through the screen without using the stylus."

"Stylus input requires a steady hand a little pressure. Smaller screen means smaller target and the touch screen is a bit stiff..gotta press alittle harder than the iMate's. Beautiful Bright Screen though....movies look very good on it.."

"This Pocket PC comes with "Profiles" just like a nice cell phone and alot of other "phone" enhancements that are not found on the iMate. The outside window and keys are "smart" allowing you to connect with various phone, and PDA funtions without having to open the phone"

"Remember Guys I've Got a Proto-Type!! This is not the final production model and no self-respecting engineer or company would sell this to the public in it's current crippled state. I'm sure that the production units will have ample memory available for program and storage."

current mood: enthralled

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Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004
2:56 pm

Someone's selling their dev MPx. Anyone know how much $1800 in Canada money is in American money?


It's got a bunch of nifty pictures too.

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10:49 am - MPx - HOT NEW PICS

Oh my god....

Hot new pics of MPx!!

I'm crying, I'm shaking, omg omg omg....

This is the same guy who posted at PPC Passion stating that he had bought one - http://www.pocketpcpassion.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=40558&pagenumber=2

current mood: giddy

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Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004
10:53 pm - welcome!

If you're reading this you've probably reached some level of frustration with your Hiptop and are ready to start looking for a new device. You're not alone.

Any longtime Hiptop user who has become accustomed to the rare combination of things that the Hiptop does well (landscape screen orientation, great keyboard, push e-mail, etc.) has probably struggled to find a suitable replacement device.

Anyone have their eye on a particular upcoming (or already released) device, and if so, why? What makes it a possible replacement? What Hiptop feature can you just not live without? What feature are you looking for in a new device that isn't offered in the current Hiptop or upcoming Hiptop II?

Has anyone made the switch? How did it go? What do you miss most and what non-hiptop feature is your new "must have"?

current mood: curious

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