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February 02, 2006
Paper vs. Technology
I have been trying to bring Fred into the 21st century slowly but surely. When I first talked to him about blogging, he saw it as a big waste of time. Last year I convinced him to convert one of his online ventures, CA+ into a Blog. While it is still in it's baby step phase, it is a great Blog on business in Latin America and will grow.
I simply need to Convince Fred to post more often.
I am probably one of the biggest technology users I know. I was trained years ago to be a Dayplanner user. I was one of those cats who never went anywhere without his Franklin Dayplanner, and I swore by it. Using a Dayplanner was and is one of the reasons I don't have much stress, and I am able to stay organized. Just about every stressed out business person I know, is stressed because of a lack of organization and planning. They may know where they are trying to go, but have no clue as to how they will get there.
After using a Dayplanner for several years, I invested in the original Apple Newton. I was a faithful upgrader until Steve Jobs, curse the day he did it, killed the Newton. I moved to the Palm Pilot, tried several other platforms, including several iterations of the Pocket PC, and finally came back to Palm. My latest device is the Palm Lifedrive, which I have written about several times here on ISOU. The Lifedrive is a wonderful device, and with built in Wifi and Bluetooth, a 4GB hard drive to store ALL of my documents, and a large 320x480 screen, it has become close to a laptop replacement for me. More importantly it is my digital notepad, agenda and phone book. I have added numerous programs to the Lifedrive that allow me to organize my day and thoughts, communicate wherever I am, (via Wifi when available and when not via my cell phone's GPRS connection), and its built in SMS program makes sending short text messages to colleagues, friends and associates a painless process, instead of trying to enter the messages on the tiny keyboard of my Motorola V3.
Fred stands by his scraps of paper, but I can do something Fred can not. I can find any scrap of information, email, document, etc. in seconds on my Lifedrive. Sometimes being able to find information fast can make the difference between closing a deal or not. Using programs like Agendus, I am able to not only effectively manage my time and tasks, but keep track of billable hours and associate contacts with projects, other contacts etc. I can even use the built in voice recorder to attach voice notes to contacts, tasks or meetings. Why take notes in a meeting when you can just record it and store it with the appointment in the agenda. The Palm becomes a handheld relational database of surprising power. Add to this the multimedia and multi document format reading capabilities and you have a powerful portable reference platform.
There are solutions available, some of them free like PalmPDF, that allow you to open and read PDF formatted documents better than the Adobe Acrobat Reader for the Palm. The latest version of Documents to Go Premium also features the ability to open PDF Documents. Documents to Go also provides support for NATIVE Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents, including the ability to edit them, something Windows Mobile does not do very well. In a typical scenario for me, I might be having lunch at a restaurant in the city when I get a call from a client requesting a document or asking me about an email they sent me. If the restaurant has a Wifi network, I simply take out the Lifedrive, log on to my email and answer their question or send them the document they requested, which is synchronized from my Notebook to my Lifedrive's hard drive each time I sync the Palm. If there is no Wifi, I can connect to the GPRS network using my cell phone and complete the same task. In a crunch I can even log on to Yahoo Messenger or MSN Messenger and chat with colleagues back in the office or their homes. The bottom line is that I am never more than a few seconds away from the information I need.
While I carry my iPod with me just about everywhere (See my typical out of the office kit photo below), the Lifedrive is also a multimedia powerhouse. I often rip full length movies to the Lifedrive and watch them on the built in media player while relaxing in the evenings or waiting for a meeting.
My ipod, Motorola V3, Lifedrive and wireless keyboard, along with my "kit bag."
Tomorrow's political Bloggers... hehe..
Seems like kids are getting an early start in the blogging world...
This winter, teenagers at a Chicago high school used their Xanga websites to post obscene and threatening comments about a teacher, in one case suggesting her neck be "slit like a ... chicken."
And the hate speech thing should not shock anyone... Just check out their parent's blogs on the Right or Left. hehe..
Time to buy Palm Stock
Looks like Palm might be a good buy.
Things getting interesting in the RIM case
The U.S. Justice Department urged a federal judge on Wednesday to refrain from any plans to shut the BlackBerry portable e-mail service over patent infringement until the government gets more assurances its users will be exempted.
I have a sneaking suspicion that RIM is going to survive this challenge. In my opinion IT Managers and Corporate decision makers should be looking at alternatives, of which there are many...
January 31, 2006
The New Skype
I just signed up for three months voice mail and inbound calling and a couple hours of outbound.
Not that I need a new IM Program running, but as more and more of my business shifts to relationships in the United States, it is probably a good idea to give U.S. folks some more advanced options on contacting me.
I still have not figured out why Skype has a Pocket PC client but no Palm client. This is probably due to the fact that Palm is shipping a lot of units these days without voice capability, but it would seem that this represents a missed opportunity for them.
Anyway, if any of you get the urge and want to holler at me, my skype ID is davidsanderson.
January 30, 2006
Sounds to me....
Like Bill is trying to sell Windows Mobile.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Microsoft founder and Chairman Bill Gates believes cell phones are a better way than laptops to bring computing to the masses in developing nations, according to a published report.
The idea is pretty ridiculous as far as I am concerned. A better idea would be to create something like the Palm Lifedrive, with a 2GB flash drive,wifi and a keyboard.
I know what Mrs. Anderson will be asking for...
Some of the girly girls we hang around with were just dying for the new pink Razr V3c from Verizon, so Gizmodo got its greasy paws on one last weekend. It’s the usual Motorola Razr stuff, with its effortless good looks but labyrinthine user interface. Its 1.3 megapixel camera is bad (see pic after the jump), but not awful like the one on the original Razr. But the thing sounds great, with nice side-tone (you can hear yourself, eliminating the dreaded "cellphone yell"). It also gets good reception even in the boondocks, and its color is, well, pink.
January 28, 2006
Brighthand Reviews the Treo 700w
Brighthand does a review of the controversial Palm Treo 700W.
Palm, Inc. recently stunned the world by coming out with its first smartphone running Windows Mobile 5.0 Phone Edition, not the Palm OS.
Having recently migrated back to Palm after a brief flirtation with Windows Mobile, I can tell you that you could not even GIVE me one of these things. Not to mention that the cell phone system the phone uses is not available in Costa Rica, or even regionaly. Why Palm decided to go CDMA with their first Windows Mobile Product, is completely beyond me.
Anyway, if you live in the U.S. and are considering a smart phone, give the article a read. The Brighthand people are my number one source of information on handheld technology.
January 27, 2006
This is pretty cool...
As most of my regular readers know, I like to mix it up here. Politics, Life in Costa Rica, Beautiful women, Life in General, Commentary... More beautiful women... and TECH. ISOU is sort of the Maxim Magazine of Blogs. Hehe...
Anyway, my recent post about the woes of Blackberry users has been picked up by an IT site. Cool stuff....
And speaking of communications over mobile technology. I just purchased a piece of software that ROCKS. If you have ever faught with your handheld and cell phone to configure a GPRS internet connection, (And I tell you, this can be a nightmare in Costa Rica), then this software will make your life SOOOOO much easier. Mobile High Speed is a piece of software that takes the pain out of configuration. Three simple drop down menus, pair your phone and you are online. It is the KILLER APP for my Palm, as I am always on the go.
The software has modules to assist you with conference calling and SMS messaging as well. But the thing that is most impressive is how easy it is to configure your GPRS or Edge Connection. No manual IP addresses, no configuring ports, nothing, just click your way to a connection with your bluetooth or IR enabled phone and you are set. The number of countries and providers is Huge, and the configuration takes just seconds.
Who needs a blackberry... Hehe...
My One the Go Tools:
I also use Snappermail on occassion. Snappermail is a robust email client that compares favorably with the best desktop applications. It's handling of large atttachments, combined with the 4GB storage on my Lifedrive, makes a powerful mobile communications combination when I need to update clients with new documents, or revise contracts or proposals.
January 26, 2006
January 25, 2006
I have been thinking of adding a Treo 650 to my arsenal of communications tools. Checked the price here in Costa Rica, at one of my favorite cell shops....
Opera Mini is out
For any of you with a Java enabled cell phone, or handheld with java installed, Opera has just officially released their mini browser. I already have two browsers running on my Palm and see no need for a third, so I will pass. I ran the beta version of the Opera Mini browser on my HP Windows Mobile handheld, and it was pretty slick, but I prefer Xiino on my palm.
It's fast, has a small footprint and has not crashed on me once since I installed it on my Palm. Palm's own browser, Blazer, is buggy on the Lifedrive, prone to crashes and errors loading large or complicated pages.
I have had enough problems with Blazer to relegate it to backup browser if something does not load right in Xiino. (Something which to date), has not happened.
Mobile browsing is always a challenge. Small screens, lack of standards support, and memory limitations on handheld devices and cell phones limits one's ability to have a robust browsing experience. There are some tools out there like Skweezer, and Google's new mobile portal that make the experience a bit more tolerable, but a small screen and the limitations of mobile devices make usability for anything other than basic browsing, a challenge.
But I find the whole Blackberry thing to be hillarious.
DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - It's not the sub-zero temperatures that have the corporate kingpins shivering in Davos this year but the prospect of life without their "Blackberry."
These people have known for a couple years now that RIM lost the first lawsuit, and yet they continued to buy the devices and base their communication strategy on their use. The most ridiculous thing about all this, is that there are more than adequate alternatives. Palm's smart phones all have push email solutions available via software ad-ons, and are in many ways more powerful, flexible devices. The Blackberry is a fad, just like two way pagers were a few years ago.
If I am building a mobile communication strategy, (And I will be for a client... very shortly), I would base the strategy on open standards like IMAP and POP, and with a robust hardware platform like the Treo smartphone or HP6515.
Both of these solutions are based on standards and are configurable to provide the same functionality of the Blackberry, with strong additional features like Agenda management and third party applications that provide other functionality not offered by the Blackberry.
In Costa Rica, where the Blackberry is not available, I am able to utilize the same kind of mobile functionality using my Palm Lifedrive and Motorola V3 RAZR phone. The Lifedrive's 4GB drive and multiple wireless features allow me to not only stay in touch while on the move, but to carry ALL of my important business documents with me and Mail them in standard Word, Excell, Powerpoint or PDF format while on the move.
I have had numerous scenarios where I was out of the office and recieved a call requesting a copy of a document, or a quick edit to one. I was able to find the document on the Lifedrive and email it using a GPRS connection and my RAZR.
January 22, 2006
This is a great idea:
HaggiZ writes "Here is alternative to the clutter of USB cables and keys sitting on your desk. Now Belkin has announced their own wire-free USB setup.
iPod Update Available
If you are running a 5th Generation iPod, there is an update available here.
According to Apple, the update addresses the following:
What's new in iPod Updater 2006-01-10:
* Support for the iPod Radio Remote for iPod with video and iPod nano
The History of the Palm Pilot
For wireheads like me, this is some pretty interesting stuff.
January 20, 2006
This my friends....
Is exactly WHY I went back to Palm.
January 19, 2006
Now this is COOL!
As much as I travel, I am always facing the problem of being sure that wherever I am I can connect and get work done. Because of my High Tech Goodie bag (Palm Lifedrive, iPod, Palm Wireless Keyboard, Motorola V3 Cell phone), I am usually able to get connected using GPRS and download mail and whatnot. What hurts is I dont have access to some of my tools from my PC, and on those rare occassions when I need to scare up an internet cafe to work, this can be an issue. ISSUE SOLVED!, and I finaly found a good use for that expensive thumb drive I carry around with me all the time.
Alternative to Gmail?
Want an alternative to Gmail with a huge email box? Try these people. I am testing it right now and seems to work well.
January 18, 2006
Google goes mobile!
And speaking of Google, this is kind of neat for us Road Warriors and mobile types...
Google has created a mobile version of their personalized Google homepage. The new service puts your gmail, weather, rss newsfeeds and stocks up in one place on a mobile friendly page.
You need to use the desktop version of Google personalized home to choose which content to add to your phone's homepage. To get to the service on your mobile device visit: www.google.com/xhtml More information can be found here.
Google has also launched a new service that will format any URL of a large webpage for small mobile device screens. The service is located here: www.google.com/gwt/n
Back to the Top of the Charts!
For several months now ISOU has been invisible to Google. Since the site went down last year and was rebuilt, Google has not been indexing the site. I had the google search function implemented, followed the same processes I used before to get ISOU up in the rankings, and yet I could not even find current articles on Google.
Last week I set forth to fix this problem. I joined a Google Usenet list and posted about my problem. Answers ranged from, "you've been blacklisted," to "Make sure you dont use a robots.txt, file." After asking my web mistress to remove the Robots file, I went back to google and created a site map for my site. Slowly but surely, the big ole' Google Monster woke up to my presence. Today I finaly reached a milestone...
That's right, ISOU is first on Google and Yahoo when you search for the term, "ISOU." Right On!
Update: What's funny, and AWESOME is that the search term "Utopia" on MSN search results in ISOU coming up as the second site listed.
January 14, 2006
I just picked up an H500 after looking at several new bluetooth headsets for my Black V3, and this little wonder truly ROCKS!
It is so light you don't even feel it on your ear. The sound quality is excellent and the COOL FACTOR is off the scale. I put the thing on and I feel like a Special Ops soldier or something. If you are looking for a wireless headset for your bluetooth phone, this is it baby!
January 12, 2006
might have something to do with THIS?
January 11, 2006
Linux on your iPod
This is a pretty cool concept. Install Linux on your iPod!
I see a sudden increase....
Because the tummy bare style is all the rage here.
January 10, 2006
Now that's what I am talkin' about!
I just heard the news.... And I gotta figure out a way to get one of these...
It's official, Apple will whip Dell and other Notebook Manufacturers like an ugly stepchild with this monster...
January 09, 2006
Imitation as flattery
Look like anything you've seen before?
January 08, 2006
January 07, 2006
Apple's Impact at CES
For a company that did not even appear at CES, Apple is having a lot of impact.
January 06, 2006
Google on the Move!
Motorola Plans Cell-Phone Google Feature
Google - Set to take over the world, one platform at a time! I love it.
Looks like Palm's venture into the "Dark Side," is not paying off!
eh.... There is a reason I went back to Palm after spending a year with a Pocket PC device.
I can understand Palms decision to produce a Microsoft Powered Treo, but I suspected it would NOT be the big hit many thought it would.
January 04, 2006
Is Google about to release a PC?
If this is true, Microsoft executives have to be wetting their pants. This article from back in September may have had a ring of truth to it. With Microsoft's most recent OS flaw making news all over the world. Security fatigue is setting in for a lot of people. Apple has had a window (No pun intended) of opportunity for some time now to take advantage of consumers dissatisfaction with Windows. They have not taken advantage of it. While OSX remains a more robust and stable operating system, and the Mac platform more elegant, Apple has failed to capitalize on these advantages and to expand their base. The revolutionary iMac remains overpriced compared to PC's with similar configurations.
Google's strong market presence, cutting edge technology and confidence among consumers, could signal a devestating blow to both Redmond and Cuppertino, if marketed right, sold at the right price point and if it includes applications suitable for everyday use. This will be one to watch.
January 03, 2006
Welcome to Netscape dot Com Readers
A special welcome to the visitors who are coming over from Netscape's Gadgets and Tech news page. Hope you will chose to come back and explore a bit more.
All the more reason to return to Apple!
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - The new year is off to a rocky start at Microsoft, where security experts are scrambling to confront a potentially massive virus threat to Windows PCs.
I mean really?
January 01, 2006
For ALL us Toy Freaks!
Sammy from Palm Addicts is giving away some goodies! They are ALWAYS giving away some goodies. I just tossed my hat in the ring for the Treo 600! But I will take anything Sammy gives away! (wink).
December 29, 2005
I finaly saw Sin City, last night. I guess I am one of the last people on the planet to see the movie. It was awesome. Watched it on my iPod. Even on that tiny screen, the movie rocked. And what movie featuring the lovely Jessica Alba (Pic for Boyd), would not rock?
The violence was over the top in places, but it was a visualy stunning movie.
Oh, and Rosario Dawson was pretty hot to! (wink)
Have I mentioned that Apple Sucks? The "video iPod" uses a propriatory format for videos that.... SURPRISE, requires you to buy Quick Time Pro, to convert your movies. Thats right, you cant just rip DVD's or DIVX movies to the ole iPod.
December 28, 2005
Time to Upgrade
I love my RAZR V3, but this new version looks like the cats meow.
December 19, 2005
This is a cool piece of software...
In a lot of ways I am like the kid with the tricked out car who is always attempting to sqeeze more horsepower and more flash out of my wheels. My Tech is like that car, and I am always tuning and pruning, trying to sqeeze the most productivity possible out of my toys, and to make them ever more intuitive. When I left the Pocket PC behind, I knew that in coming back to the Palm Platform, that I would not be satisfied with the out of the box productivity apps. I used Pocket Informant on the Pocket PC, and I knew that once I went back to Palm, there was only one choice... Agendus!
Agendus simply ROCKS. It gives me a world class and customizable datebook and contact application, and seamlessly integrates email and SMS, two of the functions I use most often on my handheld.
After adding Agendus 10 to my Lifedrive, I trully have what amounts to a portable office that I can slip in my pocket.
December 18, 2005
One other thing...
On my Christmas short list... If anyone out there from Motorola is googling the New Q Phone, and wants to send me a unit, I would be most appreciative. Hehe... I am one of the people that sets trends in Costa Rica by the way, not to mention running a very popular blog, so if any of you marketing types wants to get some free pub for this baby, drop me a line!
A week with the Lifedrive
Okay, I have had a little over a week with the Palm Lifedrive. Following are my observations:
1. The device is easy to use, powerful and flexible.
2. I love the fact that I can carry all of my Word, Powerpoint and Excell documents with me in Native format, and open them with DTG.
3. Multimedia capabilities are very powerful. I have dowloaded several full length movies to the device and can view them with the built in media player. The Lifedrive Manager provides the option of converting the movie to a format best viewable on the device or copying it in its original format. A third party open source media player with a ton of video translators, makes viewing the video transparent, regardless of format.
4. The screen, (320X480), is crisp, bright and responsive.
5. Speed is quite acceptable, despite the fact that the device loads most software from its 4GB hard drive on execution. This has been a complaint of some, that the device is too slow. I have found that other than a slight delay in loading application, that the device's speed is quite acceptable. Third party applications like SharkCache, enable you to speed up this function as well.
6. Palms implementation of bluetooth connectivity to cell phones remains superior. I was able to connect to my new Motorola RAZR and send and recieve SMS messages OUT OF THE BOX. The Pocket PC does not even recognize the RAZR by model and has limited capability (I have never been able to find even a third party SMS client for the Pocket PC that would work with the RAZR V3).
I have run into a few things I dont like.
1. I have never been able to connect with a Linksys 802.11b Wireless Router with any of my Palms. Not sure why this is. An update to the Lifedrive software suppossedly made it more compatable with Linksys newer 802.11G routers, but it still fails to connect to the older router.
2.The included Blazer web browser chokes on some large or complex websites, including ISOU.
3. I dont really like (understand) the filesystem yet. For example, I am not sure which new programs can be installed directly to my 1GB memory card or to the hard drive. I am still playing with this.
Other than that, the thing ROCKS, and I am not even looking back at my brief flirtation with the Devil.
If you are looking for a mobile device to replace your notebook for short trips and day to day use, you may find it in the Lifedrive.
December 17, 2005
December 13, 2005
Must Have Software for the Mobile Pro
I just picked up a new piece of software for my Palm Lifedrive. And I think I have found the killer app. It is called Mobile High Speed for Palm, and if you use your Palm handheld to connect to the Internet via GPRS, you NEED this application. Configuring the Palm to use GPRS in Costa Rica is a pain in the ass, but using this software I was up and running with a stable and fast connection in about 30 seconds. The application does all the configuration for you AUTOMATICALLY, and has scripts for hundreds of GSM Cellular service providers and most mobile phones, including my trusty Black RAZR.
Surfing the web is now as easy as turning on the Lifedrive, firing up the Mobile High Speed software, clicking the connect button and then switching to my email program or the Blazer Browser to surf the web. NICE!
I now have arguably the sexiest phone/handheld combo currently available... and oh yeah, I can be productive too.
December 10, 2005
November 03, 2005
So Typical Microsoft....
I have been using Microsoft Money, for some time now. Due to the international nature of my business, I use a number of currencies, including the Dollar, Colone (Costa Rica), Quetzal (Guatemala) among others.
While money does a fairly accurate job of conversion rates and what not, the Pocket version of money only syncs with my various dollar accounts. This is a pain when traveling to Guatemala as I am doing next week, as I like to use a Guatemalan debit card and move money into my local currency account. While I have visibility of such movements in my PC application, I like to keep track of money on the run. The Pocket PC enables me to keep track of my spending and available balances on credit cards, debit cards, checking accounts etc. Today I found a solution:
Spb, a great developer of Pocket PC software has a great application called Spb Finance, which syncs all of my accounts.
Today I synchronized all my accounts and am ready for my road trip.
October 25, 2005
IBM Thinkpad T-42
Anyone have any experience with this beauty? I am thinking of buying one with the following specs:
IBM THINKPAD T42 ( Pentium M 1.8GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 512MB, 80GB, Combo CD-RW/DVD-ROM, 14.1" TFT SXGA (1400x1050), 64MB ATI Radeon 9600, Wireless 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth/ Modem, 1Gb Ethernet, Ultranav, Secure Chip, LECTOR DE HUELLA DIGITAL, Bateria 6 Celdas, Win Xp Pro espanol, teclado espanol)
September 28, 2005
Just got my dream toy!
I just picket up my new cell phone, the one I have wanted for about three months. And I can't wait to PLAY, unfortunately the vendor advised charging it overnight before using it... I thought that went out with old style batteries! Hehe...
Anyway, I am ready to head to Guatemala in style. Speaking of which, I have a new Blog that I will be documenting my adventures in Guatemala, it can be found here.
It's a kick ass piece of technology, and probably the hottest phone I have ever owned. The V80 (My current phone) was always good to illicit a few Ohhs and Ahhs when I whipped it out on social occassions. This phone is likely to be a great conversation starter as well.
August 31, 2005
Another Cool Application
I found this application tonight, called Pocket Controller Professional. It allows me to connect to my Windows Mobile device right on the desktop and control all the functions of the device using my mouse and keyboard. This is a cool little application, very sexy as the image above indicates. It even has skins for your particular model of Pocket PC. What I love is that I can use it to send SMS messages without having to de-cradle the device, or use my stylus to write the message.
I use SMS messages daily to stay in touch with my team, and this application will make the process a lot easier.
August 26, 2005
Early Christmas Present?
Anyone want to hook up your favorite Blogger with an early Christmas present?
The Sony Walkman Phone...
August 25, 2005
Welcome Cnet News.com Readers
I would have never expected that my little personal reminiscing from last night would have made News.com, but hey who am I to question success. I hope that you will stick around and read other articles from ISOU. Welcome, and please feel free to comment.
I am testing with another great piece of offline Blogging software called Qumana. Lets see how well it performs.
Powered By Qumana
August 24, 2005
Google Inc. will make its first direct challenge to the broader communications industry today when it introduces an instant-messaging and voice communication service for personal computers.
And Google continues it's march towards desktop dominance. I just downloaded the new Desktop Search Beta the other day, and it rocks. Can't wait to see this new chat client.
Update: Well it is downloaded, and invitations are sent to most of the people in my GMail address book. Waiting to get my first call to test the alleged superior voice quality. Download it and add firstname.lastname@example.org to your buddy list, then give me a call. Lets take this baby for a spin.
August 22, 2005
New Blogging Software
I am trying out this software called ECTO. Lets see if it publishes. Actually it is pretty cool stuff. Need to play with it a bit, but it published to the blog with ZERO manual reading time, so I guess it isn't too bad. Will be putting the trial version through its paces over the next couple of days. The idea is a WYSIWYG interface for your blog.
August 18, 2005
The Toy I MUST have!
August 09, 2005
Resistance is Futile!
Spyware MORE than a nuisance!
One of my most valuable online subscriptions is to eWeek online. I keep up to date on the important events happening in the world of High Technology. I have been watching the developments in the battle against "Malware," for a while now, and this is the scariest story I have seen so far:
From eWeek online:
Read the whole thing.
I have never been able to figure out why people dont defend their computers. I run Microsoft Anti Spyware, AVG Anti Virus, and Sygate's excellent personal firewall, all free products that automatically update themselves. It is more or less install and forget.
I also have enabled the Security features of Windows XP, dont use Internet Explorer for anything other than sites that idiots have coded not to work with other browsers, and then only when I HAVE to. All of these are simple processes that can be executed in less than an hour of download, installation and configuration time.
More needs to be done to prosecute the people who create and distribute this software. But I am also of the mind that Computer Manufacturers and Microsoft need to do a better job of safeguarding systems OUT OF THE BOX, and that people who turn this protection off should be prosecuted as well, especially those who's machines are turned into SPAM spewing Zombies, that infect others machines.
ISP's also need to step up and monitor more closely what is going on on their networks. The Technology exist today to identify Robot machines and shut down their outgoing connection, why isn't this being done?
August 08, 2005
Special Request - Sticky Post
Grupo Utopia is in a competitive bid situation for a MAJOR project in Guatemala. The project is the kind I am well known for implementing, and will not only be a major client for us, but a major feather in our cap. I believe strongly in the power of prayer, especially when it comes from many people with no direct interest in the results. On Thursday and Friday of last week, the potential client started reference checking on us. I know because several references called to inform me that the call had went well.
In other news, I have convinced the owner of the second largest newspaper in Costa Rica to start a blog on Business in Central America, a very appropriate time with the passage of CAFTA. Grupo Utopia and I will be consulting for him to help launch the blog, it will be online in a week or so. I hope you will add the blog to your blog roll and help him get some momentum!
August 04, 2005
Microsoft Shows it's Arrogance Again!
From Publish Online:
Opinion: There are different theories about why Microsoft is not implementing W3C standards, but the sad truth is that Web developers have to build sites with IE in mind. Microsoft is about to release IE 7.0, and if you've been hoping that this new release would solve your development problems, prepare to be disappointed.
This is just another example of Microsoft trying to dictate standards to the rest of the world, most of the time to their advantage. Do yourself a favor, keep using Firefox!
August 03, 2005
Motorola Phone Tools
My readers know how I love my toys. Here in Costa Rica, SMS (Short Messaging Service over GSM Cellular), is one of the most popular forms of business and personal communications. I probably send 50 SMS messages a day, even more than the huge amount of emails I send and receive.
The other day I installed the latest version of Motorola's Phone Tools, a Desktop Application that gives you access to the full functionality of your cell phone via cable or Bluetooth connection. I use the program during the day to send and receive SMS messages just like email. It rocks to be able to do this using my PC keyboard instead of the crap text input of my Motorola V80.
The image above is the application running on my desktop with the inbox open.
July 30, 2005
This is cool...
From Politburo Diktat:
This July is the 60th anniversary of the publication, in The Atlantic, of Dr. Vannevar Bush's hugely influential article, "As We May Think."
This guy "got it." Some people still don't. We are a technology driven society, and the PC as we know it today will look like a typewritter in comparrison, just a few years from now. Read the whole article.
July 29, 2005
Mobility Event in September
Another Grupo Utopia Spectacular!
The event will focus on mobile solutions based on HP iPaqs, Tablet PC's, Notebooks and other mobile Technology. We are also planning on including vendors with business oriented Wifi and GPRS Cellular connectivity solutions.
Event Theme: "Mobility Everywhere!"
It should be another exciting event!
If you are a solutions vendor or integrator and are interested in promoting your product in front of decision makers from one of the most technologically savy countries in Latin America, or if you are a business person in Costa Rica and interested in how you can use wireless and mobile technology to advance your business strategy, you can contact us here, for more info.
July 24, 2005
Day in the life of a Gadget Freak!
I have to admit that when we first established a relationship with HP and I gave up my ties to Palm, I was at first a bit skeptical about the Windows Mobile platform.
My first task was to find suitable applications to enhance the power of the PPC, and I found an excellent Calendar/Agenda program in WebIS's Pocket Informant.
Pocket Informant gave me the power and flexibility of an integrated Agenda and Address book. Through WebIS, I also found their outstanding email application, WebIS Mail.
The mail application integrates with Pocket Informant, allowing me to keep a running log of emails, and to associate them with contacts and activities. I use the Agenda function to plan my day, set tasks, and record project information for billable clients of Grupo Utopia.
Pocket Informant also allows me to send SMS (Short messages) to others on the local cellular network using my installed SMS package. This is a great way to do "burst communications," with clients and Utopia Team members. I have discovered that this form of communication is much more effective for me as a time saver, and that it allows me to keep a running record of such communications. It took me a while, but I found a great application for SMS for the Pocket PC. It is called SMS Manager, and it functions very similar to email.
I still miss the simplicity of Palm's built in SMS application, but SMS Manager has a power and flexibility that I have come to appreciate.
The other issue with the Pocket PC is memory management, (It is Windows after all!) And though my device comes with an equal amount of memory to my previous Palm Tungsten 3, the Pocket PC's memory management is nowhere near as efficient. There are a slew of utilities on the Palm side, that allow you to load programs onto SD Cards for example, saving your precious internal memory.
While the there are many programs that will load to SD and compact flash cards, they can be wonky when you do so. I have discovered a couple of Great applications to help with the memory management issue. One in particular, Battery Pack Pro, is superb, giving the Pocket PC user fantastic control over memory management and configuration.
After two months of using the Pocket PC, I have pretty much forgotten my Palm and feel comfortable with performing 99% of the tasks I formally performed on the Tungsten. In some cases, even more efficiently.
June 30, 2005
I have said it before....
I will say it again, "DELL Sucks!"
June 21, 2005
The Treo Killer!
Now this is a breakthrough...
Intel has announced a new chip (Mercury News) that can send and receive signals from a variety of wireless devices -- "part of the quest to create phones that could roam across different types of networks in any part of the world."
What will be interesting is watching the reaction to this kind of technology by the big mobile carriers. There is NO reason that with the technology we have today, that one cant make a wireless communication connection almost anywhere in the world, and have it be reliable and reasonably cheap. Wifi and WiMax ammong others are showing the way. Hmmmm, wonder how ICE will react to this kind of technology down the road.
June 14, 2005
Apple on Intel...
June 11, 2005
Voice over IP with a Handheld
Okay, I just had a conversation with my buddy Ron, who is not only the coolest lawyer I know, but also one of the most wired in people I know in Silicon Valley. Ron works as a Top Executive at one of Silicon Valley's top companies, is a Mac person, and one of the few people I know who has as many tech toys as I do!
The voice clarity on the device was nothing less than stunning. 15 minutes latter I get a local call from a client, calling from San Jose, just 10 miles away... The quality sucked! Hehe.. Technology, gotta love it!
June 08, 2005
That Explains my Huge Cell Phone Bill! Hehe...
Another reason for us Techies to be a bit paranoid these days...
Bluetooth crack gets serious
Travel a Lot?
You know I am really enjoying writing about Techie Stuff again. I have long had an AOL Messenger Account, and I got an email tonight from AIM inviting me to use their new AIM Mail service, which is linked tightly with the Instant Messenger client. Microsoft did this with Hotmail, and Yahoo has had it for a while to some degree,but they never really impressed me all that much.
The new AIM Mail Service is pretty slick. What they have pretty much done is give you the AOL Mail Service in a webmail client, along with 2 Gigs of storage space.
I have to admit, I am pretty damned impressed. They have one upped Google mail in some respects, especially since Google does not "yet," have a chat client. (Something I expect they will fix pretty quickly in the face of this challenge).
The service is free, AOL Idiot Proof in it's implementation, and suppossedly has pretty good Spam protection. The last thing I needed was another email account, but I think I will give this one a good workout. I like the whole integration with messenger thing.
I also like the clean and functional layout of the mail window, the one button spam reporting and the ease of use.
I could prove to be a nice option to use with the small group of people I normally chat with. So if are so inclined, go to AOL's web site and sign up for an Instant Messenger account, the email part is then semi automatic after that. Then hit me up on AIM Messenger. My User name is email@example.com.
June 06, 2005
The end of an era... Mac moves to Intel!
Well, it has happened...
Apple got the world's attention on Monday, saying it will move to Intel processors.
I guess the best we can hope for is to see some interesting and less expensive Macs coming out of this. My prediction, you will soon see an Apple Branded Tablet/PDA type product running an intel ARM processor.
And the War for the Internet Continues
With idiots who open virus packages serving as front line collaborators with the enemy:
Anti-virus researchers are sounding the alert for a massive, well-coordinated hacker attack using three different Trojans to hijack PCs and create botnets-for-hire.
In my opinion, anyone stupid enough to get a virus or trojan these days should have their computer taken away from them. With Free Anti Virus and Anti Spyware solutions readilly available, there is simply NO excuse.
June 05, 2005
My Killer Mobile App
Some of you guys are aware that I recently made the move from Palm to Pocket PC, specifically the HP iPaq HX-2410.
I have been playing arround with it since I left for Monteverde a few weeks ago. For the most part I have been very satisfied with it, but there was one killer application that was missing... SMS Messaging using bluetooth and my mobile phone.
SMS is a critical application here in Costa Rica. High per minute charges on cellular, poor GPRS connectivity for mobile internet, and convienance, make SMS a prefered mode of business communication. My PalmOne T3 had a fine SMS application built in to the OS, but the Pocket PC did not.
Even finding an application that was not designed for the Smart Phone version of Mobile Windows, proved quite a challenge. Today I found SMS Manager, a robust SMS application for the Mobile Windows platform, that meets all my needs.
June 03, 2005
I was browsing Microsoft's Windows Mobile Page and came across this article.
Imagine the last networking event you attended. Now imagine enjoying it.
I found it very interesting, because recently I was called an enabler by a good friend of mine BECAUSE I practice this very method of networking. It really doesn't matter whether you carry around the latest piece of Tech or not, the idea of helping others to achieve their goals as part of a networking strategy very much works.
One of my Greatest Mentors, the legendary Computer Industry Executive, John Hlavic once told me... "You can get whatever you want out of life... As long as you are willing to help others get what they want." I have lived by that rule for 15 years, and still find it helping me even today.
May 18, 2005
Okay... I am begining to regret leaving Palm...
* Bluetooth® 1.1 wireless
* Intel® 416MHz XScale™ processor
* 4GB hard drive (3.85GB accessible to user)
* Rechargeable Lithium Ion
* Palm OS® 5.4 (Garnet)
* 4.76h x 2.87w x 0.74t in.
* 6.8 oz. / 190 grams
* 320x480 Transflective TFT color touchscreen
* Supports SD, SDIO and MultiMediaCards via built-in expansion card slot
* Stereo audio headset compatible via 3.5mm stereo audio jack - headset sold separately.
And I gave up my relationship with Palm to form an alliance with HP a while back. Man, I want one of these!
May 09, 2005
Anyone want to bet....
That a new Treo is in the works too?
palmOne has announced today the creation of a new category of mobile-computing products - the mobile manager. The first product in this category is expected to be announced later this month. The new line is targeted towards a growing number of people that want access to greater volumes of digital business, personal, entertainment and online content.
Anyone want to bet that before the end of the year there will be a new PalmOne smart phone that will have a bigger screen, faster processor and have gigs of memory to carry arround all those MP3s (ahem... business files)
May 08, 2005
Do you get the feeling???
That Google is getting creepy with all of its expansion?
Palm set to release new Super handheld?
"PalmOne plans to announce later this month its first hard-drive-based product line, broadening its device portfolio and leading another trend in the handheld market.
If true, and if Palm can do this without the usual bugs that have been showing up in first generation new products... This may be the product that puts Palm back firmly in the lead in the PDA Market Again.
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