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bike mounted POV

“This bike mounted POV is unique, there have been quite a few floating around recently but I have never seen one that calculated and displayed the RPM of the device. Based on wheel diameter the current speed would also be easy to calculate and display.”

Source: http://hackedgadgets.com/2006/06/11/bike-pov-displays-rpm/

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the world championship live…in your telnet terminal…

When you don’t have the chance to watch the football world championship live on tv, you can watch it on a very nerdy way: ascii-art telnet livestream.

You cannot deny the similarities to the actual tv picture…but you need to be very nerdy and/or very desperate to watch it this way…

Source: http://www.ascii-wm.net/#

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ActiveSync 4.2 beta preview available…

As of this weekend the beta version of ActiveSync 4.2 is available for download.

“Microsoft ActiveSync provides a great synchronization experience with Windows powered PCs and Microsoft Outlook right out of the box. ActiveSync acts as the gateway between your Windows powered PC and Windows Mobile powered device, enabling the transfer of Outlook information, Office documents, pictures, music, videos and applications from your desktop to your device. In addition to synchronizing with a desktop PC, ActiveSync can synchronize directly with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 so that you can keep your e-mail, Calendar, Notes, and Contacts updated wirelessly when you’re away from your PC.”

No change-log so far. So please try for yourself on a non-production machine with a non-production Windows Mobile device. Thank you.

Source: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/downloads/activesync42.mspx

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after more than 4 years…

… I am back playing a Mario game… soon:

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new beta of the Agile Messenger for WM5 available…

Agile makes the beta version of it’s great instant messenger for Windows Mobile 5 available.

The Alpha and Beta versions are free of charge…

Source: http://www.agilemobile.com/downloads.html

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Windows CE Shared Source Contest 2006

Microsofts Embedded Devices group and WindowsForDevices.com offers a contest to everyone who likes to take part. Read this:

WindowsForDevices.com and Microsoft’s Mobile and Embedded Devices (MED) Group are teaming up to invite developers worldwide to compete at using Microsoft’s Windows CE Shared Source in an exciting real-world project. The contest’s theme is “Show-It-Off at the Shared Source Project Competition.”

“Create a cool, real-world project that combines Windows CE along with either or both of two Shared Source components — the Windows CE WebCam driver and/or the Windows CE DVR engine. If your project is selected by our team of judges for the Grand Prize, you’ll win a complete Xbox 360 dream setup consisting of the Xbox 360 console, a 34-inch HDTV, games, and accessories! Three other winners will be awarded Xbox 360 game consoles.”

So you are actually using shared source components to create new applications. Everything that is needed for the contest is freely available for download. And the prices are quite cool…

I recommend having a look at the Microsoft Shared Source Website. Just to stay up-to-date.

Source 1: http://www.windowsfordevices.com/articles/AT5277795134.html

Source 2: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/sharedsource/default.mspx

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OpenVPN is available for Windows Mobile 5 (and 2003 by the way)

For some time we where in desperate need of a comprehensive and secure VPN solution for Windows Mobile (all version!). There is PPTP and L2TP. And there are teething problems for… well ever since.

The silent wish always was to have a more subtle solution: We are using OpenVPN on all of our machines. So we wanted it on our mobile devices too. And there it is:


It’s running on Pocket PC 2003 and Windows Mobile 5.

Source 1: http://www.ziggurat29.com/OVPNPPCAlpha/OVPNPPCAlpha.htm

Source 2: http://www.openvpn.net

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the first coup: the Venzero ONE … share the love!


99 grams is enough. They certainly are right on that point and on many others. 8 GB, 320×240 display (2″), sleek black look, MP3, WM*, FM-Radio, RSS Feeds, audio and video podcasts (though: no video in germany (why?!))



And there is more.. You get this port on one side of the gadget:



Venzero calls it “SharePort” and extends the USB-on-the-Go! considerably says Venzero… One feature only the Venzero ONE comes with is the so calles “MusicMarker”. You can record short audio clips while you’re on the road/in the bus/train whatever. Back at home you can sync it with your PC and with venzeros’ servers et voilá: you get the artist and title of the song which was playing in your short audio recording. A great feature and I cannot wait to test it.


Venzero says it’ll be available in mid-June 2006 for about 289,90 Euro. (remember: an iPod comes with 4 GB at 249 Euro…)


Source: http://www.venzero.com

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Martin Pointed Me To This Promising Company Which Is Out There To Bring Us Great Portale Media Playersbut At The Moment

Martin pointed me to this promising company which is out there to bring us great Portale Media Players…but at the moment… no real information is available on their website…but the start is done…international blogging…good way to start…


Source: http://www.venzero.com

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finally 10 hours on battery possible…


Oh yeah. It was time to replace the worn out battery of my notebook (HP compaq nc8000) and replace it with a shiny new one. And since I want as much wireless time as possible I ordered a new multibay battery with it. Everything arrived today and: god is that awesome!



My nc8000 now actually does the 10 hour long run with the two batteries fully loaded…hurray!

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a reason why I should get a Nintendo DS…


That looks like the first serious Super Mario Brothers game for years…



And if it’s true what I’ve seen in some gameplay movies… I really really would like to play it.

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gadget-o-mania: bluetooth + windows mobile 5 device = smart remote control

Everybody knows me as the gadget-loving guy who cannot resist any chance to play with technology. And this night was once again time to play.

I was in bed complaining about the fact that I have to get up to change the track iTunes is playing at the moment. I thought: It should be possible to remote control iTunes and everything else on any machine in the room.

I instantly got up and looked for something that might do what I wanted… And what I found outdid my expectations by far: Salling Clicker is the name of the tool.

What’s the point of the tool? It’s simply a server and a client. The server runs on any Windows or Macintosh machine and accepts connections via TCP/IP or bluetooth. I am using bluetooth at the moment… The client runs on almost any phone, in my case a Windows Mobile 5 phone.

The installation is painless – on the Mac it comes as a Preference Pane:


This represents the menu you have on your client…on my phone in this case…


You even can configure phone events…for example: What happens when the phone rings?


The user interface is very similar to an iPod. You simply control it with the D-Pad of the phone. Clicking the D-Pad is selecting…

To give you an idea what it looks like to play a song…look:



Yes there is cover art…and track rating…

And … you can search… and find…

This is the first tool for about two years that flashed big way. I instantly registered my copy (the 30 click-limitation is quite annoying) and got a serial number within minutes. As I am exploring the tool I even found extensions for the remote control to acces my eMail…my ICQ…oh well and remote controlling Powerpoint presentations is one base feature…

The tool is, like I said, available for Windows and Macintosh – so take a look it’s really worth the try.

Source: http://www.salling.com/Clicker/mac/

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I want this particular iPod please…

There are many iPods. Many different generations. There’s even a video playing iPod. But some guy made a flash mockup of something he wants to have as the next videp playing iPod. And oh my god I am with him! I would instantly consider robbing a bank for this one:



Source: http://www.deviantart.com/view/28738962/

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SD-card slot TV-Tuner (SDIO) available soon…


I could imagine some uses for this. It’s a tv (pal/ntsc) tuner for Windows Mobile devices (Pocket PC 2002-WM5) and it’s got some quite interesting specs.


The 1200mAh battery that comes with the tuner only stays 2.5 hours and it’s only got a maximum framerate of 20 fps – but that’s for the bad news. It’s finally a tv tuner for your mobile gadget!!!



Source: http://www.eopstech.com/eops/pro3.html

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22c3: 3G Investigations teaser



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4500mAh battery for the HTC Himalaya / MDA2

Mhhh… I NEED to get one of those. But $140 is quite a bit if you can get a 1200mAh battery for less than $20.


“With normal usage it was 70.5 hours real time duration before I reached the 10% minimum level at which I needed to put it back on charge, that’s a predicted total of over 75 hours duration and a Pocket Plus measured usage of almost 19 hours – Wow!”




Source: http://www.mtekk.com.au/browse/page1128

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Importing Certificates on the Pocket PC 2003 / Windows Mobile 5 platform…

Hurray! Now the certificate import utility is available for Windows Mobile 5. Since we’re playing a lot with 802.1x we are desperately in need of such a certificate import utility.


I did not test the utility – more on that later.



“I have made Crtimprt, a program for Pocket PC 2003 and Windows Mobile 5.0. Crtimprt allows you to import:




  • A “Personal Certificate” issued by any Certificate Authority (CA).


  • A private key which corresponds to this certificate.


  • One or more “Root Certificates” (or none at all).

Once an X.509 certificate is installed, you can use it to for user authentication on the Pocket PC. The imported certificate can be used in the following scenarios:




  • User authentication in L2TP/IPsec VPNs.


  • Web client authentication in Pocket Internet Explorer.


  • User authentication in 802.1x wireless networks (EAP-TLS only).


  • Other third-party applications that happen to support Personal certificates (I am not aware of any, though).”

Source: http://www.jacco2.dds.nl/networking/crtimprt.html

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Windows Media Center Edition for in-car use


So this is what namenlos is working on at 3soft!?


“The 7″ touchscreen is connected to a computer under the temperature controls. The computer features 512MB of RAM, an 80GB hard drive, wireless 802.11g networking and a slot-loading, dual-layer DVD Burner. If you’re like me, you’re already making a list of the items you’ll need to complete this in your car. Absolutely amazing.”



Source: http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/entry/1690/windows_media_center

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new ActiveSync build (v 4.1) available…

Since friday last week there’s a new ActiveSync build available for downloading. It’s version 4.1 (RTM) and it’s getting closer to work flawlessly.




Source: Download at Microsoft.com

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Vodafone UMTS PCMCIA card + UMTS SIM arrived


Finally after about a month of waiting the brand new UMTS/HSDPA ready PCMCIA card arrived together with the USIM.


We are going to use this card for our UMTS testings for the 22C3 lecture in december. So you can expect more on that subject in the future (reviews, sourcecodes, slidedecks).


But first the unpacking:



that’s the box…



it’s a Qualcomm…well what else did I expect?



damn! blue! and red!… DAMN!.. I hate that shiny LEDs.


And the installation of the software “Vodafone Mobile Connect”:



Locals…



of course PCMCIA card…



you can choose wether it’s going to use UMTS+GPRS(when UMTS not available)
or only one of each.



that settings are stored into profiles you can name…and switch between



ready. steady. go!


After the very easy setup you just need to start the “Vodafone Mobile Connect” Software and klick the UMTS/GPRS button – and voilá you’re in.


Since there’s also a volume counter you can see what this months leeches will cost you…


The software itself incorporates features like eMail, SMS, webbrowsing and traffic monitoring. Since eMail and Web is not interesting in the first place I risked a look at the traffic monitoring and sent a SMS to the card… which worked quite well… as expected.



Since it’s friday and I expect attendance…more on that later 😉 Oh the signal level is just 2 bars out of 5 because I am at the office at the moment – which means: I am about one meter below ground…

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eBay webservice API is free of charge now…


Go developers Go! Now it’s easily possible to develop an appropriate eBay application for Windows Mobile / Smartphones… one that is usable!



Source: http://entwickler.ebay.de/

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“Tagesschau” – german 8 o’clock news video podcast


It seems that we do not pay the GEZ fee for nothing – there’s now a way to watch and listen to the most commonly known 8 o’clock news show also known as “Tagesschau”.




Interestingly the video podcast is encoded in h.264 video and AAC audio – so it’ll run on all the Apple devices and softwares – but maybe will have it’s problems on other machines. (well it even worked on my Windows Mobile devices…)


Of course – if you don’t like the idea of downloading a 20 megabyte file each day you can have the audio-only podcast which is much lighter.


Source: Tagesschau Podcasts

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MDA 3 / Blueangel with Linux…


The linux guys are making progress in porting Linux to the current HTC devices. Apparently they mark their current version of linux for the Blueangel as “not ready for the user” – but it runs and it does make progress.



My experience with linux on such PocketPC / Windows Mobile devices is that you can do all the neat things you can do with your linux pc – when enough space is available – but you can’t do all the neat things you normally do with such a devices like managing appointments, send/receive SMS, place calls… and so on.


At the moment you simply render your device into a brick with linux on it – but time will tell if and when that will change.


Source: http://www.handhelds.org/moin/moin.cgi/BlueAngel

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22C3: 3G Investigations – scanning your 2.5G/3G ip network for fun and profit



Ahzf and myself are going to present a lecture at the upcoming 22th Chaos Communication Congress (22C3) in Berlin at the end of this year (27.-30. December). Today the Final notification of acceptance of our proposal arrived…



At the moment I am in the Implementation phase of the project…:



IPv6 on Windows Mobile 5…cool eh?


The final papers need to be ready due to december the 1st…


Source: http://www.ccc.de/congress/2005/

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JASJAR cluster…



hrm….Me is happy.

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doing research is fun…toys-for-boys pt. 2



awww look the two got a little MDA2…aren’t they cute?

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VGA resolution is fun on a Windows Mobile device…


Since the JASJAR / MDA pro has a gorgeous 640×480 display there are some tools – originally designed for Windows Mobile 2003 SE to allow you to use the high dpi display with all it’s capabilities.


The normal case is that Windows Mobile scales everything up when it detects a higher resolution than 320×240 (QVGA). Since that means that all text on the screen looks really good but takes the same space like it would on a QVGA.


And there comes ozVGA. It’s a small tool that helps you to configure the systems dpi settings to better match the display. That does not necessarily lead to a better readable display but you’ll have much more space on the display since it’s used in it’s “unfiltered unoptimized raw dpi”-beauty.



before ozVGA



after ozVGA.


There are some bugs to this moment: the status bar at the top is not displayed correctly. Some of the applications cannot cope the high dpi (such as the calendar…) – But I hope that future updates of ozVGA will solve that.


Source: http://oz.sciox.org/

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it’s JASJAR / MDA pro time… yeeeehaa!


After several weeks of waiting today the JASJAR / MDA pro arrived together with the T-Mobile UMTS contract + USIM.


As you can imagine the unpackaging was quite an event (I am not posting the pictures that show me retardedly smiling)



Everything in place….





UMTS…narf!


Since ahzfs JASJAR also arrived today and the third one is on it’s way and expected to arrive on monady we now can just start over developing the applications for our research project.


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more iTunes for Windows Mobile 5.0 pictures…

I made some more pictures of iTunes for Windows Mobile 5.0 that show how it looks when it’s playing songs. And some more detailed pictures of the interface itself. They tried to make it one-hand accessible which means that you can easily control iTunes for Windows Mobile 5.0 with just one hand. You literally never have to pick the pen to click on something on the touch-screen – just use your thumb.



if you press on top information pane the pane is pulled aside and the toolbar is shown:


See the “toolbar”? There it is: Shuffle, Repeat, Equalizer. The button on the left is used to pull out the toolbar and pull in the information pane


…and as we know it from the other iTunes versions…


Finally some more words on the technical aspects: It seems that it’s entirely written in some .NET language since it requires the .NET Compact Framework 2.0 to run. And that leads me to the conclusion that there will not be an iTunes for Windows Mobile for earlier Windows Mobile versions like 2003 and 2003SE.

I so far was not able to actually buy anything in the apple store – iTunes just crashed when I tried. So there’s obviously more work to do for Apple than I thought yesterday.

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Apple iTunes for Windows Mobile 5 spotted!!!

UPDATE: even more pictures and testing here…

I managed to get my hands on Apple iTunes for Windows Mobile 5.0. After the Motorola ROKR Apple seems to get seriously into the mobile phone business. As my sources tell there will be a special data rate for T-Mobile bundled with devices that come with iTunes (maybe we’ll see an official announcement soon).

The version I could test was iTunes for Windows Mobile 5.0 version 0.9. Although it looks pretty complete (everything (except bonjour) is in place and even podcast sync worked like a champ (see picture)) it’s not a customer ready version. I don’t know anything about the release dates or announcement dates at the moment.

Some words to the graphical user interface: Apple decided to use the well known iTunes in favor of the iPod user interface. Since the buttons and functionalities are all where I expected them it’s as easy to use as the “big” version of iTunes.

I did not have the time for an in-depth test yet but it seems that it is not limited in the way the Motorola ROKR is. Nevertheless I was not able to sync it with a PC/Mac iTunes yet since there are no drivers (and I haven’t got any) I successfully copied 1 GB of MP3/AAC files onto a SD Card and I could play it all. When I inserted the SD Card iTunes automatically searched for media files and rebuilt it’s library. After some seconds I could start listening.

It’s about 6 AM here and I had no sleep – so more after I woke up…


we all know this icon… now even on Windows Mobile.

This MDA2 is connected to the Internet over GPRS. You can see that a search in the iTunes podcast directory was successful.


a little bit closer


the menu. All one-hand-navigation…

Source: http://www.apple.com

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i-mate 1-View – all your media in one place



Since there are some new Windows Mobile 5 devices out and will come out till christmas there are many new applications showing up these days.

And one application is called “1-view”. It’s meant to be an application that gives you access to all your media on the Windows Mobile Device with one view – one GUI.




1-View on the JASJAR



the GUI…



an overview of 1-view.

Source: http://www.1-view.com/

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Wireless Tunes… WiFiTunes… wireless music on your Windows Mobile device

The one interesting thing is that this piece of software for Windows Mobile is giving you the possibility to listen to music which is streamed to you – hopefully wireless – from your iTunes on your Mac/PC. The second interesting thing about this application is that it’s entirely written in C# (.NET Compact Framework) and the sourcecode is/will be available. How cool is that?

“WiFiTunes is a solution that enables you to stream MP3s from a computer running iTunes to your Pocket PC. Since I last posted on the product in January, the developer has modernized the look and made the software simpler in use.”

“A C# implementation of the DAAP protocol was written using AppleRecords as a reference so thanks to Chris for doing all that tedious work. Thanks also to SPAlarm for starting a fmod C# wrapper.”

Source: http://www.aspecto-software.com/WiFiTunes/WiFiTunes.htm

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create something big, take the hammer and make it smaller…

..Something like that must have been in the mind of the developers of “Minimo” – a Mozilla for Windows Mobile Devices (Pocket PC/Smartphones).


It all starts with the 8.5 MByte space that that application needs on the device. And then…it took about 40 seconds to “boot” the application. After that the whole device started to get sluggish. Anyway: It does display web-pages. It does not do anything else. It took about 3-5 seconds to respond to any input I made. Of course they did not use any standard-Windows-Mobile-Widgets. Instead they coded their own controls: What a great idea! ;-(


Source: http://www.mozilla.org/projects/minimo/

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an IRC Client for Windows Mobile 5.0

Since we are developing multeem at the moment it should be interesting for you to know that there is a cool IRC client for Windows Mobile 5.0.



for Pocket PC…


…and for Smartphone

“wmIRC is one of the first IRC (Internet Relay Chat) client for Windows Mobile that works on both Smartphone and Pocket PC devices. With clear and straightforward user interface wmIRC is much faster and easier to use than it’s competitors. wmIRC contains only the required and minimum set of functionality, so that even novice IRC users can work with it without any problems. wmIRC is optimized for mobile IRC users who use IRC messaging a lot. It has much nice features, that can make IRC chatting with your Microsoft Windows Mobile gadget a bliss!”

Source: http://wmirc.com/index.htm

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paint a picture

At todays lunch Anett discovered the great opportunities that a Windows Mobile powered device gives here. 🙂

Actually I showed her the drawing application “PhatPad“…and she drew this stunning picture:

Source: http://www.phatware.com/phatpad/

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QMail for Windows Mobile

There is a quite good POP3/IMAP4/NNTP/RSS Reader/Editor for Windows Mobile available…it’s called QMail2 or QMail3 (actually I don’t get the idea behind the numbering…maybe you can read japanese…)



Since QMail is free everyone who is searching for a client for above mentioned protocols should take a look. The homepage itself is not really helpful since it’s in japanese…


Source: http://q3.snak.org/wiki/

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what’s the deal with Sonys UMD and why a portable Media center is far better


I don’t want to compare anything else but the media playing capabilities of the devices. Since Sony is working together with many movie studios these days to make more and more movies available on it’s own proprietary format UMD.

The Sony UMD is simply a standard DVD with 60 mm diameter and 1.8 GByte of storage space. The fact that the disc itself is in some kind of caseing and the fact that there are legal issues if you would try to burn your own UMDs makes it not the media of choice if you want to burn your own movies or recordings to watch them with the PSP. The second media type you could use with your PSP is the Sony MemoryStick. One disadvantage of the MemoryStick is that it’s quite expensive. Around 90 Euro for a 1 GByte MemoryStick DUO is quite a lot money.


Sony UMD


The PSP can play some MPEG4 formats and there are tools/encoders available to create your own movies. But you’re limited to the size of your MemoryStick. Actually there are no tools that allow you to “syncronize” automatically with your video recorder/media center/whatever-media-recording-device. I don’t want to compare the possible video resolutions because they depend on that Portable Media Center you are buying/using.

A different storage idea is behind the Portable Media Centers. These devices commonly use harddisks with about 20 to 40 GByte of space which makes more than 20 to 50 hours of video. The medias are stored in the Windows Media formats like Windows Media Audio (WMA) or Windows Media Video (WMV) (there are some more formats like AVI…but the codecs are very limited…but more to this issue later…). There is an automatic synchronisation software available for the Portable Media Centers. This software even transcodes your media files to WMV/WMA while synchronizing. For me this is the strong argument for the Portable Media Centers: I can sync a PMC with my own recordings for example from my PVR… – I don’t need to buy expensive MemorySticks and do everything manually. I just put the PMC into it’s cradle and it’s going to sync my latest tv recordings for example… It’s the same thing like podcasts and the iPod. The more comfort you get the more you will use the product…

A big advantage of the PSP is that Sony tends to be more open to codecs and new codec developments. For example: The latest Firmware update for the PSP enables H.264 on the PSP… that’s one thing only future versions of the PMCs would have (as far as I know).

Another type of device – the normal Windows Mobile Devices – is not part of this article – but as I wrote some hours and weeks ago there is the same sync functionality built into current devices using the Windows Media Player 10. But if you want to play other formats with other codecs (like MPEG4) you have to use other Software Players like The Core Pocket Media Player.

One last thing: I really don’t get the idea behind the Movie UMDs. Who wants to buy a movie for about 15-30 Euro in a format he can only play in his PSP when you can get the DVD for about 8-15 Euros…I don’t think that this will work for Sony…actually it does not work for me.


BTW: I know…it’s mostly illegal to copy the movie from the DVD to your PC to copy it onto the PMC… but life is not a tickling competition…


Source 1: Sony PSP
Source 2: Microsoft Portable Media Centers
Source 3: Automatically sync Windows Mobile Devices with Windows Media Player
Source 4: The Core Pocket Media Player

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Betaplayer is now The Core Pocket Media Player

“The Core Pocket Media Player” is the new name for the well known BetaPlayer. The BetaPlayer was a free allround media player and in this tradition TCPMP offers a quite impressive list of supported media formats:

Supported file containers

  • AVI (*.avi)
  • Matroska (*.mkv, *.mka)
  • MP4 (*.mp4, *.m4a)
  • Ogg Media (*.ogg, *.ogm)
  • ASF (*.asf)

Supported audio codecs

  • Mpeg 1 Layer III
  • Ogg Vorbis
  • Musepack
  • Windows Media Audio (on Windows Mobile devices)
  • AC-3
  • AMR
  • Adpcm, uLaw

Supported video codecs

  • DivX
  • XviD
  • MPEG4-SP (plus B-frame support)
  • MPEG1
  • M-JPEG
  • Windows Media Video (on Windows Mobile devices)

Impressive… did I say that it’s free?

So if you have a Palm or Windows Mobile device… go and get this Media Player…

Source: http://tcpmp.corecodec.org/about

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call me! call us! if you like…

Like on other hacker conferences there’s a DECT network available all across the area so that you can call your friends for coordination or chitchat…To get access to the DECT network you just go to the POC (Phone Operations Center) and bring your home-DECT-handset with you

And this time the numbers assigned to the participants are also available from the “normal” telephone network.

So if you want to call me, just dial the following number: 0031-411629-704 It’s a normal telephone number in the netherlands so you wouldn’t be charged more than your normal fee.

Source: DECT

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Juice Bag? Solar Power Bag!

the technology-ninja of today needs power. It’s not that he got no powers. But this time the source of energy is meant which powers all the gadgets you are carrying around.

They say that you even can charge your notebook with this thing… I doubt it, but my gadget-budget doesn’t include 199 bucks for just a bag…


  • Power 6.3 Watts
  • Voltage, 16.6 Volts*
  • Current, 0.325 Amps
  • Solar Panel Weight 0.45 lb.
  • Solar Panel Size 12 x 12 x 0.1 inches
  • *Blocking diode to protect your portable electronics

      Source: http://www.rewarestore.com/product/020010003.html

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Mobile Media Player 10 + Activesync 4 = syncable Mobile Media Center

I am using Windows Mobile 2005 for some weeks now. And one of the cool new features is the Windows Media Player 10. Finally you have the functionality to sync your Pocket PC just like any other MP3 Player. This even integrates your Pocket PC into the Windows Media Player…





See the “Media” item in the Sync-List…





the WIndows Media Player recognizes the Storage Card in the Windows Mobile Device…





And it just syncs 😉

Source: Windows Mobile Mediaplayer 10

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some more from the Technical Summit 2005

Well, here are some more pictures and panoramic views.

Since my focus for this summit was on the mobile devices, Windows Mobile 5.0 in particular I only had the time to attend Track 3 which had the following talks:



But now some more pictures:




Frank Prengel and Dirk Primbs on the stage…



many people are needed to fill the gap between two sessions



Dirk and Frank again in action.



Frank again.

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nerd lunch

since some weeks I frequently attend the lunch meetings. Well not because the food is good – it isn’t. Just because it’s real fun to talk to these guys. To give you a better impression, here is what the table usually looks like:




one word: Gadgetomania.

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new pictures of the MDA 4 / MDA pro

Today I had the opportunity to play a bit with the prototype of the MDA 4 or “MDA pro” as it is called by T-Mobile.

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Magneto RTM on MDA2

Done! With the help of Buzz Lightyear I managed to get my two RTM ROM Images of magneto flashed onto my MDA2. And it runs flawlessly so far.



And the best of all: All of the Memory is usable. Now I have to figure out how to get the Lotus Notes Sync-Conduits working…

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hax0ring the HTC Himalaya (MDA2 / XDA2)

uhh…the last 3 days I did almost nothing else than hexediting, flashing, dumping and thinking what to do more with the ROM Images I’ve got.

Maybe I have to explain:

I’ve got a new build of a new Operating System for my MDA2 Smartphone. The only problem is, that some genius at HTC (the manufacturer of the MDA2) decided that it might be a great idea to lock a major part of the ROM of the device. On the support side it’s great: It’s nearly impossible to “destroy” the device by flashing it. You always have a fail-safe mode. Even after a crash when the “100% ROM erased” line appeared won’t affect the device…just redo the flash…

But for me it’s a major problem. I am supposed to flash the new ROMs via a serial terminal (HTCs MTTY to be precise). The problem is that the only reply if the device on the flash command is “NOT ALLOW OPERATION”. Which is quite frustrating.

But there’s another way to get the data flashed. If you have the BIN file… dd / ntrw it do the SD card…SD Card into the MDA2, boot into bootloader…and voila… flash!

Okay. That’s the fast version. But stay tuned for the long version soon 😉





USB>d2s
d2s
SD:Waiting for card insert.........

CMD3 for SD, it's OK, ready to get RCA from response.

SD:Detected one card

SD:ready for transfer OK

pc->drive.total_lba=F4400
pc->drive.num_heads=0
pc->drive.sec_p_track=0
pc->drive.num_cylinders=0
pc->drive.block_size=200
pc->drive.features=0
pc->drive.RCA=2F83
pc->drive.drv_type=40000000
pc->drive.securedAreaSize=0
pc->drive.securityDrv=0
pc->drive.busWidth=1
pc->drive.erasedSize=0
Total card size=1E880000

***************
Store image to SD/MMC card successful.

USB>



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finally after nights of hax0ring: Magneto on the MDA2

my MDA2s Bootloader is/was unfortunately locked – which simply means that you cannot update/flash it. However I managed to get my offical dogfood-Magneto Release Candidate Image up on my device WITHOUT even touching the bootloader. It boot, it runs. And it works completely: except the all known “lost RAM” issue.

This issue is solved in the RTM Image which hopefully will successfully flash onto my device…until that. Enjoy the screenshot of my device:


Dogfood Magneto Release Candidate

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ImagineCup 2005 national finalist: Smartrunner

Up to now, it was only possible to be informed about speed and covered distance of a workout session at a fitness studio or using an exercise machine at home. But what about jogging in unobstructed nature? Any guidance is missing. What distance did I cover? How many kilometres did I run? What was my speed? How is my training condition and how did it change during the last month?
Without such information you lose impulse, because you are not able to meter, evaluate, and compare your athletic success.
Should we do sport in stuffy rooms only? – Not with us!

We developed a software, which makes it possible to do sport everywhere and anytime – in unobstructed nature – while being informed about specific measured values of the workout session, like:

  • duration of the workout session
  • covered distance in kilometres
  • current speed
  • average speed
  • estimated calorie consumption
  • graph of the covered distance

Using a web service we inform the athlete about the weather plus information about its short and medium term development in the actual training area.
Furthermore, SmartRunner provides an Internet site, where athletes can request extensive evaluation of their collected data, individual workout plans, nutrition recommendations, and advices for the best route. Additionally, it is possible to contact other athletes and exchange experiences and success in the JoggerCommunity.
This overall system uses the latest Microsoft technologies and consists of client application (.NET Compact Framework), web application (ASP.NET 2.0), Windows

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arrived in Kassel at the STC 2005

we arrived after a two hour ride …



I managed to get wireless LAN access for the whole area… great so far 😉 Better than last year. Oh. Mr. Seeber asked me to link to his weblog…hmkay.


more coverage soon…

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fun with dotMSN: A.L.I.C.E. bot

Since we use dotMSN for multeem it’s fun to play with this great library. It’s not only me wondering why Microsoft did not release that kind of library.

“I’ve had a “bot” online for a over a year now with their originial implementation.

Add anika@mscorlib.com to your MSN list.
Have a conversation with her, she is plugged into: http://alicebot.org/

She changes her display name automatically, from previous names that anyone can change. Supports display pictures (now that the new version of the DotMSN Lib supports it).

She has many other “eggs”….”

Source 1: http://www.xihsolutions.net/dotmsn/

Source 2: multeem
Source 3: Randomize

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