Microsoft ® Windows Mobile ® Device Center Beta 3 for Windows Vista™ (x86)

Monday, 9 October 2006

"The Microsoft ® Windows Mobile ® Device Center enables data synchronization between Windows Mobile ® powered devices and Windows Vista™"

Don't know much about this - looks a bit like it's ActiveSync for Vista.

I also got my replacement iPAQ today - with buttons that don't fall off, so we're off to a good start already :-)

Skype

Friday, 6 October 2006

Although I've been aware of Skype for quite a while, I've never had occasion to use it until now.

Our friend Jane was able to talk to her sister Ann who is now overseas, and it worked pretty well.

Not as seamless in my opinion as proper VoIP (like we use for our normal phonecalls at home), but it is still free so you can't complain about that.

My new phone

Friday, 6 October 2006

I decided to get the HP iPAQ rw6828. It arrived this week, but I'm wondering.... is it supposed to do this?

Then there's the debarcle that they didn't port my old number over to the new SIM that comes with this phone (my old phone is CDMA so didn't have a SIM).

It now looks like I'll end up with the new number on the SIM just in time to send the new phone back to be fixed. I do wonder if a drop of glue might be an easier solution.

I also noticed that Optus coverage around my house leaves a bit to be desired.

Apart from the falling off button, the technology itself looks good so far.

Central Splitter installed

Wednesday, 4 October 2006

I've finally got the C10100E Central Splitter (from MATS Systems) installed, and I'm pleased to see that the new connection speed is a reasonable amount faster than previously recorded. This also means that I've been able to relocate the modem and VoIP hardware into the storeroom (instead of sitting on the kitchen bench!)
ADSL2+ (After Central Splitter)
Upstream Downstream
SNR Margin 9.0 dB 8.5 dB
Line Attenuation 22.5 dB 33.5 dB
Speed 942,200 12,129,800

Windows Imaging Component RC1

Wednesday, 4 October 2006

The Windows Imaging Component (WIC) provides WIC-enabled applications to display, edit, and access metadata for any image format for which a WIC-compliant CODEC is installed.

This looks like it might be useful if you need to open or examine graphics files.

It appears that it also comes as part of .NET Framework 3.0.