March 2006 - Posts
I saw that Sprint PCS posted the AKU2 ROM upgrade for their 6700. This would allow for the Microsoft version of push email to work with Exchange 2003, SP2. Anyway, I noticed this morning that the link no longer works with a page not found error. It’s not anywhere on the site now that I can find. No notices, no comments from Sprint PCS. Were there problems found? What about those that downloaded it yesterday and may have already installed it?
As some know, I have the new Windows Mobile 5 device from Cingular, the 8125 (I’ve also been testing the T-Mobile version, the MDA). More on that later. I’m having trouble getting some of the apps I use regularly to run with Windows Mobile 5, so I was pleasantly surprised when I came across a Mobile Instant Messenger made specifically for Windows Mobile 5 devices. The product is called WebMessenger. They make an instant messenger client for most mobile devices that allows you to log in to all messenger clients at the same time, similar to products like Trillian.
As I mentioned, I was pleasantly surprised, until I clicked the “buy” link. They want $29.95 for it, for one year. Why would I do that? Why would anyone do that? If you would do this, please let me know why. Most mobile devices have IM clients pre-installed, or you can add them to the device off of the installation ROM. They’re offered FREE. Sure, there’s the convenience of only using one program, but is it worth $29.95? For one year? For instance, the T-Mobile MDA has an “instant messenger” icon. You click on the icon, it takes you to a Mobile Instant Messenger screen that will allow you to log in to AOL, ICQ, or Yahoo Messenger. Of course, there’s a standard Windows Messenger icon to click on so you can do that as well. I can click the links and log in for free.
Verichat is another product that does the same thing. They want $24.95 PER YEAR for the standard version, and $39.95 PER YEAR for the Premium version that gives you access to bots. Per year? For a program that will allow you to log in to instant messengers?
Obviously it’s going to take some getting used to, but I think I like it!
Just found the GMail privacy policies related to deleted items. The section is quoted below.
- You may change your Gmail account settings through the Gmail "settings" section.
- You may organize or delete your messages through your Gmail account or terminate your account through the Google Account section of Gmail settings. Such deletions or terminations will take immediate effect in your account view. Residual copies of deleted messages and accounts may take up to 60 days to be deleted from our active servers and may remain in our offline backup systems.
- You may choose to use additional Gmail features, such as Google Talk. The Google Talk service has its own privacy notice available here.
The question is, what is Google’s backup policy? How long do they retain mail I delete? May be time to stop using GMail.
From the Police Blotter:
What happened, according to the court: In November 2003, the Federal Trade Commission sued AmeriDebt and founder Andris Pukke on charges that the company deceived customers about credit counseling and failed to use customers' money to actually pay their creditors. AmeriDebt settled, but the courts are still trying to uncover the location of Pukke's apparently sizeable assets. A Washington Post article in September said the IRS is seeking $300 million from Pukke. His attorney at the venerable firm of Jones Day charges a hefty $575 an hour.)
Pukke's missing money has been linked to a Belize developer called Dolphin Development, which counts a fellow named Peter Baker as a shareholder. The court-appointed receiver in the FTC case, Robb Evans & Associates, sent a subpoena to Google on Nov. 1 asking for the complete contents of Baker's Gmail account. Baker objected to the subpoena, saying it could disclose confidential information, including attorney-client conversations. The subpoena asks for not only current e-mail but also deleted e-mail: "All documents concerning all Gmail accounts of Baker...for the period from Jan. 1, 2003, to present, including but not limited to all e-mails and messages stored in all mailboxes, folders, in-boxes, sent items and deleted items, and all links to related Web pages contained in such e-mail messages."
In a Jan. 31 ruling, Laporte rejected Baker's request. She said his attorney could withhold "truly protected" information but must "err on the side" of disclosure.
Baker asked the judge to reconsider. On Monday, Laporte reiterated her decision, saying the argument about confidentiality "is baseless" because her earlier order creates an exception for such e-mail messages.
Google Inc.'s mysterious methods for ranking Web sites came under attack Friday in a lawsuit accusing the online search engine leader of ruining scores of Internet businesses that have been wrongfully banished from its index.
The civil complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose by KinderStart.com, seeks to be certified as a class action representing the owners of all Web sites blacklisted by Google's Internet-leading search engine since January 2001.
KinderStart, a Norwalk-based Web site devoted to information about children, says it was dropped from Google's index a year ago without warning.
That’s right, the “p”, not the “w”. Apparently, engadget is reporting that a release date for the 700p was leaked (how can you put p and leaked in the same sentence?).
Rumors are that Sprint PCS will release the 700p on May 28th.
A popular software that retailers use to control debit-card transactions may inadvertently store sensitive customer information, including PIN codes, says Visa.
Two versions of cash-register software made by Fujitsu Transaction Solutions are under scrutiny, according to a warning Visa issued to the companies that process card transactions for some of the nation's largest retailers. A Visa representative confirmed that the warning was sent.
Some of Fujitsu's retail customers include Best Buy, Staples and OfficeMax, but it is not known which companies use the software Visa claims is flawed…
Bank of America, Washington Mutual and Citibank are among the financial institutions that have replaced more than 200,000 debit cards in the past two months and have told customers that thieves obtained vital debit-card information as a result of a security breach at a large merchant.
Read an article this morning that airlines are starting to offer wi-fi access for a fee, $30. Would you pay it? There’s a paragraph that got me thinking.
“For example, it took one minute and 45 seconds to download eight e-mails into Outlook. Most Web pages took about 30 seconds to fully load. I was able to post updates to my travel blog (latimes.com/dailytraveler) and in about 2 1/2 minutes uploaded a picture taken of me by a flight attendant. It was a bit faster to e-mail the same picture via AOL — about 40 seconds.”
$30 for what appears to be old fashioned dial-up? Not me. I’ll catch up on my email and the web when I land. I can’t imagine many doing this (like using the phone on the plane), but there will always be one or two.
Did you catch this? France has filed a draft law that will attempt to sever the connection between the iPod and iTunes. The law would force Apple to let French iPod users buy their music from download sites other than iTunes.
Stay tuned. I’m sure more will join the fray. Why the French?
Attention all bloggers. You’ve probably seen the warnings before if you blog. From the workplace blog, Laina Dawes and Elaine Liner are pretty sure they were fired for blogging. It's not 100 percent certain, of course, because no one ever told them so officially, but the evidence seems solid. Dawes and Liner were the poster children on display for what can go wrong, even when bloggers attempt to discuss issues in their lives and related to their jobs under the cover of anonymity, as both had done.
One lesson: people can figure out who you are, even if you think you're being clever and writing under a pseudonym. That's what happened to Dawes and Liner, as both said their bosses somehow discovered their identities as they wrote about race issues and criticisms of SMU, respectively.
The conclusion? Employees would be wise to know that if they are critical about their jobs, their bosses, their former employers or anyone, or write about aspects of their personal lives that they wouldn't want their employers to know about, then maybe they shouldn't hit that "submit" button. Because word gets around. Like it or not.
FlexMail is a full fledged email client for your Pocket PC. It supports reading and replying to ActiveSynched email for basic operations or through its infinitely more powerful POP3/IMAP4 services to your email server. With support for industry standard SSL and SOCKS proxies, you can connect to almost any email provider including GMail!
With FlexMail's many options you can customize your email usage much more than any the Pocket PC Inbox allows. Receive your email via ActiveSync and respond via your POP3/IMAP4 SMTP account. Have FlexMail only hold the last 5 days of your IMAP folders. Create local folders and server folders. Synchronize by age, size, and synchronizations status.
The downside? Pocket Informant wants $19.95 for it.
How can Fujitsu Siemens do it, yet the 8125 not be able to? The biggest disappointment for me with the 8125 is the slow processor (only 200 MHz). I’ve been using the Siemens sx66 for over a year and it has a 400 MHz processor. I can certainly tell. My other disappointment is that it only has a mini-SD slot rather than the full SD slot. And why doesn’t Fujitsu Siemens market in the US?
Fujitsu Siemens has unveiled its Pocket LOOX T800 series comprised of the T810 and T830 models at the ongoing 3GSM World Congress 2006 fair in Barcelona. Launched as the most capable Windows Mobile 5.0 devices to date, the two integrate antenna-less GPS reception, UMTS based 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, USB 1.1 with host capabilities and a SDIO capable SD/MMC card expansion slot for an unparalleled connectivity setup.
Setting the two devices apart is the omission of a 2.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus in the T810, while both support video calls courtesy of their front-mounted 0.3 Megapixel camera. A touch-sensitive 2.4-inch, 262K color screen with a resolution of 240 x 240 pixels provides a window to the Pocket PC Edition of Windows Mobile 5.0, propelled by a 416 MHz Intel processor, 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of non-volatile memory. Lastly, Fujitsu Siemens' trademark jog dial also remains present in the T800 series.
A former college teammate of Pat Tillman is following in his footsteps, leaving a career in professional football to join the military. Pfc. Jeremy Staat, a former defensive lineman who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the St. Louis Rams, graduated from the San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Friday.
Enlisting "is probably one of the best decisions I've made in my life," Staat, 29, told The Associated Press after the ceremony. Staat said he was felt compelled to join the military after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks but Tillman, who was his roommate at Arizona State, advised him to stay with professional football until he qualified for retirement benefits.
Samsung Electronics unveiled a much-hyped new handheld computer only a half size of copier paper at the CeBIT information technology fair here on Thursday.
The new gadget, called an Ultra Mobile PC Q1, weighs only 779 grams, about one third of traditional laptops, and can be easily held with two hands with users still able to type with their thumbs on a virtual on-screen keyboard. Despite its size, the Q1 features fully functional PC performances on its 7-inch touch-control screen.
It is co-developed by Samsung, Intel and Microsoft. The debut of the Ultra Mobile PC follows Microsoft chairman Bill Gates' call in 2005 for the computer industry to develop a new category for PCs that are less expensive, lighter and more functional.
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