Archive for August, 2005

HTC Universal almost here….

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

HTC Universal

Wont be long now. Pretty soon I can order my HTC Universal.. or MDA Pro as T-Mobile is calling it.
They just did a press-release in Germany that this baby will be available from first of Speptember onwards..   and where T-Mobile Germany goes, T-Mobile Netherlands is quick to follow.. I cant wait!

(Engadget Preview)

Check out the specs: Tabledpc-style swivel-screen, WiFi, Bluetooth, Tri-band, 3G (UMTS), 2 x one megapixel camera, QWERTY keyboard, a VGA touch screen (640×480), a 520MHz processor, 96MB of ROM, 128MB of RAM, and an SD memory card slot.   … AND..   Windows Mobile 5.0

Gonna cost me about 500 euro’s and I’’ll be bound to a 2 year contract. Not a problem, I have had my MDA I for 3 years now.

Geotagging my pictures

Monday, August 29th, 2005

So I have begun geotagging some of my photo’s on FLickr!

Since I dont have any kind of GPS device, and certainly non built into my camera, I have to add the Londitude and Latitude manually. Thankfully, this process had been made rather easy by Geotagging community, who are centered around geobloggers.com

In partular the greasemonkey scripts and web-services by Steeev are the ideal way of adding geo info to your pictures, you can basicly use google maps or google earth to tag foto’s in a pretty seemless process that mashes up Flickr, Geobloggers.com and Google Earth/MapsHere is a little guide to the process

Not only are all my geotagged pictures now part of the ever growing collection on Geobloggers.com, Rob also produced this great little script that can be used if you hav Google Earth installed..  simply fly to my picture location…  its so cool 😀

Click on the picture below to take you to my Flickr account, and check out the links just underneath the picture.

Google talk, why I like it, features, and interoperability

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

There has been quite some critisism on the tech scene of Google talk, people often siting thats its nothing special, that it lacks features, thats it too basic.

But it seems to me that its simplicity is exactly the point. With Messenger clients increasingly bloated with features, a nice, clean, simple and elegant IM client is refreshing. As part of the Google Desktop it sites unobstusively in the sidebar, or simply invisble until the preview of the message pops up.

Dispite its simpleness though, it has that major killer-ap, VoiP.. and if Google can make good on its interoperatbility claims (and it seems they will), this might just be the VioP client you will be seeing on most of peoples desktops.

If Google succesfully partners with Gizmo and Vling, as is being suggested, and perhaps someone creates an addin for Skype using the just released SDK, then it wont really matter what VioP client you are using right?
Gosh I wish the main IM providers would try to work towards the same!

The critism of the last few days does rais an interesting question though: What should be considdered core to IM functionality these days?

I would agree with most people that conferencing over IM should be core, and would even go so far as to say it should be core to VioP. Same should go for message history storage.. and online, not offline.

File Transfer? I dont know about that one.

Experience so far:

I have Google talk over VioP a spin last night, and compared the experience with MSn 7.5, Skype, and Gizmo.  I found that Gizmo and Google Talk seem give the best experience, at least in mine. That means the least lag and dropout, and the best audio quality overall. Dispite the good stuff I am hearing abour MSN 7.5, and its enhancements to their VioP, for some reason it didnt function well at all for me, producing a rather annoying static or buzz.

Now I have hardly been using Google talk as a standalone app, I have been trying it in combination with the Beta 2 of the Google Tesktop, and I am quite happy with it, though it seems much of the new sidebar is still pretty buggy, and lacks some options I would like, put considdering the flurry of development already surrounding it, wont take like to find some really great plugins I bet.

Taskbar getting crazy…

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

Click on the pic for a Flickr assisted explanation of all the icons.

In the Trenches » Another Tech Chat – Affects of zotab and patch management

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

In the Trenches » Another Tech Chat – Affects of zotab and patch management

Particapated in another tech chat!

Havnt been blogging much cause I cant blog from work, and evenings are WoW..