Archive for the ‘gadgets’ Category

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I’m so excited for my new toy… Blackberry 8830 World Edition

September 16, 2007

So on Friday I get called into a meeting with a few other guys from work who didn’t have mobile devices. We were told we were getting an additional paycheck from work for reimbursement but had to get a mobile device ASAP. It didn’t matter what we got, but it had to be a mobile device (be it a Palm Treo, BlackBerry, or Windows Mobile device).

Keep in mind I deal with these things all day. I know the BlackBerry’s the best, but have had some dealings with Windows Mobile and Treo’s. So I knew what I kind of wanted to get… and it wasn’t the Treo this time… I wanted something a bit bigger and better.

So Friday night Elaine and I went to the Verizon store, updated some of our account options, and I purchased this bastard:

The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition. It wasn’t cheap. I wasn’t up for a device renewal, since I had to start a brand new account when I moved to Massachusetts. So I had to shell out a few bucks for this, but I will make out with my reimbursement checks at the end of the year.

It’s quite ironic, I had just mentioned a few weeks ago that I wanted to get a new mobile device. So Friday night it became reality.

So far the device is fantastic. I set up my work email using BlackBerry Internet Service for now (until my company gets the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which is soon I hear) and also setup my Gmail account. Both are working flawless.

Internet browsing with the BlackBerry browser is seamless. And some of the other options on the device are very cool.

I haven’t messed with the desktop software yet, nor have I installed any additional applications. I’ll be doing that later tonight.

On the way home from Buffalo today, when my wife was driving, I was able to hit up the ESPN site (with a great mobile interface) and watch the MLB and NFL scores in real time. It was sooooo cool.

I’m now a happy Crackberry user.

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Pano Logic’s Pano: virtual XP or Vista in a box

August 27, 2007

Check it CIOs, Pano Logic just announced their new Pano virtualization device which brings XP and Vista to your users without the need of a PC. According to the feisty startup, their new virtualization solution can cut your Total Cost of Ownership by 70% for a promised savings of $3,200 per desktop over three years. While you can ace the desktop PC, you’ll still have to make the initial investment of $20 per month per device (one per user) with perpetual licenses available. The Pano device has no CPU, memory, operating system or drivers — at least not in the way those items are typically perceived by your IT staff. A “Pano Logic chip” manages the virtualization. In other words: no client-side malware or hiccups for fewer deskside visits — everything is managed centrally from your VMWare Server installation. The device does pack the required jacks for a VGA display (up to 1600 x 1200 pixels supported), USB keyboard and Mouse (3x total USB), 10/100Mbps Ethernet, and a pair of mini-jacks for audio in/out. Of course, the system is entirely dependent upon lickity quick, uncongested pipes so if you’re sporting a latency above 5-ms, you can forget about Pano’s virtualization. Check out the business minded, ass-end of the Pano after the break.

[Via PCMag]

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Looking for a nice GPS unit under $500

August 25, 2007

My wife and I are looking to pick up a nice GPS unit, and one that could be easily mounted in both of our vehicles at any point in time. Does anyone have any ideas or any ones to check out or ones to stay away from?

I’m real excited to get a GPS. I’ve been wanting one for quite awhile now. In fact, it would have really helped us last night when we left my company party in Tyngsboro MA and was stuck on Interstate 495 in a complete parking lot of traffic. I had to call a friend from work and get directions on getting back to Route 2 from 495 after hitting exit 32.

Regardless, I’ve been doing some research and I am really interested in the TomTom offerings, especially the TomTom ONE XL. It is only around $350, has a 4.3″ touch screen, maps of the US and Canada, real-time traffic services, etc etc.

Does anyone have any suggestions? For right now, I’ll keep looking.

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Interested in a new PDA?

August 14, 2007

I don’t know about you, I’ve been ready to ditch my Razr and switch to a mobile device for a long time now. My last PDA (believe this or not) was a HP iPaq 2750! Let’s just say it’s been collecting dust under my desk for some time now.

Whether it’s a Blackberry or a Windows Mobile device, anything is better than what I got. Which is about nothing.

Anyway, I came across this nice listing of the Top 10 Cell Phone/PDA’s on the market today. Take a look. It is broken down by ratings, and each item is reviewed quite well.

Personally? I won’t be in the market for one of these for a few months, but I think I’m getting a Verizon Treo 755p. But who knows… I’m sure something else will grab my eye when the time comes.

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Forward email to Blackberry’s with Exchange without BES

August 1, 2007

What? Yep, you heard it right. And I never really thought about it, but it makes total sense. I got this from SearchExchange… it’s so simple!

Here is a solution that is very easy to implement and does not require any knowledge or possession of a BlackBerry server. To do this, you only need to have an email-enabled BlackBerry device. (If your device is not yet email-enabled, you can probably arrange this at no extra charge through your handheld/wireless provider).

Once you’ve configured an address for your handheld device, such as JTest@myhandheldprovider.com, create a contact in Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) that corresponds to that address.

After the Exchange Recipient Update Service (RUS) has run its magic and you can now “see” this contact in your address book, configure forwarding of messages from the user’s regular mailbox to the new BlackBerry contact. You will do this on the Exchange General tab of the user account. You can also set this so that messages are sent to both the BlackBerry and the mailbox, rather than just to the BlackBerry without leaving a copy in the mailbox.

Messages sent to the BlackBerry using this technique will appear as the original message, preserving all sender information. The messages will not appear as having been forwarded by another account.

As a final step, you may want to hide the BlackBerry contact from the address book, using the Exchange Advanced tab of the contact, so that regular users do not see it in the address book.