Month: April 2005

Want To Improve Your Golf Game?

IntelliGolf is the #1 selling golf scoring application for handhelds. Hundreds of thousands of amateur and professional golfers have been using IntelliGolf since 1997 in 125+ countries worldwide. If you are serious about improving your golf, or just want to have more fun on the course, IntelliGolf is for you. It is easy to use, quick to learn, and is as versatile as your golf game!

IntelliGolf comes in five versions depending upon your needs and price range. They include the “Par” edition, the “Birdie” edition, the “Eagle” edition, the “Tournament” edition, and the “Desktop” edition.

You can read more about this terrific program HERE

FIRST IMPRESSIONS (rx3700)…

When I got my first look at the starting entry of HP’s new line of iPAQs I knew that the PDA as we knew it was about to change. What I did not realize however was that the next in line in HP’s new series would change how PDAs will be used forever. First Impressions (part 2) will give you my view on what I saw as I opened the box on my new rx3700.

After using the rz1700 for a month, I was used to the new rectangular design. I had said in my last review, the new shape made sense with a unit that was going to be used in two positions…portrait and landscape. The rx3700 has the same shape but the overall appearance is significantly better. It has a very definite richness in its appearance, partially because of its speckled dark gray color and partially because of the use of the black plastic buttons and control pad to compliment the color of the case. The entire unit is encircled about its perimeter with a sleek look of black. The buttons have a slight design change than what was on the rz1700. This new look is rich…very rich!

As I held the unit in my hand, it was about the same size as the 1700 in length and width, but the difference in thickness was clearly noticeable. As I rotated the unit over, I understood part of the reason for the thickness…a built in HP Photosmart 1.2 megapixel camera with a 4X digital zoom. Without turning on the unit, I just knew that I was about to have an incredible experience.

As always, you need to insert the power cord to boot the unit for the first time. It was the same basic operation to get started. It took just a minute or so to be up and running. The opening screen appeared to look the same as that of the 1700 but there was a change. The default today screen is the iPAQ Entertainment screen; similar look to the 1700 but clearly different. As a matter of fact, the only item that is the same is the “photos” icon. The three new additions are Photosmart Camera, Mobile Media and Home Control.

I clicked on Photos and it was an instantaneous load of HP Image Zone. Yes, I said instantaneous! There was serious consideration by HP on memory for this unit (152 mg available to the user) and it shows. There were a couple of photos that were on the iPAQ but I wanted to add some of my own.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS (rx3700)…

Tapping on the Photosmart Camera icon starts a very neat camera interface. With a series of controls, you can snap a picture, make a video, zoom in or out, view your pictures (or videos), adjust your settings through the capture menu, get help and exit from the camera mode. There is a clear display of your f-stop and time along with a “hand” appearing if there is insufficient light in the lower left hand corner.

In the upper right hand corner the number of remaining pictures is indicated along with stars indicating compression and the current resolution is displayed. You can snap a picture with a touch of a button on the screen or with the “record” button and there is a nice picture centering display in the middle of the screen. Initial shots that I took were impressive for the type of camera.

The Mobile Media icon starts a cool program that will allow you to view media files on your iPAQ that are located on your PC. Without having installed the companion CD, the only files I could play were those that were “local” media on my iPAQ. The interface was powered by nevo. That?s correct, NEVO!

The forth and final icon is the Home Control. For me, this is one of the nicest elements of this device. I like the ability of controlling ALL my remote devices with my iPAQ. Of course I knew it would work but I had to set up my TV, DVD player, and CD player. It was an easy setup (very intuitive) and of course, flawless operation.

Three of the four icons that are on the buttons on either side of the navigation pad have been changed. They have been replaced with Mobile Media, HP Image Zone, nevo and iTASK is back as the fourth button. What I like about the buttons is their duel functionality. Pressing the button will begin a predefined program, but if you press and hold the button, a different program will begin. With so much available for you to do with this device, this is a welcome feature!

I haven’t even pressed START yet to see what else is on this device and I am already incredibly impressed with what it does. First Impressions…are lasting impressions! With an excellent exterior design and an outstanding opening interface, I am really pleased with what I have in front of me. It appears as if the possibilities are endless.

Mobile Computing — Its Future

Pocket PC Magazine has a terrific article by Bibhu Choudhary and Suvarna Singh on The Bright Future of Mobile Computing. Increased storage capacity, enhanced display technology, faster processors and enhanced battery capacities are among the features of this article.

In this futuristic story, we see a Pocket PC totally replacing the bulky notebook PC among mobile information workers. The truth is that many of the innovations described in this story are already available today as third-party add-ons, and others are in development. By 2009, most of these capabilities will be built into the Pocket PC.

This is a terrific article and definitely worth the read!! You can find this article HERE on the Pocket PC Magazine web site.

Today, 05:55 AM   #1

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How Do I Remove some things?

How do I… Remove “AventGo channels” from Internet Favorites. Once signed up for there service, using that favorite tells you to access AventGo by taping start>programs>avantgo. So that Favorite short cut is useless. When I select the Add/Delete tap the Delete option is grayed out for removing the AvantGo Channels. I have an Icon in my Games folder named “Icon”. It looks like a folder with playing cards in front of it. When I click on it, I get”Cannot find ‘shellres’ (or one of its components). Make sure the path and filename are correct and all the required libraries are available.” How do I delete this icon? Can I remove PocketTV Pro by deleting the file under Program files? If I do will it leave dead links on the programs page? Can I remove the Help and How Do I programs? I don’t ever plan to use messenger. Can I remove it or is it embedded?

 
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Quote:

Remove “AventGo channels” from Internet Favorites. Once signed up for there service, using that favorite tells you to access AventGo by taping start>programs>avantgo. So that Favorite short cut is useless. When I select the Add/Delete tap the Delete option is grayed out for removing the AvantGo Channels.

I’m not sure that you can – I see the same problem as you.

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I have an Icon in my Games folder named “Icon”. It looks like a folder with playing cards in front of it. When I click on it, I get”Cannot find ‘shellres’ (or one of its components). Make sure the path and filename are correct and all the required libraries are available.” How do I delete this icon?

Go To START > PROGRAMS > FILE EXPLORER Use File Explorer to navigate to My Device\Windows\Start Menu\Programs and delete the icon from there. – click and hold and then you’ll see the DELETE command.

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Can I remove PocketTV Pro by deleting the file under Program files? If I do will it leave dead links on the programs page? Can I remove the Help and How Do I programs? I don’t ever plan to use messenger. Can I remove it or is it embedded?

:confused

If these programs came pre-installled then they are held in ROM, and you cannot delete them.

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Today, 10:18 AM   #3

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Hey Thanks. I got rid of that Icon. I’m just trying to fee up as much memmory as I can by deleating programs I will never use.
 
Today, 10:24 AM   #4

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Those programs are in ROM , so deleting them will not free up RAM. You’d be better of getting a storage card and moving your larger data files, like music and photos, over to it. There is also an area in ROM called IPAQ FILE STORE. You can also use this area to store data and install programs to. It’s a different size on the various IPAQs, – on the 4700, for example, it is about 85MB.

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SEAGATE SHIPS 6GB 1-INCH HARD DRIVE

Seagate, the world’s leading maker of consumer electronics hard drives, announced it is shipping the industry’s highest capacity 1-inch hard drive, a new 6GB model of its popular 1-inch ST1 Series hard drive for handheld applications. Seagate began shipping this industry-leading 6GB drive in December 2004. The 6GB Seagate ST1 Series can hold up to 150 hours – or 3,000 songs – of high-quality music files (128 kbps), providing breakthrough value and storage capacity for small music players, PDAs and handheld entertainment devices. Consumers can now keep larger-than-ever libraries of music, video and digital photos in their pockets. Since it was first introduced in June 2004, the Seagate ST1 Series hard drive family has been used in the leading handheld music players and adopted by more entertainment device makers than any other 1-inch hard drive – including Creative, Olympus, Rio, Sanyo, Virgin and others – further confirming Seagate’s status as the number-one choice in consumer electronics hard drives.

Now shipping to select OEM customers in 6GB capacity, and also available in 5GB and 2.5GB, Seagate ST1 Series hard drives also deliver important and unique features for handheld applications. Seagate’s exclusive RunOn Technology ensures consistent music playback while in a high-motion environment, such as jogging – the drive actually senses and compensates for motion to stay on track. And Seagate’s G-Force Protection technology protects the drive against shock from mishandling, increasing the robustness of the devices into which it’s integrated.

“Consumer electronics suppliers demand that drive suppliers meet specific capacity, reliability, and technology requirements,” said Dave Reinsel, IDC program director for Storage Research. “Seagate’s launch of its next-generation ST1 Series 1-inch hard drive only six months after entering the handheld storage market demonstrates the company’s ability to leverage its technology prowess to serve a divergent, expanding consumer electronics market.”

Consumer demand for higher-capacity storage in handheld devices continues to grow, according to In-Stat/MDR, a leading digital communications research organization. “Consumers are aware that storage is something they need to consider when they make a consumer electronics purchasing decision,” said Mike Paxton, senior analyst at In-Stat/MDR. “This is a trend that has become prominent over the last twelve months, as more and more people are building their own digital content libraries.”

“Outside of the music market, handheld video players and other personal media players will increasingly incorporate 1-inch hard drive storage,” Paxton said. “In addition, other products like mobile phones and handheld GPS systems are expected to integrate hard disk drives in the near future.”

“Handheld entertainment device makers and system integrators need a storage partner that can ensure consistent and reliable supply, and provide substantial manufacturing scale, global supply chain and product design support,” said Pat O’Malley, Seagate senior vice president of Consumer Electronics Business Development. “Seagate delivers a complete business and technology partnership that enables growth in the pocket music player market segment.”

Seagate’s unique Design Service Centers (DSC) provide dedicated labs to help device makers and channel system integrators design innovative new consumer electronics products. DSC offer a variety of testing, integration and mechanical analysis services, to help customers design, innovate and deliver a new world of hard drive-capable entertainment.

RunOn Technology: Reliability under high-motion conditions.

People often bring their music player with them when walking, running or during other physical activities. Seagate’s ST1 Series differs from other hard drives because it is designed to compensate for the vibrations and harmonic distortion caused by such high-motion activities. The drive incorporates Seagate RunOn technology, which enables the drive to detect when these unwanted harmonic frequencies occur and automatically keep the read heads on track. Consequently, the RunOn technology can increase the reliability – and customer satisfaction – of a handheld consumer electronics device.

G-Force Protection: Protection against shocks from mishandling.

When many hard drive-based devices are dropped, the read/write heads remain over the media. A hard drop creates a shock that can cause the heads to slap against the hard drive’s platter – pieces of the head can be scattered in the drive, and a microscopic dent can be left on the platter. Seagate understands that drops happen, and builds the ST1 Series hard drive with G-Force Protection, which protects the drive against shock by moving the heads off the platter when the device is powered off. Thus, during a drop, no parts make contact with the media inside the drive. G-Force Protection makes any handheld device using the ST1 Series hard drive more robust and more reliable.

About Seagate

Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, and Consumer Electronics applications. Seagate’s business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, and to be the low cost producer in all markets in which it participates. The company is committed to providing award-winning products, customer support and reliability to meet the world’s growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at www.seagate.com. Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave logo are U.S. registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. Specified storage capacities reflect standard configurations exclusive of operating system or other software formatting

For further information, contact:

Woody Monroy

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Build a Bouquet!

Here is a neat card maker tool idea from HP to start Mother’s Day!

Mom’s love and nurturing has helped you bloom. So create a customized floral scene for her with this easy, interactive card maker and print a greeting that will make her day shine.

You can find the Flower box card maker here.

Spamhaus – Helps Target And Mount Prosecutions Against Spam Gangs!

Spamhaus is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to track the Internet’s Spam Gangs, to provide dependable realtime anti-spam protection for Internet networks, to work with Law Enforcement Agencies to identify and pursue spammers worldwide, and to lobby governments for effective anti-spam legislation.

Founded in 1998, Spamhaus is based in the UK and is run by a dedicated team of 18 volunteer investigators located around the world.

Spamhaus publishes the Register Of Known Spam Operations (ROKSO) – a database collating information and evidence on the 200 worst spam gangs worldwide, used by ISPs to avoid signing up known spammers, and by Law Enforcement Agencies to help target and mount prosecutions against spam gangs.

To protect networks and email users, Spamhaus publishes two spam-blocking databases – the Spamhaus Block List (SBL) and the Exploits Block List (XBL). Broadcast from a network of 32 servers in 12 countries, the Spamhaus blocklists are now used by many of the Internet’s major Internet Service Providers, Corporations, Universities, Government and Military networks, and currently protect the mailboxes of 260 Million Internet users.

Funding for operations is through sponsors and donations. Funds for hardware and infrastructure are raised from subscriptions to a blocklist synchronization service (‘Data Feed’) supplied hourly to large Internet networks.

You can visit SPAMHAUS here.

Astraware’s Birthday Party Contest Ends Next Week

Just a reminder about Astraware’s 5th Birthday celebration! There are a lot of prizes and we don’t want you to miss out on this great giveaway! The contest ends next Monday, May 2nd, so if you have not been on the Treasure Hunt, there still is time!

For a chance of winning one of these excellent prizes simply answer the questions HERE, fill in your details and click submit. The site logo next to each question will take you to the websites where you can find the answers.

There is still plenty of time but you don’t want to wait too long! Let us know how you make out … Good Luck!!

Spb Software House Releases Spb Diary

The most popular feature request Spb gets from Spb Pocket Plus users is an advanced replacement for the underwhelming standard calendar and tasks Today plug-ins.

To give more options to their users they have decided to release this enhancement as a separate product.

85% of Pocket PC users use their Pocket PC as an organizer1. Spb Diary is a nice addition to Spb Pocket Plus; it replaces the standard calendar and tasks Today plug-ins with an advanced PIM Today plug-in. Installing both Spb Pocket Plus and Spb Diary you will get maximum power from your Today screen.

Spb Diary 1.0:

Three PIM Today plug-ins in one Tabs for Calendar, Tasks and Contacts Integration with Pocket Outlook Integration with Agenda Fusion Integration with Pocket Informant Much more features…

Special Limited Time Offer!

Spb Pocket Plus customers can get Spb Diary for $9.95

You can learn more about Spb Diary here.