Month: April 2005

The Think Outside Bluetooth Keyboard – Making Your iPAQ Experience Better!

There is no question in my mind that the Think Outside Bluetooth Keyboard is one of the slickest devices I have ever used with my iPAQ.

Some years ago, after I had purchased my first iPAQ (3630), I had found that text entry for larger documents that I wanted to write was a pain in the neck using the built-in onscreen keyboard. That was fine for small notes but clearly not efficient with larger documents. At that time, I purchased a keyboard that plugged into my iPAQ and solved the problem of entering a lot of text at one time. I was happy with the keyboard but there was always that process of attaching the device and that brought limited ability to using the keyboard on your lap.

With the advent of Bluetooth and its final coming of age, it has brought about a whole new world of text entry with our devices and Think Outside has been at the forefront of providing us with that technology.

When I got my Bluetooth mouse , I thought it was without question one of the coolest toys I have ever had to complement my iPAQ. It was so good that I decided to try their Bluetooth keyboard…and folks, this is without question one of the SLICKEST devices I have ever owned.

A form factor that is diminutive in size but HUGE in output and productivity. I was absolutely impressed as I opened the package and saw this tiny package open up to a four row keyboard that has every aspect of a full size keyboard. A unique combination of function keys allows the design to use four rows instead of five. The result is a keyboard that truly is portable and redefines what is meant when we say pocketable.

When you hold it in your hand and slowly rotate it you get the feeling that this was an engineers dream. It has a very unique design that has a slick fold over stand for your iPAQ when you open the keyboard up. There is a release button on the left side, that when pressed, opens and releases the fold over stand. As it flips open you start to see the unique design that distinguishes this keyboard over others.

As it flips open, you can see that the keyboard is essentially three components. A center section that the system rests on, the right side of the keyboard that flips up and opens with a unique levered design that raises and then lowers as the keyboard gets into position and the left side that slides in a track on the center section. There is a cantilever effect for both sides of the keyboard when it is fully open and is resting in the locked position on the center section.

I was enthralled with the design and spent a lot of time opening and closing the keyboard trying to see into the mind of the Think Outside engineer . Who ever that person was, they had a mind for designing a very clever keyboard that is extremely compact and sturdy.

As the keyboard opens, it “locks” into place with a neat little tab lock that serves as a release mechanism when it is time to close the keyboard. The tab will slide to the right enabling the closing of the keyboard easily when you are done with it. Words cannot adequately describe the “hinged” system used to open and close the keyboard. It appears as if there are six hinges working together to transition the keyboard to either an open or closed position in a smooth one movement operation…it is a work of art!

As easily as it opens, it closes just as easy. There is a tab with a rectangular hole on the right side of the keyboard (when open) that snaps easily over a plastic protrusion (on the left side) locking the keyboard. When you press the button to open the keyboard, it pushes this plastic protrusion in, allowing for the keyboard to open…again, another clever design.

The back of the keyboard has the cover for the battery compartment which has a slight “bubble” showing where the batteries are. There are two rubber feet on the opposite side giving the keyboard a cushion effect. The two rubber feet balance with the battery “bubble” to give a three point resting system for the keyboard…again, another clever design.

This balancing system will allow for stability even when resting on a surface that is not even. I guess the best description would be a three leg stool…it always is firm on the ground but a four leg stool needs a perfect surface. There were seven small screws set in recessed holes holding the unit together. I was glad they were not hidden because seeing them told me that this keyboard was put together right. It didn’t have plastic snaps holding it together. Someone wanted to build a keyboard that was sturdy…someone wanted to build a keyboard right…and you know what…they did!

I haven’t even tried it out yet and I am already impressed. Little things make a difference in producing a quality product. Looking at this system, you can’t help but believe that this is going to be a terrific product. Yup, little things make a difference, like the fact that the stand that flips open can easily be removed if you choose not to use it or want to place your iPAQ in a different position…further away. Thoughtful—that describes my first impressions of this device. Someone spent the time to design a keyboard that will make the user very comfortable.

I should mention the specifications for the keyboard. It is an English QWERTY layout (4 rows of keys) with 18mm key spacing (horizontally and vertically) and 3mm key travel. When the keyboard is closed, it measures 5.5″H x 3.9″W x .5″D (139mm x 99mm x 13mm) and when it is open, it measures 9.9″ x 5.8″ x .5″ (251mm x 148mm x 13mm). It has a weight: 5.6 oz. (160 grams).

Today, 11:37 AM   #1

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is there any way to back up all of your settings and other data?

I am getting a replacement 6600 due to reboots. I don’t want to have to go through hours of replaccing info and settings. Is there anyway to backup everything so that the new phone will be setup exactly like the old phone? perhaps there is a way to back it up to the SD Card?

 
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The iPaq’s have a built in backup program that can save all the data to a SD card. I do not know if the 6600 has this program or not. Look under programs to see if any program is named for backup.

Also, Activesync has a backup feature. Backup all the data to your hard drive. Then when you get the new unit you connect as guest (that step is important, do not setup a partnership with the new 6600) then choose restore off of the Activesync menu and it will restore all the data to the iPaq and re-setup your existing Activesync partnership.

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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!!

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.

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.

Street Atlas USA® 2004

Now experience the added security of always having exactly the maps you need, conveniently accessible on your handheld computer. The enclosed software provides detailed maps of the entire U.S. conveniently on CD-ROM.

Much more than simply maps, this powerful software brings many capabilities previously only possible on desktop PCs to the world of handheld computer mapping.

Includes street-level maps for the entire U.S., from rural roads to detailed city streets, includes Canadian primary and secondary roads, Create address-to-address routes directly on your handheld computer, Quickly locate on detailed maps your address book contacts, plus 4 million updated points of interest. Includes restaurants, hotels, attractions, banks, schools, and more, connect to the DeLorme Earthmate GPS receiver (available separately) and track yourself in real time on street-level maps anywhere in the U.S. Now with large Turn Arrows .

Also works with Topo USA 5.0!

Bring topographic maps on your Pocket PC or Palm OS handheld computer. You get all of the same functions of Street Atlas USA 2004 Handheld but with Topo USA 5.0 maps. Any Topo USA 5.0 draw objects will be transferred with the maps on which they are drawn, contour lines and land-use/land-cover polygons will be present in Topo maps, upload and download GPS waypoints and routes, as well as upload GPS log files

A Note About Compatibility with Other DeLorme Software

Street Atlas USA 2004 Handheld includes complete street-level map coverage of the entire U.S. If desired, you can also access maps for use from these other DeLorme desktop applications: Topo USA 5.0 and Street Atlas USA 2004 (but not previous versions of Street Atlas USA, including versions 9.0 and earlier, Street Atlas USA Deluxe, or Street Atlas USA Road Warrior Edition).

Order yours Now!

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I need some help with downloads okay so I need some advice on what to download to be able to surf the net effectively. I have downloaded flashplayer for ppc but I am still missing some kind of plugin or something to help me see what is on the screen. Can anyone shoot me a link with all the most popular downloads so I can see what I need? unfortunately I am the only person I know that uses a 4700, actually I’m the only person I know that actually uses their pocket pc a lot. Other people have them but they don’t use them. Kinda weird huh? I talked to the wife of an architect last week and she didn’t know about syncing his schedule with their home computer to see if he had appointments. She said that this was his second one but that he just keeps letting it run out of batteries so he never uses it. I find that there are some of these kinda people out there and the rest of them that I meet seem to be happy with the software the unit comes with. I would love to join a club in my area so I could meet people who want to use their ppc’s to its full potential.
 
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I need some advice on what to download to be able to surf the net effectively

So I’m not too sure what you mean here. Does Internet Explorer not do it effectively? A PocketPC club sounds like a great idea – Hmm, maybe we should all start one in our area?

Regards,

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Email notification problem, GPRS causes unit to switch on – is this all “normal”? Hi all, Last week I purchased the Italian version of the iPAQ 6340, thinking it would do everything that it says on the box, straight out of the box! Unfortunately things are not that straightforward and now that I have read through this great Forum I see that other people have had a lot of grief out of this machine and its cousins. I still have 3 days to hand the device back to the shop under their “no quibble” guarantee. After that I am in the hands of the Italian HP Support (they have already hung up on me 4 times today, and all have different answers to my same questions). So I need to decide whether to keep this baby and take the ride or to just call it a day. Here are my problems: 1) I have set the pop3 account to auto-check email every 25minutes. The first time it checks, it connects itself to GPRS which is fine. (and stays connected). When I receive an email, I sometimes get the sound/vibrating notifiation I set up, but other times I do not. Support told me maybe it was because I had too many applications running and suggested I terminated all applications. I have tried this and although maybe it’s a bit better, I still get unannounced emails arriving!!! 2) The iPAQ seems to automatically turn itself on every 10 minutes or so if GPRS is connected. Is this normal? If the keyboard is attached it will cause the iPAQ to beep. 3) There is no ROM update for the Italian version yet, and I value the guarantee too much to play with a hack. From what I understand, the only way I will be able to connect my PC to the internet via the 6340’s GPRS is with a ROM update?? Can connections only be done through bluetooth or also through the USB cable? 4) Most people in this forum seem to have had WIFI connection problems at home, whereas HotSpots worked fine… well for me, it’s the opposite! I set up a wifi connection with my PC pretty easily, and I can sync through WIFI. However I have tried connecting to free accesspoints around town and cannot establish a connection (everybody else around has no problem with their notebooks). The best I get is “connecting” if I actually chose a connection to connect to and force it to connect. – Is this still the AC power supply explanation? 5) This is one is less important. PDF Clearvue seems to scramble my PDF documents making them unreadable! Please somebody help! I have to decide whether these problems are resolvable in the next few days to know whether I should keep the unit!!

Thanks!

 
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Praise to davesipaq You all at davesipaq have helped me so much over these past few months. This is actually the first forum I have ever joined and I keep coming back. I honestly have had more help from you all than anywhere else. I also wanna say I love your site dave. It set the standard for what I look for in a forum and I have been disapointed almost everywhere else. Sorry if this was cheesy but I am just really greatful.
 
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handymanski -your thanks means everything to us here. It is such a pleasure to help people such as you. I know , personally, that your thanks is such a motivating factor for me. It means so much more than you could imagine. Now, who’s being cheesy 🙂

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Handy These types of posts mean more than you can understand. The moderators are truly unbelievable. I couldnt do this site without them. When I read this post I truly look at the team behind this site. Thank you very much!

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Originally Posted by handymanski

You all at davesipaq have helped me so much over these past few months. This is actually the first forum I have ever joined and I keep coming back. I honestly have had more help from you all than anywhere else. I also wanna say I love your site dave. It set the standard for what I look for in a forum and I have been disapointed almost everywhere else. Sorry if this was cheesy but I am just really greatful.

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handymanski Your comments are very much appreciated! This is the reason why Dave, Reidan, Elrendhel, Laura, Agent680 and myself do this … a special thanks every once in a while (and of course the BIG paycheck Dave sends us every Friday). Truly, there is a real spirit of volunteerism here at Dave’s iPAQ…folks participate here because we have a wealth of terrific people who visit us everyday. All enjoy learning and sharing information on their iPAQs.

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Shhhh.. People might think I make money doin this gig… 😛

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