JAVOClearCase – A Clear Solution for iPAQ Protection

Many of you know from past reviews how I love a leather case over almost every other type of case. The look, the feel, the professional aspect of a leather case has always been part of my belief in how I should protect my investment. The problem however is when you encase your device in leather (or any other material), you lose the ability to SEE your device.

I suppose for a variety of situations that is OK but more often than not, I have found myself in a situation were the covering of the front has been a CLEAR obstacle in the ability to use my device. One example is using my GPS while driving. I found that I would remove my iPAQ from the case it was in just to be able to see the screen…so now where was my protection? CLEARLY, I had none and CLEAR is the operative word here because JAVOedge saw a similar problem.

They recognized that users want the ability to protect their devices and still want to be able to view their screens and continue to admire the inherent beauty of their device. And so they brought forward a unique means for you to have it all — CLEAR Protection for your device.

The JAVOClearCase, made from a polycarbonate plastic that is extremely durable, will protect your device from damage caused from minor drops, bumps, and scraping. This is the same material that is used on bulletproof plastic so you know that there is a high degree of protection. Designed to fit your iPAQ perfectly, it envelops your device allowing you to view and access your iPAQ without having to remove it from the case.

High-Speed Broadband Access

Novatel Wireless, Inc., a provider of wireless broadband access solutions, will showcase a diversified portfolio of next-generation solutions during CeBIT 2005 in Hannover, Germany on March 10-16. The Novatel Wireless products to be demonstrated at CeBIT include:

Ovation MCU1000(TM) 3G Multimedia Application Console – The Ovation MCU1000 enables advanced wireless local area networking (WLAN) of multiple laptop computers and other peripheral devices from any room within a home or office to provide broadband wireless wide area network (WWAN) Internet access on 2100 MHz band Universal Mobile Telecommunications Service (UMTS) networks. Developed as a high-speed broadband alternative to dial-up and integrated services digital network (ISDN), Ovation MCU1000(TM) will be targeted at small- to medium-sized businesses, small office/home office (SOHO) users, corporate workgroups and residential customers in Europe. Ovation MCU1000 was recently CE certified and will be distributed through tier-one European operators.

Merlin U630 Wireless PC Card Modem – The Merlin U630 is a second-generation 3G quad band PC Card, offering wireless broadband access on the UMTS 2100 MHz band in Asia, Europe and the Middle East and on 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz band GPRS or GSM networks globally. The Merlin U630 is currently available through Vodafone Germany, Vodafone Group Plc’s largest subsidiary with roughly 27 million customers, Vodacom in South Africa and is in multiple network trials globally.

Merlin U530 Wireless PC Card Modem – The Merlin U530 provides wireless data access to email, the Internet and corporate databases on 2100/900/1800 MHz band UMTS/GPRS/GSM networks in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The Merlin U530 is available from 13 operators in 16 countries throughout Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

“Novatel Wireless is leading the market with advanced broadband access solutions and CeBIT is the perfect venue to demonstrate the breadth of our product portfolio,” said Peter Leparulo, chief executive officer for Novatel Wireless. “We are excited to demonstrate the market advantages that 3G broadband access and innovative converged wireless solutions present to operators and the convenience and flexibility they provide to their customers.”

Star Wars: Episode III–Revenge of the Sith Ebook

The One and Only Official Screenplay, available exclusively in eBook format, including scenes that won’t appear in the movie itself! Even before the release of the most eagerly awaited Star Wars movie of all time on the theater screen … here’s your chance to experience the action on your own computer screen! Straight from the set, this is the complete, final screenplay written by George Lucas, as brought to life before the cameras by a stellar cast of performers and an unparalleled team of special effects wizards. Enjoy a rare and fascinating director’s-eye-view of all the action, all the legendary characters, and each of the exotic worlds from science fiction cinema’s greatest saga, as it comes full circle. And thanks to the full color images from the final cut of the movie itself, you’ll be able to visualize the adventure as it unfolded throughout the shooting of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. For the total Star Wars fan and filmmaking enthusiast alike, this extraordinary e-book is an essential part of the Star Wars experience. As a special bonus, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith Illustrated Screenplay will be bundled with a free digital copy of The Making of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith–The Final Chapter by Lucasfilm insider J.W. Rinzler. This eBook is a companion piece to the Del Rey title The Making of Star Wars Revenge of the Sith by the same author, which hits bookstores across the country April 2nd.

Buy it NOW

Its Official…New York Times..

Effective April 11, 2005 I will no longer be part of the Dave’s iPAQ site. I have signed an agreement with the New York Times writing for their Technology Section. This was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make leaving something I worked so hard for the past 5 years. Under the terms I am not able to write for any other online or print publication whatsoever. This opportunity will definitely open doors to other avenues I have never been able to explore. I havent spoken to the moderators about this since I felt everyone deserved to hear it at the same time.

I will miss running this site tremendously.. I have made so many friends with companies such as HP, Microsoft, Sony, Verizon and many others. The people who moderate this site Patrick, Laura, Dave and Steve are tremendous people which I have enjoyed working with. I wish you all the best. I know you are in good hands with Jack.

In my departure Jack Cook will be running the show. Jack told me he would be interested in keeping the Daves iPAQ website name for the interim during this transition. I will continue to visit the site daily and become one of you, a visitor of Dave’s iPAQ. Be sure to read my column every day and drop me a line!

If you arent familiar with the New York Times and are from another planet here you go.. The New York Times Company is a leading media company with 2004 revenues of $3.3 billion, publishes The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe and 16 other newspapers; owns eight network-affiliated television stations and two New York radio stations; and has more than 40 Web sites, including NYTimes.com, Boston.com and About.com.

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David Ciccone

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hotmail in outlook activesync

I was wondering if anyone knew how to make activesync syncronize other email accounts besides teh basic inbox. I have 2 accounts, one hotmail account and a cox.net account, and active sync doesnt’ give the option to sync the hotmail inbox. Any ideas?

My other thought was make a macro or rule that copies all messages from hotmail inbox to another folder. Though, outlook will not allow rules for http email accounts and I didnt’ see a way to make a macro to do it.

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Losing wireless settings

Hi, my 5555 has recently been losing it’s settings for the various wi-fi networks I use, the wep key needs re-entered and the listed networks in the wireless tab goes blank. It does not lose date/time or any other variables, just the wireless settings. Any Ideas??

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I had the same problem recently. Don’t know what caused it, but a regular hard-reset did not fix it either, although I did finally get it to work.

I had to run a “downgrade” for the WIFI Driver (went from up-to-date version down to, turn off the WIFI adapater, then hard reset. After the hard reset, it still wouldn’t work until I re-upgraded the ROM BIOS to current.

Have you updated your BIOS to version ENG 1.10.10? If not, check out my “Step-by-step Guide” for the h5555…

Good luck!

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DeLorme Blue Logger-Excellence in Technology

With DATA, you pick your maps, routes, waypoints, and GPS logs. The maps are all the maps that you have stored on your device, routes are those that you have created either on your PC and saved to your iPAQ or ones that you have created on the iPAQ in the field. You can create Waypoints either on your PC or on your iPAQ and GPS logs are either imported from your Blue Logger (if you set it up to log your movements) or are created on your iPAQ while connected to the Blue Logger. I found that both methods are easy and very exact!

The GPS gives you the option to connect or disconnect, check your settings, create a log of where you have been, monitor your direction, heading and elevation. The SKY VIEW shows you the satellites available for use and the Channel View will give you their information. SUN/MOON gives you the date, zone, coordinates of where you are along with information about the sun and moon (rise/set).

The TOOLS menu allows you to create waypoints, create direct routes, create a road route, an excellent find feature, a go to position, a distance calculator, and an option menu where you can check your preferences, get help, about and license.

So the interface is really quite simple and intuitive (especially if you have had any experience with GPS). If you are new to GPS, then there is a short learning curve but it is well worth it, this is an incredible program and the best device I have ever used for GPS tracking. The ?logging? feature is an astonishing piece of technology. I am not sure how it works?nor do I really care. I can only tell you that it works better than I ever imagined.

Using Blue Logger Manager, I had set my device to enable logging when it was powered on. I placed the logger in my shirt pocket and went downstairs to go for a walk. My wife asked me to do an errand so forgetting that I had turned on the Blue Logger, I drove across town, dropped off a package and returned home. It was then that I realized that it was in my pocket and on. I went upstairs when I returned and enabled Blue Logger Manager. I had decided to see what information was stored so I downloaded the data from the device.

Blue Logger Manager easily and quickly retrieved the data, saved it and synced it to my iPAQ. I then displayed the logged route on my iPAQ. This was an eye opening experience. My entire trip was displayed and I had the ability to review my trip. This is a terrific feature!

Now was the time to see how well it would work if I created a route on my iPAQ, connected the devices and start to track my travels. Sitting in my car, I created a 10 mile route that incorporated a variety of turns. It was easy to set the points and then have it calculate the route. When it was completed, the route appeared and I was ready to proceed.

I enabled the Logger, started Blue Tooth on my iPAQ, went back to Street Atlas USA and pressed the connect button. In 2 seconds it was connected showing a green dot telling me that I had a 3-D GPS connection. Just before I started to drive, I turned on TRACKING and as I started, my iPAQ started to speak telling me to ?turn right in less than ? mile?. It guided me through my route easily and returned me back to my home. Needless to say, I was thrilled at how well it worked.

So what have I been able to do with my Earthmate Blue Logger GPS?

1. I have created log files with my Blue Logger that I have easily been able to import to my device. Using these logs, I have created routes that I have saved for future use.

2. I have been able to create simple and complicated routes (both on my desktop and iPAQ) that have easily guided me to my destinations.

3. I have been able to create ?specialized? maps of long trips to monitor my trip progress and guide me as I drive.

4. I?ve used Blue Logger to locate where I am while hiking.

5. I have looked for and found streets or places using a powerful FIND feature.

Frankly, I have only scratched the surface of the capabilities of this device. With other applications that are available, the potential is enormous. DeLorme?s Blue Logger is by far one powerful device that utilizes the latest technology available. Coupled with Street Atlas USA Hand Held you have the ability to go anywhere and do anything without fear of getting lost.

For the past quarter of a century, Delorme has been known as the premier mapmaker of mapping products and technical solutions for the home user and the professional. DeLorme?s reputation as the leader in the mapping industry is second to none and judging from my experience with Earthmate?s Blue Logger, their reputation just got stronger.

If you are looking for a GPS solution, then this is it!

Street Atlas USA Handheld features include:

Street-level maps for the entire U.S., from rural roads to detailed city streets

Canadian primary and secondary roads

Address-to-address routing directly on your handheld computer

Search functionality lets you quickly locate your address book contacts or over 4 million updated points of interest on the map. Includes restaurants, hotels, attractions, banks, schools, and more Ability to track your location using Blue Logger GPS real time on street-level maps anywhere in the U.S.

Ability to store the maps on removable-media devices.

Voice prompts for Pocket PC (not available on Palm OS devices)


Very small form factor

Data logging capability is the best on the market

Excellent battery life

Blue Logger Manager interface is excellent



Rating: 5 out of 5

You can visit Earthmate.com here.


Have you read my review on the new Earthmate GPS Receiver coupled with DeLorme’s Bluetooth Wireless Earthmate GPS PowerPack? If not, then you can read it here.

While Michael is correct that a company’s first obligation is to its stockholders, he has missed a crucial point — if you piss off your customers, they’re likely to leave. As the HP Forum thread on this shows, many people will take exactly that approach — and they’ll stop buying other HP products, too. I recall reading that customers are about seven times as likely to tell others about bad experiences with a company than about good experiences, too. That won’t help HP’s stockholders, will it? As for the claim that all the features won’t fit, I don’t buy that. My iPAQ 5550 has a 17.4 MB iPAQ File Store, which is basically Flash ROM that hasn’t been used. Put the extra features there and reduce the size of my iPAQ File Store. Another alternative is to offer the Professional version as the upgrade, which leaves some of the programs normally in the ROM image out and supplies them as RAM-installable versions. That’s what Microsoft did with Pocket PC 2002 and, I think, Windows Mobile 2003.

As for HP’s claim that some applications won’t work in landscape in SE, so what? The user can switch back to portrait without a soft reset.

Even if the application crashes the iPAQ, so what? Not all Pocket PC 2000 applications worked in Pocket PC 2002, and Compaq made the upgrade available. Not all Pocket PC 2002 applications worked in Windows Mobile 2003, and HP made that upgrade available. In fact, WM 2003 was a much more “dangerous” upgrade, I thought, because it severely changed the operating system infrastructure (swithcing from Windows CE 3.0 to 4.2, for example). The claim that current programs exist for landscape mode is also full of holes.

First, many of Microsoft’s existing Windows Mobile 2003 applications won’t work well in landscape, requiring a switch back to portrait to function properly. They should work fine in the SE upgrade because they’ll be designed to work properly in both portrait and landscape mode.

Second, the existing landscape programs require a soft reset to switch modes, a significant penalty. I have dotPocket, but don’t use it for landscape mode precisely because I don’t want to soft rest while I’m in the middle of doing something.

To see examples of applications that don’t work well in landscape, see my dotPocket review.

The only feature of SE that may not provide a benefit to existing iPAQ users is the VGA support, but even that’s iffy. If the ability to scale fonts works in QVGA mode, even the VGA support will provide a benefit. Compaq and HP have shown in the past that they can offer challenging upgrades, and I’m sure HP could do it again. They just don’t want to.

Many people still won’t buy Toshiba Pocket PCs because Toshiba had a habit of abandoning users of recently purchased devices. They seem to have learned their lesson, and offered SE upgrades for the e400 and e800 series. (And the upgrades were free, too.) It’s too bad HP is going backwards, and will likely learn the same lesson the hard way.

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EXCLUSIVE: The First Glimpse of The Blue Dock

Per information I received today

As you can see the BlueDock’ has morphed through a robust Industrial Design Phase to come out in a very sleek form factor. Its look and flexibility are very different then what is currently being shown on the Synosphere Website.

The product can be described as an “Intelligent Docking Station”

The new design has a interchangeable pocket which allows the BlueDock to support different devices or if you choose to upgrade your PDA the BlueDock will work with a new pocket inserted. At launch time several different PDA vendors will be supported

The BlueDock will support PPC2003 edition, Older Handhelds can be upgraded to 2003 for a nominal fee from the Manufactures website.


10/100 Ethernet connection

USB port

SVGA monitor support (800X600)

SD Slot (Not SDIO) For your mobile Hard Drive needs

Limited quantities will be ready for release in Q4 (Calendar) of 2004

Will be launching its Partner Program very soon via its web site. www.synosphere.com

I dont know much more other than what was sent to me about this product but I am pretty excited to see how this will work!!! Great idea and concept..