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Sunday, 11.03.07

Cheers from Seattle
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:46 CET under Digital - Lifestyle

As I wrote earlier, I'm out the coming week for the Microsoft Global MVP Summit where Microsoft invites all its MVPs to get in contact with the product teams (in my case the Windows Mobile group) and I left Munich yesterday morning:

With a 5 hours stop-over in Copenhagen (where I teamed-up with other MVPs) I had plenty of time to spend and this weekend is another Biathlon World Cup weekend. As you might remember, I'm a big Biathlon fan and thanks to Windows Mobile, the Copenhagen W-LAN network and my always on Media Center (and therefore WebGuide4) in Munich I was able to place shift my live TV to the Copenhagen airport (unfortunately, the Sling Media Slingplayer Mobile is still not working with Windows Mobile 6 devices I'm currently Beta testing):

Pretty cool since I had a downstream - via the public W-LAN network on the airport - of 210 Kbps which is definitely good enough to watch TV on mobile devices.
Also a great add-on was the Proporta USB Mobile Device Charger (which I've previously reviewed on the::unwired) because it kept my device battery in a good condition which allowed me to use the Xda during the flight as well.

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Wednesday, 07.03.07

512 MB more RAM can Rock your Windows Experience Index
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:41 CET under Digital - Gadgets

While I'm - overall - pretty happy with the Windows Vista on my new Fujitsu Siemens Tablet PC, I wasn't too satisfied with the performance of the system, due to the "lack of RAM". While the Notebook had - initially - 512 MB RAM (only), I already ordered it with 1536 RAM instead and overall - 1.5 GB are good enough to run Windows Vista on a modern PC.
However, because I have many application running simultaneously (Outlook, Windows Mail, Word, Corel Photo Paint X3 and more), the performance was - RAM-wise - pretty much on the limit, especially because the T4210 hasn't have dedicated video memory but shares it with the main memory.
So I've decided to upgrade the memory again and initially I thought about adding Kingston 2 GB RAM but 600 - 900 Euro :-O for a 2 GB SODIMM DDR2 RAM is way to expensive. Therefore I've decided to went with another 1 GB RAM module for 99 Euro only.

Anyway - after I've installed the 1 GB RAM module (replaced the 512 MB module) my Windows Vista Experience Index jumped from 2.5 to 3.1:

And indeed, the whole system is snappier. The additional RAM not only contributed to the graphics index but also increased the memory operation per second index from 3.something to 4.7:

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Join Microsoft's Windows Live i'm Campaign
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:54 CET under Digital - Lifestyle

i'm is a new initiative from Windows Live Messenger. Every time you start a conversation using i'm, Microsoft shares a portion of the program's advertising revenue with some of the world's most effective organizations dedicated to social causes. Microsoft has set no cap on the amount it will donate to each organization. The sky's the limit.

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Friday, 23.02.07

Get your Anycom Bluetooth USB Adapter USB-2x0 working under Windows Vista
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:50 CET under Digital - Gadgets

Long time ago, I was a big fan of Anycom's Bluetooth products, basically because Anycome was one of the first companies which offered Bluetooth PC- and CF-cards which worked with Windows Mobile Pocket PCs (it was the time, when Compaq's iPAQ line was the state of the art device and thanks to the jackets, you were able to use even PCMCIA and CF-cards with Pocket PCs). Well, recently I bought a new Bluetooth USB stick for my Windows Media Center (I've upgraded from the Acer stick since Acer failed to provide drivers) and as it turned out, the Anycom USB Adapter USB-200 was even Bluetooth 2.0 already (bout it early last year).

So indeed - another great product I wasn't unhappy with but well - Anycom likes to use their own Bluetooth stack (I think it's based on the Broadcom stack) but I prefer the Microsoft stack, even if it offers less, it's better working with ActiveSync and/or the Windows Mobile Device Center.

Getting rid of a "pre-defined" Bluetooth stack causes always trouble, but not so with the Anycom  USB-2x0 USB Adapter. The fine folks from Anycom released a driver called "anycom-bluetooth-usb2x0-windowsxp-v2-1-0-4.exe" which allows you to use the Anycom Blue USB-200/220/250 USB Adapter with the Microsoft Bluetooth Stack on Windows XP SP2 and Windows XP x86-64 bit edition. So far so good but I'm running Windows Vista Ultimate on my Media Center now but I decided to give it a try anyway and voila - it works even with Windows Vista. However, you have to know how to make it working:

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Windows Vista Sidebar Gadget for WebGuide4
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:19 CET under Digital - Lifestyle

Anyone of you is using WebGuide4 for Windows Media Center as well? If so, check out the new Vista Sidebar Gadget for WebGuide4. It's pretty impressive what Doug is developing for the Media Center, to make a great idea (the Microsoft Media Center Edition) working even better (using WebGuide4).

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