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  • Blog Post: Outgoing Caller ID not supported on Vonage!!

    So, I finally got rid of Qwest at my house, not even the line is hooked up to anything. I switched to Vonage for my primary home phone because it will save me about $10 a month, and my wife can use it to call long distance for free instead of having to grab my office phone (ATT Callvantage phone). ...
  • Blog Post: Xbox 360, the world has no idea

    The Xbox team this morning presented a first look into the Xbox 360 for Microsoft employees. Sitting here in the Denver office, watching it over web cast, I think I annoyed the people around me by saying out loud, "Wow", "Oh my god", and maybe a profanity or two. I wish I could say more, but all I...
  • Blog Post: A High Tech visit to the dentist

    This week I had the chance to catch up on some much needed personal maintenance, including a visit to the dentist. Like most people, I have usually gone to the dentist that my wife or parents have gone too, without much research into the doctor, office, or technology. In fact, out of all medical related...
  • Blog Post: Gadget: Two New HTC Mobile Phones, PPC form factor

    Very cool new phone from HTC called the Universal . It's kinda like a tablet PC with a swivel display. Looks like the keyboard is bigger than a Qwerty, and the phone will be 3G based on Windows Mobile 5. I am questioning the durrability of the swivel screen rather than a slide out keyboard though. ...
  • Blog Post: iPod vs the alleged Argo

    First off, I have no inside knowledge of the alleged Argo device. But from what people are saying , it might be a lot of things like and iPod with wireless, a small game console, a small browser device, maybe even a mobile phone. I haven’t go a clue. Whatever it is, I imagine J. Allard and company...
  • Blog Post: GAL lookup from MS Smartphone

    You can do this via OMA (Outlook Mobile Access), but this little app is much easier. Microsoft Global Contact Access is a free power to y for Windows Mobile devices which enables customers to look up contacts in the Global Address List (GAL) and check co-worker schedules on their Exchange server....
  • Blog Post: NikePlus, Zune better be a platform!

    There are two reasons why you will have to pry my iPod Nano out of my warm clutching hands (I am not that big of a geek to be buried with an Apple product). The first, is that it is so easy to control while I am running. The second is the new NikePlus device that plugs into the bottom of my Nano and...
  • Blog Post: iPhone and ActiveSync, a security concern

    A couple days ago, Mary Jo speculated that Apple has licensed Microsoft's Active Sync technology which allows iPhone to securely sync with Exchange servers (over its smoke signal speed, EDGE data connection). Will ActiveSync be out of the box today or an upgrade in the future? Will it be the reported...
  • Blog Post: 3 months with the Treo 750

    I know I come across as a whiner sometimes about gadgets, especially phones . It's just that I want one device that can do everything from making a phone call to opening my garage door to sending tri-corder data back to my starship in orbit. The Treo 750 hasn't disappointed me, at all. I honestly...
  • Blog Post: My iPhone 3G Review

    Call me a traitor. Call me weak minded to the Apple Jedi mind trick. Yes I have a 3g iPhone, the cheapest one of course. My Treo 750, which I really liked , was starting to have some battery fade. In addition, I was using the IE browser on my Treo more frequently, with more and more contempt for IE...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft announces multiyear deal with DirecTV for media devices

    I just saw this tasty morsel from the press release at CES about Billg’ keynote: “Gates also announced a multiyear partnership with satellite TV provider DirecTV Group Inc. to get the company's satellite video directly onto Media Center-based devices.” So, there is hope to get off Comcast and...
  • Blog Post: UltimateTV vs Comcast’s HD/DVR

    **Updated** I have gotten a lot of comments and questions internally at Microsoft because I offered to sell my UltimateTV boxes after switching to Comcast’s HD DVR ( Motorola DCT6412 III) about a month ago. I switched to Comcast because I have had a rear projection HD TV for a few years and never...
  • Blog Post: Motorola Q ends my phone nirvana!

    I came very close to calling this post "The Motorola Q Turd", but I thought that was a little brash. After all, I have had it for about 8 months and at times it was a good phone and I even talked about it being close to Nirvana at one point . My troubles began last fall after Moto provided a firmware...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Music Phone, and what I really want for Christmas

    It looks like Microsoft will be trying to keep up with Apple’s iPod phone by announcing a phone with Orange that allow you to play WMA files . My Siemens SX66 from Cingular already does with via an SD card, but I am sure that 3-4 GB of storage is what they are shooting for. I have no inside information...
  • Blog Post: What's in your pocket/holster?

    As I was traveling back from Washington DC yesterday, I was asked twice what kind of phone I was using that had a nice slide out keyboard. Both of the people that asked me had Treo's strapped to themsleves. I showed them my Siemens SX66 from Cingular, and then went on to do a demonstration that any Windows...
  • Blog Post: The making of Virtual Earth

    Kinda, well almost funny: http://www.virtualearthinfo.com/video.asp BTW, here is a cool app on virtual earth that tracks the International Space Station: http://www.vehacks.com/vehacks/nasaspacestation.htm
  • Blog Post: Sony is brilliant, PS3 may surpass Xbox 360 in the future

    The reason has nothing to do with games. Pretty much, all games are available on all platforms. The reason is Blue-ray. Is Blue-ray the best technology? No. Is it the cheapest? No. Is the PS3 a cheaper and better Blue-ray player than stand alone players? Yes. Not only is it the cheaper or the same...
  • Blog Post: So close to Mobile Phone Nirvana

    Last week I finally switched to Verizon wireless. I had been meaning to do this for a long time but I had bought a Siemens SX66 from Cingular almost 2 years ago, and needed to fullfil my contract or pay some big bucks. My commitment was over, and I really liked the idea of the Motorola Q and the EVDO...
  • Blog Post: I can finally build my Media Center PC, well almost

    Looks like I will be able to finally build a Media Center PC next year and have cable and HD content pipped directly to it. Microsoft and Cable Labs finally got it together to allow MCE to support cable cards. This was the final hurdle for me to adpot MCE as the hub for my house, I didn't want a bunch...
  • Blog Post: ATT Internet problems, too many iPhones?

    My customer just contacted ATT because their on-call phone hasn't been picking up email today via it's data connection. ATT said they are having nationwide Internet problems, but didn't specify the cause. Anyone care to take a stab at the problem? My guess is that the surge of iPhone inter-tubbers that...
  • Blog Post: Earth vs. the Satellite, where to get TV?

    I sit here listening to a presentation about Microsoft’s IPTV offerings, that are being implemented by some of the bigger DSL providers. Ya ya, who has 1.5 Mb DSL when you can get 3-5 Mb cable modems? Well if you like DVR’s, HDTV and video on demand (VOD) all in one device, you want to switch to...
  • Blog Post: PS3 will NOT have router capability

    Looks like the guys at Sony have given up their dream of dominating the router market (through proprietary means of course). The new PS3 will not have router functionality through its 3 gigabit ports. I can see some advantages in terms of not having to count on random NAT traversal, but I can’t...
  • Blog Post: Seriously scary Blackberry

    For years, competitors to Blackberry have been pointing out the inherent security flaws with RIM’s services such as, um, all your corporate data flows through their network (along with all your competitor’s data). Microsoft's play around this is the fact that Exchange Active Sync doesn’t flow over someone...
  • Blog Post: Podcasting and excercise

    I grabbed the lastest copy of iTunes, and I have to say that I am addicted to both podcasting and audio books. Since I am now training for the marathon 1.5 hours a day, my music library (pretty big) was starting to bore me. I subscribed to a couple podcasts and grabbed "The Divinci Code" from the iTunes...
  • Blog Post: Comcast Improves, and I finish my home theatre

    So, I decided to get a powered CATV amplifier for my house to see if my loosing picture with Comcast was maybe just the box saying “weak signal”. Well, this has solved the issue of it loosing picture! But, we are still having to power down the settops every couple weeks because it freaks out and I can...