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aaaggghhh! my mobile is starting to die, after 2.5 yrs of love and happiness and iphoneless joy. just yesterday, while exercising, the bluetooth suddenly stopped working. ever since, i have not been able to get the mic and receiver to work. I figured it was the cuil new throttle launcher software that I was trying out. nope. uninstalled it and still no talking. maybe I just needed a soft reset (this thing is windows, you know). nope. still no talking. ok. let’s get crazy. backup everything and hard reset. waaaa! still no luck. although the phone rings, no other sound works and the thing won’t even go into speakerphone mode.

crap! i’m not ready for a new phone!

i am holding out for the touch pro. look at these reviews:

htc touch pro hardware hands-on
htc touch pro software and gui hands-on

now that is something to look forward to. look at the speed, the memory, the size, the keyboard, the flush screen, oh man!

let me know if you think there is something better and it doesn’t begin with the letter ” i “.

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I have just started playing around with a somewhat new technology from comvu.com for streaming live video from my ppc. now the quality is pretty low, the stream appears to have a 5-10 sec lag, but it works and it can only get better! check out my test streams…if you are really bored.

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I am at the verizon store and mike (guy in the center) just convinced me to get the new xv5800. well… he helped me convince myself to try it. with the $50 rebate, my “new every 2”, and employee discount, the thing is costing me only $150. here is the beauty in my hand, so small, so light, no antenna. sweetish!

so, this is my last posing with a 1.3 megapixel, touch screen. here’s to the touch screen! you’ve been good to me. now watch, i hate the wm6 standard for some crazy reason or can’t deal without wifi and return it in 30 days from the 6800 or i760… i wish the curve was out on verizon this month.

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i’ve seen this speech and heard the jokes and comments, but never seen the music video. here it is. and wow, i let my phone run this guy’s mobile operating system…

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what to do. my verizon new-every-two is up this month and the mobile phone upgrade choices are more confusing than ever.

the newest ppc/smart phones out on verizon are the htc titan (xv6800), samsung i760, and the htc libra (xv5800). here is a link to a comparison.

each one has good and bad, but how do i choose between them. i really like the form factor and weight and front number pad of the libra,

but it is not touch screen (which i don’t think i need), not bluetooth 2.0, no jog wheel, weaker battery, and no one is talking about it.

the i760 is an ugly version of everything that the libra is, plus the larger touch screen,

but it has a proprietary connector that can not sync and charge at the same time, the talk/end buttons are on the side, less rom (128 vs 256), 1.3mp camera.

the titan is probably the best of the bunch, having all of the important things: 2mp camera, bluetooth 2.0, 256mb rom, large touch screen, good keyboard,

but after having the apache (6700), i’m not sure i want the same sort of phone again. is that wrong?

maybe i should just hold out for 3-6 more months and see what hardware the google android project ends up on or what the palm 800w looks like, or, heaven forbid, the blackberry pearl or 8830, the motorola q or the blackjack ii.

aaarrrrrrrrggggghhhhhhh! too many options!!!!

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this is a test of how well diarist works for my pocket pc, because pocketSharp isn’t working so well for me on my htc apache ever since i upgraded to wm6. even when the slide kbd is out the sip keeps popping up with every keypress. i have to post a message up there and see how it goes. it really has only one little issue that bugs me. uploading images does not work quite perfectly. but now with the sip not working right, maybe it is time to look for something else…
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sorry about the technology posts, but i need to start posting more about the technology that i play with.

so i have this verizon xv6700 phone and it runs the dreaded micr0$0ft mobile operating system. now i have to say that i have thoroughly enjoyed this device as a media player (using tcpmp, not windows media player) and as a blogging tool (pocket sharp mt is a great posting tool) and verizon’s high speed internet makes using google maps awesome. i mean i totally got a friend and myself un-lost in lower nyc because he had a t-mob blackberry pearl. i could type faster and download map images faster. and i don’t know where i’d be without wireless downloading of all of my podcasts (using ilium’s newsbreak).

did you notice the part of the device that i did not mention? right! the phone part. it’s really not that great a phone. well yes, and the operating system part is not the greatest either. and that brings me to the upgrade.

i have been following some of the pocketpc forums around hacking the phone to make it do things that were hidden from us and unlock features that were blocked in the software and other customizations… fascinating stuff! and it is amazing how much time people put into making the device work the way they want it to, instead of just conforming to the way the phone carrier or micr0$0ft wants us to use it.

just recently someone released a version of the rom that upgrades my phone to the latest version of the operating system, knowing that verizon and other carriers have abandoned the device for the newer ones and therefore forcing people like me to shell out another $300 for the latest software on hardware that is not all that much better.

last weekend i finally sat down and attempted the upgrade and it worked. and here is my new-feeling phone, still not customized yet to look real snazzy, but at least the os is upgraded and there are some new apps that are kinda cool. and except for something with my backup software that totally hangs the device, the os is snappier and much more stable.

wm6 htc startup screen IMG_9550

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and again, the cool part is that someone else noticed that this rom release is sorta generic and had some minor flaws for verizon customers, so he has taken that customized rom and made his own version of it that corrects a bunch of stuff and adds a few other helpfull apps specific to my carrier. in a matter of weeks, when the carrier has not even done squat for over a year. this just rocks!! so this weekend, now that i am more confident that i can run these upgrades easily, i will be putting an even newer version on my phone. can’t wait!!

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