Feb. 12th, 2007
Freebie for Windows Mobile devices  
If you have a Windows Mobile-powered device, from your mobile browser, go to:

wls.live.com

and download the little Live Search proggy. It says WinMobile only for the time being, although there was a java version of the program listed, so if you have a phone that supports java you may want to go for it.

Seems a bit like Google Maps for mobiles, but I can zoom in more closely and the clarity is better (at least for Los Angeles-area, YMMV).

Anyway, worth checking out.

Also, if you are a T-mobile Dash owner like me (HTC Excalibur), T-mo will be offering a free upgrade to WM6 in the next few months. You can of course download versions of it now, but if you want to wait for the official version.... Anyway, nice to know they're going to throw in an official upgrade.

 
 
 
Listening to: The Juliana Theory - Trance
 
 
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Psychologically Askeweverthefool on February 12th, 2007 - 11:52 pm
i'm thinking of getting the dash, is it any good?
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on February 12th, 2007 - 11:58 pm
I really like mine. It's a step down from the MDA, but the MDA is rather bulky. The Dash seems to have the right combination of features v. size, imho. Also (still comparing it to my MDA), it doesn't have a touchscreen, which is bonus points for me.

Overall, I've been pretty happy with mine.
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Psychologically Askeweverthefool on February 13th, 2007 - 12:04 am
i'm tempted to get it but i'm use to having a flip phone and i'm thinking if i'm going to try something pda-ish i may wait for the iphone which i'm falling in love with ----ahh decisions.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on February 13th, 2007 - 12:19 am
yeah, I DO miss flips, but I don't think I could have a phone that doesn't have a full keyboard anymore so that pretty much throws flips out the window for the most part.

I'm not getting excited about Apple's phone until I see it. First, Cingular's data plans are freakin' outrageous compared to T-Mo's, so the only way I'd get it is if I could unlock it. Then in my experience, for my use anyway, touchscreens have generally turned out to be more annoying(and fingerprints an OCD nightmare). I also think a touchscreen keyboard is a horrible idea for me as I'm not a hunt & peck typist.

I might've gotten excited about it having OS X under the hood (initially was), but any hope of that was killed when Apple announced that their phone will be locked down so that you cannot install user applications on it. That alone would prevent me from purchasing it. They're obviously going to try to lock you into buying everything from them/Cingular.
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Psychologically Askeweverthefool on February 13th, 2007 - 12:22 am
yeah you make a good point. i haven't had much use with touchscreens but i can see it can easily be hard to use/mistapping easily. i don't mind the idea of using cingular because i'm ikinda sick of the poor service i get with t-mo here in cali. but yeah i defeinitely have to try it out before making a decision.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on February 13th, 2007 - 12:33 am
Double check sure Cingular will give you better service. They were using the same towers all across California until Cingular bought AT&T Wireless. I think they sold all their towers to T-Mo since AT&T had the 850MHz frequency. I think they can still roam on T-mo towers (not totally sure about that though) so you probably have access to both the 1900 and 850 towers with Cingular.

I get pretty good coverage in L.A. with T-mo though. GSM frequencies don't penetrate buildings as well, so the only times i really have trouble are when I'm deep inside a building. My Dash seems to get better coverage and hold a signal a bit better than my MDA does, which might be largely due to my fingers not blocking the antenna when typing!
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Gantriochgantrioch on February 13th, 2007 - 03:26 am
Anyone for a game of Blackjack ;-)?
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