Wednesday, January 31, 2007
I had installed BlogJet 2.0 on my laptop and started to go through the setup process, only to find it would not recognise my blog, or rather it would not even get through to the outside world.
Having entered Blog URL and login or blog URL and manually seleting Blogger old for the API bits, all I was getting was EIdConnect Timeout.
Some good news was that I got a response from Dmitry within the hour when i posted on Codingrobots' Blogjet Forum.
Just before hearing from Dmitry I was triple checking my blogger login details. I signed in successfully at Blogger using capitals at the start of my username. When looking at my account I saw that my username appeared everywhere with all characters in lowercase.
When I went back to BlogJet and tried using just lowercase in my blog login name I got a different message. While the new error message said "Invalid payload received from xml-rpc server" I see it as a good sign and that it is communicating with Blogger at last. fingers crossed for my trying tonight.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
A friend of mine has had a major piece of surgery and is now in the recovery phase. I don't want to seem cryptic but I wish to respect his right to privacy (yes, I know, I'm blogging it but hey - I'm not perfect), while still sending our very best wishes for a rigourous recovery. Fast or slow I hope it will be complete and with the minmum of discomfort.
Friday, January 19, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Mobile tech comes throughI knew that note taking at the meeting would go smoothly, as it had done in London a few weeks back; Axim x51v and bluetooth Stowaway keyboard.What actually worked extremely well was when a problem occurred this morning. A colleague, who was covering me while I went to Bristol, was caught in traffic following an uprooted tree in storms. Through a chain of phone calls I was reached as I drove up the motorway. Using the numbers stored in my p910i for voice dialing, I contacted and updated another colleague who was on his way in. All was well, until he was caught up in a diversion due to the storms. Another few calls and I had located someone just entering the building who could open it for the waiting visitors. Without the use of a phone with voice dialling and bluetooth earpiece I would not have been able to sort it.On the way back from the meeting today I stopped for a break and a coffee. There were a few ideas that occurred to me as part of the meeting, so I knocked off a few emails while at the coffee stop, (courtesy of the BTOpenzone).
Monday, January 15, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
I just realised I didn't take more than 20 minutes for lunch today so this counts as my break time.For a list of the best pocket PC software you can't do better than either:personal recommendation or the recommendation from a panel of people who represent users across the world.[Three things I would not be without are a screen protector and either a spare battery or device to recharge on the go and a hard case.]SoftwareIn lieu of the first, have a look at the Pocket PC Magazine Awards 2006 - it gives you a list of some of the best programmes out there and which ones have been selected as the best for 2006. Click on the link to descriptions, the software is in categories. They don't cover Office like applications: my personal favourite being Softmaker Office For handwriting recognition, the Dell does well already (tap on the triangle next to the keyboard symbol at the bottom of the screen - it there's no little triangle tap once on the keyboard symbol, and pick the data input option you want) but I recommend Phatware's Calligrapher
I love Phatware's products. I use their Phatnotes programme as it gives much more flexibility in how I store stuff. I have watched people blogging using their handwriting (known as inking in the Tablet PC world) and, from all accounts, I may have been the first in the world to do it from an Axim - see the December entries on my blog http://lowjib7.blogspot.com/. I use Phatware's PhatPad programme for this - it's a bit specialised and really for storing handwritten notes, not easy on such a small screen, I usually set the page size to A5 and zoom in to write, which gives me clearer handwriting but means I need to scroll quite a lot. For PhatPad to read handwriting and turn it into text at some point you need to also own their Calligrapher programme.
Other software I use:Flexmail 2007 - for email, much more flexible but just a bit fiddly when setting up initial foldersPocket Informant - essential PIM softwareSkype - used over wifi connectionHitchiker - programme for sniffing out wifi connections in the wild and attempting to connect (if it spots a conmnection where you have to pay e.g. Starbucks you at least know it's found one and then fire up your Browser to go through the login or pay/login process)Opera - much more flexible browser, allows tabbing and handles java scriptListpro - great for all sorts of lists that you can use flags, check boxes, filters, etc on
Spb Backup - to periodically take a snapshot of my main device memory in case I ever have to hard reset (totally wipe progs/data on actual x51veReader - for occassional eBook readingKeepTrack - track personal expenses?
The main supplier of extras I use is Proporta
I have their:?magnesium case - for 1100 mAH standard batteryaluminium case - for 2200 mAh extended battery screen protectorspower pack that takes rechargeable AA batteries and has an x51v conector on the endI picked up a couple of 2200 mAh batteries on ebay (from Hong Kong I think) and pretty much use them and the aluminium case, though the powered pda mount I got for Christmas needs the Axim in it's thinner standard magnesium case.If you ever try charging from just a USB connection be warned that the device has to be turned off, a normal USB connection only supplies enough power to use the device or charge it when the Axim is completely shut off.
Memory Cards - till now I use 7dayshop but UK Amazon ?have a sale on at the moment - something like 2Gb SD card for ?11 Other hardware:BT GPS receiver - a sirf III device that tracks up to 32 satellite channels rahter than the standard (till now) 20 - eBay viaHong Kong? -? only good if you want to get into something like TomTom but it was my birthday at the time - using gps to Surrey the other week to try different routes, spot things like off road garages, Little Chefs and speed cameras http://www.pocketgpsworld.com/?(annual membership needed) was brilliant.Stowaway (now known in many places as iGO) Universal BT keyboard - the latest version has a fourth row for separate numeric keys and I'd probably buy one except myStowaway keyboard is already soooo good for extended typing or taking notes at meetings.Replacement stylii that have a pen in one end under the cap, plus a 4-in-1 pen that includes a stylus tipSD/CF Card Reader - much quicker than Activesync to upload stuff from computer to card and vice versa e.g. large files or pictures.? NB When synching data I use Activesync 4.2 but if yours is a slightly earlier version and you backup stuff via Activesync and then try to restore using the newer Activesync it will not work - hence I use a third party backup porgramme.[By setting up a dialup connection and telling it to dial something like *99# the Axim can dialup your phone and connect to the Internet via whatever setup your phone has e.g. mine is set to connectvia GPRS wap when I surf on my phone and my Axim will use this when I am not near a wifi connection e.g. I get my emails on the bus when heading home. Be careful with connecting via your phone - unless you have a data plan in place that allows you unlimited or a certain amount of download bandwidth, it can be VERY expensive.]
Sundrymake a note of your Owner name.? With mine I couldn't recall whether I had used my middle initial after accidentally wiping it out.? Some software unlocks only with the Owner name you declared when buying it e.g. I couldn't reinstall with the registration code till I had the correct owners name.Register on the Aximsite Forums at http://www.aximsite.com/ a phenomenal site for info and advice - I am Philhellene on them and usually answer Hardware - Wireless questions when I can.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
I know some of my readers will email me after reading something but now is your time, come forth and post a comment, between you, me and the voices in my head we might get a conversation going.
Come one, come all
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
I am quite pleased, as I don't normally spot this sort of detail, certainly not at 11.40pm on a work night!Time to set the video.Goodnight all.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
I'll try to post something more positive, now that I have dug out the keyboard it should pick me up.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Friday, January 05, 2007
The site is Problogger and it's 31 Days to Building A Better Blog from Darren Rowse's Problogger site.
I came across it through stumbling onto a How To Explain RSS the Oprah Way on Stephanie Quilao's Back in Skinny Jeans blog. not in my normal reading, (I am the before model when it comes to beauty advice), but it's nice to move outside one's comfort zone.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
I throw out words like skimming stones across the water, much more for my enjoyment than anything else. While I blog because I want to make a contribution, share experiences and thoughts, I am the first to admit that mine is a parochial existance; I handle none of the latest gadgets or attend meetings with the great and the good, I don't even get to meet with geeks locally. Having said that, I firmly believe that every voice (even mine) is valuable and together they add up to something greater than the whole. Then there are the bleak times when I contemplate the size of my audience, number of responses to posts and my credentials when compared to so many bloggers whose efforts I enjoy so much.I think of my blog as something of substance and have generally thought of my emails as ephemeral. No lofty ideals or even hopes there, it is just me being honest and holding a conversation with a friend or aquaintance. That?s why it came as such a shock, to read my friend Buzz talking about something I said resonating so much.To have such a compliment from someone I respect so much is absolutely amazing - it's at times like this I realise that the pen is mightier than the tablet, pc, umpc, Pocket PC...I'd wouldn't give up Buzz's post for any of them.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
[There seems to be a problem displaying posts before 4/1/07 in Explorer 6.0 since this experiment with writing the html title field in the body of my post. I have phyically moved the title text to the Title box in the Blogger Edit Post section to see if this cures it. now to republish the blog and see.]
Monday, January 01, 2007
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- Feeling sheepish
- Bluetooth - world first in Winchelsea
- My name is Phil
- DVD watching Lesson 1
- Thoughts of a friend on the mend
- Another successful trip with the GPS
- One of those "why not before" inventions
- Mobile tech comes through
- Just sometimes the things that help DON'T!!!
- Uplifting posts
- A few words for a new Axim x51v owner
- Clinton Finch reviews PhatPad 4
- National De-lurking Week in the Blogosphere
- Pocket PC and keyboard
- Late Christmas present
- Catching up
- test post to get Diarist to insert actual titleThi...
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