A couple of weeks ago I posted an article criticizing Microsoft for the lack of innovation in Windows Mobile 6.5. Engadget has had a flurry of articles on the topic over the past month, and there is an interesting trend in the comments. Most commenters are getting into heated fanboi arguments over which is better: iPhone, WM6.5, WebOS, etc. To me this argument misses the point of the chief criticism towards Microsoft and the Windows Mobile 6.5 offering. The point is not to compare WM6.5 with iPhone and others, but instead to compare WM6.5 with WM6.1 and previous versions. Microsoft has stated that WM6.5 will probably not be available until the end of the year, and at that time will only be available on new phones. So the question is, is WM6.5 enough of an improvement over WM6.1 to purchase a new phone?
I just read a post from @absenth referencing an article in Linux Journal about the relevancy of the OS. The crux of the article is that, due to the transition to Cloud Computing and Software as a Service, the host OS is becoming less important. Users are less concerned over the version of Windows or MacOS that the system is running, and more concerned with finding a good web browser and an office suite. This trend is most visible in the netbook arena where most offerings include a stripped down version of Linux at a reduced price.
I tried a little experiment tonight. I wanted to see if my Artigo Pico-ITX machine could act as a Hulu client. I cleared off the machine and installed Ubuntu 8.10. After installing the flash plug-in for Firefox I pulled up Hulu and loaded a 30 second clip from Family Guy. The audio was perfect, but the video was very choppy. I checked the resource monitor and the CPU was just getting hammered. I guess I'm a little disappointed that even with a 1GHz processor and 1GB of memory, this little machine can't display streaming video. YouTube suffers from the same stutter. This is unfortunate, as I had hoped to connect this box to my HDTV as a quick and dirty web video streamer.
I've gotten into the habit of donating blood to the Indiana Blood Center every two months when the blood mobile comes around. Today was no exception, but it was also Friday the 13th. My morning schedule was busy, but it looked liked I could fit everything in:
- 8:00am Brief introduction to potential employer
- 8:30am Donate blood
- 10:30am On-Site interview
Posted by Adam Jones at 2:18 PM
After I gave up my BlackBerry, I switched back to using my Dell Axim PDA. I'm very happy with it, and I'm having great luck with Windows Mobile 6.1 One thing that I have struggled with is to find a way to synchronize my mobile calendar, contacts, and e-mail with my Google calendar, contacts, and e-mail. Actually, I should not include e-mail, as that was always easy to do. You can synchronize either via POP or IMAP, whichever you prefer.
So next up was calendar synchronization. My goal was to find a solution that would synchronize my work calendar with my google calendar, and both my Google and work calendars onto my PDA. The first app I tried for this was Google Calendar Sync for Mobile Devices (GCSfMD). This is an application that runs on a Windows Mobile 5.0 or later device and synchronizes the calendar data on the PDA with the Google Calendar. The advantage here is that my work calendar would sync to my device, and then GCSfMD would modify the calendar to also include my Google Calendar appointments. Unfortunately GCSfMD is a one way sync. If I change an appointment on my Google Calendar my device is updated, but if I change an appointment on my device, the Google Calendar is unaltered. So my next attempt was to use Google Calendar Sync. Although the two have very similar names, they behave in very different ways. Google Calendar Sync synchronizes your Outlook calendar directly with your Google Calendar. It is a two-way sync, so if you update either your Outlook Calendar or your Google Calendar, the updates are synchronized between both. This is a great app, and I have gotten great use out of it the last few weeks.
This left contact synchronization. There simply is no good solution for synchronizing Outlook Contacts and Google Contacts. Likewise, the only application that I found that will synchronize my mobile contacts with Google Contacts is OggSync.
Fortunately, today Google released Google Sync. Google Sync works with Windows Mobile and iPhone devices to synchronize both the Calendar and Contacts with your Google data. Best of all, it required no installation on my PDA! I simply modified my ActiveSync setup to point to the Google Mobile server, and everything synced up perfectly.
A couple of questions you might have:
- Why not just use the device web browser to check the Google sites directly?
- How do you merge the data?
- Can I sync my device with both Google and Outlook?
In an ideal world, my device would sync and store all of my various calendars, contacts, e-mail, and data from as many sources as I wanted. Until then, the combination of Google Sync and Google Calendar Sync will fill the void.
Over the years I've had the opportunity to review hundreds of resumes. In doing so I've found that there are certain things I scan for in a resume. If I scan and find what I'm looking for quickly, you'll get a phone interview. If it isn't there, or I don't find it on a quick scan, you might be out of luck.