Just picked up this one from one of my work related RSS feeds, essentially a DVB to IP multicast convertor, this is designed for corporate enviromentsÃ‚Â byÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â soundÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â thingsÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â definatly not the home network but it can’t be too long before someone makes a more compact version to do similar things on a home network, it’d be a perfect add-on for a home server. I know someone who has done this in linux, sending out the transport stream from a DVB-T receiver over multicast and then using VLC to act as the ‘tuner’,Ã‚Â certainlyÃ‚Â somethingÃ‚Â I’llÃ‚Â beÃ‚Â tryingÃ‚Â onceÃ‚Â IÃ‚Â getÃ‚Â myÃ‚Â homeÃ‚Â serverÃ‚Â upÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â running…
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The contract has come up on my O2 XDA MiniS, its been a good phone to be honest although I wasn’t sure at first, Windows Mobile is not without its issues for me at least, MMS support is woefully poor (in WM5), the integration with Outlook while great for some is not perfect for me, but there are ways around this such as Gmobilesync for the calendar. All the same, the benefits delivered in terms of flexibility, availabilityÃ‚Â of third party software such as Google Maps Mobile, and increased use of the device as a result make it worth while.
A short while ago the iPhone coverage couldnt be avoided, I’m just thankful its over now, every US blogger of note had themselves worked up into a frenzy over this thing (in another news Kleenex announced a record sales increaseÃ‚Â forÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â sameÃ‚Â period (sorry bad joke)). Me, I can’t see myself parting with that much money for a phone, if I had the money I’d could buy a nice big flat tv for that sort of cash. Additionally, having had the luxury of a full keyboard on my current hand set I can’t bring myself to part with it, I prefer the tactile feedback of a real thumb board to a virtual keyboard, whether it has an Apple symbol attached or not. Someone has been quick to conduct research to prove the value of this tactile feedback as well.
In the perfectÃ‚Â world,Ã‚Â a replacementÃ‚Â handset would have 3G, Wifi, GPS, physical qwerty keyboard, touchscreen andÃ‚Â 2 sim card slots so I can ditch the work phone. Closest I can find is the E-ten M700, which has almost everything except the 2 sim card slots. Its either that or the HTC Kaiser which as mentioned on my Google Maps post I have been assured should be released fairly soon on T-Mobile. They both have their positives, the HTC has a better camera, however styling, size and an improved GPS chipset (SiRFstar III) make the E-ten a winner for me, I have a decent camera already. I just need to find a network who’ll carry it now unless I go back on what I said earlier about paying for phones and cough up but its not cheap!
Update (12/11/2007): I bought the Kaiser, click here for the post.Ã‚Â
I had a go at using Google Maps Mobile for the first time yesterday on my O2 XDA Mini S, I must say I was impressed, its interesting to see that this is the only application (that I am aware of) which Google have released as a proper Windows Mobile installer. There’s a java based application for Gmail but its pretty useless for the most part, if they had taken the time to make a full program for windows mobile perhaps it might have had useful features such as integration with the today screen on windows mobile and not such a dodgy connection with the gmail servers.
I digress, anyway, I ended up trying maps mobile on Oxford street in the end after failing to find a particular branch of Maplin, the fact that you can install from the phone without going through active sync is in itself a good thing. I’ve yet to try it out with the bluetooth GPS I use for satnav but I’m impressed so far.
Now the only bad part is standing there thinking of the data costs and cringing, my next phone is probably going to be the HTC Kaiser and with that I think one of the T-Mobile web n walk plans might go down quite well. I’ve been in contact with a couple of T-mobile people via email and have been assured that they will be carrying the phone, although they refuse to comment further on when, they won’t even narrow it down to a month which is quite frustrating. However when it does arrive, with GPS on board this should be quite a decent phone to use with the maps app.
Update (12/11/2007): I bought the Kaiser and yes google maps works very well, click here for the post…