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Monday, May 10, 2004

I was just reading one of the funniest stories about cell phones - it is here (in German) so I translate it here partially:

A Norwegian guy jumps to the river to rescue a cell phone

Newspaper "Adresseavisen" from city of Trondheim in Norway reports that young man was walking down the bridge, when he noticed that a cellphone of some guy slipped down to the river "Nidelva". Despite strong protests from the owner the young man jumped to the river in attempt to save this cellphone! The river was very cold and the current in the river was strong.

In the end the young man couldn't save the cellphone but he had to be rescued himself by fire service and police. The police officer said "He really has given everything" [to save this cellphone].



Sunday, May 09, 2004

Just announced: in last year NTT DoCoMo - cellular network operator from Japan - achieved profit of over 4 billion Euro! NTT DoCoMo is known from forcing handset manufacturers to brand their handsets/celllphones with logo of NTT DoCoMo on the front.

Simarly Vodafone is doing.

So operators should demand from manufacturers to put their logo in the front and to hide (or not show at all) their own logo. Sounds familiar?
O2 cellular operator is great! after somebody calls me and we talk longer on the cellphone, then O2 credits my account with 0.5 EURO to reward me for incoming calls! I am happy that I dumped T-Mobile and Vodafone...
damn it, most fiction ebooks are available in MS READER format, but not in mobipocket reader format!!! (so I can't read them in my MS Smartphone) It is very very very bad that Microsoft has not ported MS READER to MS smartphone... it is soooooooooo bad.
after reflashing ROM of my e200 (MS Smartphone) I have noticed that only application that allows for text entry is "todo list" - and I again need to install the free notepad application in the smartphone to get any text entry working...

Saturday, May 08, 2004

wow ! Vodafone is selling - from this week - a real 3G (they call it "UMTS") phone - Samsung Z105! Real VIDEOTELEPHONY at last is available in cellphones in EU!
cellular operators here in EU are getting marketing crazy about UEFA Euro 2004 - football championships of Europe - loads off promotions... and SMS/MMS notifications to cellphones!

Friday, May 07, 2004

Sharp TM 100 is on sale at T-Mobile in EU (see for example here). It has keypad that retracts from underneath the display. OK, it looks quite nice but it has old-technology only-VGA-resolution (640x480) camera so I don't share enthusiasm regarding this cellphone. It must be 1 megapixel at least nowadays for cellphone to be worthwhile...
Do you remember that song about Kung-fu fighting? It goes like this:

Everybody was kung-fu fighting
Those cats were fast as lightning
In fact it was a little bit frightning
But they fought with expert timing






Nowadays we can travesty it this way:


Everybody is blogging
These bloggers are fast as lightning
In fact it is a little bit frightning
But they blog with expert timing



Wondering what kind of ebooks I read on my smartphone? Here is the one I am reading today. My smartphone thanks to mobipocket reader and to single handed usage (so with one hand I eat my gyros and with other hand I read an ebook) is super super super good for reading ebooks, no doubt about it!
wow! now after a couple of days have passed after upgrading its ROM the battery life in my e200 celllphone is like 200% of what it was before! it´s a different better phone now!

Thursday, May 06, 2004

mobipocket reader and reading ebooks is the killer application for my cellphone - I read ebooks almost everyday - whenever I have even a little bit of time...
mobipocket reader for ms smartphone is THE ONLY reader of ebooks available for ms smarpthone that allows for reading SECURE EBOOKS, (because MS hasn't ported the MS Reader that is known for users of pocket pc devices).

so one day, I try to read an ebook. I open the mobipocket reader as usual, but it shows in the title bar "Mobipocket Reader" but it hangs. It shows nothing (shows home screen but not the reader screen, just title bar).

then I thought that some files that mark bookmarks in the ebooks are corrupted so I deleted them and tried again. to no avail. the "mobipocket reader" hangs again.

then I updated the ROM of my e200 and relaunched my mobipocket reader but it still hangs after start - the home screen stays just title bar says "mobipocket reader".

my trust in either mobipocket reader or ms smartphone are shuttered.

then I restart the e200 and I run it into boot menu and I erase that permament storage. now the e200 looks like new. the orange home screen and all. I install the mobipocket reader again and start AND IT HANGS again. WTF? I ask myself.

then I have an idea: it may be this f*cked up implementation of SD card reading in HTC phones ! I have SD card from SanDisk - the best brand for SD cards so SanDisk cannot be at fault. I can read the card with file
explorer in smartphone or PC. but mobipocket reader may have problem.

I remove this SD card and reboot the phone and start mobipocket reader and now it works excellently!! it was it. damn it.

damn it, I say, I upgraded to new ROM (2.6.1.3), I hard resetettet it, and it all was pointless. all I needed to do was to remove SD Card and to put my ebooks to internal storage.

well, I think, but I have this 4 MB big eDictionary (oxford, over 100 000 words in it), so what to do if I can't use SD card? well, I have to put it into "/Storage/" folder, what I also do. I put the eDcitionary to storage folder and immedialy memory of my e200 is much smaller but since it is much bigger than in e100 it works out.

Jason Dunn continues to "help" his "friends" from slashpone by linking to ficticious stories that are totally invented and untruth. See here where he posts to a story that a Motorola's cellphone that is totally other design than MS Smartphone will be in fact a MS Smartphone. Guys from slasphone are completely telling lies just to attract traffic to their site and it is incredible to which extend Jason Dunn cooperates with them.
I am a fan of cellphones. I am have been writing at various websites about cellphones for many many years and to be precise it was since 1996 when I created my first website about cellphones. At that time - in 1996 - I purchased also my first cellphone which was Nokia 2110i (the one that had better antenna than 2110). I know about cellphones almost everything and from each point of view.

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