USB On The Go – Bilder von der Kamera mit Kabel auf das Handy übertragen

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Ich weiss nicht wie gut bei euch die WiFi Apps der Kamerahersteller zum Transfer auf das Handy funktionieren – bei mir ist das eher Mondphasen-abhängig. Und da man das ja tut um die Bilder SCHNELL auf dem Handy zu haben habe ich mich nach einer anderen Lösung umgesehen.

Gestolpert bin ich dann über eine 100% zuverlässige Lösung für EUR 8,75:

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Das Kabel macht das Handy zum USB Host über den USB On-The-Go Modus.

Wenn ich die Kamera mit dem Kabel an mein Handy anschliesse öffnet sich der “Camera Importer” und zeigt mir alle (JPG) Bilder auf der Kamera an (die sollte im MTP Modus sein), von wo ich sie dann importieren kann.

Funktioniert sofort, zuverlässig und immer. Was will man mehr.

Windows Phone 7 – no copy&paste, no multitasking?? WTF??

Can anyone say deja vu?

Gizmodo says Windows Phone 7 won’t have multitasking to save battery life.

Engadget says Windows Phone 7 won’t have copy&paste.

OK, can I see some serious Microsoft bashing now, please? I mean, at least at the level that Apple was hit when the first iPhone didn’t have copy& paste? And Microsoft had quite some time to watch that happen and change, don’t you think?

It seems being a copycat is harder than we all thought…

Old gadgets are still useful: Blackberry 7290

When I’m on the road, I usually have my work laptop with built-in 3G with me. I also carry a Nokia 3270 Classic for phone calls (robust, great keyboard, fantastic battery life) and an iPod Nano for podcasts and music (the iPod Touch is a lot more fun, but crap for in-car usage).
My work phone does not have a data plan, so I have to use the Laptop for Twitter and emails. As the &%$%§ Vista machine needs 10 minutes to wake up from standby, this is not exactly perfect. I have a dual SIM for my data card (it’s my personal SIM), so I decided to get a cheap device with QWERTZ keyboard for email and Twitter.

I quickly found a Blackberry 7290 in mint condition on eBay for EUR 50 – not bad for a start!

Now, the problem is that you usually need to buy Blackberry Service from your operator to use data services, which I did not want to do. So the first step was to update to OS 4.1, which allows you to simply enter a GPRS APN that apps can use.

Then of course the BB still refuses to let you use the built-in browser to download apps. In order for the browser to even appear, you usually (again) need to subscribe to BB service, then your operator will push something calles a “Service Book” to your device, which unhides the browser.
It’s a good thing there are smart people out there, so please got to “Blackberry without BIS” where you can simply download a service book and install it through the BB desktop software.

Then use the browser to download some apps – unfortunately not all will work with OS 4.1.

What I got:

  • The GMail Client which even works with my Google Apps account, and will flash the LED when new mail arrives. This is as good as push for me, without requiring the BIS service.
  • Opera Mini for browsing
  • GoTalkMobile for GTalk
  • BlackBird as a Twitter client (not great, but haven’t found a better one yet)

All in all, a decent experience with minimum spending. It’s an incredibly robust device with USB charging, outstanding battery life and a great keyboard. Recommended.

The mobile web sucks?

Scott Karb says so, and gets Russell into rant mode:

“Really, if someone wants to write a blog post with an inflammatory title like, “mobile web sucks”, then they really should have a fucking clue what they’re talking about first. I can talk quite intelligently about the things that suck about Web 2.0 sites, and modern web publishing, I expect the same sort of intelligence when criticizing the stuff I do for a living. That’s fair, no?”

Good to see Russ come back to what he was before his blogging hiatus ;)

From where I stand, the mobile web is not too useful, but for completely different reasons:

  • I primarily use my company phone with a dual SIM (i.e. business and private number on one SIM), and there is not flat rate data plan. If I wanted to use the mobile web properly, I’d have to carry a second phone which I’m not willing to do right now
  • Screen size doesn’t matter that much to me, but being able to type does. Small keyboards limit the amount of stuff I’m willing to do on a mobile. For checking mail and Twittering / IMing it’s fine, but anything else is too much of a hassle
  • As long as I don’t have an iPhone, formatting on mobile devices leaves a lot to be desired. Checking GMail on my Nokia S40 phone requires me to scroll for about 5 seconds before I get to the information. Read my post on mobile GMail for more details.

I can see where the criticism comes from, but if you want to have a great mobile web experience, there are definitely ways.

New GMail Mobile version

Markus writes about a new version of http://m.gmail.com for mobile devices.

Unfortunately, the mobile version of mail in for hosted accounts (GAFYD) has not been updated. So, not only do Google Apps users not get the J2ME app, they also don’t get the new mobile html version.

Guys, I’m not sure I’m willing to take this a lot longer. If Yahoo decides to let me send emails with my own domain as a sender, I’m gone.

UPDATE 2007-10-12: Scott Hanselman has a solution!

Why MP3 phones still suck

I have been looking into MP3 phones ever since I started listening to podcasts. So far, I’m not using one – which is quite funny being the kind of geek I am. I’d really love to – I’m on the road a lot, so every device I can get rid off means less weight, one less sync cable, and one less charger.

So, why am I still using my iPod, then, you might ask? Quite simple: the MP3 phone manufacturers so far have tried making teenagers happy, which seems to be good enough for them. If all you do is drop the occasional MP3 onto your phone, todays phones will work for you.

If you’re listening to podcasts and/or work with frequently changing playlists, todays solutions suck. Totally.

My daily routine involves updating my podcast subscriptions, plugging in the iPod and leaving the house. I can be sure that my iPod will not only have the most up to date podcasts, it will also have gotten rid of the ones I have allready listened to. Great, huh..?
This kind of simplicity is what has made Apple so successful.

The only mobile phones that integrate into desktop applications for MP3 management so far are Windows Mobile phones. Unfortunately they only work with Windows Media Player, which does not include a podcatcher. So, things work, but in an extremely crude way.

iTunes can only be used manually or through third party tools. One of the better sync tools is probably iTunes Agent, which lets you use smart playlists. A cascade of smart playlists lets you do the sync.

What all of these solutions lack is a feedback to the PC application, i.e. management of which podcasts have been listened to already. Not only is this not visible on the phone, it also does not get back to the PC, so you can’t delete the episodes you’ve already listened to.

In a nutshell: for podcast listeners, there currently is no alternative to the iPod in terms of synchronisation functionality. A huge gap that cries to be filled, if you ask me. Given that the so-called “smart” phones can run applications, this should not be too hard.

What’s your take – are you satisfied with listening to podcasts on something other than an iPod?

Thoughts on Outlook fields

Arne Hess ponders Outlook fields

“How about you? Are your business contacts, friend and family members are carrying more then one mobile phone only and how do you add more then one mobile phone number to your Outlook? Do you also think Outlook 2007+ should better have new fields since the fields above are not representing today’s world of communication anymore?”

That’s an excellent observation – otoh, it’s hard for Microsoft to change that (at least the getting rid of dated fields part), because there’s millions of people who might be using them.

*My* biggest gripe with that is the totally useless birthday mechanism. Yes, I can store a person’s birthday, but not the birthdays of their spouses and/or kids. The only way to do that is to enter appointments manually (which loses the link to the contact) or to create separate contacts for them (bad idea).

It would also be nice to have derived contacts – i.e. when I create a contact for somebody’s significant other, the address is likely to be identical. When I change the address, I would like to only do it in the master and have it propagate to the derived contacts as well (same is true for home phone etc.).