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Newsgator for Windows Mobile

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 9-Jun-2006 16:42

I have been using the Newgator Mobile (beta) for a couple of weeks, but it looks like I can talk a bit about it now, since it's a according to Newsgator.

The software runs on Windows Mobile and completely integrates with the web-based Newsgator feedreader. It means that you can have all your Newsgator subscription being synchronised between the mobile device and the web-hosted RSS feedreader, replicating the Read status between device and on-line version.


The software has been under development by the guys behind Smartread, bought by Newsgator earlier this year.

You can download the beta now. I run my own Newsgator Enterprise Server (NGES), and apparently the NGES has all the same APIs as the public server, so in theory a future version of this software could even synchronise with NGES too.

Currently I synchronise the Newsgator Enterprise Server with my Exchange Server, so I get all my feeds on my Pocket PC through ActiveSync. The result is the same in terms of synchronisation, etc - but not everyone can run this platform, so the Newsgator Mobile software is perfect for users of the web-based Newsgator service.






Net Neutrality: contact your representative now

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 9-Jun-2006 11:28

I just received this e-mail from Google CEO, Eric Schmidt. Although I don't live in the USA, many of our readers do, so I decided to publish it here.

Also this is a most important issue, as explained in the letter.

Dear AdSense Publisher,

There's a debate heating up in Washington, DC on something called "net neutrality" – and the outcome of this debate may very well impact your business. Therefore, we are taking the unprecedented steps of calling your attention to this looming crisis and asking you to get involved.

Sometime in the next few days, the House of Representatives is going to vote on a bill that would fundamentally alter the Internet. That bill would give the big phone and cable companies the power to choose what you will be able to see and do on the Internet.

Today the Internet is an information highway where anybody – no matter how large or small, how traditional or unconventional – has equal access to everyone else. On the Internet, a business doesn't need the network's permission to communicate with a customer or deploy an innovative new service. But the phone and cable monopolies, who control almost all broadband Internet access, want the power to choose who gets onto the high-speed lanes and whose content gets seen first and fastest. They want to build tollbooths to block the on-ramps for those whom they don't want to compete with and who can't pay this new Internet tax. Money and monopoly, not ideas and independence, will be the currency of their Internet.

Under the proposed "pay-to-play" system, small- and medium-sized businesses will be placed at an automatic disadvantage to their larger competitors. Those who cannot afford the new Internet tax – or who want to compete directly with the phone and cable companies – will be marginalized by slower Internet access that will inevitably make their sites less accessible, and therefore less appealing.

Creativity, innovation and a free and open marketplace are all at stake in this fight. Imagine an Internet in which your access to customers is constrained by your ability to cut a deal with the carriers. Please call your representative in Congress at 202-224-3121. For more information on the issue, and more ways to make your voice be heard, visit www.ItsOurNet.org.

Thank you for your time, your concern and your support.

Eric Schmidt
CEO of Google Inc.

P.S. -- If you are unsure of who represents you in Congress, you can look them up by zip code at http://www.house.gov. And if you would like to stay informed about this issue, and other policy issues affecting Google, you can opt-in to our policy mailing list at http://groups-beta.google.com/group/googlepolicy/subscribe (powered by Google Groups).


You can also find out more about this on this Google page on Net Neutrality.



Google leads Search in the US, MSN trails

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 9-Jun-2006 10:47

Hitwise has just released a report listing the top three search engines in the USA, but number of searches. No surprise there, Google leads the charge in May 2006 with 59.3 of the searches, followed by Yahoo! with 22.0% and MSN Search in the trail with 12.1%.

All other search engines together had 7% of the total search market.

The report says

Google continues to lead the three major search engine providers in market share of executed searches, garnering more than half of the total volume of searches in May for the U.S. As the volume of searches stabilizes across the top three search engines, the battle to supplement search with additional services and win the loyalty of Internet users becomes critical.


Google Spreadsheet, Google Calendar, Google Mail, Google Earth, Google Finance, Google Video, Google Talk, Google Pack, Google Analytics, Google Blogger, Google Page Creator and more...






Telecom QuickChat and Versera: ahead of times

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 9-Jun-2006 10:33

Back in 1999 I designed and lead the team who implemented Telecom New Zealand's QuickChat. The idea was simple: since they didn't have SMS capabilities at the time, and to compete with the new "TXT" crazy coming from the hordes of Vodafone users, Telecom thought of a service where anyone could send a 20 seconds voice message to any other phone.

The message would be delivered instantly or a scheduled retry would kick in. Then SMS came into CDMA world, and Quickchat was all but (almost) forgotten. It is still alive (I think) and the web page is still there. I even met some people during some Windows Mobile User Group meetings that actually prefer to use Quickchat than SMS. It's voice after all, with all the impressions and nuances this medium provide, not the cold SMS lingo.

I also worked in another project, for a Latin American telco, where one could send a SMS to any number, and a text-to-speech engine would deliver it as a voice message, with the same scheduled retry idea.

Skip 9 years, and I see this press release:

Glenayre Messaging, a division of Glenayre Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEMS) and a global leader in providing next-generation messaging solutions and enhanced services, announced that VoiceSMS capability will be available on its leading Versera ICE(tm) next-generation messaging platform in the third quarter of 2006. Versera(r) VoiceSMS combines the fidelity of voice mail with the ease of SMS, which allows subscribers to move beyond the limitations of text messaging and provides a new and richer communications experience. The company will demonstrate Versera VoiceSMS for the first time at the CommunicAsia exhibition in Singapore, June 20-23, 2006. (Glenayre stand 4E3-01).

With VoiceSMS, subscribers simply dial a short code and a destination phone number then leave a voice message in an easier and faster way than typing out an entire message on the mobile keypad. The recipient gets an SMS message notifying them that they have a VoiceSMS message, which can be played by selecting the link provided in the SMS message.



Oh well... Reinventing the wheel, add a couple of bells, and we have a new car, right?




Microsoft Windows Vista Beta 2 Public Availability Servers

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 8-Jun-2006 11:41

Ok, this is just in: you can watch a video (or download it) with Chris Jones, a corporate Vice President for Windows, with the announcement of the official Windows Vista Beta 2 for the public eyes!

Just check this link for the video (links to Windows Vista Beta after the logo below): http://hive.net/Member/forums/16124/ShowThread.aspx#16124


An important step before you download the Windows Vista is to check compatibility and other stuff. Please read this page before downloading: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/preview.mspx

This Beta 2 release is now available in three languages (English, German, and Japanese) and in 32-bit and 64-bit editions.

When you register for the Customer Preview Program you will receive the Beta 2 release plus Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 (RC1) — the next major pre-release of Windows Vista — when it is available later this year. The information on this page pertains to both Beta 2 and RC1.

The Customer Preview Program is available in a limited quantity both through download and DVD kit ordering. Once the allotted quantity has been reached the program will be closed and no new orders will be accepted.

There are two ways to get Windows Vista Beta 2:

- Order the DVD kit and have it shipped to your home or office.
- Download the ISO file to your PC (An ISO file is an exact representation of a CD or DVD, including the content and the logical format. Once you download the ISO file, you’ll need to burn it to a DVD before you can install the software.)

Again, this is the link you need: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/preview.mspx





My Carbonite backup status

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 8-Jun-2006 11:26

In a previous post I talked about Carbonite (affiliate link), an on-line backup service. This is just an update on how things are going. The status report seems good:

That's right, almost all files/folders I've set for automatic backup are now on the server. Next thing I will try is a restore to see how fast it works.

It took about four days to upload these 5.7GB. My current connection at home is 10Mbps download/2Mbps upload, so this can give you the idea of traffic.

The service costs US$5/month for unlimited storage, so it should be a good off site strategy. Better than copying to an external drive and sending it to some friend's place. At least it is more readily available if I need to restore anything in an emergency.



Isabella at 8 weeks

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 7-Jun-2006 18:14

Isabella Maria, the first picture, 9 April:


And 8 weeks later, the first smile captured:







Astoria @ Wednesday

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 7-Jun-2006 17:55

Last night I missed the Geekzone Weekly Chat because I had to go out for something else (yes, we geeks do have a life!) and while out in the cold I took a couple of pictures of Astoria, before closing.



Some of you know I visit Astoria, Midland Park in Wellington, every Wednesday, from about 1pm. Since I work from home it's good to come to town and have time to meet some people face to face.

Both Microsoft and Vodafone are located on this building, and for being central is easy for other people to come and join me for lunch or coffee. Astoria has both Cafenet and Telecom NZ Hostpost Wi-Fi services, so I can bring my Tablet PC and work in between meetings.

They make one of the best coffee in town, perhaps not as good as Cafe L'affare, but I don't go there often because is out of the way for other people meeting me. Cafe L'Affare is very good for brunches on Saturday, but they are not open on Sunday. Next to Cafe L'Affare there's the Brooklyn Bakery, which is very child friendly (which is something we need now).

Back to Astoria, they also make one of the best steaks around, if you want them at lunch time.

If you are in town on any Wednesday you can either go there directly or simply contact me or post a comment to confirm I will be there.







Another super e-mail: Lycos

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 5-Jun-2006 23:20

My first webmail account wasn't Hotmail. It was Mailcity. This webmail service was later bought by Lycos, one of the many early portals on the Internet. I opened the Mailcity account back in 1995.

For years this was the only webmail I used, and used it for mainly registration in on-line forums. Then I got Hotmail (because of MSN Messenger mainly) and finally GMAIL.

I was just reading my Mailcity e-mails and, surprise, Lycos/Mailcity are upgrading the accounts. The basic free service (ad sponsored) will jump from 5MB to 3GB (yes, from 5 megabytes to 3 gigabytes). And there is no more limits on the size of invidual e-mails.

That's not bad...



Adobe being Evil (TM), or no Save As PDF on Office 2007 anymore

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 3-Jun-2006 10:46

The Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format was supposed to be open. There are lots of companies around offering free PDF converters, or even the "Save As PDF" functionality.

But when Microsoft decided to implement the "Save As PDF" format on Microsoft Office 2007, then Adobe decided to make it a "closed" format, by asking Microsoft to remove this feature from the package!

Now, that's evil, isn't it?

If small companies use the format, it's ok. But when a larger (ok, the big guy) decides to use the same format then it's not ok. Obviously certain companies have anti-[anything bigger than you] zealots around, right?

Microsoft plans to offer this feature as a separate download.

Not nice of you Adobe. And we do have Adobe software installed in the Apple iMac here at home. What a shame.





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