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?
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
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.
And 8 weeks later, the first smile captured:
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.
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...
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.
It will also list the schedule, previous results, and act as a RSS feed reader, with lots of RSS feeds to choose from with updates! The most important feature is that matches are listed in your own local timezone, not the German time :)
The only problem I see is that it will not minimise to the system tray. But we can live with that, if it's to get all the updates on this World Cup...
You are invited to witness this fantastic moment first hand together with leadership from VIA, HTC, and many others in the industry.
It goes on to say:
VIA OnDemand is a digital all-in-one platform... serving digital content OnDemand - anytime, anywhere, and any device.
The event is scheduled for this 8 June, 2:30pm Taiwan time.
There's a VIA OnDemand website now, but with a holding page, inviting users to come back later. You can also find an interesting PDF file "Peer-to-peer Communication and Entertainment for Mobile PCs" which probably can clarify more on this. In this PDF we find out more about this "total media client" as they call it, with IM, video conferencing, VoIP, content distribution and more.
We all know how HTC made its name by manufacturing Windows Mobile devices (Pocket PC, Pocket PC Phone Edition and Smartphones), but I can't find any reference to HTC and VIA OnDemand . What are these guys up to now?
I also have a smaller 60GB external drive which I use to copy the latest version of My Documents from the desktop, so I can travel with a fresh copy of everything that is important.
I was always intringued by on-line backup services though, and (as you know) having a 10Mbps (down)/2Mbps (up) cable-modem connection at home this kind of service started making sense.
But this week I found an interesting offering: Carbonite (affiliate link). It's an interesting service because it runs on my computer in the background. I just have to mark which folders or individual files to backup by right-clicking each in the Windows File Explorer and selecting the Backup/Don't Backup option.
It's also interesting because it costs US$5/month for unlimited storage (although I found out that unlimited is really the "average", but I know some people using more than 60GB already).
The cool stuff is that it doesn't have to be manually initiated. Any file changed since the last backup is automatically copied minutes after the change is completed. Very efficient and hands-off.
Also this is trully a full off-site backup. Even if my Desktop HDD, the Maxtor 1TB or the small 60GB external drive die I still have access to the files on Carbonite (affiliate link).
You can try it free now, and they don't ask for a credit card or anything during the trial. If you don't like it, simply stop using the service - no problems.
Also, if you are interested in promoting the service, you can join their Carbonite affiliate program.