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Google Mars Launched

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 14-Mar-2006 10:19

For all of you Mars Explorers, Google has released Google Mars. Go have a look in what land is available in the other planet, before real estate agents cut all the pie!



We bought a house!

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 14-Mar-2006 09:47

Yes! We had the visit from the real estate agent last night, just after dinner... She told us how another offer was a bit higher, but had conditions. So we moved up a little bit (not as high as the other one though) and got the house. We will not be moving until end of April though, because the current owner is still finishing a boat (they are moving to the sea), and because our baby is due anytime in early April. It is going to be fun to move with a newborn. Any helpers? One of the conditions to buy a house was to find one in an area with TelstraClear cable modem coverage. This house is already connected to TelstraClear, so it's all good to go!



Windows Mobile BlackBerry?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 14-Mar-2006 09:19

Over at RIMarkable there's a comment on a poll running on the BlackBerry Forums: "How about a BlackBerry that runs Windows Mobile?": "...I am not saying that Research in Motion should scrap the BB OS for Windows Mobile. I am, however, saying that with RIM clearly getting into the consumer market and plans for a BlackBerry with multimedia capabilities and an integrated digital camera seemingly on the way, offering a device based on the Windows Mobile OS is not a stretch." Robb continues saying: "There are a ton of applications already developed for Windows Mobile. RIM would be able to tap into this large application base and not have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to adding new features to the BlackBerry. Microsoft is in this space to stay and it is always easier to partner with Microsoft than it is to compete head-to-head against them. I honestly don’t think that Microsoft cares if you use a BlackBerry or some other PDA type device so long as it runs Windows Mobile and connects to Exchange on the back end. Just look at how well the Treo 700w is doing right now." Also, in the comments there's a link to a rumour on RIM bringing a Windows Mobile Blackberry device to the market. Although someone could be confusing the RIM BlackBerry Connect service with the RIM BlackBerry handheld. Sounds good, and sounds right...



Xooglers: New Zealand is not Evil

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-Mar-2006 14:11

According to Ron, on Xooglers' blog: "The problem with this critque IMO is that it conflates China with the Chinese government. They are not the same thing, any more than the United States is the same thing as the United State Government. The Executive Branch of our government has done some things that I would consider evil. If I were to follow the logic of Google's critics I suppose that to maintain my own ethical integrity I would have to renounce my citizenship and move to New Zealand. (To tell you the truth, there are times when that seems like a pretty tempting option.)" Yes, way to go... New Zealand is not evil



Viral: Sprint Cellphone Crime Deterrent

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-Mar-2006 12:11

Boys and toys, always big competition. Enough said:



Viral: The Cleaning Hunk

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-Mar-2006 11:41

This is a new section in my blog: viral marketing campaigns... You know, those websites and jokes that are actually trying to sell something, and keep being sent around by thousands of people, until everyone got at least eight to ten copies of the e-mail saying "This is funny"... Anyway, try this one (may be NSFW, but I can't see why): The Cleaning Hunk



UMPC websites

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-Mar-2006 10:50

Since the UMPC designs being released now (based on the Project Origami) are running Microsoft Windows Tablet PC, it's natural some Tablet PC-related websites spawn new domains targeting this platform.


So, for your enjoyment check out these two new sites:

- www.ultra-mobilepcs.com
- http://ultra-mobilepcs.com (by my fellow Microsoft MVP and Hive moderator Terri Stratton).



Entrepreneurial Proverbs

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 10-Mar-2006 13:20

From O'Reilly Radar, this is a great list of "Entrepreneurial Proverbs" and some explanations (via the Business Opportunities Weblog): - It’s good to be king - Losing sucks - Building to flip is building to flop - Prudence becomes procrastination - Momentum builds on itself - Jump when you are more excited than afraid - Pay attention to the idea that won’t leave you alone - If you keep your secrets from the market, the market will keep its secrets from you - Immediate yes is immediate no - Build what you know - Give people what they need, not what they say they need - Your ideas will get better the more you know about business - Three is fine; two, divine - Work only with people you like and believe in - Work with people who like and believe in you, just naturally - Great things are made by people who share a passion, not by those who have - been talked into one - Cool ideas are useless without great needs - Build the simplest thing possible - Solve problems, not potential problems - Test everything with real people - Start with nothing, and have nothing for as long as possible - - The best investor pitches are plainspoken - No means maybe and yes means maybe - For investors, the product is nothing - The best way to get investment is not to need it



Windows Mobile Smartphone with square screens?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 10-Mar-2006 11:12

Although we do have some Windows Mobile Pocket PC devices going around with square screens, this is not the case for Windows Mobile Smartphones. Like before, Handango seems to be spilling the beans. Last year, before the HP introduction of their Windows Mobile Messenger series developers signed with Handango received an e-mail asking them to create programs for this screen format. This is happening again, but this time for the Smartphone class of devices. Interesting...



i-mate releases Jasjar ROM update

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 10-Mar-2006 10:32

According to reports in some sites (including my fellow MVP Chris Leckness' own Mobility Site) it looks like a new i-mate Jasjar ROM is now availabe for download. I am downloading it now from the i-mate ftp site and even though I have a 10Mbps connection here at home it's coming down very slowly. I would expect this to download in a few minutes, but at this pace it will take 2 hours... Hello i-mate, fix your server, add more bandwidth: make your customers happy! This will replace my beta ROM, used for testing Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU2 with direct push e-mail. Not sure if this one contains the AKU2 but let's find out. edit: just noticed there is a http transfer available, and it's faster: this will take 1 hour only.



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