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Telecom New Zealand CDMA EVDO Rev A

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 4-Dec-2006 10:48

Very short note: Telecom New Zealand is set to introduce their CDMA EVDO Rev A upgrade from the 12 December 2006...

FooBar poster and web 2.0

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 3-Dec-2006 09:01

That's very cool. These guys at eBoy develop pixel art and sell posters based on their creations. There are posters picturing cities, scenes, but this one out, called FooBar is too interesting:

Try to find all the web technology-based companies you know...

They also make other types of art, including some sexy scenes (look for the girls tag) but the pixel art stuff is really amasing...

Valued MSN Customer

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 3-Dec-2006 08:34

Last week I found a box at my doorstep and after seeing the sender was Microsoft Corp, One Microsoft Way, I thought "Cool, a Microsoft Zune for review".

Not quite, but thanks to the MSN Team! First time using this new mug:

Vodafone activities this week

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 2-Dec-2006 19:22

This coming week (4 December) is going to be interesting. I have received an invitation to attend the opening of Vodafone New Zealand's new flagship retail store, in Wellington (Lambton Quay) and will take some pictures to post in the Vodafone forum later.

I am also meeting with Dion Knill (Vodafone New Zealand) and Colin Hankins (RIM) to talk about the new BlackBerry handheld device to arrive in these islands: the BlackBerry Pearl.

RIM BlackBerry Pearl
The BlackBerry Pearl comes with digital camera, multimedia capabilities and an expandable memory slot for the first time. It measures just 4.2" x 1.97" x .57" and weighs only 3.1 ounces. The BlackBerry Pearl is a quad-band GSM/GPRS and EDGE-enabled mobile device. It comes with built-in 64MB flash memory, expandable with a MicroSD card.

With the BlackBerry Pearl users will be able to use Voice Activated Dialing (VAD) through a Speaker Independent Voice Recognition, support for polyphonic, mp3 and MIDI ring tones, and call management features such as smart dialing, conference calling, speed dialing and call forwarding. It also features a speakerphone and Bluetooth 2.0 for use with hands-free headsets, car kits and other Bluetooth peripherals such as a GPS receiver.

BlackBerry Desktop Software synchronization via Bluetooth is also supported.

The BlackBerry Pearl comes with a media player and stereo headset jack so users can enjoy their favorite music and videos on the go. Music and video clips are delivered with rich sound and vivid color. MP3 and ACC music files and MPEG4 and H.263 video files are supported.

Interesting that it's only GPRS/EDGE, not WCDMA/HSDPA, but for e-mail this can prove enough (unless you are in a touristic area with poor GPRS coverage).

I don't know yet all the availability details, but will post more information Tuesday afternoon, after the meeting. 

Here's a quick run on the BlackBerry Pearl. I haven't seen one yet, so I can't confirm any of these comments.


Do you want to sponsor us to CES 2007?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 2-Dec-2006 11:54

I have the confirmation of my trip to attend the Windows Vista RTM Lab and CES 2007, both events happening early January 2007 in Las Vegas.

This will be my second trip to attend the CES (Consumer Electronics Show), and my fourth (or fifth?) trip attending a Microsoft Featured Community site event.

From past experience I know that it's almost impossible for a single person to attend the events and cover the whole show, find new stuff, take pictures and write about this.

I am thinking of having a second Geekzone person with me during the event, and I am currently looking for a sponsor for his trip. What kind of sponsorship? Tickets for the second Geekzone person, accomodation, cellular data for our on-line real-time postings, anything on these lines are welcome...

Full disclosure: Microsoft Corp is currently sponsoring my own trip, but if you want to be added to the list and have your company acknowledged in our posts, please contact me for this opportunity.

Ilium Software eWallet 5.0 for Windows Mobile and Desktop

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 2-Dec-2006 07:00

It looks like the folks at Ilium Software are working hard. I have been testing the new eWallet 5.0 Beta, which should be public now, and it is really a great improvement on an already great product.

I have been using eWallet since my days of Palm. Since then I moved from the Palm to Windows Mobile and from desktop to desktop without having to change anything or re-enter any data. I now have more than 500 passwords, document numbers, credit cards, bank accounts, server configuration stored in this electronic wallet.

The new eWallet 5.0 Beta brings a couple of features I have really enjoyed testing. The visual, with all new icons is really stunning, but being abe to synchronise the electronic wallet between multiple PCs and Pocket PCs is great.

Here is what I do: I have a copy of my .wlt file on my desktop, a second version on my tablet PC and a copy on my server. Both my desktop and tablet PC are using the new feature that allows this file to be synchronised between a PC and a network server address.

In my case I use Hamachi to create my virtual network, so wherever I am with my tablet PC I am connected to my LAN. When I open this file on the tablet PC it will attempt to synchronise with my server, and it will do it again when I close the file. Back at my desktop the program is configured to synchronise to the same server, again on open and close.

There's no more copying the file between PCs now, everything goes through my server. And this is automatically synchronised to my Pocket PC.

Great software, even better.

Now I really have to go and finish writing some Pocket PC software reviews I have queued here.

Last Sony Ericsson Symbian smartphone leaves the house

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 1-Dec-2006 19:07

For months I have been trying to convince my wife to switch from the old Sony Ericsson P800 (Symbian UIQ-based) to a new Windows Mobile device.

I suggested the Windows Mobile device mainly because she is now keen on checking her e-mails while on the go, and the good old Sony Ericsson P800 wouldn't work with any push e-mail solution, only pop3 and imap. Since we have a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 here, Microsoft Direct Push is an ideal solution, with no need of third-party software.

But she liked (note the past tense) her P800 because it is quite a compact  smartphone, with touch screen.

Today the P800 met the floor. Hard. And she asked if I had any phone she could borrow. The only ones I have around here are Windows Mobile Pocket PC, so she's now using an old i-mate Pocket PC Phone Edition. We might have to look for a newer more up-to-date model for her soon.

The bad side for me? Just last month I bought a brand new battery for this phone... Well, as posted in the post title, this is probably the last Symbian device in this house.

Windows Live Search for mobile beta

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 1-Dec-2006 18:25

Do you have a web connected phone or smartphone? Or are you using a Windows Mobile Pocket PC, Windows Mobile Smartphone, or even a Java-based phone? Microsoft is beta testing a mobile application based on Windows Live Search that will allow you to search for directions, get traffic information, directory data, all from your device.


You can access the new Windows Live Search for Mobile beta from your phone's web browser by visiting, or from a small client application downloadable from this page. The client is available for Windows Mobile or Java phones. Users can also get this information via SMS.

If you don’t have a data plan or a web enabled device, you can simply send a text message to 95483 (WLIVE in the U.S.) with a query like “Toys Chicago, IL” or “Coffee 90210” and you’ll immediately receive a text message reply with the nearest business listings with address and phone numbers.



With the client you are able to search for a business or other information from your mobile device, check addresses and even get directions how to get there.

You also have access to traffic information, including some detailed maps with green/amber/red routes pointing out bottlenecks in the transit system.

The service is currently available for the U.S. only.

Free Microsoft Windows Vista Professional and Microsoft Office Professional 2007

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 29-Nov-2006 21:43

Yes, that's right... But read the fine print and you will find out that like other U.S. promotions, this is only valid in the 50 United States (including District of Columbia).

Still reading? Good. Here's the deal: Power Together is a series of webcasts and on-line labs about Microsoft's new Windows Vista and Office system. Complete three webcasts on each series and you get a free licence for one of those software.

There's also a page with promotions, and the best one is a 15% discount on Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition plus an MSDN Premium or Professional subscription. I tell you this: a MSDN subscription is worth it (if you are in New Zealand and want this discount, check it here for a limited time).

New Zealand companies don't get blogging

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 29-Nov-2006 00:40

New Zealand companies don't get blogging:

Blogs often provide commentary or news on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs.

Many bloggers differentiate themselves from the mainstream media, while others are members of that media working through a different channel. Some institutions see blogging as a means of "getting around the filter" and pushing messages directly to the public.

Most importantly C-level people, middle managers, employees - everyone - should read Naked Conversations and the Cluetrain Manifesto:

A powerful global conversation has begun. Through the Internet, people are discovering and inventing new ways to share relevant knowledge with blinding speed. As a direct result, markets are getting smarter—and getting smarter faster than most companies.

These markets are conversations. Their members communicate in language that is natural, open, honest, direct, funny and often shocking. Whether explaining or complaining, joking or serious, the human voice is unmistakably genuine. It can't be faked.

Most corporations, on the other hand, only know how to talk in the soothing, humorless monotone of the mission statement, marketing brochure, and your-call-is-important-to-us busy signal. Same old tone, same old lies. No wonder networked markets have no respect for companies unable or unwilling to speak as they do.

While many such people already work for companies today, most companies ignore their ability to deliver genuine knowledge, opting instead to crank out sterile happytalk that insults the intelligence of markets literally too smart to buy it.

However, employees are getting hyperlinked even as markets are. Companies need to listen carefully to both. Mostly, they need to get out of the way so intranetworked employees can converse directly with internetworked markets.

Corporate firewalls have kept smart employees in and smart markets out. It's going to cause real pain to tear those walls down. But the result will be a new kind of conversation. And it will be the most exciting conversation business has ever engaged in.

If you think I am talking about your company (if the hat fits) then you are probably correct in your assumption.

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Mauricio Freitas
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I live in New Zealand and my interests include mobile devices, good books, movies and food of course! 

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