What’s Happening?

I haven’t posted much lately. The reasons are the usual ones. I’ve been very busy. Also, a lot of the tech stuff I’m doing still is in process rather than done. However, I don’t want too much time to go by between posts. So I’ll tell you about the gadget stuff I’m currently working on.

Goodbye XT, Hello XT2

I’m selling my Dell Latitude XT. A co-worker likes it and it is a good device for him. The company is paying a discounted price. I could get more on EBay. However, selling the XT this way involves less time and effort, so it evens out. Also, it may seem corny, but I really like my XT, and now I know it has a “good home.”

I’m using the money from selling the XT to help defray the cost of purchasing an … XT2. What can I say? I really like Tablet PCs and capacitive screens. The XT and XT2 are among the very few choices.

I figure I’ll have the XT2 for a while. So I tried to future proof it as much as is possible. Here are the key upgraded components.

  •     Core 2 Duo ULV SU9400 1.40 GHz
  •     DayLight Viewable (DLV) Screen
  •     128GB SSD
  •     3 GB DDR3 SDRAM
  •     Intel WiFi Link 5300 802.11a/g/n 3×3 1/2 Mini-Card
  •     Gobi Mobile Broadband

I just received notice from Dell that the XT2 has shipped. So I may receive the XT2 at the end of this week or early next. Once I get it running, I’ll write more about it.

Windows 7 RC on Fujitsu P1620

I’ve written about my disenchantment with my Fujitsu P1620. Part of the problem is it runs slow on Vista. Another is the 32GB SSD really isn’t large enough.

I still haven’t found a larger SSD alternative. The connectors in the P1620 are not the ones for which most of the newer SSDs are made. And the SSDs which are available for the P1620 have their own issues. More on SSDs in an upcoming post.

However, Microsoft now has made the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) available to the masses. That includes me. I’ve downloaded and installed Windows 7 RC on the P1620, and then reinstalled the P1620 Vista drivers. So far so good, though I really haven’t used the P1620 yet out in the real world. I will this week, and then write more about the Windows 7 RC experience.

Windows Mobile 6.5

My search for the Holy Grail of a pocketable device continues. The apparent demise of OQO means I can forget about the Model 2+ I was lusting after. I like the Viliv S5. However, I’m waiting for the Premium Air version with a SSD and 3G. The reason is (IMO) (1) performance and battery life are critical for a MID (which often is underpowered and as a mobile device can’t be tethered to a power source) and an SSD should improve both, and (2) connectivity is a must for a MID and WiFi isn’t always available and tethering can be a PITA. However, no release date yet for the Premium Air version.

While I’m waiting for the Premium Air, I’m working with the one pocketable device I’ve had for a long time: HTC Advantage x7500. It still works fine. Its original OS was Windows Mobile 5.x. I upgraded the OS version several times from ROMs available on xda-developers. I just upgraded the ROM to Windows Mobile 6.5, which hasn’t yet been released officially. I also upgraded the interface, Spb Mobile Shell, to the very popular new version 3.0. So far so good on this upgrade, though as with the P1620, I haven’t had a chance yet to use the Advantage in real world situations. I will soon, then write more about Windows Mobile 6.5 and Spb Mobile Shell 3.0.

OK, that’s it for now. It’ll be a busy week, more so putting the upgraded P1620 and Advantage to work. I’ll let you know how that goes.