Lack of new posts

This is simply a short post explaining why I haven’t posted a lot lately, and why I’m also not planning to have a lot of reviews out in the near future.

Four years ago I had to pick a study, and I chose to study Law at the University of Utrecht. I had a lot of fun with my fellow students, but in the last year I realized that this wasn’t going to be something I’d like to work with. I didn’t even look forward to finding a job. So, I decided to give space to a thought that has always been in the back of my head. I’ve been thinking I would like to be a elementary school teacher for a long time, but I never really considered it because of two reasons. The first reason was that I didn’t think I was capable for it, I never worked with children and didn’t think I would be good at it. The other reason was that there’s some kind of social pressure that if you can, you should do the best study you can. Working with the Law can generate better paychecks and of course there’s the Masters degree. However, I realised that I wasn’t going to have the satisfaction in that field of work, that I do think I will find when teaching children.

So since early September I started on the Hogeschool Domstad (also in Utrecht), and I find that I’m having less time for Pocket PC related things. So as a logical consequence, I can no longer post reviews that take a few hours to write.’

I’m not sure what’s going to happen with the blog though, for two reasons. First of all, I wouldn’t want to close down a site that some people still find useful for the reviews and articles that are available at this moment. Second, there’s the chance that I’ll want to write an occiasional review. I think that I will just decide at that moment wether to post it here or ask one of the kind folks at SolSie.com, MyTodayScreen.com or JustAnotherMobileMonday.com if they’d like to publish my review.

I’m sure I’ll see some of you around, wether it is on the SBSH forums, one of the blogs I mentioned above, the SBSH, Astraware, Mastersoft, Ilium or eSoft Interactive beta teams, or somewhere else. :)

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Resco skin competition: I can use your help!

A month after announcing the Resco Keyboard Pro Skin Competition, it is now time to vote. Exactly 50 skins were submitted so it will be quite tough to become first place winner, and claiming the HTC Touch that is first prize.

That’s why I’d like to ask all my readers to vote for my Gesta skin (details here). It’s really easy. Just navigate to this page:
http://resco.net/competition/
and then look for the Gesta skin by spmwinkel.
The number of the skin (and the position on the page) will depend on how many votes my skin has, so hopefully it will be close to the top of your screen.

If enough people vote for the Gesta skin before the end of June, I will win a HTC Touch (or a software suite from Resco) so of course that would be a great way to go into the summer.

I would really appreciate your help! :)
Thanks!

Bloggers Unite For Human Rights

On April 19th I received an e-mail from BlogCatalog about their Bloggers Unite initiative. This initiative has been designed to

harness the power of the blogosphere to make the world a better place. By challenging bloggers to blog about a particular social cause on a single day, a single voice can be joined with thousands of others to help make a real positive difference; from raising awareness for cancer, to an effort to better education systems or support 3rd world countries.

That day, I immediately wrote this article, to be posted today on may 15th automatically, when bloggers all over the world write about Human Rights, their successes, and their violations.

I’m a law student and I’ve always been interested in human rights, so I think that this is an excellent initiative, and I gladly support it. I don’t pretend to know solutions to problems on the world, and I won’t say that my contribution will be worth a lot as far as it’s content is concerned. I just hope that even people who don’t keep reading after the break, will at least be activated and persuaded to think about the status of human rights a bit. That’s all I’m asking for. But, of course, feel free to keep reading, there’s more after the break.

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Bloggers Unite for Human Rights.

From http://unite.blogcatalog.com/ :

Bloggers Unite

While the words might change from country to country and are sometimes taken for granted, human rights represent one of the universally agreed upon ideas — that all people are born with basic rights and freedoms that include life, liberty, and justice. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations.

Bloggers Unite For Human Rights challenges bloggers everywhere to help elevate human rights by drawing attention to the challenges and successes of human rights issues on May 15. What those topics may include — the wrongful imprisonment of journalists covering assemblies, governments that ignore the plight of citizens, and censorship of the Internet. What is important is that on one day, thousands of bloggers unite and share their unified support of human rights everywhere.

Twitter – trying to get started

Just registered at Twitter the day before yesterday. However, I don’t know anyone in real life that uses it. In the Netherlands there are not that many social network hypes, just a few that are pretty here, like Hyves. Additionaly, not a lot of people use internet on their mobile devices. I attended a lecture yesterday about Communication and Media Law, and we were asked how many people used internet on their mobile devices. Only 2 people out of ~70 raised their hands, me being one of them. So there’s just not a lot of potential for Twitter here (yet).

That’s why I’d like to know if anyone of you know about some fun people to follow, or if you want to share your Twitter username here. I’m thinking about famous people, news sites, etc. Or just people I know from SBSH or other forums or blogs. :)

I’d like to get more familiar with Twitter because it seems really nice, but without followers or people to follow it’s quite pointless. ;-)

For now you can find me at http://twitter.com/spmwinkel

EtenBlog.com (having) had server difficulties

Tariq from EtenBlogDotCom just informed me that there are some server issues which make EtenBlogDotCom very hard to reach. He asked me to pass along this information, and let you all know that people are working to fix this!

Also, the RSS feed for EtenBlogDotCom is totally down, so people who were missing RSS updates for that site now know why that is. ;-)

Update: the problems should be over now, be sure to pay a visit and check out the Glofiish M800 review Tariq has been working on in the pas few weeks!

PPC synchronization without Outlook 2007 – solution!

BirdieSyncMozillaA few weeks ago I blogged about syncing my HTC TyTn II with my Windows Vista laptop, which doesn’t have Outlook 2007 on it. Since I didn’t have a copy of Outlook 2003, and Outlook 2002 (which I do have) doesn’t work on Vista, I had to find another solution.

This weekend, I read on EtenBlog.com about a 4winmobile forum discussion that covered exactly this subject.

I followed this link and found that with a combination of three pieces of software, I can sync my PPC with my laptop for only 19,95 euros, which is a lot cheaper than Outlook 2007!

The required elements are:

  • Birdiesync 1.6.7.0 – the synchronization software that hooks into Windows Mobile Device Center and does the PPC <–> PC/laptop synchronization.
  • Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0- the e-mail and contacts manager.
  • Lightning 0.7 – a plugin for Thunderbird, which adds Calendar and Tasks functionality to Thunderbird. 

Thunderbird and Lightning are free, and Birdiesync costs 19,95 euros, which is a lot cheaper than Outlook 2007!

I did have some issues getting things set up. I wasn’t able to download Lightning from it’s product page, so I had to get lightning-0.7.win32.xpi from here.

Also, during the first synchronization, I had to manually create the account on my PPC with which Birdiesync was going to synchronize. Additionaly, because I installed Thunderbird and Lightning after putting all the PIM data on my device, the empty Lightning database was more recent than the PIM data on my device. Because of that, all data from my PPC was removed during the first sync, and I had to restore it from a Sprite Backup file. After that, though, everything correctly synced from my PPC to my laptop!

I will test this the coming 21 days (the BirdieSync trial period), and if it doesn’t bring me any problems, I’ll happily purchase the license which is a LOT cheaper than Outlook 2007!