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Archive for January 2008

Well it has certainly been an interesting experience switching back and forth between mobile devices especially when it’s a huge leap. I have to admit that selling the HTC Advantage and going back to my Nokia E61 was the right thing to do. I guess I am not ready yet for a Windows Mobile device, not until it gets a whole UI make over.

Anyway, for the meantime I will continue blogging and surfing the web on my E61 using Opera Mini which is to date the best internet browser for any mobile device.

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The ebay advertisement for my HTC will go online starting Sunday 27th 2008.

To be honest, I am greatly disappointed with the experience I had generally with the HTC Advantage. Previously, I thought highly of the Windows Mobile operating system and I was anxious to get my hands on any device that runs the OS. Now that I had hands on experience with the OS, I can honestly tell you that I am planning not to touch any other Windows Mobile device until Microsoft totally revamps it.

The OS is slow (despite the fact that my HTC has a 629 Mhz processor), choppy, not user friendly, dull, the menu options and locations is not consistent in all its modules, the built in on-screen keyboard is not finger friendly, and the list keeps going on and on. I mean the OS has been around for ages now yet no attention was given to the interface.

As I said before in a previous post, I have a feeling that Microsoft is working on the successor of Windows Mobile 6. But even if that was true the release date could be years from now. Not sooner than 2009.

As for the time being, I will stick to my beloved Nokia E61.

I guess I will be spending Sunday in bed while stuffing my system with antibiotics and pain killers. Although I had a good fair amount of sleep last night, I still woke up not feeling well. My head feels like it’s going to explode any minute now, I have a painful stiff neck, and aching bones all over my body.

I just hope it doesn’t continue till tomorrow morning as well or I will be definitely calling in sick, which I really hate doing.

So basically all I have been doing today is lying in bed, trying to keep myself warm, and drinking gallons of fluid. Not to mention the amount of drugs I have been swallowing. Oh yeah, as well as trying to get time to flyby quicker by watching movies on my laptop and spending time online.

That’s all I have for tonight.

After waking up early and helping in cleaning up the house, dropping off my brother at his friend’s house, volunteering to buy some groceries for my neighbour, and finally taking my brothers out bowling with my friends, I come home at after midnight with a huge headache and aching bones that makes me feel like a complete zombie while lying in bed restless and in pain. I wish if there was a magical medicine that puts me out of my misery as soon as I take it. I already took some Advil and Bennelyn for pain. But could you tell me when do they usually take effect for God’s sake? It’s been at least an hour since I took them and I still feel horrible! Anyway, I just felt like sharing my pain with you and I think I should really stop doing that. I am currently lying in bed with a big headache and I think blogging on my E61’s small screen isn’t making the situation any better. So, good night.
The year 2008 is an important year for Windows Mobile. We will certainly see either an update or a dramatic upgrade to the mobile OS. The changes will be noticeable. It might even be a complete makeover.

How do I know this? Well, I don’t.

If Windows Mobile expects to last another year, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile team have to be working on something spectacular behind the scenes, behind the news, behind the blogs, or even in complete secrecy, for god’s sake.

Or at least do it for my sake! I mean recently I bought a new Windows Mobile device and I was disapointed with the operating system’s interface. I expected a quick and snappy OS to go with my new device. But I was sadly and unfortunately disapointed. I even switched back to using my Nokia E61 for sometime to reduce the agony.

So one of my wishes and hopes for the year 2008 is a significant Windows Mobile update or upgrade.

There. I said it.

Recently I started to experience this problem a lot more often. I open up my SharePoint site using Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 and I try to browse to a certain list but every time I select the ‘Lists’ folder it shows up empty.

I try closing down the application and opening it up again but the problem still remains. I was even dumb enough to restart my PC to discover that it still didn’t solve the problem.

But I finally found a workaround. All I had to do is refresh the datasource.

So if you are facing a similar problem simply click on the ‘Datasource’ tab located in the right panel. At the bottom of the panel find and click the ‘Refresh Datasource’ link button, and bob’s your uncle.

Usually just clicking the tab will automatically refresh the datasource and therefore display all your lists.

If you’re looking for beautiful wallpapers to match the beauty of Windows Vista then you have to visit the following site:
 
http://www.vistaknowledge.com/category/vista-wallpapers/
 
You can thank me later.


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