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My Gadgets (I)

, posted: 19-Sep-2006 10:25

Lately, I have been thinking quite a bit on how I can better use all my gadgets that I have got now and a couple of the new gadgets that I am planning to get.

So far I have an old Compaq H3850 PocketPC running WM2003, which was given to me by my beloved father for my graduation/21st Birthday/1998 Christmas present. I have kept it for remembering my father and I still use it today for odd Solitaire game. I also have the PCMCIA jacket, and CF jacket which I just recently got. And from my work, I was "given" a Panasonic CF WiFi card which works well on WM2003. So my H3850 was given a "reborn" to its usage.

I too have i-mate Smartphone2, which has been with me for 2 years and I lot it to bits. Though, there is a chip/split at the bottom right corner which I taped away using cellophane. Other than that little "igor-ness", it has been the best companion to my daily gadget use.

And with any geek, you can't leave your house without a digital audio player, or in this case, a portable media center. Which is why I have a Creative Zen PMC and it is one great device. I love it a lot, although it is not a huge capacity like of Apple's Ipod, but 20GB has never been a problem with my Creative Zen PMC. Heck! I can't even fill 10GB!!! AND that's with over 600 songs and handful of videos/movies and a few recorded TV stored!

For my daily computing, I also have Compaq Presario x1030AP which has been with me for 2 years as well, been my greatest mobile office device. I love the high resolution screen (1680x1050) and overall performance on Windows XP SP2, albeit it is only a Home Edition.

At home on the main desk, we have HP Pavillion Entertainment Center running Windows XP Media Center Edition, with real grunty guts and power!

My partner has HP Mobile Entertainment notebook (DV1000 series) and he loves it a lot although it's only a Celeron M but it has 2GB of memory, the largest in the family.

And while we were in Malaysia 2 years ago, my partner got himself an HP iPaq H6315 PocketPC Phone Edition running WM2003. When he initially got it, it was a bit beyond his norm on how to use it and broke the LCD-panel (but not the glass/touchpanel though). Today, he's grown very comfortable on how to operate it and he enjoys the fact that he can sync with his Outlook 2003 on his notebook to his phone.

So with the devices and gadgets listed above. How do make use of all of it? Well tell you what? Those listed above are just our "computer" devices, I haven't really mention any of our entertainment gadgets yet... probably that'll be for the next blog.

Coming back to the topic at hand, so we got all our mobile computing devices, how on Earth do we make use of them?

Well in the coming months, I am readying myself to get an UMPC and a new cellphone to complete our gadgets-alore. And let me reveal my plan on what/how all the devices will be utilised. Are you ready?

Let's start with our Windows Media Center (WMC), and being a WMC it will be the centre of all media, where all our TV recording, music files, videos, and pictures will be stored. This is also the machine where we will do video editing (from our Sony DVD recorder, using Sony Vegas). This is as far as what this machine will do, storing media.

Next is my PMC, it will sync with WMC for our away-trip or out-about entertainment gadget. Providing music, videos and movies at the tip of our finger.

My laptop (x1030AP), will be my mid-casual/business tool at the moment until it is replaced by an UMPC (TabletKiosk eo i7210). And when it is time to be replaced, it may serve as our home server running Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 (R2) Premium, mainly to operate Exchange server. My vision for this is have it running 24/7 with small footprint.

My partner's laptop, well will be his laptop to do whatever he does with it, which later will be connected to our home server for Exchange profile. Which he can sync with his PocketPC phone for all his PIM needs.

My i-mate Smartphone2 and PocketPC, will continue to sync with my laptop (x1030A) until a new WM Smartphone replacing the phone, and UMPC replacing my PocketPC and laptop. And when that happen, I will be carrying a new Smartphone for my voice calling, and UMPC for my Outlook, Exchange ActiveSync with Smartphone and Exchange server (x1030AP)

So there you go, I got this planned on how to better use all our devices and how they come connected.

We are looking to get Xbox360 and use it to connect to WMC as Media Center Extender (MCx) and if Zune looks promising, we might get Zune to replace PMC, but at this stage PMC has its spot secured.





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Comment by psychrn, on 19-Sep-2006 10:47

My goodness me.
Everything appears to be well organised.
Im looking forward to read the next installment


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