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Watching 24 and what mobile device to take?
Posted on 12-Nov-2004 12:37 by M Freitas | Tags Filed under: Blog


Watching 24 and what mobile device to take?
If you don't know there's a new DVD service in New Zealand, very similar to Netflix (available in the US). It's called fatso. How does it work? Well, I'm paying a flat fee and I can have as many DVD titles I can watch every month, keeping them for as long as I like - but only three at a time. I log into a website, select the movies I want to watch, and when they become available these are sent to me - with a prepaid reply envelope, so I can send the movie back. I know Sky is working with Xtra to launch a similar service.

Anyway, last year while visiting a friend in the US he was following 24 using the Netflix service. I missed 24 here in New Zealand, so I decided to follow it on DVD. The drama series follows a single day (hence the title 24) in the life of a federal agent. Each episode is one hour of this day. Very cool, and I have watched two discs already. Each disk holds four episodes of 40 minutes each. So this is around 20 minutes of ads if seen on TV per episode...

Last night we had the Wellington Windows Mobile User Group meeting, and lots of prizes. Read about it here.

Getting ready to fly out, I have trouble deciding if I take a laptop, or try using my Pocket PC all the time there. I can connect my iPAQ h4150 via wi-fi or GPRS (roaming), and use the Stowaway Bluetooth keyboard to write e-mails and articles. It's nice and works, but not having landscape mode is annoying. On the other hand I could take the Harrier Pocket PC and use it with native Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition in landscape mode and the Bluetooth keyboard. The problem is the lack of wi-fi and I'd still have to use GPRS, since Telecom NZ does not have CDMA data roaming agreements overseas.

I wouldn't mind having an OQO or the new Sony U750P (pictured) for travel and remote work...



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