, posted: 16-Sep-2006 16:39

Chris here reporting from GZ06.
Amazing talks so far. Only trouble is on the way down from hamilton today my jasjar went a bit flat:Luckily Mauricio came up with an easy soln-he had a battery that could charge it up-about the size of a cigarette box.-charging as we speak.
Saves me going back up to the hotel to get charger-then i would be limited as to where i sit in the rm.
Good socialisation occuring during the breaks courtesy of the sponsors-tweezers. Looking forward to our dinner later and more talking.
Listening to Jethro Carr about Open Sourse Software at momement.
An excellent experience so far.
Thanks for the organisers for the planning

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Whats been happening Lately

, posted: 10-Aug-2006 00:50

Well I had some fun last week.

The Jasjar began playing up again-doing real strange things like not starting up in the morning, when synced to PC the screen would turn a funny colour and basically freeze up.
In the end I took the battery out for several minutes and this seemed to sort of get me going but system, still seemd very unstable and even the soft reset didnt work.
The hard reset where you hold the power button while pressing the soft reset button didnt seem to work either.
I resorted to the alternative way-pressing the 2 - buttons on the keyboard simultaneously pressing the soft reset button and we were all go and Ill admit we have had no problems since!! SPB Backup got me up and running in about 20 minutes

I just cant understand this scenario at all, if you remember earlier in the winter Ive had similiar situations where the unit would become very unbstable. Its not as though Id been loading up on software either.
Think the only thing ive changed of late is load up Netfront Mini browser which so far ive liked the feel off.
I did try Minimo which is a Mozilla product and that seemsed quite slow and not responsive.
One of the other new software Im trying is Mobile Contacts Phone edition by
Im using Personal Vehicle Manager ( Two Peaks Software )  to manage my vehicle costs.
Hopefully we are all smooth sailing now


, posted: 25-Jul-2006 10:36

I decided to use up some credit left on a Telecom Wireless Hotspot card, so I headed down to my Nearest Starbucks which is in downtown Hamilton.
I got my coffee and set up my Jasjar on the table, loaded up my card number and password and presto we were connected.
Opened uop PocketIrc and logged into the Geekzone chat channel on IRC.
Ive been using this at home and found it quite useful to keep in touch with my fellow Geek mates here at GZ.

I was also monitoring battery consumption with the wifi being on and the backlight on and using PocketIrc. Probably went down about 10% in the 40 odd minutes I was connected.
I also took a photograph of the inside of starbucks whilst I was there-unfortunately the "Pretty Girls" had moved on before I could take one of them.

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, posted: 5-Jul-2006 08:02

About 2 days ago I awoke to find that I had great difficulty in getting my Jasjar to reboot at all. It would hardly respond.
I tried a few soft resets 1st, often it would get to the blue Imate screen then die.
I resorted to the hard Reset but even then it would not respond well, sometimes it would stoip after the blue imate screen, sometimes there would be wierd colour configurations on the screen.
I was very worried and I thought I might have a fatal problem-I remembered reading stories in Club Imate of this sort of thing to other people who had recently done a ROM upgrade.

lIt does appear that the Jasjar has become extremely unstable after the ROM upgrade.

Anyway to cut a long story short after about 2-3 attempts doing the hard reset I finally managed to get going and got it booted uo.
Luckily also I had a recent back up on the SD card by SPB Backup and so I was able to get all the software back in without to much effort.
I would have to say trhat since then everything has been running very smoothly with no hickups whatsoever.
Ive been having fun with PocketIRC as well.
So heres hoping-im still wondering if the temperature has something to do with it-cause It was a reasonably cold morning that day and its been not so cold since.
The verdict is still out on that one

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PocketPC Magazine

, posted: 30-Jun-2006 07:22

I used to subscribe to this Magazine when I 1st got my HP Jornada 540-which I still have, and see the magazine is still around.
Quite a good magazine and I note they have included the smartphone revolution.
Looks like a good magazine still-albeit a bit pricey.


, posted: 28-Jun-2006 10:56

I woke this am to find my Jasjar wouldnt boot up at all.
I went to bed last night and Battery Level was around 60%.

I had a thought and yes I plugged the power cable and things came to life again. Battery level indicated 0%.

What I suspect had happened was the Temperature has affected the battery operation, cause the room was very cold overnight.
So panic over.
Now to find a Jasjar warmer for overnight use!!

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Since Last ROM Upgrade

, posted: 23-Jun-2006 08:57

Ive fine tuned the software on the Jasjar.
Took a while to reload what I wanted but have left off a few of the games-as in Tomb Raider, Flux Challenge and backgammon.
I have added however Encyclopaedia Britanica Concise Edition-obviously on to the SD card as its about 30 mb in size. I have found it a very useful resource so far.
Mobile Contacts-Phone Edition-enables singlew handed scrolling
Otherwise everything else is the same as before now.

So far no major problems since the upgrade

Upgraded ROM

, posted: 20-Jun-2006 08:37

Well I finally took the plunge yesterday and upgraded my ROM on the Jasjar to the latest version, after some encouraging posts from Mauricio. I had been reading some of the posts on and some of the stories weree a bit horrifying.
Needless to say my upgrade went smoothly and ive spent the past 12 hrs or so reloading all my software and tweaking it how I like it.
The email problem ive been having has been now been solved as well.
I note a difference in the radio Manager and I think there is also less problems with programms hogging storage memory after they have closed down.

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This is an excellent Web Site for folk with WM5 devices

, posted: 16-Jun-2006 12:08

Embeded Development and Research

Excellent FAQ and how to  do some tweaking on your WM5 device.
But be very careful!!!!!

Ive removed Microsoft Voice Command

, posted: 16-Jun-2006 11:51

I had recently installed Microsoft Voice command V 1.5, but I kept getting file errors which stopped me from using it.
Ill do some back ground reading and research and see what I come up with.

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Chris Hattan
New Zealand

I am a Psychiatric Nurse Manager in a Mental Health Unit in Hamilton NZ.
I have always been interested in Electronic wizardry and products.

At home we have a  wireless network, desktop,  Into Digital Photography 
JVC GZ-HD40a HD capable Video cam, 120 gb HDD. Panasonic Lumix FZ 47 Still camera

In relation to this I like Digital Video editing. My other main interest is Geocaching and use a Garmin Colorado 300.
My username on is funnily enough the same as the one Im using here-ie Psychrn
Samsung Galaxy Note,Asus Transformer Prime TF 300. Asus TF 600 Windows Vivo Tab RT
Other stuff:
ADSL  Orcon naked 
Uniden UBCT8 Radio Scanner
Sony 2001D Shortwave receiver
GME TX3400 PRS TranceiverUniden UHO75 5 W PRS Portable Tranceiver
HP AIO 20 Inch Windows 8 desktop
Acer M3201 Desktop
  • Processor: AMD Phenom 9550 (Quad) 2.2GHz, 2MB L2 + 2MB L3 Cache
  • RAM: 4GB (2 x 2GB 800MHz)
  • HDD: 500GB 7200rpm SATA HDD
  • Optical: DVD SuperMulti SATA
  • Graphics: Integrated ATi Radeon HD3450 (256MB Discrete) layered on the AMD RS780 with 256MB shared
  • Card Reader: Multi-Card Reader
  • TV Tuner: Single MCE Digital TV Tuner + remote
  • Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium

Canon MP 600 Printer + Canon MG 5350 Wireless Printer

Sony DVD recorder with 250 Gb HDD

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