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SMART 3G vs GLOBE 3G

I got the O2 XDA Exec because I wanted to use Globe's 3G with HSDPA, not suprisingly Globe's 3G sucks! I blogged about it here
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Upon getting the hp iPAQ rw6828 it immediately dawned on me that I could use another service provider, the obvious choice of course is SMART, SUN is cheap but is crap [tried it before and ended up giving away my pre-paid SIM].
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I got a SMART Buddy Super SIM3 for PhP 150.00 got a PhP 300.00 Voucher [aka Load] downloaded the Connection Settings CABs [SMART MMS and GPRS] extracted from a dopod 900's ExtendedROM, SMSed the activation codes for MMS and GPRS, Installed the CABs, did a Soft Reset... and BAM! I was using 3G... I have a 3G signal almost anywhere I go, I did some speed tests and the results look promising... here they are.
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Test Conditions:
Location/s: Moving from my house [near Wilson St.] to Nirai in Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan, Metro Manila [spotty or no Globe 3G service here]
No other applications using the Internet [i.e. I let N…

Review|hp iPAQ rw6828 Multimedia Messenger

[Meet JediPAQ_v2: the FORCE is Strong in this one...]

My first Pocket PC was the Compaq iPAQ h3870, I replaced it with another iPAQ [this time it was hp iPAQ] the h2210, as much as I wanted to continue using iPAQs the next offerings from hp were not as interesting eventhough I was itching for convergence [i.e. h63xx] it wasn't the right size for me, so I switched to an i-mate JAM, then a dopod 838 this January, I got an O2 XDA Exec last month, but when I saw that the rw6828 already in store the other day, I was so tempted that I got it. It's nice to be back with an iPAQ... the brand that started my addiction to PocketPCs :-D

So here I am with a brand spanking new 6828 :-) Special thanks to Charles Paw of Digital Walker for the great deal!
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Actually the rw6828 is manufactured by the same factory who makes the O2 ATOM [Quanta from Taiwan] . Most Cases Fit [Alum and Leather] Silicone ones fit but the button placements
are not exact. ATOM Accessories will probably work with the 6828…

New Pocket PC Phone: hp iPAQ rw6828

Ahoy there Beanster Blog Visitors!

I got a new PocketPC Phone the hp iPAQ rw6828 Mobile Messenger.

A REVIEW TO FOLLOW [HOPEFULLY SOON] AS I AM SO F*CKIN' BUSY... ARGHHH!!!

Happy Birthday

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Happy Birthday
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Byron Lim
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May the Force Be With You...

Un-Blued

Ok I got my 262's MS Stack to Activesync with my Exec, however the MS Stack doesn't support A2DP so I had to install IVT's Blusoleil Software. I was able to connect the Blueband and listen to music via A2DP KEWL! Now my problem is I can't figure out how to make Activesync work with Blusoleil. I sold my iTech Blueband's to Yap, and I also sold my Motorola HS820 Headset last week to some guy off bidshot. So now I have no Bluetooth headsets whatsoever. I must say I am missing it, I'll probably buy a Headset later I'm looking at the Motorola H700 and I'll hopefully get my HT820's by the end of the month.

New Notebook: MSI s262-v1

Got a new notebook yesterday it is a MSI s262-v1, I got the black one [mas maangas e and it matches my Exec].
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So far I'm done loading my apps na, and all my data is intact ah the beauty of DVD-R/W discs and Partitioned HDDs hehehe.
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It is smaller than my previous notebook MSI M645, it doesn't have a dedicated GPU, but I wanted something smaller and lighter and ever since Shoty poured Iced Tea on the 645 I was not really happy with it anymore. Anyway here are some specs of my new baby:
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Intel® Centrino Core Duo T2300
YONAH 1.66GHz 667MHz 2MB L2 Cache
Intel® 945GM Chipset + ICH7-M
Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [802.11a/b/g]
512 Mb DDR2 RAM -> Change to 1024Gb DDR2 RAM
60 GB HDD -> Changed to 100Gb HDD
Bluetooth
12.1" TFT WXGA [1280 x 800]
Firewire x1
LAN x1
56K Modem x1
USB 2.0 x3
Cardreader [SD/MMC/MS] x1
PCMCIA x1
8 Cell Li-Ion Battery [5hrs uptime]
1.9 kg [Yesssss!!!!]
Magnesium Alloy
Microsoft XP Home SP2
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Since I am a geek a 60GB HDD and 512Mb DDR2 RAM doesn't cut it for me. …

Long Weekend

Spent the long weekend at Tagaytay. Was too lazy to take pics but I'm sure the rest of the gang had a lot of snaps! :P Anyway it's back to reality and work... ho hum! :-(

Tips & Tricks|Orientation Aware Backgrounds

I just wanted to share some stuff I learned over at xda-dev's forum today.
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Anyway as the title states this is about today themes and Orientation Aware Backgrounds. It's really quite simple
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All you need is 2 images [3 if you want to change the Start Menu image as well] of the proper resolution.
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QVGA:
tdywater_320_240.gif [Landscape Image] = 320 x 240 image
tdywater_240_320.gif [Portrait Image] = 240 x 320 image
stwater [Start Menu Image] = 190 x 290 image
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VGA:
tdywater_640_480.gif [Landscape Image] = 640 x 480 image
tdywater_480_640.gif [Portrait Image] = 480 x 640 image
stwater [Start Menu Image] = 399 x 586 image
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What you do is copy the files to \Windows directory and viola! Orientation Aware Backgrounds!
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Notes: The theme's default images will be used once you switch themes. So you would need to copy the files back again to \Windows dir for it to work again, what I do is I have placed Wallpaper sets in ZIP files on my Storage Card so I can change and change as desired.…

Globe UMTS Where the Fuck is it?!

Ok ok one of the reasons I got the Exec was because it boasted 3G and Globe my longtime provider has rolled out 3G with HSDPA [High-Speed Downlink Packet Access] what does all these mean? Well for starters it potentially meant saying goodbye to our snail paced GPRS connection. Theoretically that's 1.8 Mbps, way faster than 3G which is at 384Kbps and faster than a DSL residential connection [yeah enticing isn't it]. Sadly as with all things Globe does; it seems that their adverts have more coverage than their service. To date I have not been able to hold a steady UMTS signal. I did check Globe's 3G website and they have indicated the very few areas that have the service. Goddammit I can't just lounge around Ortigas Center when I want 3G access!? Anyway I was playing with my Exec yesterday when I arrived at V-Mall surprise surprise the signal indicator switched to UMTS Globe. So I fired up Pocket Internet Explorer and browsed to dslreports. Now I went to do a 1MB speedte…

Review|Brando Workshop XDA Executive Aluminum Case

[uses a lot of space doesn't it]

[notebook style use]

[pda style]

[all buttons accessible]

[sd and power are accessible]

[case closed]

[talk/end, usb, stylus, audio and soft reset are all accessible]

[top view is where you slide in the device]

[the camera and flash are not hampered, the screw is for the belt clip]

[neoprene the 2nd layer of protection]

[no problems with charging with the case closed]

[charging with the case open]
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Obviously I want to protect my brand new investment aside from the standard static screen protector I got a Brando Workshop XDA Executive Aluminum Case. Honestly it looks like a clone of PDAir's Aluminum Case [maybe they share the same factory?] anyway on with the review.
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Of course it adds weight and bulk to an already huge device. Like other metal cases out there it is lined with neoprene which acts as an extra cushion and protection for your device.
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This case has cutouts for all the basic functions and keys. You can use the case PDA mode or Notebook mode wi…