My Take on HTC Touch Diamond Review

. Monday, June 30, 2008
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WMExperts got their hands on HTC Touch diamond and did a full video review and large photos gallery.

I'd like to offer my professional opinion after carefully watching thru the video.
First of all I'd like to bring my opinion in short version - HTC made so far the "iPhoniest" design yet, easily beats the LG Instinct, but I don't quite feel it actually beats iPhone 3G .... yet

The new Interface - TouchFLO 3D skin is in fact working pretty decent and nice , as long as you stay in the skin skin limits, slightly to left or right and you are greeted with same old ugly Windows Mobile 6.1 interface, which is pretty annoying to use with just fingers.
So - Interface - 5 points for stealing most of iPhone interface ideas, -2 points to fail make it iPhone smooth and intuitive, -5 points for fail to make it fast and -10 for having to use Windows Mobile native applications , like email - I don't blame HTC on that, Windows Mobile 6 wasn't built to controlled by touch.
Interface still looks and feels in beta - It feels unpolished in places - like some gestures would feel unnatural and some controls way to sensitive to easily use.

Btw: A little known fact: did you knew Windows Mobile 6.1 is based on Windows CE 5.0 Core OS which was released on July 2004! So regardless of HTC's best intentions you can teach old dog only so many new tricks.

Internet browser:
Here I need to confess and eat my socks - I was wrong - New Opera Browser developed for Diamond is a FULL Browser with Web 2.0 support and even Mobile Flash, Something iPhone 3g may have or not... I wasn't impressed by rendering speeds or the fact it took several second for page to rotate in horizontal mode. Speaking of rotation delay feels like couple of seconds delay in rotating pics as well.

Keyboard: Or the lack of it :) , similar to iPhone, Diamond uses on screen keyboard, but instead of full layout, they went ala Blackberry Pearl with 2 letter per key.
The decision was most likely due to fact the screen size of HTC's phone is smaller ergo having full letter layout would make keys in vertical mode WAY too small.
However Imho Diamond got the worst of it - not too many people like Blackberry pearl keyboard, which takes it's toll getting used to. Plus the fact it's on-screen, no tactile response - forces you too look. Having both issues in one device - maybe not such good idea ....

Conclusion:
My opinion on whole thing is - Great attempt, but still lots of "rough edges" needs to be polished out before it be a winner, like upcoming Windows Mobile 7 which based on Windows CE 6.0 (originally from Nov 2006, but development of 6.1 is in process) which will add Multi-Touch support and I believe is going to me Microsoft's first mobile platform designed to be touch controlled. Plus lets not forget my previous argument about headphones plug stay true..

Related Articles:
HTC Diamond Touch vs iPhone 3G or Apples vs Apples
Why HTC Diamond Touch will fail.
HTC Diamond and TouchFLO 3D: Vid and Gallery


Rumor: iPhone 3G Plan doesn't include 200 SMS Text messages?? (Updated)

. Friday, June 27, 2008
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This one is a shocker to me personally, despite ending up paying $440 for 3G one instead of $400 for classic iPhone (24 months x $10 extra for plan) looks like AT&T decided to jack you up even more and cut the "free" 200 monthly SMS messages.

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Update:
Rumor confirmed

AT&T faces Supreme Court price fixing trial

. Wednesday, June 25, 2008
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AT&T is facing a trial in the US Supreme Court over alleged antitrust violations concerning access fees to the internet.

The case, Pacific Bell Telephone Company (which became AT&T) versus LinkLine Communications, was brought after local ISPs complained that AT&T was charging too much for wholesale internet connections
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Microsoft to support Windows XP until 2014

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Microsoft has sent a letter to customers saying that it will extend critical support for Windows XP until 2014, three years longer than is usual.

The company also pledged that its next operating system, Windows 7, will be available by 2010.

In the meantime OEMs will be able to supply systems with Windows XP preloaded as a 'downgrade' until 31 January 2009.

Given that Microsoft usually supports operating systems for only 10 years after their launch, the move can be seen as an admission that it is expecting some businesses not to bother upgrading to Vista.

"Windows Vista is a very significant step forward, but our customers have made it clear that they want broader support for devices and applications in order to enjoy the overall experience," says the letter from Bill Veghte, senior vice president of the Microsoft Windows Business Group.

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HTC Diamond Touch vs iPhone 3G or Apples vs Apples

. Tuesday, June 24, 2008
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This post is basically a continuation of widely popular article:
"Why HTC Diamond Touch will fail".
This time I'd like to update the comparison for recently announced iPhone 3G and try to determinate if HTC's device future is as dark as I originally painted it.

Lets count fingers again:

  HTC Diamond Touch Apple iPhone 3G
Processor
Qualcomm® MSM7201A™ 528 MHz
Samsung S3C6400 at 620Mhz plus Infineon Baseband (* 3)
Operating System
Windows Mobile 6.1 with TouchFLO 3D Skin
"Slimed" OSX
Storage Capacity
4 Gb
8Gb or 16Gb
Dimensions
4" (102 mm)(H) x 2" (51 mm)(W) x 0.44" 11.35 mm (D)
4.5" (115.5 mm) (H) x 2.4" (62.1 mm) (W) x 0.48" (12.3mm) (D)
Weight
3.88 ounces (110 g)
4.7 ounces (133 grams)
Display Size
2.8-inch
3.5-inch
Display Resolution
640x 480
480 x 320
TouchScreen
Regular Touch (*1)
Multi-Touch
Networks
HSDPA/WCDMA: Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz
Tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: Europe/Asia: 900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
GPS
GPS and A-GPS ready
GPS and A-GPS ready
Connectivity
Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Camera
Main camera: 3.2 megapixel color camera with auto focus
Second camera: VGA CMOS color camera
2.0 megapixel Camera located on back w/ Photo geo-tagging
No Video Conference Camera
Audio
Built-in microphone and speaker
Ring tone (?) supported formats:
* MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, WAV and AMR-NB
* 40 polyphonic and MIDI
* Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
* Audio formats supported: AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 1, 2, and 3), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
Built in FM Radio
Yes, with RDS
No, Possibly later on as accessory
Video
From Windows Media Player specs: "Broad support for the most popular file formats, including Windows Media Audio (.WMA), Windows Media Video (.WMV), Waveform Audio Format (.WAV), and MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3 (.MP3)"
Video formats supported: H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; H.264 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
Web Browser
Customized Opera Mobile (*2)
Safari Browser (rumored to have Flash support)
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-ion or Lithium-ion polymer battery
Capacity: 900 mAh
Talk time:
Up to 4.5 hours for 3G
Up to 5.5 Hours for 2G
Standby time:
Up to 396 hours for 3G
Up to 285 hours for 2G

Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery3
Talk time:
Up to 5 hours on 3G
Up to 10 hours on 2G
Standby time: Up to 300 hours (*4)

Internet use:
Up to 5 hours on 3G6
Up to 6 hours on Wi-Fi

Video playback: Up to 7 hours8
Audio playback: Up to 24 hours9

3.5mm Headphones Jack
NO
YES

(* 1) From BoyGeniusReport: "...Unfortunately, the actual touch-screen interface leaves a bit to be desired. Screen presses take an un-nerving amount of pressure to register, often requiring you to tap an icon more than once to register a selection. This, unfortunately, makes the touch screen QWERTY keypad a bear to use with your bare fingers, and we found ourselves pulling out the stylus on more than one occasion to complete a sentence. The device also feels like it’s moving about a half a second behind your input, which could be contributing to the feeling of unresponsiveness

(*2) "it uses Opera as a web browser and I had yet to get that to work.  It just will not connect to the internet."
and here:
http://www.gsmarena.com/opera_mobile_95_to_compete_with_iphones_safari_browser-news-506.php (Notice it's still running slow even on faster processor than on Touch Diamond)

 

(* 3) Same as in Iphone 1.0, rumored to be replaced with newer 65mm core next year.

(* 4) Since Apple didn't provided how Standby time was measured, we can't conclude any results, but talk time much better!

Conclusion:

Surely you can see both device came really close, but in this case it's HTC playing the catch-up game and still somewhat behind.

I believe the final straw as in any platform will be applications support, and granted already existing iPhone 1.0 user base

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Iphone News Recap - Monday June 23rd

. Monday, June 23, 2008
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Probably the most interesting iPhone news of the day is (rumored) announcement of device's full price in UK and Italy.
3G iPhone with 3Gb will cost you £370 (about $730) and for 16Gb -£470 ($925) - Ouch !

And Italian prices aren't far behind : starting at whopping €499 ($775)

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Japanese iPhone carrier SoftBank has revealed pricing details for the handset. In a statement the company revealed that it will offer the 8GB iPhone 3G for 23,040 yen (around $215), while the 16GB model will be sold for 34,560 yen (around $322), subsidized. According to a Reuters report, the company expects the monthly charges for iPhone customers to be 7,280 yen (around $68), including unlimited data-transmission usage. The iPhone 3G will launch in Japan on July 11.

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And International 3G prices back to local ones:

Spicy new details have been trickling in about the iPhone 3G subsidy business model. An Oppenheimer analyst stated that AT&T is subsidizing the handset with $325, instead of just $200, which is the usual amount for smartphones. That means that AT&T is buying the iPhone 3G from Apple for $525. The carrier apparently also agreed to pay an additional $100 for each new customer who signs a contract inside an Apple Store.

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In other news research company found out about 24% of iPhone owners switched from Motorola RAZR.
Is that really a news? Both devices share similar quality - they are(were) the latest buzz in cell fashion....
I just hope I belong to other 76% who switched for other reasons, like full web browser and ipod functions for example.

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Ultimate RC Toy: Control your robot/RC car with iPhone (w/o proxy equipment)

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And finally I can't skip this little opinion - adult entertainment industry sees a lot of " growth potential" (pun intended) in iPhone 3G

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Android Phones Delayed to Fourth Quarter?

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When Google unveiled its Android mobile phone platform in November of 2007, it said Android-based handsets should start hitting the marketing in the second quarter of 2008. That deadline is fast upon us, and there's no sign of Android-based handsets on the horizon. Today, The Wall Street Journal is reporting (subscription required) reports that Google now says Android-based phones won't reach consumers until the fourth quarter of 2008—and reports from handset makers and phone developers working with Android say it may be a stretch to meet even that deadline.

According to reports, T-Mobile plans to bring Android-based phones to market during the fourth quarter of the year, but other major carriers building on the Android platform—including Sprint and China Mobile—are also facing delays, and may not offer Android handsets until late 2008 or early 2009.

Unlike proprietary handset operating systems—like Windows Mobile or Apple's Mac OS X Mobile—Android is an open source system based on Linux and Sun Microsystems' Java language. Android includes an operating system, a user interface toolkit, and applications, but developers have had difficulty building support for their own custom applications and services on Android as Google continues to refine the technology. in the meantime, many phone developers have invested energy in Apple's iPhone and Research in Motion's BlackBerry platform because they're already on the market, and the development tools are more mature.

Initial Android-based phones are expected to be high-end models with exclusive features, but Google hopes Android devices will eventually be available at a variety of price points.

So what does this mean for Windows Mobile? Is should allow a little extra time to perfect WM7, and it might even inspire carriers to release a few more WM6.1 upgrades. But we're not holding our breath on that.

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Today Firefox 3.0 Final ! (Update 2)

. Tuesday, June 17, 2008
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In case you missed, forgot or didn't heard - Firefox 3.0 final is going to be available today June 17 at 10:00am PST or 1:00pm EST - Go Get It !
That's an order !

In meanwhile I'm writing this in FF RC3 which is amazingly fast ! WOW !!!!
get your here

Update:
I have no idea how Mozilla plans to break World Record if they are late on delivery and thier web site is fully down :((

Update :
Looks like THE FIREFOX 3.0 Day has been pushed to tomorrow :((
http://blog.mozilla.com/blog/2008/06/17/download-day-is-here/

Video Card Accelerated Video Encoding News Update

. Monday, June 16, 2008
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As I wrote before, Elemental Technologies together with NVidia developing GPU accelerated H.264 (MPEG4-10/AVC) encoding and previously claimed x12 times boost. Real numbers and comparisons yet to come, however lucky people at Anandtech got their hands on "severely limited beta" of Elemental Technologies' BadaBOOM Media Converter. Initial results not yet conclusive, however one thing 100% clear - it's faster than CPU alone encoding and CPU usage while using Video card right now only 20-30%, which is obviously improvement over 100% on CPU encoding alone.

Related Post:
12x Times Boost for HD Video Encoding using video card
Full Text at AnandTech.com

Blackberry 9100 aka Kickstart - RIM's First Clamshell info Recap

. Thursday, June 12, 2008
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I usually don't want (or try not to) bring you 1 1/2 month old news, but this one was a complete surprise to me and maybe it'll be news to you too.
RIM is slowly cooking a first clamshell phone, a wild mix of Pearl and Sony Ericsson W580i and the first lucky ones to get it are T-Mobile subscribers.

Phone Specs:

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (No 3G)
  • "Next Gen" SureType keyboard (Improved T9 ?)
  • 2 Megapixel camera
  • 16-bit color LCDs
  • Internal LCD is 240×320, external one is 160×128
  • Wi-Fi b,g
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • OS is 4.6
According to Internal T-Mobile upcoming device launch roadmap, and things are looking alright for current and future subscribers. The company expects to launch no fewer than 16 devices between June 16th and August 1st, including the BlackBerry Kickstart, Blackberry Bold, Shadow II, and Moto ROKR E8.

Photos and More info - Here and Here

The iPhone Eyes BlackBerry's Turf

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When he unveiled the next-generation iPhone on June 9 in San Francisco, CEO Steve Jobs made it clear that he's determined to turn Apple (AAPL) into a much bigger player in the mobile-phone market. Among other things, he slashed the price for the entry-level iPhone to $199, half that of the previous edition and right in line with what competitors' high-end phones cost. The move seems certain to attract new customers, especially consumers who had been turned off by the higher price. "Everyone wants an iPhone," Jobs said. "But we need to make it more affordable."

Jobs is serious about winning over corporate customers, too. Besides the lower price, Apple is boosting the speed at which the iPhone can pull in e-mail and other corporate data and making sure the device works with popular corporate e-mail programs, such as Microsoft's (MSFT) Exchange. The company has even opened up the iPhone so that outside software developers can create their own programs for the device. "We sort of checked the boxes on everything [that corporations] wanted," says Timothy D. Cook, Apple's chief operating officer.

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iPhone 3G unsubsidized pricing leaks out

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Hot off the wires, we’ve got a hold of the unsubsidized price for the iPhone 3G. Well, for Italy anyway. Vodafone Italy is setting an out-of-contract price at €499 and €569 for the 8GB and 16GB models respectively. At current rates, that converts to about $775 and $930 respectively. Vodafone says these models are meant to be used with prepaid plans. We don’t know what the monthly nut is going to be yet but word on the streets is that this pricing is actually reasonable and dare we say competitive in Italy’s smartphone market.

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Courtesty of http://www.boygeniusreport.com/

RIAA Suddenly Walks Away from Longstanding P2P Case

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And it may have shot itself in the foot for doing soo

The RIAA brought an abrupt end (PDF) to the longstanding copyright trial Warner v. Cassin earlier this month, after filing a sudden motion to dismiss late last May.

The dismissal, approved by the White Plains, New York court on June 4, was discovered Wednesday by Ray Beckerman of copyright blog Recording Industry vs. The People. He notes that discussions had just begun on the principle of "making available" -- that is, offering a file for download via a P2P client's "shared folders" feature. With recent case history suddenly shifting towards the defendant, instead of the RIAA, it appears that the case may have been dropped in order to snuff out another unfavorable ruling.

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iPhone 3G - New Details from Internal AT&T Email to Employees

. Tuesday, June 10, 2008
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By now even your grandmother knows what Apple announced today. But what about the fine print? What about the $199 and $299 pricing? Well, as some of you might have guessed, those prices are only with contracts with a carrier. We just got a hold of an internal AT&T email to store managers and it details almost every single detail of Apple’s iPhone 3G. Here’s a list of the most important/interesting points we found, followed by the entire email:

  • iPhone 3G will be activated at point of sale when the device is purchased in store.
  • Return period has been changed from 14 days to 30 days
  • $199 and $299 pricing is for new activations or qualified upgrades with a 2-year agreement
  • 2G iPhone data rate plans will remain available for 2G device until further notice
  • The new iPhone 3G data plan is $30/month and includes unlimited data and visual voicemail
  • There is not a no commitment price. This means you can’t just walk in and bang $500 on your credit card and walk out.
  • If you are an existing iPhone customer in good standing, you will be able to extend your contract for two years when the iPhone 3G launches and get the ill-na-na $199/$299 price point. Doesn’t matter when you bought an iPhone either.
  • AT&T and Apple stores “unbrick” the iPhone 3G at time of purchase, but for some reason if that doesn’t happen, you’ll be required to use iTunes at home.
  • Pre-paid and Pick Your Plan will not be allowed on iPhone 3G
  • Device purchase limit remains at (3) per customer in AT&T stores.
  • 2G iPhones to remain as demo models in AT&T stores “until further notice”.
  • AT&T stores will get rate brochures, 22 x 28 posters, and window banners
  • Launch day will mirror last year’s launch. This includes extended store hours, crowd controls, etc. Security will be provided to stores requesting armed police or guards.
  • AT&T is working with Apple to roll out GPS-enabled applications.

Courtesy of www.boygeniusreport.com

Dell says Windows XP to live till 2009, and 'likely longer'

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In a letter to some of Dells customers, they said that "XP Professional is available for OEM installation on your Dell PC purchases through at least 2009 and likely longer." The "official" OEM and retail end date from Microsoft is June 30, 2008, just a few weeks away. There has been much talk of whether Microsoft would bow to the demand of the consumers to keep XP alive, and with this it is still hard to tell if Dell bought a years stock of licenses ahead of time, or if this is the precursor to an announcement from Microsoft.
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TomTom says navigation app already runs on iPhone

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch navigation device maker TomTom already has a version of its navigation software running on Apple's iPhone and has plans to sell it to consumers, a spokesman said on Monday. "Our navigation system runs on the iPhone already," the TomTom spokesman said after Apple announced a new version of the iPhone that will include global positioning (GPS) capability. The spokesman did not say when TomTom, Europe's biggest maker of car navigation devices, would be ready to start selling the software.

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AT&T Set to Trial Usage-based Internet Pricing This Fall

. Monday, June 9, 2008
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John Donovan, AT&T chief technical officer, has indicated that AT&T will begin testing usage-based internet pricing starting this fall. Donovan asserts that the tests of usage-based pricing is not an attempt to make more money, but is simply required to add more network capacity.

Donovan told Wired.com in an interview, “It's almost a taxation issue. Traffic on our backbone is growing 60 percent per year, but our revenue is not.” From that simple statement it’s hard to support Donovan’s previous claim that the testing of usage-based Internet pricing isn’t an attempt to make more money from its users.

Donovan says that usage-based pricing trials are an attempt to encourage more efficient use of a customer’s bandwidth capacity. To a users that may simply sound like another way to say the ability to punish heavy bandwidth users.

Donovan mirrors statements made by Time Warner when it tried to justify the abhorrent new usage-base pricing of its trial in Beaumont, Texas with regards to the small percentage of customers that use the majority of its bandwidth.

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3G iPhone and iPhone 2.0 Software

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I'm not going even to try to compete with Gizmodo/Engadget/MacInsider etc with delivering the latest news from Apple, instead im going to give a link to coverage of conference with all the info you need: http://www.macrumorslive.com/

Monday Smartphones Recap

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So Lets summarize some of exciting gadget news so far I gathered today. Well, beside all known expected iPhone 2.0 aka 3G to be announced at WWDC 2008 conference by Steve Jobs, couple of other gadgets managed to catch my attention:

Now is it just me or all the phone mentioned above have "something" in common?

In other news, something I almost completely missed, new smartphone from Nokia - E71. TheBoyGenius posted full review here
This one still hasn't decided what it wants to be iPhone or Blackberry clone, but most closely match Blackberry bold

TheBoyGenius just made full HTC Diamond Touch review, which I'd like to quote:

"While this isn’t specific to the Touch Diamond, we really wish HTC would reconsider their all-in-one min-USB jack. It’s great for charging and file transfers, but especially considering the media-centric appeal of the Diamond, we would appreciate a 3.5 mm headphone jack, as the current configuration limits you to the HTC-supplied headphones unless you’re willing to deal with a cumbersome adapter."

Rings a bell? Something I said back in May - http://boredsysadm.blogspot.com/2008/05/why-htc-diamond-touch-will-fail.html
Told you so! Full review here

Speaking of HTC Diamond Touch - It's not tri-band HSDPA as you'd like to be, HTC says device will localized due to size constrains.

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Solution: Microsoft Update Fails on Office Updates on Win XP SP3

. Friday, June 6, 2008
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Do you have Issues updating Microsoft Office 2003 via Microsoft Update (not windows update) after WinXP Pro has been updated to SP3?
Here are two solutions:

First:

and Second:
Delete contents of the software distribution download folder at C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download and then run this script at c:\windows\system32 folder

regsvr32 /s Wups2.dll
regsvr32 /s wuapi.dll
regsvr32 /s wuaueng1.dll
regsvr32 /s wuaueng.dll
regsvr32 /s wucltui.dll
regsvr32 /s wups2.dll
regsvr32 /s wups.dll
regsvr32 /s wuweb.dll

Breaking: Amazon Web site is down since mid afternoon Friday (Update)

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When a service as big as Amazon (AMZN) is unavailable, you expect at least a message along the lines of “something is technically wrong.” However, currently Amazon is as dead as it can be, with Amazon.com producing a mere “Http/1.1 Service Unavailable” error message.

I'm usually cautious about writing reports on sites being down because they have the nasty habit of returning to normal as soon as I hit “publish.” However, Amazon seems to have been down for quite a while now, and reports are showing up on other sites, for example CNET. There is no official word from Amazon about this outage at the moment. Let’s just hope their data centers didn’t explode.

Update As of 4:20pm EST Amazon servers fully operational and working in regular mode.

Update
Is Amazon Video to blame?

HP Charges an Arm and a Leg for Printer Memory Upgrades

. Wednesday, June 4, 2008
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Today of my company's managers complained to my boss - infrastructure manager about his print job sometime getting stuck at the printer.
He's currently using as personal printer HP Laserjet 1300n something model, you know compact, w/o even lcd screen.
Since this person is probably a 2nd most important person in multi-million company my manager decides to make him happy we just going to buy him a new, more powerful model.

HP LaserJet P3005dn fitted the needs and bill perfectly. Currently in ballpark of $449 with HUGE $400 off promotion running until end of July.
Next step is attempt to beef up the printer even further we decide to expand the memory and this where we hit the brakes.

Whooa !! $599 [US] for 256mb!!!!

I couldn't believe my eyes !! Remember then I told you about HP just rebrands the memory its sells and charges extra, but this comes as a shocker even to me, a seasoned IT veteran.

40 TIMES Markup !!!


Even a simple HP product number search will reveal same or compatible item for under $40
A bit more digging around I found out HP uses standard notebook memory modules for this printer, more specifically: DDR2 PC2-3200 144 Pin SO-Dimm.
Here and here you can purchase it for $14.99 and they even tell you it's HP Printer compatible :)

How To Disable Credentials Prompt of Remote Desktop 6.0 [RDP] - Updated

. Tuesday, June 3, 2008
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Update: Since I posted this little article Windows XP Service Pack 3 came out and brought with it whole new version of RDP client which finally works right, saves credentials and does well all round, Including built-in support for NLS – Effectively makes article below obsolete.

Remote Desktop Connection client 6.0 introduces new authentication features to improve security for Windows Vista and Windows Longhorn Server, which makes it mandatory for the user to enter logon credentials before RDP client can establish connection to the remote server (" Enter your credentials for <server>. These credentials will be used when you connect to the remote computer" ), but if the remote machine is configured to show logon warning message or if the remote system happens to be Windows 2000 or XP, you’ll need to enter the credentials again at remote machine’s logon screen.

There is however a workaround to skip the credentials screen that RDP 6.0 client shows by choosing “Do not attempt authentication” under Authentication options on the Advanced tab, but this option is not set permanently.

To permanently skip the additional credential screen of RDP 6.0 client, edit the Default.RDP file in notepad to include enablecredsspsupport:i:0 .
The Default.rdp is located in each user’s My Documents folder.

Including enablecredsspsupport:i:0 disables the Credentials Security Service Provider for the connection.

If you use separate .RDP file for different servers, modify each of those .RDP files.
Below is the content section of the default.rdp file with enablecredsspsupport:i:0 option included.

redirectposdevices:i:0
authentication level:i:0
enablecredsspsupport:i:0
prompt for credentials:i:0
negotiate security layer:i:1

Note that this workaround is suggested only if you connect Windows 2000/2003/XP systems because according to Terminal Services Team blog post“This option does disable the new credential prompting behavior, but it also disables support for Network Level Authentication for Vista (and Longhorn Server) RDP connections; Network Level Authentication requires credentials to be provided by the client before a session is created on the server side.”

So if you do connect to Vista/Longhorn over RDP, you’ll not be able to use this tweak.