Coded blue, for lack of a separate hardware color.
Pic of the day: Hewlett-Packard iPAQ hw6515 personal communicator. Yeah, it's more than a year old now, but the next model seems to be the same only with national keyboards and slightly cheaper.
En route to 2010
Six years ago I wrote about the future of the Pocket PC, how it would include Bluetooth and wireless Internet access by 2010. By now, as regular readers may remember, I already have a pocket PC with these features, up to and including GPS that can keep track of where I am within a couple meters. I don't use these features though. In fact, I rarely even use the built-in mobile phone or the camera. But they are there. They will have to be cheaper and easier to use though, in the three years we may have left till 2010.
For instance, I don't think this one has WiFi. The previous one had, or
so it said, but it may be that it only included the software and not the
hardware; I certainly didn't get it to work. But then again it took me
hours and much googling to get the Bluetooth to work on that one. I
don't think I even set it up on this one. As I said, it needs to get
user friendly. Idiot proof more like it. People who can afford these
things don't have the time to tinker with them. Ideally when the Pocket
PC needs to access the Internet, it should go like this:
WiFi sure is spreading. Some people think all cities and towns will be WiFi zones. Evidently there is a new standard spreading that covers larger areas, but I forgot what it is called. I'll notice when it becomes relevant to me, I suppose.
The Pocket PC also needs more entertaining software if it is to pass from Executive Toy to Exciting Toy. Nintendo DS and the less than successful PSP are coming from the other end. Nintendo DS now has an Opera browser, though it is not very good. The PSP has its own built-in browser too, or rather it is part of one of the first update downloads. It is even worse though. But for the Pocket PC to move on, it needs to run normal software. You should be able to forget that you have a different type of machine, just like with a laptop. On a laptop or notebook PC, you can run your favorite browser and play your favorite games, at least within the limits of the hardware. Pocket PC should be like that too. In fact, I want to play the same Sim family on my Pocket PC as I do at home.
Perhaps in 2010. We are almost on schedule.
Visit the archive page for the older diaries I've put out to pasture.