Windows Mobile Weekly Roundup

by Todd Ogasawara

More "mobile" than "Windows Mobile" in this set of blog entries from last week. Hope you find them interesting anyway!
Cheap(er) Ultra Portables Are Hot!
Thu, 17 Jan 2008 20:18:13

A year ago the then unreleased OLPC XO seemed to have the cheap ultraportable market to itself. However, its altruistic goals limited it to non-retail sales. The idea of $100 (or even the current $200) price for an ultraportable seemed unthinkable for the retail market. Who would buy a cheap small notebook? Then Asus [...]
Information Week Clears Up the Airline Battery Confusion
Thu, 17 Jan 2008 19:27:19
Information Week has an informative article clearly explaining the whole US carry-on battery issue at… Airline Passengers Can Bring Batteries Aboard, After All
PayPal Security Key
Wed, 16 Jan 2008 20:09:49

I heard about the PayPal security key on the Security Now podcast last year. I don’t actually use PayPal but I was curious about the key so I bought one for $5. It arrived today and I went through what looked like the simple activation process. But, guess what. The process didn’t work (at least [...]

POST-POSTING NOTE: If I wasn't clear in my original blog entry, I am currently waitig for a replacement key fob to arrive. I will try activating it after it arrives. I received email from the PayPal Sr. Product Manager for Two-Factor Authentication the day after I posted this item in my personal blog. I'm quite surprised PayPal noticed my entry. I'm guessing that they have a search engine looking for comments about them. Good idea! I wish more firms would pay attention to what customers say like PayPal does.

iPod touch January Upgrade Problems
Tue, 15 Jan 2008 23:04:00

I’ve never had an iTunes/iPod sync issue… Until this evening. I ran into problems related to the iPod touch January Upgrade released today and announced on Macworld 2008 this morning. You can read the gory details in the blog item I wrote for the O’Reilly Mac Center. I discovered one item in favor of the Windows [...]

POST-POSTING NOTE: Apple appears to have refunded payments for the unsuccesful iPod touch upgrades. However, I still have not received any resolution on how to actually upgrade the 2nd iPod touch.

Microsoft Press Release: Survey Shows Increasing Worldwide Reliance on To-Do Lists
Mon, 14 Jan 2008 23:10:49
I saw this title in Microsoft’s press release list… Survey Shows Increasing Worldwide Reliance on To-Do Lists …then saw the subtitle… Results shed light on organizational habits and differences between men and women… and thought it might be some kind of early April Fool’s joke since it didn’t seem to mention any product or project. Then, looking [...]
Google Optimized for the iPhone
Mon, 14 Jan 2008 22:14:34

Google is at it again. They optimized a bunch of their web services for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch. You don’t need a special web URL to find it. Just head over to with your iPhone or iPod touch and your device will be routed to the right place. Clicking the link to [...]
Qipit Good! Scan Cameraphone Photos to PDF
Sun, 13 Jan 2008 22:48:12

Qipit good!… With apologies to Devo… I signed up for the free Qipit online cameraphone to PDF scanning service today. Although I’m focusing on the cameraphone aspect today, you can upload a digital photo taken with any kind of digital camera and upload it from the desktop too. For this test, I used a T-Mobile [...]