November 22nd, 2005


I've arrived ...

... and to prove it, I'm here.

Yes, I landed very shortly after the advertised time of ten past six (local) last night, and then spent about twenty minutes on the tarmac waiting for our taxiway to be cleared of other vehicles before we could make our way to the gate. Through immigration, customs and baggage reclaim in record time and just managed to get on the bus to DC at a quarter past seven.

Then up to scarlatti's apartment, and events over which it's best to draw a kindly veil. Use your imagination. I didn't actually plug the laptop in until this morning.


(scarlatti says "aurgh, you make it sound like things are more exciting than they really are. Our LJ posts have a better time than we do." This is because we spent the evening moaning about her legs and her insides, and then went to bed to sleep.)

Further news of the Handset

Okay, now I've used the new toy (the HTC-based "XDA Exec" from O2, running Windows Mobile 5 and ActiveSync 4) over here in the USA for the first time.

I can report now that it does go online quite happily on the PCS1900 networks you get for mobile phones here. O2 have a reciprocal arrangement with T-Mobile. I haven't got any news about how much it's costing me, but we'll see.

It's completely failed to get online with scarlatti's wireless network here in her apartment, but that's probably because there's some exotic setting on her base station (an Airport of some kind) with which I'm unfamiliar.

One of the things it's done better than the previous handheld, but I don't know if that's because I'm using a newer version of the OS or a newer version of ActiveSync -- it actually copes when the handheld and the laptop are in different time zones. The laptop is still on UK time, but the handheld is "visiting" the local timezone here. In similar circumstances with the old unit (Windows somethingorother 2002 and ActiveSync 3.8) it got horribly confused about the times of appointments. With this unit, it's fine. For example, the handheld thinks that swisstone's birthday drinks are on Friday at 1pm local time, the laptop thinks that they're at 6pm UK time, and they both agree that the other has got it right, rather than trying to overwrite each other. This is more of a delight than it sounds.

I still like it.

For more interesting stuff about Windows Mobile 5 and predecessor operating systems, see recent posts from lproven and marypcb, here and here.