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Palm Pre Follow up

With different blogs reporting that the European version of the new webOS (1.3.1) won’t be available until the end of November, I decided to just use the English Sprint webOS 1.2.1 version. Due to the detailed guides at WebOS Internals the update was very easy and done in a few minutes. Afterwards the whole world of custom WebOS patches and execellent homebrew applications through the fantastic Preware was available. I installed patches for landscape email, on-screen keyboard, and better notifications as well as the new music player, the homebrew Facebook client, and some free games. Together with the now working (probably due to fixes in WebOS 1.2.1) Exchange synchronization (yeah baby, two-way! :)) I’m very satisfied with the device. The battery only lasts a day with 3G, push-mail enabled, and moderate use but I think that is a problem that all current smartphones face. image

A bit disappointing is the number of available apps right now. While there are many qualitative applications the store right just cant compete with the iPhone and its two year head start.

Fortunately developing for the Palm is pretty easy (just HTML, CSS and JavaScript), so I started to develop my own “Fahrplan” application, which displays the available train connections from point A to point B on any given time. So far I have only a very simple interface but I’m making fast progress. Will let you know I it will be finished. 🙂

Apart from that there will be another sechsta sinn team meeting from Nov, 20 to Nov, 23 so stay tuned for updates from the game development front as well.

Update:

Someone already released an application called “Bahnfahren“.. works great and as I have little time, I will just use that.

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Palm Pre

Last week I exchanged my old HTC Herald Windows Mobile device for a shiny, new Palm Pre. So far I really like the design and the usability of the OS and the hardware. Unfortunately, I have some strange calendar sync issues with appointments entered in the Pre not syncing back to my Exchange server. The Europe version of the Pre, however, is still running webOs 1.1.3 while the rest of the world is already using 1.2.1. Version 1.3.1 should be available worldwide in the next few days, so I will wait for that upgrade, see if it fixes some of my problems with this device and then I will deliver a full in depth review. Stay tuned.

Microsoft TS 70-536

Last Friday I passed the 70-536 Exam, TS: Microsoft .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation. I had thought it would be much more difficult but in the end it was pretty easy (or I was just well prepared.. maybe both). Next ones will then be 70-562 and 70-564 to reach the Microsoft Certified Developer status but I think that has to wait until after the thesis.