Portable Accessories and Software

Beginner's Guide to Bluetooth Technology

Audacity: Free Audio Editor

For those who have read some of my other blog entries, you'll notice that I'm into audio recording, at least voice recording (for now). The program I use to put my voice tracks on top of music is Audacity.

Why Audacity?

Top 10 Windows Mobile Applications

If you are like most people, you have had to purchase a new mobile phone in the last year from one of the large nationwide wireless telecommunications providers. While shopping for a new mobile phone, you were probably overwhelmed by the number of phones being pushed by the retail sales representatives. Today, you can purchase legacy phones, smart phones, and converged phones running a mixture of operating systems that are proprietary to the OEM, Windows Mobile, Palm, Symbian just to name a few.

Shure E500PTH noise-cancelling headphones, with a twist

I'm a big fan of Shure, Inc.  They make the best audio equipment, which started with products for the DJ and performer market.  Over the past few years they've brought the professional level equipment to the masses.  Well, not the masses who buy $9.95 Sony headphones at Target, but anyone willing to spend $99 or more.

This year they introduced the E500PTH headphones, and added what they call "push-to-hear" functionality.  By including a simple microphone, the E500's are able to intentionally amplify the outside world to the listener.  Why would you want to do this?  Two words: flight attendants. 

Nokia 3650 help -- thank God for the Russians and Slavs!

I love the Russiand and the Slavs, I really do. Trained in mathematics and electronics, they do things that I find amazing. For example, my Nokia 3650 had a corrupted contacts.cdb file, which you can't edit if you use the phone because the file gets locked on boot.

Furthermore, I couldn't hard reset the phone because I lost the lock code.

Nokai was no help, they wanted $100 and four weeks to flash it. T-Mobile was no help, they couldn't flash the phone and tried the defaults... which I already tried.

At this point I thought I should look into a 3rd party gearhead, when I stumbled upon this: http://nfader.z-host.ru. You enter your phone serial, it emits the MASTER SECURITY CODE. How Nokia did not have this, I can't tell you.

PodCapsule #2 - 'Empowering' Your Portables

A portable electronic device with a dead battery isn't much fun to use. Whether you have a digital still camera, MP3 player, or camcorder, there are some things you can do to keep it running for a longer period of time. It's all about the battery, so listen to PodCapsule #2, and learn how to 'Empower' your portable.

-hosted by Matt Whitlock

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