December 13, 2004

Geek Fun

Posted at December 13, 2004 11:57 PM in Technology .

I gave up my cell phone about two months ago, maybe a little less. I'd felt I wasn't using it enough and it was just an expense. Of course, as soon as it was gone, I found myself in situations where I wanted to call my wife while out or I was delayed in going to mass or... that sort of thing. People couldn't call me wherever I was when I was just out doing nothing special.

So I picked up a new phone. We have a discounts through work so I wound up getting a Motorola mpx220 smartphone for 30% of the list price with no activation fee or setup charges. It showed up at work today and after a little configuration difficulties, I got it working. Luckily, something like six or so of my coworkers seem to have one so I was able to compare notes.

I've got it set up now so I can synch, via the cell network, my work Outlook mail, calendar and contacts. By switching one setting, I can synch my personal IMAP-based e-mail account with a different inbox. I sent some test messages, logged into messenger, etc. and it all works seamlessly. I just wish it was faster.

Pretty cool stuff though. It really is a decent PDA as well as a phone. I managed to take a few action shots of afternoon bug triage to try out the built in 1.1 megapixel camera.

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