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    Great group idea...

    I've got the Samsung i760 running WM6. Got any good suggestions for an IM application that's free? Every one I have found is either buggy or costs money, and considering I don't use IM much on my phone, I would rather just use something free.
    Diplomacy is the art of saying "good doggie" while looking for a bigger stick.

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    Palringo.com is my newest find (See:
    http://www.tacticalgamer.com/group.php?groupid=4). I love the use of voice on the mobile handset.

    My solution for mobile IM is rather unique (and painstaking to setup and use). It's "IM Everywhere", a plugin for Trillian (3) Pro which allows you to drive your desktop's Trillian instance from your mobile phone. I like it because I don't duplicate any data (including logs), and conversations I had on the go are waiting for my review when I get home (and typically have more time to better focus on the folks I was talking to).

    Trillian 3 is aging, now, and IM Everywhere hasn't been updated in some time. Mobile applications have come a long way since it was created, but it remains my solution of choice:

    http://www.iknow.ca/imeverywhere/

    I'm hoping Trillian 4 (Astra) really caters to mobile devices well.
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    • #3
      Dashwire.com

      I've been using it for a few weeks now. It's quite good. The handset client taxes my device too much (I don't know if that speaks to the quality of the device or the software), so I had to abandon my original vision of just leaving it running in the background all of the time.

      But I fire it up once or three times a week and let it sync everything up, and it does a fantastic job. All of my information is online (calendaring, contacts, etc), and I have other software that keeps the handset in sync with the actual sources of data (Google, IM, etc), but Dashwire is superb as a backup solution (and, as they're proud to point out: some things are just easier to do on the desktop).
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      • #4
        My Podcatching Solution ($20 and a couple of hours -- if that -- to setup for yourself)

        I have an unlimited data plan and 8GB of storage. I also rarely plug the handset into the computer. I don't know how well this "solution" fits someone who's got less of either. YMMV. Please let me know what questions I can answer. I really like what I've created for myself, and I'd love for others to benefit from my efforts on their handsets.

        --
        I needed a process that "magically" placed on my handset (soon after their release) the episodes of podcasts I follow. I literally wanted them to just "appear" without my having to do anything each time a new episode was released.

        I needed an audio player that would remember the location at which I last paused any given podcast, and I needed it to remember that for several files concurrently, as I sometimes start one without yet having finished another, depending on how much time I might have in any given listening session (or what my mood is at the time).

        I decided to reward extra points for a solution that allowed me to "stretch" the audio (speed it up without affecting the pitch, thus allowing me to consume more information in less time).

        Lastly, I didn't want a lot of configuration on the handset that I'd have to repeat if I lost the handset.

        I'm very, very happy with the solution I've come up with. I'll detail it briefly here, but I'm happy to answer any questions.

        Necessary components:
        =+=
        Google Reader ($0): aggregates your many podcast feeds into one (via a public tag)
        http://reader.google.com

        "Google Reader Tag to Podcast RSS" Yahoo! Pipe ($0): enhances the Google Reader public tag RSS feed to include the podcast files
        http://pipes.yahoo.com/wyzcrak/podcasts

        BeyondPod ($0): automatically pulls podcast audio files to the handset given an RSS feed
        http://www.codeplex.com/beyondpod

        Pocket Player ($20): plays the podcasts with a simple excellence (nevermind several other justifications for its cost)
        http://www.conduits.com/products/player/
        =+=

        Those are the components I used to create my solution.

        1. I subscribed to all of my podcasts using Google Reader and added them all to one "folder" (or "tag" -- I call mine "podcasts"). In Settings, I made that tag public, viewed its "public page", and browsed to the XML RSS feed of that public page. This gave me an RSS feed that aggregated the various feeds of my favorite podcasts, but that feed didn't include the audio files themselves.

        2. So, I used the Yahoo! pipe to create _ONE_ RSS (wrapper) feed (choose "Get as RSS" from the "More options" menu after you "Run Pipe"), which included all of the audio files from the podcasts included in the Google Reader feed (and only the audio files -- by design, all text/etc content is excluded from the Yahoo! Pipes RSS output).

        3. Next, I pointed BeyondPod to the URL of that (Yahoo! Pipes) RSS feed and told it to download podcast files from that feed automatically each night at 01:00 AM, saving them to \Storage Card\Audio\Podcasts. BeyondPod doesn't have to be running when its time rolls around each night. It'll fire up and do its thing (and close itself when it's finished? ..not sure about that).

        4. Finally, I configured Pocket Player's "Podcast Handler" plugin to match only podcasts in that directory. The result? All of my music (songs otherwise stored on my handset) appears in Pocket Player's library as you'd expect, while the podcasts are separately and only cataloged in their own sub-library (creatively named "Podcasts" in the Pocket Player library UI). Lastly, I added the freely downloadable (http://www.conduits.com/products/player/plugins.asp) "Stretch DSP" plugin to speed up the audio (without affecting the pitch, though it will tax the handset's processor since it encodes in realtime). The stretch plugin is configurable and "toggleable" (yes, you can still listen to your "Dirty Dancing" soundtrack at normal speed).

        All of that enables me to have an end-user experience that goes something like this each day:

        Before bed each night, I plug the handset into the wall to charge the battery (and ensure it's on AC during the nightly downloads). I don't have to prepare any software on the handset. Just plug it in and go to sleep. During whatever opportunities the next day gives me, I fire up Pocket Player and listen (at up to %140 speed -- or higher -- if my ears and handset processor can handle it) to whatever podcasts have "magically" appeared on my handset. When I'm done with the podcast, I delete the file from right within the player.

        Whenever I want a new podcast to "magically" start putting episodes on my handset, I simply subscribe to it in Google Reader and add it to my "podcasts" tag. No hassles with typing URLs into my handset. In fact, I never have to touch my handset when I want to add a new podcast that I want to have start "magically" appearing on it. The list of podcasts I consume on my handset is not stored on my handset, but in Google Reader.

        Indeed, if I ever lose my handset, I haven't lost a great deal of "podcatching customization" effort. I merely re-install BeyondPod and Pocket Player on the new handset, repeat the very minimal handset installation/configuration, and I'm back on track.

        Known Issues: the RSS feed of any podcast you want to catch with this solution must include its audio file in the rather-standard "enclosure" tag. It's quite rare for a reputable podcast to host a feed which doesn't use the "enclosure" tag.
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        • #5
          I want to watch DVDs to my BlackJack2. Obviously, I have to rip them, encode them, etc. Anyone have any solutions they can recommend from personal experience?
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          Darkilla: In short, NS is pretty much really fast chess. With guns. Apophis: I haven't seen anyone say that SM's are better than non-SMs. Nordbomber: This is THE first server I've seen where either side can comeback from out of seemingly nowhere with the right teamwork. en4rcment: I have NEVER experienced the type of gameplay that I have found here. Nightly I am amazed at the personalities and gaming talent. Zephyr: Apophis is clearly a highly sophisticated self-aware AI construct that runs on a highly modified toaster oven in Wyzcrak's basement.

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          • #6
            Currently I am using a Palm Treo 700wx with WinMob 5.1 but will be updating service providers at the end of the month. Cant stand Sprint and their service doesn't even work while I am in my building. Can anyone recommend between AT&T or Verizon?


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