First off, I haven't forgotten about this, and am going to get back to it as soon as I have time. Between the extra pressure of being short-staffed again, all of my kid's year end activities, father's day and setting up a web site for my brother, I haven't had a lot of time to deal with it.
I did get a couple of new toys over the last few days though, that are pretty cool.
For Father's Day I got a new TomTom Go920 GPS unit. This thing absolutely rocks and:
- Acts as a bluetooth hands free unit which links to my cell phone. My cell phone links to it as soon as I turn it on, and with 3 clicks I can call a defined contact. Very nice. 🙂
- Allows me to update maps, including rename streets, update addresses and such
- I can download different voices for it (like John Cleese) to give me my directions
- Acts as an MP3 player
It's got a bunch of other features as well, and I'm still trying to figure my way through all of them. I've been wanting a GPS for a while, as it makes life a lot easier when I'm driving into an unknown city to teach an Excel class.
The other thing I got was a new cell phone, which arrived this morning. It's an HTC S640, which is a Windows Mobile SmartPhone.
I'm pretty stoked about this, as it is going to let me link to my Outlook data on the go. Lately I've been trying to manage so many things, and I often remember some of them on the way home. I can now pull over and add it to the list. (Or use the voice recorder to do the same.) Because we're using a Microsoft Exchange server, it links in quite easily (although I still have to do this part, so reserve the right to change my opinion on that,) and I'm going to be able to access my calendar, tasks, contacts and email. The bluetooth links seamlessly with the TomTom in the car, as I mentioned above, and I'm expecting the actual coverage to be 100% better than the Mike phone that I was using previously.
It's been less than 24 hours so far, but I've been wanting to get rid of the Mike phone for so long that this is probably the most exciting technology thing that has happened to me since... er... I bought a new server about a month ago. 😀
At any rate, I need to go work on my home server now, so that I can port my data there, reformat a PC that currently holds the data, and set it up fresh. I'm trying an experiment to see if I can get my wife the ability to book our personal appointments into my work calendar (without granting full access to work) so that I end up with a complete calendar on my SmartPhone. (I'd be lost without her, truly. I figure that this might help avoid her irritation when I keep asking her "what is on for tomorrow night" for the hundredth time!)