If you own either a T610 or Z600 mobile phone, you may know of floAt's Mobile Agent a not-so-stable but even more powerful tool for accessing the phone from your PC. Sending SMSes, Managing contacts, even getting a popup windows when somebody calls you - everything is possbible.

Everything but synchronizing with outlook. There's just some kind of CVS export for your contacts, but this is very uncomfortable to handle. The bluetooth sync-profile the Widcomm software provides would do the trick, but I've many more contacts in outlook than there's space on the phone. So I need a way to specify which contacts to synchronize.

The software that comes from ericsson, XTNDConnect PC, has support for filters (I've created a category T610 and I'm syncing only contacts whithin this category), so would be doing the job.

Unfortunatly, this Ericsson PhoneMonitor-thing which XTNDConnect relies on is slightly incompatible to MobileAgent - either the phone is not detected or MobileAgent loses its connection (which locks my workstation because I'm using the proximity detection). I've never succeded in finding a way to reproducibly use both programs concurrently.

Not 'till now.

(BT-Driver is Widcomm 1.4.x but it should work with 1.3 too)

  1. Open the Advanced Bluetooth configuration.
  2. Client Applications Tab.
  3. Add COM Port
  4. OK to everything
  5. Double click the BT-Icon in the Tray
  6. "View devices in range"
  7. Double click your phone
  8. Right-click "Serial Port 2" and create a shortcut.
  9. go up two levels.
  10. right click the created shortcut, properties.
  11. Select the newly created port
  12. OK everything
  13. In the control panel open the Ericsson Phone Monitor
  14. In COM Ports, select the newly created port, chose "Reserve" and "Enable"
  15. OK

Before synchronizing, double click the newly created shortcut in your "bluetooth places". The phone will not immediatly be detected, but as soon as you start XTNDConnect and hit "synchronize", it will be.

What you did with this steps is creating two virtual com-ports for the phone that can be concurrently used. That way you can use XTNDConnect to synchronize with outlook and MobileAgent for the rest. Very nice.

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Forte finally released Agent 2.0, a complete rewrite of the IMHO best newsreader for the windows plattform. I've just downloaded (and registered - there's a quite reasonable upgrade fee of $15) the new version and I'm going to have a look at it...

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When writing code here and then, you usually use a monospaced font for better alignment of the characters. The default in Windows is Courier New which is quite readable, but its characters are a bit wide.

My favourite so far has been Lucida Console which comes with Windows XP and maybe Microsoft Office. The fonts characters are a bit less wide than those in Courier New. This is my default-font in Putty as it's very readable (for a monospaced font) and doesn't use as much space as Courier does.

Somewhere on the web, I came across ProFont which is a modified version of Monaco, the mac users have as default monospaced font. ProFont is optimized to be used by programmers, can be set to a very small size (lots of code visible without scrolling) and is very very readable.

On the page you'll find a bitmap and a truetype version. The latter looks quite badly on Windows XP with ClearType and the former doesn't work in Java-Applications. Unfortunatly jEdit is indeed written in Java, so I have to use the TT variant.

Then again, Delphi and Putty are not written in Java, so I want to use the bitmap version.

Unfortunatly, it's not possible to install both fonts at the same time as the are both named the same, so the TT version always wins.

My solution: I've opened the bitmap-font with a hex editor and changed all ocurrences of ProFontWindows to something else which finally allowed me to install both fonts at the same time.

Get the hacked version here. Note that I've only hacked the fontname. All its copyright belong to the author of the page above.

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Last monday, OmniGroup has released the public BETA version of OmniWeb 5. The most interesting thing I've seen in it (I'm currently writing this entry using OmniWeb) is this text in the EULA:

IMPORTANT - Read this License Agreement carefully before clicking on the "Agree" button. By clicking on the "Agree" button, you agree to be bound by the terms of the License Agreement. -- The document that follows this paragraph is a license agreement. Why do we need such a thing? Well, to be perfectly honest, our lawyers have told us that we need to protect ourselves. We at The Omni Group pride ourselves on our low-key style, but the global nature of the software business means that one lawsuit from one user in a far-flung jurisdiction could put us out of business. It also means that, without this agreement, we might not have protection from people who misuse our software. We do not want to bet our entire company on such possibilities, however unlikely, because we like doing what we do and want to continue to be able to do it. And, so, we require you to read and agree to this license. We think you will find it quite reasonable. Obviously, if you disagree, click "Disagree." But, don't just stop there. Let us know. Send some e-mail to telling us what you find unacceptable about our license agreement. We can't promise to change anything, but we will do our best to get back to you.

Nice. It's their style, so it does not really surprise me, but it's nice anyway.

What I like is this tab-drawer. I've just seen that even the bookmark-window is displayed as a tab. Very nice. Very integrated.

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In the stauts bar there are some Icons. I don't really understand what they are doing and there's no tooltip, but I'm sure, this will be fixed in a later release.

Very good-looking. I'm going to surf around a bit and will possibly post something more later on.

Just before hitting "submit", I've seen this small plus-sign above the scroll bar on any <textarea>-element. This thing is just great. When you click on it, an extra window will open providing you with a nice large texteditor and the possibility to import any text file. Nice! Very Nice.

I think, I'm going to find a whole lot of nice little things as I continue trying the thing out.

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