I’ve decided that I’ll be exploring both Android and Windows Phone as possible replacements for my nearly dead Palm Pre.  HP killed future hardware and we need phones, bad. I purchased an HTC Arrive off eBay, slightly cheaper than I would get it from Sprint under contract.  I’ve been using it as a WiFi only device for about a week. Wednesday night, I upgraded it to the developer’s release of Mango, the future update for Windows …


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With webOS, Synergy just happened.  (OK, it didn’t just happen. Many engineers spent many hours making this work seamlessly. But to the user, it “just happened”.) You don’t realize how nice this is, until you try a system that doesn’t really have it.  Windows Phone 7 with NoDo (the current “up to date” version for the public) has this problem.  The update due out September or October called Mango (or Windows phone 7.5) enables more Synergy …


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This post is for those who have ripped their DVDs and other video media and would like to load it onto their HP Touchpad.  I started to encode videos for the HP Touchpad using HandBrake, which had given me success for video targeting my Palm Pre.   I used iPad profiles, as the display size is exactly the same.  It seemed that no matter what I tried, the files would not show up in Photos & Videos app.  I tried quite a …


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While there is no doubt that software for the HP Touchpad is in its infancy, it is hard not to see the great usefulness and potential.  There are a few good writing apps for the Touchpad, including those for WordPress blogging.  I’m composing this in the WordPress App for WebOS tablet.  Any of these are much easier to use with a hardware keyboard, than attempting to type quantity on a virtual keyboard. The HP Touchpad Keyboard is mostly a …


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If you feel like following my hacking example to load .mobi format books onto the Touchpad’s Kindle App, be ready to have to reload it. If the app has a problem parsing the book for any reason, you are done. With no back gesture on the Touchpad, there is no way to back out of the crashed book load. Each time you start the app, it will load the file into a crash situation. (This doesn’t crash the …


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I have purchased many ebooks and created others manually in the .mobi format. This is very easy to load onto my Kindle device to read. Unfortunately, the current Kindle app on the Touchpad does not allow loading ebooks other than downloading from Amazon. This is unfortunate and makes the Touchpad a poor replacement for my Kindle.

I did not know if the Kindle App on the Touchpad could even handle .mobi format files, if I could get them there. Amazon …


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I have to admit that I was intrigued when I read the summary of this book. A novel by John Grisham about a third string NFL quarterback, escaping his terrible past to play professional football in Italy. Nothing about lawyers? This sounds interesting, if not just to figure out why John described.

Normally the novel isn’t quite as good, when an author writes completely out of their “comfort zone”. That is definitely the case here. It doesn’t have …


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I have just spent the last 30 minutes trying to get our complex 64 character WPA key into my HP Touchpad so I can start the setup procedure. The password field for the WiFi key is frustrating. The last character is only shown for a second or two, then it too fades into the dots of obscurity. This is fine in normal use with passwords you are used to typing, but a WiFi key is complex and entered only once …


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