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Wiki on a K750i? A txt file will do

I’m a huge fan of TiddlyWiki, a standalone web page that you can edit through a browser for just about anything: to-do lists, notes or any other text data. I’m an extensive user of one of its derivatives: the Zope server-based ZiddlyWiki but before that, I used GTDTiddlyWiki, a version that incorporates a getting things done menu and is formatted for easy printing on index cards.

ZiddlyWiki fits my need for a server-side notes taking and archiving solution that is accessible anywhere. I host my ZiddlyWiki on a free Zope hosting account with Objectis. I needed a server-side solution because I wiped out a lot of notes trying to synchronize the GTDTiddlyWiki in my home PC and in my office PC last year.


Upgraded K750i firmware to latest version

(Update: the latest Sony Ericsson firmware is now: R1CA021) I upgraded my Sony Ericsson K750i to the latest firmware version last night. The new firmware, R1BC002, fixes a lot of bugs and offers several enhancements to the phone. My phone’s previous firmware, R1N035, was three releases behind and still contained bugs.

To check the firmware version of your Sony Ericsson phone, do the following (for < push the joystick to the left, for > push the joystick to the right):

I have long wanted to try updating the K750i’s firmware using the Sony Ericsson Update Service but I kept putting this off because I read forum posting after forum posting of people botching their upgrades.

Prior to the latest firmware, the K750i had an irritating bug involving the transfer of files via USB to the Memory Stick duo. Every time I transfer files to the phone’s Memory Stick, I always encounter problems. Not all the files I sent would be transferred. The easiest solution to this was to detach the Memory Stick and use a card reader.

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How to encode movies for playing in your cellphone

I used to scoff at the prospect of watching movie clips in your cellphone. After all, who’d want to watch something in very small screen when you can always watch it on your PC or TV. I’ve watched 3GP movie clips in various phone demos and did not find it something to drool over.

But after watching movie clips in mp4 format, I found that I don’t mind watching movies in smaller screens–especially during times when you have nothing to do like waiting for an appointment or while traveling. Clips in mp4 format have better resolution so I went ahead and converted movie clips I wanted to watch on the phone.


Multi-tasking in the Sony Ericsson K750i

After days of using it, Iím getting to see why the K750i is such a great phone. I tried taking photos using the 2-megapixel cameraphone and found that the quality of the photographs equals, if not exceeds, the Kodak point and shoot digital camera I was using a few years back.

The phone can also serve as a decent music player. It can play MP3 and AAC files. It has an integrated FM radio. The phone also serves as a good portable flash drive.

You can continue writing and sending messages while using the phoneís music player or FM tuner. You can also continue listening to music while taking photographs. The music stops for a second or two, though, when you click on the shutter button.


Best web portals for mobile phone themes

I got a Sony Ericsson K750i as gift. Iíve always been a fan of Sony Ericsson phones starting with the R320s (which my wife won in a raffle a few years back). The first thing that I did when I opened phone package was to change its themes.

The K750i displays animated themes. My previous phone, the T630 uses themes to control its appearance and I must have tried close to 30 before I settled on the Firefox theme.

For mobile phone themes, I check three sites:

Zedge is, in my opinion, the best repository of mobile phone themes. It offers a lot of themes in various categories and for various phone models: Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Alcatel, LG, Motorola, NEC, Pantech, Phillips, Samsung, Siemens etc.

In order to download themes, wallpapers, ringtones, games and applications from the site, you have to register for a free account. Your free account allows you to download 20 items (ringtones, wallpapers or applications) everyday. You can either download the item into your computer for sending to your phone via Bluetooth, infrared or data cable or you can add it to your account for downloading via

If you plan to visit only one site for your mobile phone enhancement needs, then Zedge is the site for you.

Lasyk is a network of sites for various Sony Ericsson phones. Instead of having everything under one site, they organize the site into sub-domains based on the phone model so if you want themes, ringtones, games and wallpapers for your Sony Ericsson t630, you can go to

Esato also has great themes and other mobile phone goodies but it doesnít offer as much as the two previous sites. It has a discussion forum, though, that has been helpful when I tried looking for solutions to various mobile phone problems.

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Get things done faster on your mobile phone and PC with FMA

If there’s one application responsible for an exponential boost in my productivity at the news copy desk it’s Float’s Mobile Agent (FMA). I wrote a short post about FMA earlier. FMA is an open source application that allows you to manage and operate your mobile phone through your PC via a data cable, infrared or Bluetooth connection.

Float's Mobile Agent

With FMA installed in your computer, you can just leave your phone in your desk and do all your mobile communications in your PC-from sending, receiving and archiving SMS messages, managing phone contacts, to-do lists and calendar entries to (for some phone models) taking and making calls using your regular PC headset. The program also allows you to easily back up important phone data like messages and contact numbers.


Smart demonstrates 3G network capabilities in Cebu

Smart's demo of video callSmart demonstrated yesterday its 3G network capabilities in a media briefing in Cebu. The telecom giant has set up a 3G test network in Mactan Island, Cebu, the venue of this year’s Inter-working Roaming Expert Group (IREG) conference.

In yesterday’s briefing, Smart demonstrated a video call between a Smart phone and a phone subscribed to roaming partner Telecom Italia Mobile. The test call wasn’t just to any Telecom Italia Mobile subscriber-it was to IREG chair Lucy Lombardi. Smart said this is the “first inter-network 3G video call in the country.”

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Smart takes down Addict Mobile portal; lesson to PR officers: monitor blogs

I discussed in my Cell.Talk column yesterday in Sun.Star Cebu the issue of pornographic images in Addict Mobile’s portal. I was surprised why the images were still up even days after PinoyTechBlog reported on it. It shows that the company does not monitor blogs.

I’m reprinting my column below. Yesterday, the central newsroom received an e-mail from an official of the company thanking me for raising the issue and informing me that the site has been taken down temporarily. I checked and it is indeed down.


GlobeQuest rolls out Wi-Fi in Manila malls

Innove’s corporate arm GlobeQuest has partnered with Ayala Center to deploy Wi-Fi in Ayala Malls. GlobeQuest, through its Wireless Internet Zone (Wiz), placed W-Fi hotspots in Glorietta, Greenbelt, and Alabang Town Center, and other popular hang-outs in Metro Manila.

The hotspots allows users in these establishments to browse the Web, access e-mail, play network games or make Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) calls using their Wi-Fi enabled laptops, personal digital assistants or phones.

GlobeQuest head Jesus C. Romero said in a press release that shopping malls “represent the next frontier for the increasingly mobile work force and for people who simply want Internet access on the go.”

Ayala Center Cebu has had Wi-Fi connection since last year but the coverage is limited to just a part of the mall. Romero said the Wi-Fi rollout in Manila is the first time that an entire mall will have wireless internet access.

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Flickr improves mobile blogging

I used to send mobile blog entries through Flickr. Last month, the posts that I sent to my Flickr account stopped automatically appearing in my blog (I was still with Blogspot then). When the automatic postings stopped, I could still post blog entries using the secret e-mail address you configure in your Blogger account.

When Blogger launched its own mobile blogging system, however, the photos that I sent through the secret blog posting e-mail address no longer got published. What was published was the caption that came with the photos I sent.

On Wednesday, my wife told me that automatic blog postings through Flickr still worked. She found this out while configuring Sun.Star’s blog on the Cebu ICT 2005 Summit. Only this time, you get another e-mail address for posts you want automatically published in your blog. The e-mail address has “2blog” added to it.

I think this is a better system. There are photos you may want to send to your Flickr account but you don’t want published in your blog. With the different addresses, Flickr gives you a choice.