The Deliverator – Wannabee

So open minded, my thoughts fell out…

While I wait…

Posted by Deliverator on January 27th, 2005

I have been busy getting prepared for the arrival of my new-to-me Jornada 720. I have been spending a good deal of time consulting forums, downloading software and shopping for accessories. I managed to purchase a PCMCIA adapter that should let me use my 2.2 GB type II CF microdrive in the Jornada’s PCMCIA slot. The Jornada also has a dedicated CF slot, but it is located under a panel on the underside of the unit and the thicker type II CF cards wouldn’t fit without modifications to the cover. Although I enjoy any opportunity to use my dremel tool, I am going to try and keep this latest gadget in good working condition for more than a month. Given that I have managed to kill four PDAs over the years, this will be challenge enough. I may purchase a sizeable (1 or 2 GB) flash based CF card to go in this slot at some point, but for now, I am trying to conserve cash by using what I got. I already had the microdrive and the PCMCIA adapter cost me $.98 on ebay. Granted, the shipping cost 7 times as much as the actual purchase price, but nothing will spoil my typical consumer delusion that I got a good deal! I also stopped in at Compusa to browse through their PDA wares. They didn’t have anything that peaked my interest too much, but it did get me thinking about screen and keyboard protection. I did some searching and found that the best are made by a company called image911 and they were designed to keep blood off the PDAs of emt/ambulance workers. Hopefully this means it will also protect against coffee and hot pockets. I once spilled a glass of eggnog into a keyboard and it wasn’t pretty…

In terms of software, so far I have downloaded the following:

  • 128 bit SSL patch for Pocket IE
  • ceFTP – an ftp client
  • DeSappear – small hack that allows for transparent icon text on the desktop
  • Doom – The classic first person shooter
  • ExecutabilityCheck – This program patches PPC 2000 and 2002 executables ON THE FLY to run on the HPC. Both the Handheld PC (HPC) and Pocket PC (PPC) platforms share the same OS core, Win CE 3.0. This program and several .dlls taken from PPC units allow HPCs to run a good deal of PPC software.
  • ezyUnZIP – a zip utility
  • ftxBrowser – Web browser with support for tabs and other neat features. Uses the Pocket IE rendering engine.
  • GAPI – Gaming API allowing for advanced 2d graphics functions on Win CE. Used for many games/video playback. Similar to the Direct Draw layer of Direct-X on full blown Windows.
  • PocketMVP – Media playback software that supports most modern codecs (divx, mpeg(1,2,4), xvid, etc.)
  • itaskmgr – a task managed
  • PocketDivx – another media player, but with much more limited format support
  • LaunchForce – A quicklaunch bar that allows you to save valuable desktop space for pictures of nude women!
  • MemInfo – provides at a glance views of available program memory, internal and external storage.
  • Ministumbler – Like Netstumbler, only smaller…Netstumber is the most popular wireless network survery application on the PC. Most of the wireless drivers for Win CE don’t come with very good site survery tools, so I am happy to see that ministumbler should be compatible with both my Jornada and the wireless card I plan to be using (Orinoco Gold).
  • Microsoft ActiveSync 3.8 – Latest program from Microsoft for synching your Win CE machine with your desktop. I plan on synching wirelessly most of the time, but I have a USB cradle to fall back upon. This wasn’t very stable when I used it, so I hope things have improved.
  • XML patch from Microsoft. Enables XML support in Win CE 3.0 (particularly in Pocket IE).
  • nPOP – A good internet email client
  • Orinoco WIN CE drivers for my WiFi card
  • Pocket Streets 2001 – Microsoft’s mapping software for the HPC. Newest version that will install (without modification) on HPC.
  • pjava – latest Java VM from Sun
  • Plus Pack for Win CE – Some nice, free extras from Microsoft
  • Pocket Notepad – Notepad clone for the HPC. Can you believe Microsoft left this one out of the OS?
  • Power Toys – Lots of nice little tweaks curtesy of MS
  • Quake for HPC – The unquestionable grandaddy of all modern, 3d first person shooters. I can’t wait to run Quake Done Quick on this one!
  • Quick View Plus – allows for viewing of a wide variety of file-types.
  • imov – IM client that works with most of the major IM systems (supports Jabber).
  • sshce – Secure Shell Terminal for Win CE
  • Smalltweak – collection of registry hacks for Win CE with nice user-friendly interface. Similar to Tweakui for Windows
  • Total Commander Wince – great filemanager for Win CE.
  • Terminal Services Update – The Jornada has a TS client out of the box, but it is lacking it several major ways. The built in version can’t easily send right click events and can’t set the session resolution to the Jornada’s native resolution (640*240). This makes for a lot of awkward panning when trying to administer boxen. This update corrects both of these flaws.
  • VNC for ARM – VNC client ported to Win CE as a school project. Between this, Terminal Services and SSH, I should be pretty well set for remote admin tasks.
  • vxUtil – set of network utilities for Win CE (Ping, Traceroute, etc.)

This is actually a fairly small subset of the applications that I have downloaded, but I listed the most critical ones first and all my readers have fallen asleep reading this lengthy entry…