I am getting back on the review bandwagon and Joel just posted my review of the Logitech and Bluespoon Bluetooth headsets here. I really like the Logitech one even though it is larger because it is more comfortable and easier to operate the buttons. One person on Geek made a comment that Bluetooth is dead and WiFi is the way to go. I have to say that I will never own another PDA without integrated Bluetooth because I absolutely love the ability to connect to my Bluetooth phone anywhere I want to without paying the high public access WiFi fees. I really only use WiFi at home or if the hotels I stay in have it, but it is more of a convenience whereas Bluetooth is almost a requirement:)

I submitted my SplashPhoto review last night and plan on working on a couple more tonight. I started using the Pyro A/V Link unit last night and it worked great at recording output from my DVD player and VCR, but then I would get the weird Mobile Devices TCP/IP error and lose all ability to use my DSL connection. I then would go back and use Windows XP to perform a System Restore (I LOVE this feature) to before I installed the ULead software. I need to conduct more research and figure out what this problem is because this same thing used to happen when I tried using the Zaurus to sync to my desktop.

I also cracked open the TomTom Palm GPS software and put it on my Tungsten T3. I launched it this morning in the vanpool, after going through the required activation process, and was amazed that it connected to my Pharos Bluetooth GPS and started plotting our course in seconds! The Pharos unit even obtained good satellite signals in the back seat of the van away from direct access to the sky overhead. TomTom on the Palm blows away Mapopolis as far as navigation goes, but I have to check it out some more for routing, etc. Mapopolis is extremely fast at moving around the maps, but TomTom’s 3D navigation view is very cool and geeky. The program and maps are all loaded onto an external card when you install from the CD on your desktop. There is no way to load the program into RAM, but the cool thing is that you just pop the card in and TomTom is launched. This beats Mapopolis because with them you have to have your maps copied into RAM to use. I could only do one county at a time on my UX50, I cross two counties going to work, and thus it wasn’t that usable. The entire State of Washington is 20MB in TomTom.

As an experiment, I popped the loaded SD card into my Zodiac 2 and TomTom launched away. I was very excited about this prospect, but then found that another activation code was required. TomTom sent me one, but even after putting it in the program will not accept it. TomTom only officially supports the T3 and Tungsten C at this time and I know Tapwave has a bunch of propietary stuff in the Zodiacs that must be preventing me from using it.

Speaking of SD cards, I finally offloaded my last SanDisk card and will never buy another one of those brands again. I found a Lexar 256MB card for $50 at OfficeMax, after rebate, and have been happy with their dependability. In the past I have taken photos that were lost on a SanDisk card and had a 128MB card completely poop out for no reason. I have been very happy with Viking CF cards as well.

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