Saturday, April 16, 2005

Awesome New Toy

I like to think I'm more or less immune to techno-toys. But I lie.

I used to have a Palm 4, about 4 years ago, and it was seriously useful for organising my life. Then it upped and died. I was not a bunny of happiness. But even then what I really wanted was a PDA that was also a mobile phone. Things of that ilk started appearing on the market, but they were hideously expensive and just didn't seem to be worth the money. Plus they all had the form factor of a brick. Recently I've been reading reviews of the PalmOne Treo 650. Every one of them raves about this baby, and I started lusting after it. Anyhoo, throwing caution to the wind, today I bought one!

Oh man, it's awesome! A truly phenomenal piece of kit. You have the usual Palm stuff like Calendar, Memos and Diary. You have the telephone and messaging stuff. You have a camera, with a nifty little feature that lets you draw on a photo (using the stylus). There's a cut-down version of Microsoft Word and Excel. And there's an interWeb browser and email thingie. And all of this can be very easily synchronised with data on your main computer. Fan Bloody Tastic!

So the only thing wrong with this picture is that I have to do a little Etisalat Interaction (my favourite thing, as you know) to get GPRS enabled so I can use the interWeb features of the phone. It wasn't that bad actually, only 2 10-minute waits in call-centre-hell, and then a quick sign-up on their website. The website said that it would be set up within 24 hours, and it costs Dhs 30 a month (plus a small-looking fee for actual data transfer). This is actually the first time I've ever done anything with Etisalat that didn't involve long queues, form-filling and document providing. So yay!

And the phone has just gone beep to tell me there's a message. It's from Etisalat, telling me that the GPRS is now enabled. Yeehaaaa! Gonna play with it some more.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi British man,
Please can u give some info or tips on how to get a job at Inetrnet city? im an oracle consultant with 6 years experience. I was in dubai last week for vacation and i really like it. Dubai is the place to be.
Kind regards

4:38 pm  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

"British man"?!

The best way to get a job in Dubai is to be here and knock on doors. You can find companies that need your skills on the DIC website, and you might want to get in touch with Oracle's DIC office and get a list of local developers.

6:05 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Im Sorry i thought you were British! anyway thanks for you reaction but it will be hard to go to dubai at the short term, im just returning from dubai. Is there any website available with oracle developers in Dubai and is sending CV to them no good idea or they will not answer??

Thanks in advance.

1:36 pm  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

Yes, I am a Brit. Try Google for Oracle developers Dubai. Expect not to get a reply to most of the emails that you send.

2:04 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok thanks

3:33 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interested to know if you have the settings for GPRS for the Treo - Etisalat usefully have said "buy another phone...." have got the connection working - but what is the gateway (proxy in Web Blazer) and the setting in the E-mail system - Much appreciated if you can shed some light on this - -

5:48 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The answer is really simple!
Palm have the Etisalat settings precoded on the ROM and the latest update to the ROM has this too.
When requested for GPRS Etisalat sent the WAP settings - hence the total confusion - and the fact that the GPRS would not work! PalmOne have sent all the details of the settings to Etisalat - but Etisalat do not acknowledge this, perhaps they really do want us to "buy another phone"....

10:44 am  

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