Public WIFI networks were a big topic a few weeks ago. Now, Google’s network was finally looked at by an independant analyst – and he liked what he saw. But, feel free to look at this yourself:,1895,2004581,00.asp

Many TamsPalm readers enjoy Opera Mini. I recently found a thread over at 1src’s announcing that Opera Mini 2 works in HiRes+ on Palm handhelds – I tried, it works, and here is my “Opera Mini 2 review”:

Opera Mini is not a regular kind of browser that downloads full HTML files to the handheld – instead, a co-called proxy is connected inbetween the web site and the handheld. This proxy “reduces” the size of the pages so that less data needs to be transferred onto the handheld. However, most of the formatting gets lost. Here are a few commented screenshots:

Pages designed for mobile use(I used Eugenia’s Mobile digg here) look very similar in Opera Mini 2 and Web Pro 3.5:
 Opera Mini 2 works in HiRes+ on Palm Tungsten T3
 Opera Mini 2 works in HiRes+ on Palm Tungsten T3

Binary Clock 3.0′s web site contains tabs – neither Opera Mini 2 nor Web Pro 3.5 can manage that:
 Opera Mini 2 works in HiRes+ on Palm Tungsten T3
 Opera Mini 2 works in HiRes+ on Palm Tungsten T3

Tables get “eliminated”, sort of like Plucker does:
 Opera Mini 2 works in HiRes+ on Palm Tungsten T3
 Opera Mini 2 works in HiRes+ on Palm Tungsten T3

Google AdSense works well – Web Pro does not manage it:
 Opera Mini 2 works in HiRes+ on Palm Tungsten T3

Opera Mini 2 was not excessively stable on my Palm Tungsten T3. I had to set Memory to 8MB and the Thread Cache to 32kb to make it show web sites as whole, and nevertheless experienced a few “freezeups”, some UI quirks and an outright “Java crash”:
 Opera Mini 2 works in HiRes+ on Palm Tungsten T3
 Opera Mini 2 works in HiRes+ on Palm Tungsten T3
 Opera Mini 2 works in HiRes+ on Palm Tungsten T3

The web browser can be downloaded for free here; you need to have Java installed to get it running.

Overall, Opera Mini 2 worked ok on my Palm Tungsten T3. The browser obviously is different from Web Pro and Blazer, as it doesnt even attempt to recreate the original page layout – this reduces data transfer volume and makes browsing hell fast(almost as fast as on my desktop). 5way control works really well too – no need to use the stylus when surfing! If you are on a GPRS contract, look at this free browser – it could save you money!
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While roaming the net “randomly”, I stumbled upon this:

This is an interesting service that offers you a compact view of the top digg articles. It is cHTML, and thus loads faster/needs less bandwidth than the regular page. Here is a shot from Web Pro on my T3:
 Announcing Digg Mobile

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TamsPalm readers from Great Britain are a very lucky bunch at the moment – first, they get over 70 million free iTunes songs, and now, T-Mobile shalshes prices for a Web’n'Walk flatrate according to the Inquirer.

The service hasd now become available for prepaid users and costs less than a penny per kilobyte, with a cap at one british pound a day. So, basically, you pay one pound and can surf as much as you want to – that is, if you don’t collide with T-Mobile’s usage conditions stating that you aren’t allowed to use this with your notebook… .

My oppinion: I want this to come to Austria! ASAP!

Today someone told me about “CIA World Factbook”, and as I already heard something about it and a version for Palm, I wanted to download and try it. And as some people reported about download problems on their Palm – it doesn’t download files > 2 MB or it doesn’t download any files – I decided to download the huge .ZIP file using NetFront.

My results: NetFront on my Tungsten C was able to download a ~ 37 MB file!!

I don’t want to tell much about the speed of this download – my wireless adapter doesn’t work good – it was fast, then it was slow, and then it didn’t receive any data for a few seconds… but I think it wasn’t longer than ~ 30 minutes.
It shows to me that Palms are able to download files and even huge files. What do you think?

I just found this URL at

Basically, acording to the description at hackaday, what you find there is a “web interface” for the MSN messenger that will work with the web browser of the Sony PSP. Now, since the PSP browser is said to be somehow related to Netfront, it is very possible that this site works with Palm OS handhelds and smartphones.

To be honest, I lack an MSN Messenger account and thus can’t test this out. However, I would be very happy if some of you could try it out on their handhelds and post their results(which Palm OS handheld/smartphone, which browser, did it work)!

Our buddies from F-Secure have taken a stab at the future of phishing, and beleive that SMS will become a new “attack vector” soon:

I once was a victim of mobile phone spam myself(SMS spam), and thus can tell you that spammers are very very persistant nowadays. So, it is very possible that we will see a wave of SMS spam….

What do you think?

From the first moment that I received my Tungsten T, I always wondered which of the hundreds of bluetooth profiles it uses for transferring files.

Thanks to IVT’s BlueSoleil bluetooth stack, I can now tell you that my Palm Tungsten T3 uses Object Push profile for data exchange, Yes, thats right. Object Push profile.

And now…do with that info whatever you like =).

SMS and phone spam can be EXTREMELY annoying for (Palm OS) smartphone owners. The virus threats are not the main problem, the main annoying thing is having to delete off all kinds of porn and scam spam off your mobile phones-multiple times a day, if the spammer hits you hard. Callback spammers are yet another form of scam-thry call you, you call them back and pay loads of cash for calling them back. Woo-hoo!

Anyways, a few austrialian teens ganged up on such a spam gang and started publishing news about their tactics all over Australia. They expose the phone numbers used by the scammers, scammer countermeasures and other interesting tidbits.

The web site of the group is:

Have you ever been scammed/spammed on your mobile phone?

Symbian virii are starting to get a real threat nowadays, in fact, even the german c’t described them on more than 5 pages in the current edition of the paper(if the c’t mentions something, it is really big).

IMHO, this world cup could be the great turning point for mobile phone virii(F-Secure has more info on that one). Imagine thousands of people with a few infected phones that ionfect more and more phones as time goes the end, you will receive like 50 virus files per second which will make the phone unusable.

Thus, the TamsPalm team has the following hints for all Series 60 buddies:

Turn off bluetooth
This is the “racket hammer” method. If bluetooth is right off, nobody can bug you. I would also turn off the bluetooth transmitter on my organizer, as Palm OS organizers can be slowed down by the permanent connection requests, altough they CAN NOT CATCH A VIRUS.

Turn off bluetooth visibility
If you can’t turn off bluetooth visibility, at least set your device to invisible. this way, it becomes very difficult for other bluetoth devices to see you. It may not be as good as powering off the transmitter, but it usually works well nevertheless.

Should you get under attack, simply try to run. Mobile phones have a range of less than 10m, so usually running 10m should allow you to turn off the transmitter.


TamsPalm reported on the security flaw in RealVNC a few weeks ago. SecurityFocus now has an excellent writeup list of all one ever wants to know about the flaw:

SecurityFocus on RealVNC

Basically, all users of RealVNC should upgrade to the latest versions to keep their machines protected…

Recently, at the LinuxWochen in Vienna, users discussed how Google finances its GMAIL service, for which we gave away invites a few weeks ago(TamsPalm GMAIL invite giveaway). Anyways, the amount of storage needed(2GB) per user indeed is mad-but we need to question if Google really has 2 GB per user readily available.

In order to investigate this further, asking Google obviously isn’t helpful. However, Google gave us a good hint in how they reacted on the GMAIL drive. They prohibited usage of the nobody is allowed to use GMAIL as a drive. You are alowed to store 2GB of email-but you aren’t allowed to store 2GB of arbitary files.

One can now argue that Google GMAIL is advertising financed, and a person who uses GMAIL Drive obviously doesnt use the GMAIL web interface. But if Google wanted to attract users to their web interface, why do they offer POP3 access? So, advertising obviously isn’t the (only) reason…

Let’s now imagine the amount of memory used. A user who uses his account for email needs more and more memory slowly but surely-explosive growth happens rarely. GMAIL drive causes explosive space usage-imagine an user uploading a nice big movie for his vacation…

IMHO, Google uses a “soft quota” technique with virtual memory. This means that Google ofers users much more memory than it actually has, and upgrades the amount of memory offered to accounts only when the reserve gets small. So, Google may have 5% of the capacity promised readily available. This obviously costs a lot less…

Let’s end this article with a funky idea(no warranties if anyone does it, we are NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING). If every GMAIL user in the world would suddenly receive a nice big 1GB attachment at the same time, there is a high probability that GMAIL will go offline….

What do you think?

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Most of us hate taxes. You have to pay them day after day, and-atleast as an Austrian-end up feeding loads of lazy state employees which live off their madmen-hard-working comrades.

Anyways, US readers should celebrate, as according to CNET, the tax on long-distrance calls is beeing axed soon. In fact, you may even get some cash back because of this on your 2006 tax return.

On the other hand, the EU is planning to tax SMS and email. Lamassoure, a member of Jacques Chirac’s UMP party, is proposing to add a tax of around 1.5 cents on each SMS message and a 0.00001 cent tax on every email sent.

If you ask me, this is very dangerous and a very bad idea. This move will put out many small email providers, and will make offering free email accounts impossible(as someone needs to pay the taxes). Reuters has the full details.

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Recenbtly, rumor spread about how a “Da Vinci” virus attacked mobile phones and caused huge damages. This is very realistic nowadays, but neverhteless, this particular rumor is false, according to F-Secure:

We don’t have a single infection report and we have no sample of such malware. However, we will keep you updated as soon as we have more information.


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