Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Ok you PPC-6601 users take note!

I saw this on my favorite 6601 site and had to post it.

Here is a link to the whole thread but below is the money post.

ExclamationAcura TL - Working 100%

I have gotten the bluetooth to work successfully with the Acura TL '04 with 100% compatibility using the PPC6601, however I imagine it will also work with other devices.

Enabling phone dialing via bluetooth....

[ File/System Config ]
File: "Build 3500 (rev 124 released 12/23/04 with AudioGW.dll from Build 3100 to fix DUN/ActiveSync on PDA sleep)"

To make this work, while you use the 3500 build, you use the AudioGW.DLL from the 3100 build. It is located in the /Windows folder where there are most likely many many other files To decipher if you are using the correct build, you can look at the file date. The 3500 build's DLL will be dated 12/10/04 which is WRONG - the correct date should be 11/05/04. You may have the correct file with a DLL1 or similar ext. Just rename the two files so that the correct file has the .DLL ext and the incorrect one with the DLL1 ext (or DLL0,1,2,3,4 whatever). ALSO, be sure that bluetooth is not enabled, or you may not be able to change/install the correct DLL.

[ Registry Config ]
Key: \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Widcomm\BtConfig\General
ValueName: EnableAFH
Value: 1

Just change the above value from 0 to 1 and you are done! Not much else to do here.

Once changes are done, simply re-enable bluetooth. You shouldn't even need to reset,
just restart bluetooth - however if has been a while since a reset, it certainly wouldn't hurt.

** I've attached a lil tool written in .NET that will allow you to change this registry setting without using a registry editor for those of you not familiar with the registry.
The URL to download the tool is:


Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Reviving a DC

Boy, that was fun... NOT!

I had a DC that was offline for just one day and when it came back up it was super not happy.
I kept getting event id 1388 entries that had the following:
Event Type: Error
Event Source: NTDS Replication
Event Category: Replication
Event ID: 1388
Date: 3/29/2005
Time: 9:04:21 AM
Another domain controller (DC) has attempted to replicate into this DC an object which is not present in the local Active Directory database. The object may have been deleted and already garbage collected (a tombstone lifetime or more has past since the object was deleted) on this DC. The attribute set included in the update request is not sufficient to create the object. The object will be re-requested with a full attribute set and re-created on this DC.

Source DC (Transport-specific network address):
Object GUID:
Directory partition:
Destination highest property USN:
User Action:
Verify the continued desire for the existence of this object. To discontinue re-creation of future similar objects, the following registry key should be created.

Registry Key:
HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\NTDS\Parameters\Strict Replication Consistency

For more information, see Help and Support Center at

Well, I didn't want to do any registry entries so.... After some good googlin', the MS Premier site didn't help at first. I found this entry:;en-us;870695

Outdated Active Directory objects generate event ID 1988 in Windows Server 2003
Article ID : 870695
Last Review : November 16, 2004
Revision : 1.0
On this page

On your Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based domain controller, the following Error event is logged in the Directory Service event log:Type: Error
Source: NTDS Replication
Category: Replication
Event ID: 1988
Computer: Computer_name
The local domain controller has attempted to replicate the following object from the following source domain controller. This object is not present on the local domain controller because it may have been deleted and already garbage collected.

Source domain controller:
Object GUID:

Replication will not continue with the source domain controller until the situation has been resolved.
Now, I was seeing 1388 entries and the KB shows 1988... Everything else looked the same so I chalked it up to typo and continued.

So, running

repadmin /showrepl goodserver
DC Options: (none)
Site Options: (none)
DC object GUID: 664ac474-d7cf-440f-a410-45c236f7bf5e
DC invocationID: 69cdaf5b-4957-4a11-b2ea-0e10630acb13

repadmin /removelingeringobjects badserver 664ac47
4-d7cf-440f-a410-45c236f7bf5e dc=ROOT,DC=com
RemoveLingeringObjects sucessfull on badserver.

repadmin /removelingeringobjects badserver 664ac47
4-d7cf-440f-a410-45c236f7bf5e cn=Configuration,dc=ROOT,dc=com
RemoveLingeringObjects sucessfull on badserver.

repadmin /removelingeringobjects badserver 664ac47
4-d7cf-440f-a410-45c236f7bf5e cn=schema,cn=configuration,dc=ROOT,dc=com
RemoveLingeringObjects sucessfull on badserver.

repadmin /removelingeringobjects badserver 664ac47
4-d7cf-440f-a410-45c236f7bf5e dc=domaindnszones,dc=ROOT,dc=com
RemoveLingeringObjects sucessfull on badserver.

repadmin /removelingeringobjects badserver 664ac47
4-d7cf-440f-a410-45c236f7bf5e dc=forestdnszones,dc=ROT,dc=com
RemoveLingeringObjects sucessfull on badserver.

After all that.... KCC is starting to repair itself. Whew, I don't want to do that again... Names have changed to protect the innocent.


I didn't talk about this in the past because they were a pay site. 10 bucks a month, but now it's FREE!!!

Small app installed on PC with all the music/tv shows/pictures.... You can then stream that to your desktop/pda!

I have even done this on my PPC-6601 using Sprint's Vision network and I must say, I am impressed.
I didn't try the TV part because I am still using BeyondTV to record everything but the watching and listening part works great!

Friday, March 25, 2005

Microsoft updates Reader for Pocket PC

FYI:  PPC-6601 users will want this one!

New version fixes problems experienced when running the e-book reader software with Windows Mobile 2003 and Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition.

[Geekzone: IT, mobility, wireless and handheld news]

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Windows Mobile 2005 screenshots and ROM turn up

I saw quite a bit of news on this and this one seemed the best.

Windows Mobile 2005

It’s sort of a big enough deal that some screenshots and details about Windows Mobile 5.0 (aka Windows Mobile 2005 aqua Magneto aka could Microsoft please hurry up and get this dang thing out) have turned up, but the real prize is that someone was devious enough to back up the ROM from a Pocket PC running a beta of the new OS and then post it up online. Not that you’d want to bother messing around with it or anything (unless you really know what you’re doing). Installing a beta ROM is a pretty easy way to permanently screw up your phone (oh, and it looks like the ROM may only work with the XDA II/MDA II, aka the HTC Himalaya).

[Via Mobileread]

Windows Mobile 2005


Symbian Licenses Exchange Server ActiveSync

This is a good thing.  OTA ActiveSync is awesome!

"Symbian Limited today announced that it has licensed the Microsoft Exchange Server ActiveSync protocol for use in Symbian OS™, the leading open standard operating system for advanced mobile phones."

[MS Exchange Blog]

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Laptop-driven projected D&D table

OK, had to share this.  Way to cool.

D&D gaming table

Picture it: it’s back in the day, and you’re gathered around ye olde Dungeons and Dragons table for a nerd’s night out of virtual adventure. You’ve got your imaginations strapped on tight, and perhaps a few pencil graphs of your game terrain in tow to aid in your quest. Fast-forward to today, when version 2.0 of the gaming table includes a laptop-based projection system to beam Photoshopped adventure maps masked with only the players’ currently visible areas showing. We suppose it only makes sense that gaming geeks take advantage of the high tech that is their birthright, but hasn’t some text-based charm been rather lost here?

[Via Boing Boing]


Monday, March 14, 2005

Toshiba shows fuel cell prototype

Oh boy!  10 hour laptop batteries!!!

Toshiba used the Cebit trade show to demonstrate for the first time an operating prototype fuel cell for notebook PCs, but the company, citing size, weight and regulatory concerns, said it will not commercialize the technology for about another three years. The company previously said that it intended to have its direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) for notebook PCs ready for the market in 2004, but the schedule has slipped several times.

DMFCs are being developed to replace batteries for portable electronic devices and they typically work by mixing methanol with air and water to produce electrical power. Only methanol is required as fuel, and the by-products are heat and water. The prototype shown at Cebit produces about 20 watts of power and can power an A5-size Portege M300 notebook PC for about 10 hours on a single charge of nearly 100 percent concentration of methanol, according to the company.

News source: InfoWorld

Read full story...

Monday, March 7, 2005

Robot Mannequins Spy on Shoppers

Am I the only one that finds this creepy?

robot_mannequin.jpgFaceless, camera-eyed, paraplegic mannequins are coming soon to Japanese department stores, as Flower Robotics shows off its prototype models that not only turn to pose for individual shoppers, but take pictures of shoppers and forward the images to store security. Code-named 'Palette,' the new mannequins "pose for the nearest person by sensing his or her position." There's no price or availability information yet, but when you see a featureless robot leering at you in the latest couture, you're probably on camera.

(The picture isn't a Palette, by the way. If you have a picture, send it in.) (Thanks, Emmanuel!)

Robot mannequins strike a pose [TVNZ]


Thursday, March 3, 2005

Sprint: AirCard 580 EV-DO Released

OK, so this is cool...  Only that I have heard that they won't be doing the EV-DO upgrade on the network this year...  So why build them if you cant use them?

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

EtiVo - TiVo add on for Windows Media Center

I know a few folks that have a series 1 Tivo that would love to see this.... So I am posting it here. :)

Maybe it's because I get 100% of my information about Microsoft from Slashdot, but one of the points that surprised me from Thomas Hawk's interview with Media Center bloggers was that plenty of Media Center people have TiVos too.

Charlie Owen: Also by the way, You might be surprised to hear me say this, but if you try and like a TiVo, buy a TiVo. If, on the other hand you want something with more power, flexibility, adaptability and upgradeability choose a Media Center PC.

However, and a big however, I don't believe this is a entirely a Media Center vs. TiVo choice -- I know lots of people with both in their homes, peacefully coexisting (including eHome team members). I believe the market is big enough for both to thrive.

That point is illustrated perfectly with EtiVo by Shahar Prish (via Matt Goyer). It's a program that takes video files off of a hacked Series 1 TiVo and turns them into WMV files. While it isn't a MCE app, it seems like it could be integrated pretty easily. You can already control EtiVo from a web interface or a WinCE PDA.

Maybe some enterprising hacker will build an MCE front-end to TiVoToGo for people with MCE and Series 2? Heck, while we're lazywebbing, how about a TiVoToGo interface for Xbox Media Center?