Atlanta’s Pocket PC User Group

Show and Tell of expensive toys could sum this evening up.

There were only seven developers among the seventy or so attendees. The phrases
Compact Framework or even .Net were not mentioned once!

 Still it was a fun evening, I got to live vicariously through other people’s high dollar purchases (like I’d blow $800 on a PDA, do you know what kind of wheels $800 would buy? Nice ones).

Unbelievably some rivaled Michael Earls on the amount-of-tech-in-your-everyday-life front. It seemed like everyone there had Bluetooth capable devices which talked to their car audio
system + GPS receiver.

 Obviously there is quite lot to learn about mobile devices apart from just programming them; my favorite was the new nickname for the BlackBerry: CrackBerry – apparently checking Email becomes an addiction creating a Pavlovian response from its incoming email alert. For you single guys: If you fly often it appears a BlackBerry will pick up more chicks than a PocketPC equivalent. My $200 Dell Axim probably means Jocks will be stand in line to kick my nerdy ass.

 The main speaker was Dale Coffing, he showed off some cool products including a pair of khakis that I’ll be buying. The SCOTTeVEST pants have eleven hidden pockets and compartments – ideal for stowing a PDA and blunt metal objects discretely (in case of attack by Jocks in Airport lounges). SCOTTeVEST also sell Jackets… get ready to salivate… Their jackets have up to 42 hidden pockets all begging to contain an expensive gadget, the jacket even has hidden cable routing to link any oh-that’s-so-90’s wired gadgets together. And just think of the new people you’ll meet at Airport security. The Jackets are here:

 If anyone knows of an Atlanta based Compact Framework Support User Group please let me know.

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4 Responses to Atlanta’s Pocket PC User Group

  1. Michael Earls says:

    Thanks for the props – I think it’s funny that you think I’m a gadget person. I have very few gadgets compared to what I’d like to have.
    <br>Concerning the UG – Let’s start one!
    <br>If we focused on embedded .NET development, we could join INETA, too and get killer speakers.
    <br>I’m not sure I could be the leader of such a group, but I can definitely help you get it started. I’ll bet Doug would even be willing to assist.
    <br>Plus, this would give all of us that don’t yet have a Pocket PC or SmartPhone an excuse to buy one.
    <br>&quot;But honey, I need this for the next meeting so I can show my demo&quot;
    <br>The first person that tells my wife about the emulator gets a swift kick in the pants! 😉

  2. Keith Rome says:

    I almost went to this event (in fact the only reason I did not was simply &quot;I forgot&quot;). Any chance to win a free Pocket PC is worth the two hours – like you I don’t feel thrilled about shelling out $800 or so for a nice iPaq or similar. They have this exact event every year or so, I was at the last one. It’s not really a developer event as much as a grassroots &quot;hey you need to buy one of these&quot; marketing campaign. I guess it worked since I later bought an Axim for my wife, and she seems to use it a lot.
    <br>I have one of the crAckbErra’s courtesy of a client that is having me write mobile web stuff for their sales force (who use the same devices). I honestly do not see why people like them. They are crude, clunky, difficult to read, even harder to navigate. I cant imagine having to use this thing as a *phone*.

  3. Sean Schade says:

    I would definitely be interested in joining the Pocket PC User Group. It might give me a reason to use this stupid Pocket PC Phone that I have!
    <br>Great Blog Paul!

  4. Kirk Allen Evans says:

    I admit that I am only starting to get into mobile development, but I sure would attend such a group to help jumpstart my knowledge a bit.
    <br>If you would like, I can offer the Atlanta Microsoft Office to meet. Once you decide on a meeting location and time, we can order some swag to help jump-start the group.

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