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Finally, A Bluetooth Headset That Works

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I finally found one that works! One last shot, I thought I’d have a look at the Jabra FreeSpeak 250. They’ve been in the market for a while, and seem to be pretty popular, so they must be doing something right.

Eventually, I got the FreeSpeak to work perfectly with Skype on my iBook (you can even set Skype to use it, but the system to use normal audio out which is very cool). I also got it to work on my iPAQ, but it’s shaky at best, and requires me to drop into a completely open Bluetooth profile, with all security and encryption of any kind turned off… but it works. It works beautifully on my Nokia 6230, even re-connects when the handset goes out of range and then comes back in (although if it’s away for too long, then it won’t).

I am yet to get it to work reliably with the Logitech diNovo Bluetooth Hub, but I am now resigned to the fact that the Hub sucks. I think either the Hub, or the WIDCOMM drivers don’t really support the correct profiles to make the headset work, which is a pity, but I can live with that. I’m moving to a PowerBook soon as my main machine anyway, so then it won’t be an issue.

Go to hell Logitech.

Written by Beau Lebens

December 20th, 2004 at 4:00 pm

Logitech Bluetooth Headset

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Logitech Bluetooth Mobile Headset @ Amazon.com

I had to do it.

I’ve just ordered a Logitech Bluetooth Headset from Amazon.com, which I should be able to use with:

  1. My PC (diNovo Bluetooth hub) – Should be great with Skype!
  2. My Mobile/Cell Phone – For normal calls, and for listening to the radio/mp3s (radio doesn’t work without a headset for some reason)
  3. My iPAQ H5550 – For listening to mp3s mainly, since it doesn’t operate as a phone, although I suppose I could use it for PocketSkype as well

I looked at a Jabra EasySpeak (250), but decided on the Logitech headset (despite it’s size), based largely on all the comments and user reviews around the place saying that the audio quality on the Jabra isn’t that great, and that it is excellent on the Logitech one. I’m not really expecting to use it much for my mobile phone anyway, so being invisible isn’t of great concern to me at this point 🙂

Written by Beau Lebens

July 24th, 2004 at 4:00 pm

The Bluetooth Triangle

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After getting my diNovo and getting it set up, I suddenly had Bluetooth on my desktop PC. So – what to do, I couldn’t very well just leave it there only running my mouse and keyboard, I had to see what else I could cook up. First step was easy: iPAQ.

I got my iPAQ transferring files quite easily, and after some tinkering with simulated COM ports and whatnot, I now have it so that I can do a complete ActiveSynch via Bluetooth, which is pretty cool I reckon. I just turn BT on on my iPAQ, then go to the synch program on it and say “Synch via Bluetooth” and off it goes. I have it and my desktop in a paired, trusted relationship, so they don’t ask for any passphrases or permissions or anything now. I can right-click on files and say “Send to… Bluetooth device” and send a file directly to my iPAQ as well, which is handy if I just want to throw one additional file over there, rather than doing a complete synch.

When it was time to move overseas, I decided it was also time for a new phone (possibly a bad move, but that’s another story about the tyranny of telecommunications companies and their strangle-hold on the market). I decided to get a Nokia 6230 for a couple reasons, mainly photos + video + bluetooth + tri-band. I installed the Nokia PC Suite 5, which includes the Nokia PC Synch and some other bits and pieces, and again, after some fiddling around with simulated COM ports, had it synching up with my PC (Outlook)’s Contacts and Calendar entries. Now I get 2 warnings for things, one on my iPAQ and one on my phone :). The best part though is that it means every contact number I have in my PC, is also available on my phone, which is a great thing to have.

So my Bluetooth Triangle consists of my desktop PC, which includes Bluetooth mainly to drive the keyboard and mouse, but which provides a central connection point for my phone which synchs in contacts and calendar items, as well as the ability to transfer photos and videos (and MP3s, since it has a media player built in), and my iPAQ, which does complete synchronisation with the desktop. I also can use my iPAQ to edit images taken with my phone’s camera by simply ‘toothing them over to it, working away, then ‘toothing them back – easy!

Written by Beau Lebens

June 30th, 2004 at 4:00 pm

It Finally Arrived!

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Well, believe it or not, I finally received my Logitech diNovo Media Desktop (keyboard and mouse)!!! I have to say, it’s pretty darned cool – looks totally awesome and works a treat.

On the suggestion of a couple of reviews I’d read around the place, I didn’t bother installing the Logitech Media Desktop, which looked like a bit of a joke, and I skipped using MusicMatch Jukebox because I’d rather use WinAmp, but I suppose I can live with Windows Media Player (so that I can use the Media Pad to control playback etc).

So – the installation you ask? Well, it wasn’t too bad, but I did get a bit frustrated because at the end of the process (I actually did install MusicMatch, but then removed it again), the installation of MusicMatch, which is supposed to be completely integrated… crashed. Nothing nasty like a BSOD, it just sat there for an inordinate amount of time, until I called in the friendly neighbourhood Task Manager and politely asked the installer to leave. On top of that, it doesn’t currently appear to want to uninstall cleanly, so I might actually have to run the install again, just so that I can get it to install properly… so that I can uninstall it. The irony.

Apart from that – it’s a very cool combination, and so far I’m liking it. I think the control of Media Player from both the Media Pad and keyboard (they both have the media wheel thing) is awesome, and the display of current playing details on the Media Pad is a very nice touch. It’s also pretty cool that you can hit a button and turn it into a navigation pad (Windows key, arrows etc) or a stand-alone calculator, but they are just extras given the package you’re getting already.

Now I just have to wonder if there’s anyone out there snooping every letter I type?…

Written by Beau Lebens

March 30th, 2004 at 4:00 pm