Upgrading US Nokia N95 to v20 firmware, Part IV, Copy Protected WMAs Working!

To get copy-protected WMAs (Rhapsody, Napster, etc.) working after upgrading your firmware, you must re-format the SDHC card. Obviously, you'll need to back up the card before doing this. You must use the formating function on the phone. This is found in the Tools folder > Utilities > Memory. Then choose Options > Format Memory card. After formatting, I just copied my data files back over to the card. (I didn't copy everything that was originally on the card since a lot of it was put there by the system.)

My guess is that this probably would have worked even when I had the European v20 firmware installed; however, since I've switched to the US version–if there even is a difference–I cannot confirm. 

SDHC card Raid idea for cheap solid state drive

Why are solid state drives SO expensive? Like $1300 for the 64GB SSD add-on for the Apple Air. I can easily get an 8GB SDHC card for $33 right now. Why don't manufacturers make an adapter in a 1.8 inch hard drive form factor that holds X number of SDHC cards? Using some type of RAID scheme, the laptop or whatever would see the device as a single drive.

Seems like you could easily fit 8 SDHC cards in the space of an 1.8″ hard drive with space left over for circuitry. The SDHC cards would only be $264 (8 x $33)! As flash memory gets cheaper, you could just replace the SDHC cards with higher capacity.

How storage has shrunk

I've been cleaning out some old electronics including some hard drives, getting ready for a city electronic waste day. Anyways, one of the drives is an 8GB drive! What's funny is I should be getting an 8GB Micro SDHC card any day now for my phone. How amazing is that? I estimate the drive is about 10 years old…

Panasonic makes one cool phone for home

Just got this Panasonic KX-TG5776 phone for home and it just rocks. It’s one of those phone systems where only the base is actually plugged into the phone line and the other phones connect to the base. The main benefit is that you can have a phone anywhere there is a electrical outlet–you don’t need a phone jack.

This is a 5.8GHz phone so it’s less susceptible to interference compared to th 2.4GHz variety. No a big deal really. The feature that really made me get this particular model was the “Talking Caller ID.” The phone announces the CID info audibly. Now, I’ve been doing this for years with my home automation software. However, the problem has always been you can only hear it in the back room. Now, I can hear it in any room there is a phone.

The other outstanding feature is USB PC connectivity. You connect this to a PC via standard USB cable–no proprietary connector–and you can transfer, edit, etc. your phone numbers, display pictures and sounds from your PC!

The display is color so you can put your own pictures in the background. I took pictures of the various rooms the phones will be in, so you can tell which phone you have. The phones can also be named.

Each phone can have it’s own list of numbers in its directory BUT, you can send numbers to other phones! So I just set up the directory using the PC connection and transferred the numbers to all the phones! So freakin’ easy. Sweeeeeet!

Tip: Get the KX-TG5777 model. It bundles two KX-TG5776 (color display) handsets with the base. Then you just add KX-TGA571 handsets, up to 8 max.

Way to go Panasonic!�