i-mate Stalemate - Support Code:85010014
One of the things I omitted from my entry on Jim Allchin's keynote was the fact that he showed an i-mate Jasjar PocketPC/Phone which runs Windows Mobile 5.0. The devices sell for around $1000 or so but he announced that a limited quantity would be available to PDC attendees for only $150! Wow. That's great!
As it turns out, I was one of the lucky ones, I got one of the devices and yes, I left the keynote early to make sure I did -- as did all the people who actually got one. Many people didn't get one even though they went to buy it as soon as the keynote ended. There is a blog entry here describing some of the negative sentiments around that as well as a response from someone on the PDC Events team.
That drama aside, I got it home and started playing with it. With a 520Mhz processor, 128MB ROM, 64MB SDRAM, a 3.6" 640x480 TFT LCD 65K color touch screen, full QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth, Wifi, Tri-Band GSM/GPRS, Camera, and more -- it's packing a ton of power and features.
So I install ActiveSync 4.0 and hook up the Jasjar to my PC and try to sync with Outlook.
So ActiveSync is missing both the "Active" and the "Sync".
I search the web and find others are having the same problem and some people found some voodoo that got it to work but I couldn't find anything that would work for me.
To Microsoft's defense, this version of ActiveSync is a developer preview. That still doesn't help me get around the fact that I can't sync though.
Of course my girlfriend now thinks I overpaid for the device and wonders if that is why they were on discount :)
Technology is becoming so difficult and unreliable, when are we going to figure out how to make things simple, elegant, yet powerful?