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Articles on La Provincia and Newsletter Subscription Invitation

LaProvinciaIt has been a busy week after the release of the new version of EcPc, and although I hadn’t much time to do marketing activities, it has been appreciated not only by owners of high-end VGA devices, but also by the users of the QVGA version, as you can read from the comment Jim Bruce posted on Handango.

On tuesday the local daily newspaper La Provincia published the letter I wrote to reply to a couple ones discussing about multimedia piracy. It’s a very delicate matter and I tried to describe my position both as a consumer and as a software developer. I’ll dedicate a separate space on the site about this soon, in the meantime you can read the reply to my letter written by one of the two original readers.

Then on thursday they published my full page article about the presentation of Windows Mobile 5.0, codename Magneto, and the smaller one about the big growth of the PDA market in the first quarter of the year.

Window Mobile 5.0 is really big news. I just got Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 and I’m having a good look at the new SDKs and to the stand-alone emulator in particular, then I’ll write more about this. The logo of the Beta Experience program is really curious: it’s a bug! :mrgreen:

I’m now using Dada Mail, a excellent free software for mailing list management, to send newsletters both in italian and in english, so I’d like to invite you to subscribe to the one of your interest if you’d like to be updated about the most important announcements such as the release of new software or even what I wrote here on the blog. 😉

The italian version of the newsletter has a generally richer content.

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Euro Coins Pocket Collector 1.5 VGA & QVGA RELEASED!

EcpcAfter a final rush I released version 1.5 of  Euro Coins Pocket Collector, both in VGA and QVGA!

The VGA version looks so nice that it’s one of the things that makes the purchase of a new VGA Pocket PC fully worth it, in my opinion, and I hope not only Euro coins collectors will think this way, but also anyone eager to exploit the real capabilities of a high resolution display. 🙂

However don’t be dazzled only by VGA graphics and take a look at the new features such as the dutch translation and the exclusive interface mode for all the left handers like me. 😉

Of the main european languages only spanish is missing, so I invite you to read here if you’d like to take care of the translation.

Upgrading for existing users is free as always, but please have a look at the FAQ for details.

Download the shareware version, which actually acts as a viewer, and show it to your friends, ok?

I’m one day late with the release, but for a good reason: yesterday morning I’ve been in Milan to get the Voucher needed to start the due diligence study in collaboration with the Volta Center for the project I already mentioned. They told me they issued more than 150 vouchers until now in our region.

The study will produce the most costly piece of paper I ever seen, but that’s a good beginning for this kind of software project because the Volta Center is a research centers of excellence and there are great people working there.

What’s next then? Well, for what concerns EcPc I could say: the PC version!

Yes, the release of the VGA version speeded up the eagerly waited PC one much more than I expected! 🙂

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Animazione 3D and AnimatiComo

AnimaticomoToday I attended the first of the three presentations of AnimatiComo, an event organized by the Polytechnic of Como and some people interested in computer animation. Among them Nicolò Ceccarelli and Daniele Bigi, authors of the book Animazione 3D which I’m now reading.

The guest of today was the japanese artist Fusako Yusaki, a brilliant mind expressing her creativity by using plastiline to produce stunning animations with the stop motion technique. She briefly talked about her long career and his love for Italy where she lives since many years.

His relation with computer graphics technology, the basic theme of the event, is limited, but the purpose of Ceccarelli was showing to students this peculiar side of animation and in my opinion he did it right since it has been a great pleasure hearing Mrs. Fusako talking about his art and his passion with the enthusiasm and the vitality of a girl. 🙂

Next week the main guest will be David Iglesias, while the following there will be the great Bruno Bozzetto.

A curious detail: the green ball in the logo of AnimatiComo is supposed to be made of plastiline as a homage to the kind Mrs. Fusako.

Back to my works, which doesn’t involve plastiline at all as a mean of expression, but rather bits and pieces of code, although I must say they can contain the same level of imperfections ;), everything is getting ready for the release of version 1.5 of EcPc, both in VGA and QVGA.

As I wrote in the forum I set the release date on may 16th. See you on monday then! 🙂


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EcPc 1.5 VGA Beta Version Released and Wireless Forum Spring

Wireless Forum Spring 2005If you have a new Pocket PC device with a VGA display prepare to be stunned just like I was when I run for the first time the VGA version of EcPc on my Loox 720 because I’ve uploaded to a public beta! 🙂

I’ts a homage to the community grown around one of the best VGA devices around, but obviously this beta is intended to be tested on any other VGA device on the market. It’s a beta and that means it contains some limitations and possibly even some bugs, so please read this post in the forum for the details and provide any feedback so that I can complete and release the final version as soon as possible.

I also would need some help to complete the dutch translation, which is now at 70%.

If you aren’t a VGA Pocket PC user you can take a look at some screenshots in the updates page, read about the new features such as the background skin and wait for the QVGA version, which will be released together with the VGA one.

On april 21st I attended the Wireless Forum Spring event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Milan, one whole day of conference sessions about wireless mobile technologies. There were up to nine different sections in order to cover almost the whole spectrum of the subject matter, from the Machine2Machine Forum to the Mobile Force Forum, from the Forum about RFID to the one about VoIP, the most crowded one, from the WLAN Business Forum to the Wired World Forum. I choose to follow most of the Mobile Force Forum and I did a good choice since I found most of the presentations interesting for my future software projects. 😉

Here you can find a brief article about the Wireless Forum Spring I wrote for the local daily newspaper La Provincia.

Now that the beta is out for some public testing I’ll take a few minutes rest before getting back at the code to fix that damned routine!  🙂


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An Historic Day in Rome and EcPc 1.5 VGA Preview Posted

1 EuroWe’re living historic days: I mean the passing of Pope Giovanni Paolo II and the funeral ceremony taking place today in Rome.

However, work can’t wait, especially if you have a lot of it. I’m glad to present a preview of the incoming VGA version of EcPc. I posted a series of screenshots here in the forum, so be sure to check them out and be amazed by the graphics. 🙂

The new version will contain a series of enhancements regarding mainly graphics and not new features. When the beta will be ready I’ll make it available in exclusive to FirsLoox site members, so that they can test the new version on the best VGA Pocket PC around, the Loox 720. 😉

As I previously wrote, I’m planning a restyle of the site and I’m evaluating different solutions with the advice from some expert friends. In particular I’m evaluating content management systems such as Drupal. It’s something new to discover and it’s pretty time consuming.

Another important step has been the acceptance by the Volta Center of the project I proposed them and which I mentioned in a previous post . They judged it interesting and we’ll work together in the next weeks to make a due diligence study which will act as the foundation for the development and the eventual experimental deployment of the application.

I can’t tell any detail at the moment, but I’ll keep you updated as it progresses. In the meantime get ready to download the new VGA version of EcPc on your Pocket PC. 🙂

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Defendemos La Alegria at Zelig Circus and EcPc Easter Discount

IlSoleAlthough spring isn’t in full swing yet, there’s a sort of feeling in the air, a feeling of change, I can tell it by looking at people and not just the weather.

With all the bad news from all around the world a laugh is what is needed to stay up with the mood and I definitely had lots of laughs on monday when I had the chance to attend to Zelig Circus, the most followed comic TV show in Italy, thanks to the staff of Il Sole. 🙂

We had a small booth inside the tent’s show and we took care of giving leaflets of the charity association to the 1800 people who were lucky enough to get a ticket for the show. It’s impressive when all the people clap their hands together while laughing at the jokes performed by Zelig’s characters, it’s very different from the small screen experience. 😉

I wasn’t allowed to take pictures during the recordings, but I took some before and after. The first two you see here are TV captures depicting the stage with the presenters Claudio Bisio and Vanessa Incontrada at the beginning of the show and the energetic Papy Ultras (Pino Campagna), one of my favorites! :mrgreen:

I hope to be able to repeat the experience, in the meantime I spotted some interesting discounts in the PocketLand special offers, so I think I’ll make some software shopping for my Pocket PC in the next days before they expire. I just asked the activation of a discount code for EcPc to give the chance to anyone interested to add even my software to their Easter shopping cart. The code is 19570032670125A, it expires after 1st april and is automatically applied if you go to the special offers page.

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No Cebit 2005 But A Lot Of Work Behind The Scenes

Handango Champion AwardsI was uncertain until the end if going to the Cebit 2005, then I decided to not leave since that wasn’t the kind of journey I could just wake up and go as I did with the 3GSM in Cannes. The long travel to Hannover required some careful planning, especially for the accommodation, something I didn’t in due time. No problems, it will be for the next year and fortunately I’ve been able to read many reports from the event, although that can’t substitute the feeling of being right there.

The VGA version of EcPc is at a good point, I completed all the new high resolution graphics and I’m putting together a Beta right now. I’ll post a preview in the forum once ready. 😉

Do you know the Handango Champion Awards? They’re the annual awards by Handango honoring the best in the mobile software catalogue. The deadline is Thursday, March 24th, so I’d like to invite you to vote EcPc by clicking here and following these instructions: select Windows Mobile Pocket PC in the first question about the operating system, then on the second page select the Best Application for Life category, write Euro Coins Pocket Collector in the application name field, Albegor as developer, 81123 as Product ID, leave your e-mail address and your brief motivation if you want. 🙂

You can read more about the awards and the winners of the last year by clicking here.

This week I presented a project to the Alessandro Volta Center for Scientific Culture and during the discussion I had with an engineer, Matteo Baracani, I was pleased of the compliments for the work I did until now and the awards EcPc earned, something which probably exceeds the value of the degree I did not get (yet), the infamous italian “piece of paper” for friends. 😉

Well, I ended the discussion with a joke and told him that if I’d had 1 Euro for each compliment I got now I would be like… and he told “Bill Gates”!

We laughed, but the true is that it was a bitter laugh for me. It’s curious how people always think about Mr. Gates when it comes to talking about software and money. I don’t need the money Gates has to make up for a decent life, although I do recognize a minimum is necessary to bring to completion good ideas, so I hope they’ll evaluate positively the project so that I can start working seriously on it. It could turn into the most important project for this year. 8)

In the meantime if you want you can vote for EcPc in the Handango Champion Awards, thanks!

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Euro Coins Pocket Collector VGA 1.5 Coming Soon and New Translations

5 EurocentI’ve got a 5 cents Euro coin from Monaco in my collection. 🙂

I found it by chance the last summer and I think this remains the best way to find what you’re searching for because it’s easy to think Lady Luck kissed you for an instant. 😉

Collecting satisfactions apart, I dedicated only little time to marketing activities after the release of the new version of EcPc since I’m working on the VGA version since I’m going to bring it to the Cebit 2005 in a few days. I can only say that the coins look even better than the real ones with so much pixels available! 8)

In the meantime I’ve managed to propose an exclusive discount only for the subscribers of PPCThoughts.

I became a subscriber some months ago because I wanted to support what actually is my favorite website which keeps me daily updated about the mobile world, so I wanted to give something back to the community by offering to subscribers a 50% discount on the regular price of EcPc. Consider this another privilege of being a PPCThoughts subscriber. 😉

I’m adding a few new translations to EcPc, they are hungarian, greek and dutch, but I’ll wait to get at least a consistent part of the translation before adding them to the current list. The spanish one could benefit from some help, so you’ll be welcome if you want.

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Touch and Go at the 3GSM World Congress 2005

3GSMThe planned touch and go in Cannes to attend the 3GSM World Congress 2005 went all right except for the choice of plan B for the return trip.

I traveled there, had a walk on the seaside of Cannes, entered the 3GSM in its last day, had a quick but well pre-planned look around the booths, had the chance to meet with some people of the mobile business as well as unexpectedly finding a well known italian guy ;), I took some pics of the new mobile devices, then walk back to the train station to search for some place to rest in Ventimiglia, instead of Rapallo, as I initially planned.

Next year in Barcelona then, as the 3GSM next logo clearly states.

Now I’ve got all the weekend to take care of the e-mails I got following the release of the new version of EcPc.

Have a bit of patience if you’re waiting for a reply, ok? 🙂

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Euro Coins Pocket Collector 1.4 RELEASED!

EcpcHere we are, at last! 🙂

After exactly 1 year and 1 month since the last release 1.3 I published version 1.4 of Euro coins Pocket collector.

It may seem a very long time, but a genuine passion never fades away although it may goes through up and downs during the course of life.

I’ve updated most of the content of the website, so please have a look around after you downloaded the latest version, read about the updates, then have a look at the FAQ, especially users of the previous versions, the wishlist and finally post your feedback in the new forum.

I’m leaving for the 3GSM World Congress 2005 in Cannes in a few hours, but once I’ll be back I’m going to write a series of tutorials to properly explain the most advanced features of Ecpc such as the Compare&Swap mode.

Hope you’ll appreciate the new version, now embracing a fair Shareware licensing model, as well as the new icon and the banner below made by my friend graphics artist! 😉

Ecpc Banner

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