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September 25, 2007

Wireless in the wilderness

I've had one of the Microsoft Tanjay VoIP phones for three or four months now and I'm really liking it.  I start my day by swiping my fingerprint to unlock the directory, which automatically sets my presence to "Available", unlessImg_7633_2  I have a meeting scheduled, in which case it talks to the Exchange Server and magically sets my presence to "In a Meeting".  The sound quality, which is what really matters in a phone, is great.

A couple of weeks ago, the Microsoft product manager for UC wrote about how cool it was that he was able to take his Tanjay phone home, plug it into his home network and it just worked.  He could make and take calls just as if he were sitting at his desk at work.

Yep, that's cool all right, but you just know (if you read my blog) that my first thought was "I wonder if it would work in the FJ Cruiser?"  Not only did it work in the FJ, but I was able to go up into the mountains, and sit on a rock with both my laptop and the Tanjay working together on the FJ's EVDO hotspot.

Img_7637 I was able to surf the web, check email AND carry on a conference call via the Tanjay.  Yup, I'm a geek.

A quick note - the new FJ Cruiser Car computer has arrived and I'm starting the installation.

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Comments

This must make you so happy, Terry. Because I am techno-challenged, I don't understand half of what you said, but I can tell from the tone that whatever it is you did, it worked and you had a great time. You're so easy . . .

Posted by: Verna Wilder | Sep 25, 2007 5:50:54 PM

Terry, that's a great shot and an awesome story! You are surely pushing the frontiers of technology to the next level! Gotta love UC!!!

Thanks for meeting up today, I had a great time chatting with you.
-Mithun Dhar

Posted by: Mithun Dhar | Sep 26, 2007 3:17:53 PM

That's really cool! Now where's the power outlet on that rock? :)

Posted by: Alex Gimenez | Oct 1, 2007 10:18:31 AM

Great to see that Tanjay is so much useful to peole.I am a team member of tanjay team and am entralled to read your experience.

Posted by: Sankalp Gupta | Oct 1, 2007 10:30:11 AM

GREAT story ... what the car computer ?

"A quick note - the new FJ Cruiser Car computer has arrived and I'm starting the installation."

I am in the SF Bay area,

Scott

Posted by: Scott | Nov 5, 2007 11:08:47 AM

Flipping screens, moving screen... blah. When do they come up with a screen-only with a virtual keyboard. Just the screen...
www.ktservis.com

Posted by: Bora Oren | Apr 20, 2008 8:01:24 AM