Rob Farley

Rob Rob Farley has been consulting in IT since completing a Computer Science degree with first class honours in 1997. Before moving to Adelaide, he worked in consultancies in Melbourne and London. He runs the development department in one of Australia's leading IT firms, as well as doing database application consultancy and training. He heads up the Adelaide SQL Server User Group, and holds several Microsoft certifications.

Rob has been involved with Microsoft technologies for most of his career, but has also done significant work with Oracle and Unix systems. His preferred database is SQL Server and his preferred language is C#. Recently he has been involved with Microsoft Learning in the US, creating and reviewing new content for the next generation of Microsoft exams.

Over the years, Rob's clients have included BP Oil, OneLink Transit, Accenture, Avanade, Australian Electorial Commission, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Royal Borough of Kingston, Help The Aged, Unisys, Department of Treasury and Finance (Vic), National Mutual, the Bible Society and others.

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20 January 2006

BlueTooth frustrations

I use my O2 XDA IIs (I'm still not sure how I'll feel if O2 start sponsoring ManUtd next year, but latest rumour was that they weren't going to, so that's good) as more than just a phone. Obviously it's great for talking on, but with its WiFi capability, I use it for reading RSS, listening to podcasts, stuff like that. I even use it to record my Aussenal podcasts, although that's on a break at the moment.

So anyway, the other day I bought a BlueTooth headset. I figured that it would be great for listening to the podcasts and recording notes/Aussenal on it too. Save using the wired hands-free kit that came with it - the one that gets caught on the handbrake and seatbelt when I get out the car.

But it turns out that it's really complicated (if not impossible) to get a BlueTooth headset (at least, the one I got) to work like that with a phone (at least, the one I got). You need to get it to use the "High Quality Audio" BlueTooth service, but that seems to be not-particularly-doable. Darryl tried to help, but the resources he pointed me at didn't seem to help much.

My next step is to take the headset back to the shop, and get them to help me find one that will work. I figure if they want to make a sale, then they can work something out.

By the way, it works really well for phone-calls... I just want it to be a more complete solution.