The Electric Wand

Weekly tips from the "Tip o' the Week" email distribution inside of Microsoft.

December, 2006

  • Mrs Robinson - the finest rhythym guitar you'll ever hear...

    A bit off-topic this, but we had some friends staying over the other night and Julian just took up learning to play the guitar a couple of years ago, and is doing what new guitarists do (I've been noodling on all sorts of guitars for about 18 years but...
  • Some Handy Windows shortcut keys...

    I like the Windows GUI, and particularly since I'm use to it, the Vista UI. I don't think I follow a particularly usual pattern, though, because I tend to make use of lots of keyboard shortcuts which many people may not know, or may know about somewhere...
  • Using HTC devices as a modem over USB in Vista RTM

    One of the neat things with HTC Windows Mobile 5 devices on Windows Vista is when you activate the Wireless Modem over Bluetooth, Vista will just see the device and automatically detect it as a modem. When you plug the device in to a Vista PC using USB...
  • Keeping my SPV M3100 from getting scratched

    I said yesterday that I had a mixed experience from moving to the Orange SPV M3100 (aka HTC "Hermes"/TyTn design), particularly concerning the size of the device (compared to a regular phone) and the belt clip thing that it comes with. Jason , however...
  • My Pocket PC kept waking me up with middle-of-the-night reminders... :(

    I switched fairly recently from using a Qtek 8500 Smartphone (which I still use occasionally and love for its form factor) to an Orange SPV M3100 Pocket PC Phone, and have had a somewhat mixed experience as a result. Pros: The M3100 has a nice screen...
  • SPAM SWAG up for grabs

    SWAG == Stuff We All Get (named after the procedure of getting lots of branded merchandise you didn't realise you wanted - or maybe don't really...) Anyway, for my session at IT Forum (UCM313 - Anti-spam Enhancements in Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack...
  • Low-cost hands-free kit, anyone?

    I had to keep this post for a Friday. Was in a taxi going back to Barcelona airport after IT Forum last month, and had to laugh at the driver's low cost solution to what to do with his mobile phone... Actually, talking about mobility and Barcelona...
  • Sending SMTP Mail from the command line

    I got an email the other day from someone who'd been at my session at IT Forum (UCM313 - Antispam Enhancements in Exchange 2003 SP2 ), where I'd done a few demos of sending SPAM, in order to show how Exchange could deal with it. I'd used a command line...
  • Zooming in for demos

    I remember seeing Mark Russinovich present at TechEd a while back, and was impressed when he used a zooming utility to show one quarter of the screen zoomed in enough that it was easy to read the screen, even from the back of the room. Presenting to...
  • Outlook 2007 caches other people's calendars

    In the default modus operandi , Outlook 2007 likes to be in cached mode when running against Exchange, which is generally a *good thing*. Cached mode means there are (by and large) fewer occasions to go back & forth to the server, as it operates by...
  • Windows Mobile Device Center in Vista

    I've been a user of Windows CE/Windows Mobile devices ever since the early days of "Windows CE Services", which later morphed into ActiveSync (currently at version 4.2, but v4.5 should be with us soon). The software has certainly evolved over the years...
  • I'll get my coat...

    I've been shamed into resurrecting my blog, partly by talking with some people in Barcelona at the Tech Ed:IT Forum event last month, and partly from chatting with some other Microsoft bloggers who have popular and interesting blogs... (people like Darren...