The Electric Wand

Thoughts of a technology enthusiast.

June, 2007

  • The business case for Exchange 2007

    (this is a follow on to the previous post on measuring business impact , and are my own thoughts on the case for moving to Exchange 2007) There are plenty of resources already published which talk about the top reasons to deploy, upgrade or migrate to...
  • Technology changes during the Blair era

    So Tony Blair stepped down as the UK's Prime Minister this week, just over 10 years since his ascendance to the position. Funnily enough, I got my "10 year" service award at Microsoft recently (a fetching crystal sculpture and a note from Bill 'n' Steve...
  • The Campaign for Real Pedantry, erm, I mean numbers

    Hats off to James O'Neill for a display of true, world-class pedantry to which I could only aspire. It drives me nuts to get emails with badly formatted phone numbers which can't be dialled on Smartphones without first editing them, and now that I've...
  • Outlook 2007 signatures location

    Following my post about .sig files , I had cause to dig around looking for where Outlook actually puts the Signature files. I came across a post which Allister wrote a little while ago, but it's such a useful little tip that it's worth repeating... Basically...
  • "Success kills" - Marc Andreessen on Facebook

    Like so many other people in the last few weeks, I started using Facebook . They're growing at such a ridiculous rate, adding 100,000 new users every day, and it's reckoned that 50% of the millions of active users return to the site every day. Following...
  • Measuring business impact

    I'm going to approach this topic over a number of posts, as something I've been thinking about rather a lot lately. Basically, the challenge is about finding out what impact making a change to the business environment will have: either positive or...
  • Graeme Obree: The Flying Scotsman

    I went to see a really interesting film tonight, a preview of The Flying Scotsman , a film about the life (or at least some of the achievements) of the remarkable Graeme Obree. Obree, if you've never heard of him, broke the holy-grail record of cycling...
  • Picture association - a new variant of word association

    I've seen this crop up a couple of times on web discussion forums - basically a game kicks off where people post photos and the responses need to be tenuously linked to the previous picture, the more tenuous and clever the better. I'll add explanations...
  • Sizing Exchange 2007 environments

    I've had a couple of conversations with customers lately, looking for advice in figuring how to plan and size their Exchange 2007 design. In planning for something as potentially complex as a large messaging system, it's easy to get dragged into deep...
  • iPhone gets a date

    Well I'm sure it'll have plenty of people courting it when it comes out, but Apple have announced that the iPhone will be available in the US at the end of June . At least when the phone actually ships, everyone will know what it's really like rather...