The Electric Wand

Thoughts of a technology enthusiast.

July, 2007

  • How to handle URLs with spaces in Outlook, Word etc

    I was talking to a customer earlier today who was envisioning frustrations around using click-to-dial type functionality within OCS, where they'll be copying & pasting phone numbers around. Now if the number is nicely formatted (and E.164 compliant...
  • Living the dream with Office Communicator 2007

    I've been a long-time fan of instant messaging and pervasive "presence", especially the cultural changes it allows organisations to make in order to communicate and collaborate better. As a result, I've been really interested to see what's been happening...
  • Exchange mailbox quotas and a 'paradox of thrift'

    The study of economics throws up some fantastic names for concepts or economic models, some of which have become part of the standard lexicon, such as the Law of Diminishing Returns , or the concept of opportunity cost , which I've written about before...
  • Lelouch's "C'etait un Rendezvous" gets mashed

    Someone has taken the petrol-heads' classic film, a 9-minute dash through early morning Paris known simply as " Rendezvous ", and built a mash-up between Google Video and Google Maps, to show the route he was taking. Who needs another excuse to watch...
  • The business case for Exchange 2007 - part II

    (This is a follow on to the previous post on measuring business impact , and the first post on the business case for Exchange 2007 , and are my own thoughts on the case for moving to Exchange 2007). It's part of a series of posts which I'm trying to keep...
  • Tags as long-running transactions

    Tagging: Brett , John , Allister , Darren and Julius . When it comes to transaction processing, most systems think in terms of very short increments of time - eg taking money from an ATM, the whole transaction is done in a few seconds. Some may take longer...
  • BBC iPlayer kicks up a stink

    It's been interesting reading various news articles about the fact that the soon-to-be-released BBC iPlayer application will initially be available only to Internet Explorer and Windows XP users. The Register reports that a group called the Open Source...
  • OCS 2007 RTMs

    The title says it all really - Office Communications Server 2007 released to manufacturing on Friday. Mark posted about it then, so I guess it's official (though there's not much hoo-haa yet on Microsoft.com). It's getting pretty exciting with the use...