The Electric Wand

Thoughts of a technology enthusiast.

August, 2007

  • Keep the Item count in your mailbox low!

    I've been doing a little digging today, following a query from a partner company who're helping out one of their customers with some performance problems on Exchange. Said customer is running Exchange 2000, and has some frankly amazing statistics... ...
  • OCS2007 trial edition now available

    If you want to get your hands on trial software for the recently-released Office Communications Server 2007 and its client, Office Communicator 2007 , then you're in luck... OCS trial download (both Standard & Enterprise editions) Communicator trial...
  • Laptop melts, for once it wasn't the battery

    Here's a funny - it happened a while back, but I was sent a link to this story today. The author kept her laptop in the oven when she wasn't at home, since it was a high-crime area and it seemed a non-obvious place for a laptop to live... Then one day...
  • Plain text, RTF or HTML mail?

    Here's an interesting question that I was asked earlier today; I can't offer a definitive answer, but these are my thoughts. If you have any contradictory or complimentary comments, please comment or let me know. "Can RTF/HTML Mail be as safe as plain...
  • Sometimes, you know you didn't pay enough

    ... (and sometimes you probably suspect you paid too much) A common trait in western cultures is the eye for a good deal - you know, getting two-for-the-price-of-one, or thinking that it's worth buying something because it's on sale and you'll save 25...
  • The business case for Exchange 2007 - part III

    This is a continuation of an occasional series of articles about how specific capabilities of Exchange 2007 can be mapped to business challenges. The other parts, and other related topics, can be found here . GOAL: Lower the risk of being non-compliant...
  • Playing with Roundtable prototype

    I've been looking forward to Roundtable coming out... it's a very interesting type of hybrid between a standard conference speakerphone and a series of web-cams, all tied together by plugging it into a PC and running the new LiveMeeting 2007 client software...
  • The process of testing Halo3

    I came across a fascinating article on Wired which looks into some of the processes that Bungie, the developers of the Halo game series for Xbox and Xbox360, have been using to test the latest iteration, Halo 3 . Thousands of hours of testing with ordinary...
  • The Joy of Mapping

    We all tend to take maps for granted. In the 17th/18th centuries and even beyond, there were decent sized areas of the world which were just being explored and mapped for the first time. Now, the ease of access to cartographical data means we don't much...