The Electric Wand

Thoughts of a technology enthusiast.

October, 2007

  • Holy smoke, it's an explosive demo

    I've spent the last couple of days in London helping out with the first Exch ange Unplugged 2007 events , which have gone really well. One attendee to the first session, held with BT at the Tate Modern, said in 15 years of working in IT, it was the best...
  • Geek T-shirt cool - or not

    I always like reading Jason's blog, and had to laugh the other day when he posted a great picture of a now-favourite t-shirt, which glows when in a WiFi zone. I'm not much of a t-shirt wearer, but I think the best geek slogan I've seen so far is (from...
  • Microsoft launches "Online" hosted services

    In an attempt to clarify the whole online software branding, with "Live" being consumer oriented and "Online" being aimed at businesses, Microsoft launched a new service recently, but that may have gone unnoticed (what with other launch events such as...
  • Windows Home Server - would you have it in your home?

    I just read an interesting article from Adrian Kingsley-Hughes on ZDNet about Windows Home Server , speculating whether there really was a market for such a device, and who would buy it. Adrian's point - and it is a valid one, if you know anything...
  • Dell's "anti-crapware" initiative doesn't go far enough

    My wife's small business has recently had a requirement to upgrade a couple of PCs, after 5 or 6 years. Since I am ultimately responsible for all their IT (and I am not proud of what they have - I cut all sorts of corners to make my life easy, but they...
  • Gibson Guitars "Riffs on OCS" (boom, boom)

    Information Week reported that Gibson, makers of the iconic Les Paul guitar (as used by just about everyone, maybe most famously Jimmy Page of Led Zep or Slash from Guns N Roses), are doing great stuff with Office Communication Server, and singing its...
  • Custom presence states in Communicator, reprise

    A quick follow on to my post the other day about having custom presence states in Office Communicator 2007 - the Communicator Deployment Guide has a couple of minor errors which could frustrate you, as one commenter pointed out, and I've had comments...