The Electric Wand

Thoughts of a technology enthusiast.

February, 2009

  • Lessons of over-promise, under-deliver

    UPDATE: 28/2/09 Just got an email from the general manager of the restaurant (after my message back to them), graciously admitting to “ what can only be described as a complete failure of our internal system ”, which has led to the entire team getting...
  • HTC s740 – great phone, just one thing…

    I got one of these things a couple of weeks ago… in essence, a great phone (I prefer the “smartphone” type device as opposed to the touch screen variety) – I’ve spent the last couple of years with the HTC s620 and it was time for a change. Key differences...
  • Happy 1,234,567,890 seconds since 1/1/1970

    Well there’s a thing. CNET reported that today officially marks the 1.2-odd billion seconds past the beginning of 1970, a standard that’s used in UNIX (and by the C programming language) as the basis for all time measurements. If you’re reading this before...
  • Business continuity – it’s a people thing, not just a premises one

    I had a really interesting discussion with a customer last week, when we were musing over the effects that the snow had on UK businesses. It was another example – like the floods which have hit parts of the country over the last few years – of a threat...
  • Custom presence states in OCS – revisited again

    I posted a while back about custom presence states ( here and here ). Well it turns out that a change made to an updated version of Communicator, requires (by default) that the custom state XML file is downloaded from a “secure” URL (so ruling out the...
  • When the weather outside is frightful…

    … the UC technology is soooo delightful. OK, it’s cheesy as you can get, but very true. The weather forecast on Sunday night was for heavy snow, and sure enough we awoke on Monday to about 4-6 inches of fresh snow – something that many countries would...