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  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 SP1 released

    The news went live on the Exchange Web Page yesterday. Technet Magazine has " 16 new features in Exchange SP1 " the one which is of most interest to me is " Improvements to Unified Messaging "... that's all about integration with OCS and communicator. Update : Jason thinks the mobility improvements are...
  • Blog Post: Camera-phones One Note and OCR.

    Everyone uses different bits of office. There’s a core piece that everyone uses and then we all have our personal 10%. I like the OCR feature of One-Note. For example on the way to the BETT show a few days back I saw an advert on the tube that’s a grander variation on “How do you pronounce Ghoti ?” ...
  • Blog Post: The Phone is dead #1

    Or "Le Phone est mort, vive le phone" I now have my 3rd C500. The first one got lost on a plane in May 2005, second bore the scars of a hard life, but died on it's charger last week. Although Orange got me #3 pretty quickly, switching phones isn't totally smooth My phone runs ALK's Co-pilot sat nav software...
  • Blog Post: Mobile devices on Windows Vista

    Last week I followed up on Jason Langridge's posts about new HTC devices and the Motorola Q. , which gives a clue that I have an enduring interest in Mobilty Windows Vista inserts has components to handle syncing devices but the complete package isn't included with Beta 2. I had advance access to...
  • Blog Post: Video, Windows 7 and Windows Phone

    I keep thinking back to the theft of my laptop last year. I’ve had maybe a dozen laptops over the years and I haven’t really the same bond with them that I have with, say, my cameras. Even so whichever laptop I happen to have at the time goes everywhere with me like some kind of comfort blanket. It might...
  • Blog Post: Touch phones.

    I was wrong. People seem to get on better with "touch" phones than I thought. I understand that different form factors suit different people. Just as some want a PDA and some want a phone, it seems that some want 12 keys, some want Qwerty and some want touch. HTC have sold 2 Million of their touch phones...
  • Blog Post: 3 days with the E650 phone and Windows Mobile 6.

    Teething troubles with the new phone have proved to be pretty minor. I'm finding more things to love about this phone. I've got one major annoyance : on the C500 with Mobile 2003 I could go to Settings/Phone/Call options and program the Microsoft voice mail number with my account code and Pin as ...
  • Blog Post: USB Battery

    **Warning** Neither I nor Microsoft will take any responsibility for what happens if you follow these instructions. I am not recommending this, just reporting my experience. For ages now I've had a bookmark for a hack to make a "USB Battery" . I wrote ages ago about making up cables to power things from...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone (again)

    In theory I was supposed to be taking a day off on Monday to look after my children on half term. (Note for parents, making hot cross buns at home is a fantastic way to occupy the kids.). A spot of car trouble killed off our trip to go swimming so I ended up spending a fair chunk of the day following...
  • Blog Post: But I don’t want the default browser

    OK cards on the table. I’m prejudiced. I don’t pretend to be anything else, and I try to open about my biases - flaunt them even. And Like most prejudiced people I can explain the logical roots that my prejudices spring from. When it comes to browsers I think IE is pretty good .Actually let me qualify...
  • Blog Post: Manuscript Teaspoons and why Jason's getting a better voice experience than I am

    I was going to write about my Experience of using Outlook Voice Access. And Voice command on my phone. I have phone set up so that when it sees my Bluetooth headset, it announces my calls. On a typical day I'll clear mail that came in overnight before I leave home, drop one or other of my kids at school...
  • Blog Post: The GPS / Sat-Nav experience with the Touch-Pro 2 and CoPilot

    One of the things with the change of phone means sorting out sat nav software. I’ve been using  ALK’s co-pilot as my sat-Nav on the last two phones, with a Bluetooth GPS puck. I’ve been through 3 different versions of the software and I’ve grown used to its foibles. Since my phone arrived the day...
  • Blog Post: Finding a Twitter client for Windows Mobile.

    I’ve tried more several different twitter clients on my desktop but I always end up gravitating back to the Web interface – I think mostly because I follow a lot links from twitter posts and with IE7 pro installed (on IE8, despite the name) I can use a “flick” gesture to open a link in a new tab and...
  • Blog Post: Early days with the HTC Touch Pro 2

    Last week Orange delivered a consignment of HTC-Touch Pro 2 phones and one of them had my name on it. Every phone I’ve ever had has been driven by buttons and I wrote before Christmas that I was in two minds about “going touch”. But my old E650 was falling apart and I decided the HTC was the best of...
  • Blog Post: PCs and Macs. And smartphones.

    Having had a go at Google, I suppose it's time to look at Apple. Odd as it may sound Microsoft people don't dislike Apple. iPod's market penetration among Microsoft employees is probably higher than the population as a whole. Ask many of us what hardware we'd choose to run Vista on and a lot would prefer...
  • Blog Post: Communicator mobile access - Now availablle !

    If you use Live Communications Server and have a Windows Mobile device you need to have a look at Communicator Mobile. A cell phone is not the ideal thing for a long IM conversation - even if you have a Bluetooth keyboard (as I do). Sometimes, your phone is your only connection. Once in while I find...
  • Blog Post: Surprise of the day. In praise of Roadchef.

    A few days ago I posted in praise of McDonalds for their free WiFi . So I shouldn't have been surprised to stop at the motorway services and find Roadchef (at least at Norton Canes , off the M6 Toll) are doing the same. But in an otherwise predictable day, it was a surprise. OK they did charge me £7...
  • Blog Post: Save the Planet with a little at a time [part 2]

    One of the nice things about the new job is I get to walk round and bump into people I haven't spoken to for ages. Sharon left Microsoft a few months ago, and was sitting in the coffee bar when I walked by on Thursday. Her web-site is called "joining dots" because she brings ideas together to " make...
  • Blog Post: Mobile phone round-up

    Steve has been had a play with the HTC "Touch" (lucky man). He asks "who on Earth would want an iPhone?!" That's simple, any one who buys for what the badge says about them. The kind of person who thinks a £300 (after contract) fashion accessory phone is just what their image needs. I've quoted the description...
  • Blog Post: iPhone Adverts.

    Everyone knows Apple’s advertising annoys people at Microsoft. That’s partly what it’s for. And I’ve held my peace about an iPhone advert which appear to feature a faked series of operations. If you watched the ad closely you could see that a .ZIP file is downloaded from a mail message and magically...
  • Blog Post: USB wasn't meant to be like this !

    Jason is seems to be bugged by the same things as me... I got my new Pentax just before Christmas. I've owned three of their digital camera and each needs a specific USB cable - used on other cameras; the camera I take diving has a standard "Mini-B" and the old camera used something totally proprietary...
  • Blog Post: Decisions Decisions, and “When is a phone not a phone ?”

    Someone at work (no names, no packdrill) keeps telling me I’m set in my ways, and I keep disagreeing, since I’ve always thought it’s one of my personality traits to challenge the status quo (see Apparatchik vs Autistic ). But I’ve been forced to confront my own conservatism when it comes to phones. I...
  • Blog Post: UK techdays Free events in London – including after hours.

    You may have seen that registration for UK TechDays events from 12 th to 16 th April is already open - but you probably won’t have seen this newly announced session, even if you are following   @uktechdays   on twitter After Hours @ UK Tech Days 2010 – Wednesday 14th April, 7pm – 9pm. Vue Cinema...
  • Blog Post: Surprise of the day: In praise of McDonalds

    I'm working from home today - not so much to be green but I had a routine appointment with my Doctor late in the morning and it just made more sense. Because it's half term I'm also minding my daughter so she ended up coming with me to the Doctor's and on the way  home we popped into McDonalds to...
  • Blog Post: TV Indirect to your phone...

    Well, well here's serendipity again. While Eileen was posting about " TV-Direct to your phone" I was noticing something in the options for Windows Media Player 11 on Vista, when I had my phone plugged in. There was a setting "Convert Music, Videos and TV shows as required by this device." Could this...