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Windows Live Folders online storage: here and gone... Back soon

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 13-May-2007 09:33

It appears Microsoft is finally coming out with its online storage service, called Windows Live Folders and rumoured for a long time to be part of the Windows Live services suite.

There are reports - and even a review! - on liveside.net.

Initially it will allow users to store 500MB online, but since this will be a beta I imagine this limit will be higher in the actual service, and probably you could even purchase additional storage.

The review doesn't say how this service interacts with FolderShare a folder synchronisation and sharing tool acquired by Microsoft a couple of years ago. FolderShare promised lots because of its delta sharing capabilities, though Microsoft removed that functionality because it was based on open-source in the original software.


Windows Live Folders allows you to create private, public and shared folders. Everything is done through the browser.

It looks interesting but it probably requires lots of management, otherwise you will end up filling it fast. My Canon D-SLR currently holds a 2GB SD card, and have two 1GB spare cards. If I take a full card of pictures Windows Live Folders wouldn't have enough space to store it. But for people with office documents this could be ideal.

The login page has been down for a while, but it should be open to beta testers soon.

As usual, we can only draw conclusions when the beta is completed and the final product emerges.



Halo 3 screenshots

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 12-May-2007 16:58

Just after I posted about my upcoming trip for the exclusive preview of Halo 3 beta, I found the Halo 3 beta press pack... Here are a few images from that archive:






















Windows Mobile Security model explained

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 12-May-2007 12:58

Have you always wanted to know for sure why your Windows Mobile Smartphone requires signed applications, while a Windows Mobile Pocket PC doesn't need them?

Check this post in thw Windows Mobile Team blog about Windows Mobile Security White Papers. You will find out a lot in two booklets avaialble online, Security Considerations for Windows Mobile Messaging in the Enterprise and Security Model for Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Mobile 6.



Engrish takes the streets

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 12-May-2007 12:13

A light humour post for today... One of the funniest sites on the Internet is engrish.com. Today I've sent this picture as my contribution to that site:



This is in the back of a MR2 and says:


Nature sporty professional
More innovation more adult
A man in dandism
Powered midship specialty


Uh?



Fairfax: the mistake is fixed

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 12-May-2007 11:45

This is an update on an early post of mine regarding Fairfax's The Independent Financial Review subscription problems.

I've received a phone call from The Independent and I was told that the person doing the subscription updates made a mistake. They genuinely believe (and so do I) it was an honest mistake because the person wasn't receiving any commision on subscribers' renewal.

Since I wrote a full post about the incident, it's only fair I write another full post about their process, contact and the (valid) apology.




Xero IPO

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 12-May-2007 10:51

The guys at Xero are announcing their IPO in the NZX. The offer opens this Monday 14 May, closing at the end of the month. The listing date is 5 June 2007. All information and investors' prospectus are available now.

Xero is accounting with web 2.0 technologies. Think of an on-line accounting package full of Ajax, flash charts, moving timelines, integration with banking systems and more technology goodness.

Rod Drury did a demo during the Kiwi Foo Camp and since then launched an open beta. I've joined the service which is aimed at small and medium business companies and individuals, with plans to launch in the UK pretty soon as well.

At the Kiwi Foo Camp we were also told about the new offline features coming in Mozilla 3.0 and that got Rod thinking about new future features for Xero.

Xero is another example of kiwi technical abilities, and was developed here in Wellington.



Xbox 360: Halo 3 preview coming soon

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-May-2007 19:15

I've got an invitation to visit the Microsoft offices in Auckland this Monday 14 May, for an exclusive sneak peek at HALO 3 beta in their Xbox 360 Lounge.

The beta officially opens 17 May, for people who bought the Crackdown game with the beta key. HALO3 beta will be available for download from Xbox LIVE.

This is the invitation I received:


This preview is only available on Monday 14 May so it will be a great opportunity for us to have a look at this. I will try to bring some pictures to the blog.



TelstraClear answers to the metering fault with cable modem service

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-May-2007 10:06

Regarding my post yesterday, about my surprise with an e-mail from my cable modem provider TelstraClear charging my connection to 15TB traffic, here is an e-mail from TelstraClear received this morning:


Please be reassured that customers will not be billed, via direct debit or otherwise, for the fault yesterday with the usage meter.

We are sending an e-mail out to all customers affected within the next 24 hours explaining the issue we had with the usage e-mail, reassuring them that they won't be billed for this and apologising for any inconvenience.


This is the official communication and I can only assume this is how it will happen.

The issue affected almost everyone using the cable modem service - there were cases of people going home to turn the modem off, fearing their connections were hacked and someone was using it to distribute software or download content over their wireless routers. A long discussion is evolving in our Geekzone forums.






Vodafone pit stop

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 10-May-2007 15:20

A cursory look in our Geekzone forums might reveal some users disgruntled at the way Vodafone New Zealand's current billing system works.

People complain about not being able to cancel services, change account settings and more importantly, they complain about the apparent "preference" Vodafone gives to Prepay users when offering specials not available to On Account users.

Some time ago we published a Q&A with Vodafone New Zealand CEO Russell Stanners, but the answers did not clarify much on this aspect.

It seems Vodafone New Zealand is now changing their billing systems, and has declared a pit-stop. I haven't seem any advertising on TV, but they have a webpage with information on this transition. And you better be prepared: there are lots of things you won't be able to do during the transition period.

For example you won't be able get an accurate account balance. According to Vodafone New Zealand, you’ll still be able to access your account balance, bundle balance and data details but during the changeover period these will not be up to date.

This includes information you gather by calling their customer services, using SMS or even on-line. Their recommendation? check your account before 17 May and then monitor your usage during the changeover period. Mind you, call detail information (eg, Vodafone to Vodafone calls, off-peak and on-peak calling, etc.) will be unavailable during the changeover period.

So be careful there. Any dispute is going to be your word against their word. Not good, uh?

You also will be unable to change your existing Vodafone plan, or add/remove/change Add-Ons to your plan or talkZone group during a smaller period.

Vodafone says they are even unable to activate/deactivate roaming during this time.

But more importantly, new connections connections can be added to your account but there will be delays in doing this.

Still according to the site, there are some changes to your account that you won’t be able to make on-line via ‘Manage Your Account’ (MYA) during this period. After this time, there will be a 5-day turnaround period for some changes via MYA.

The periods covered are from 17 May throgh end of June... A long time and I expect to see even more disgruntled customers...

Make sure you read the information about this transition period.



I didn't use 15,800 GB today... But TelstraClear says it so

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 10-May-2007 12:33

I've just received an e-mail from TelstraClear saying I've used 7,891 additional blocks of data. Each additional block is 2GB, meaning they believe I've used about 15,800 GB in a single day - according to their meter. I couldn't be bothered checking the math since this is obviously wrong any way.

Since each additional usage blocks are charged at $2.95, their stats page says I owe them about $23,280 in excess usage:



I posted in our Geekzone forums and found I am not alone... Currently I am waiting for someone to answer my call...


UPDATE: I've managed to talk to the TCL help desk and they are aware of this. The official word is that this will not be charged to people's accounts.

UPDATE: I have received an e-mail from TelstraClear clarifying the situation and explaining the next steps.



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