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Novatel Wireless sales and gross margins up

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 2-May-2007 09:18

Margins should be up for Novatel Wireless... It seems they have no support service, so no support costs... This is from their press release today:


Novatel Wireless Reports Record Results Driven by Strong Sales Across Multi-Pronged 3G Product Portfolio
First Quarter Revenue Increases 174% Year Over Year and 43% Sequentially

“Our first quarter performance was the best in Company history, with record sales, strong gross margins and impressive operating leverage,” commented Brad Weinert, Novatel Wireless’ acting Chief Executive Officer. “Sales were even higher than forecasted in our revised guidance due to strong end-of-the-quarter momentum for newly introduced ExpressCards and Ovation USB devices. During the quarter, shipments of the Company’s ExpressCards – the most successful new product introduction in our history – grew to almost $50 million in sales.


The product can be a success. It's actually quite good. But when you contact the Novatel support multiple times through their support forms but receive no replies, as it happened to me, then it really leaves a bad taste in your mouth.






Joost for all: ask for invites here

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 2-May-2007 08:39

According to GigaOM Joost is close to a public launch, perhaps available to everyone from end of May 2007... And the closer it gets the easier it is to get in.

Other reports tells us that from today every current Joost user can invite an unlimited number of friends to join the service (although my Joost status still says I can invite only five people).

So if you are thinking of joining Joost, post a comment here and I will send you an invite until it opens to the public or until I run out of time.

UPDATE: Joost has announced its commercial launch, and unlimited invites available for current beta testers. But the "unlimited" is not really available now, so I've sent invites to the first five people commenting here and will send more invites as soons as I have them.

UPDATE: Unlimited invites are now available so please comment away!








NewsGator Enterprise Server 2.0 is out

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 2-May-2007 00:30

Regular readers know I read a lot and most of it is from RSS feeds. I use the NewsGator Enterprise Server (NGES) here and I have access to my RSS feeds anytime, anywhere: in my web browser on the laptop, in the web browser on my Windows Mobile device, from my Microsoft Exchange account and (most of the times) on FeedDemon.


Even though my company is small, I run this software in-house because of the benefits, including the synchronisation between locations that allows me to read RSS feeds in one medium and have it marked as read everywhere else automatically. I love that I can go out and keep an eye on the feeds from my Windows Mobile Pocket PC, and when I am back using my laptop all those feeds are already marked and gone.

This is only one of the benefits. You should read my NGES review on Geekzone to see what it can bring to larger companies.

But the reason of this post is because I got the news that NGES 2.0 is out. This update includes support for the NewsGator Go! reader for Pocket PC. This is great because I will be able to synchronise my feeds with my Pocket PC instead of having to be on-line all the time to read it through the mobile browser. It means I can download the feeds and read on an aeroplane for example, since I won't need to have the cellular data on all the time.

Also included is a new Ajax-based Web interface, sorting of feeds and articles by relevance to the user, tagging support, enhanced reporting, and feed-reading add-ons to Microsoft SharePoint 2007 and Lotus Notes. 

Now to contact the NGES Support and arrange for an updated install to be sent to me...




SQL Server 2005 install woes on Windows Vista

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 1-May-2007 12:21

How many times do I have to reboot Windows Vista to install SQL Server Client? How many failed attempts are required? Why does the setup die? Is this a bad case of application still in beta?

So frustrating. I cringe every time I have to reboot now.

I am very tempted to go out and buy an Apple Mac.

UPDATE: Install worked, after four attempts. And this is not a machine with lots installed - and it's clean. There is no toolbars and loads of utilities. It's just plain stock Windows Vista. Lesson learned? Don't use the Sleep or Hibernation thing. Every time I use that something goes wrong. Reboot every day.

UPDATE: I can't believe it... After the install finished I clicked Windows Update. It downloaded 340MB for SQL 2005 SP2, and run for ten minutes. Then it return "Update failed to install". I clicked the link "Get Help" and as expect the error code wasn't there. I clicked the button "Try again" and it started downloading the 340MB SP2 again!

How bad a software can be? It's just the client, for goodness sake, it's not the SQL 2005 Server components. Another reboot coming.

UPDATE: Worst decision ever: installing the SQL 2005 Client on this Windows Vista machine. After installing SP2 I wanted to add another feature, but can't because the code files are newer than the installation DVD. And guess what? Uninstall is not working. What a piece of software.




Xbox LIVE Gold 12 Month Subscription Card giveaway

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 1-May-2007 09:11

Head over to the main Geekzone page and look for the Xbox LIVE Gold 12 Month Subscription Card giveaway (until 8 May)... The prize is a 12 month subscription plus 1000 Xbox LIVE points in the package, so the winner will have lots to spend in the Xbox Marketplace.








Vote for the Dell XPS design

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 30-Apr-2007 22:13

I just got an e-mail telling me about a new initiative from Dell: users can influence the design of Dell's next gaming desktop machine, the Dell XPS 710 H2C:


You can vote for a Dell XPS 710 H2C design of your choice. Two options are available now.

You can also comment on the designs and ideas and by the looks of it people are using that forum to provide feedback for all of Dell's products, not only this design process.






Xbox 360 Pac-Man World Championship

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 30-Apr-2007 15:20

Today I got a box with a note about the Xbox 360 Pac-Man World Championship... Yes, that Pac-Man:


Anyway, back to the competition. Read the press release find all about the Xbox 360 Pac-Man World Championship.


Drawn from the best players in the Xbox 360 regions of Australia/New Zealand, Asia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Europe and the United States, nine finalists will advance to the finals based upon the highest Xbox LIVE Arcade leaderboard scores and be flown to New York City for the finals on June 5.


I remember playing this in the arcardes, mid-80s. Good times. No worries. And Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Asteroids were the big thing back then. You can play these on-line (Asteroids, Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong) to find out what was cool back in the 80s.



TelstraClear upgrading to 25 Mbps?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 30-Apr-2007 09:54

I am sure everyone heard rumours about TelstraClear upgrading their cable modem services to support even faster Internet services in Wellington and Christchurch.

The story going around is that customers will be able to get a 25 Mbps option soon, up from the current maximum 10 Mbps service.

However, have you noticed how the speed has degraded in the last few weeks? I am signed up for the 10 Mbps, but I've noticed really bad times to Australia in the last four weeks. It was really good just before, and one Saturday evening all went down hill.

If 25 Mbps is coming, it would be great to at least have the current service back ot previous levels.



No more signed drivers for Windows Vista 64 bit

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 29-Apr-2007 22:37

I found this today and will try soon, when I have the Vodafone vodem updated to work with Windows Vista:

bcdedit /set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS

This command disables the requirement for signed drivers under Windows Vista 64 bit. Nirvana!

Thanks to Chris123NT for the tip.

By the way, the Vodafone vodem can be updated to work with Windows Vista, but the firmware updater only runs on Windows XP. I don't have any Windwos XP PC here anymore. Might have to borrow one just to update the device.


UPDATE: As mentioned by Brad, this seems to be the fix we have known for some time - and it only works once each time you issue the command. One option could be to run this as a batch file on logoff, through the Scheduler...

UPDATE: I haven't tested yet because I don't need any non-signed driver to be installed right now, but Chris123NT tells me this is persistent across reboots...




Mobile phones are not killing the bees

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 29-Apr-2007 18:22

Incredible FUD on TV3 News just now: a so called "expert" was on TV3 News saying that bees are vanishing because of the humans, and blame on the cell sites...

This is the story from last week, but of course TV3 had to put it on air, even though just yesterday the UC San Francisco declared that it is highly likely a fungus, not cell sites, are forcing the bees to flee their hives.








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