The meeting will be hosted by Toshiba, in their offices at Wakefield St.
Some things to mention: we don't have a WMUG website at the moment, because the old domain lapsed and the domain holder did not renew it (he missed all the notiifications). Darryl has got another domain and we haven't decided what to do yet. Most likely we will use SharePoint Services to host the content. We need the website so that you can read about the group meetings and to get notices such as O'Reilly discounts for the group and more.
In the meantime, if you want to get notifications via e-mail, we have a (low volume) mailing list. You can subscribe to the WMUG list (and lots of other NZ .Net User Group lists) in the official NZ .Net User Group site.
Other news involve Craig Pringle. He's accepted a position with Gen-i in Sydney, Australia, and therefore will not be able to commit his time to help the user group with his Tablet PC and mobility knowledge. So we are looking for other people to help. If you have a passion for mobile stuff, is based in Wellington, and want to help (low volume again) please contact me.
This update fixes a problem in which a calendar item that is marked as private is opened if it is found by using the Search Desktop feature.
The update also fixes performance issues that occur when you work with items in a large .pst file or .ost file.
The Knowledge Base article 933493 has more details. Make sure you read it because there are some problems when running Outlook with the Business Contact Manager.
It seems the performance issues affect large .pst and .ost files only... I have a rather large .ost (Exchange account) file, but I don't use the integrated RSS feed feature, so I guess performance improvements would be more easily perceived for users with this feature turned on.
Worth updating though, it looks like my copy of Outlook is quicker to start now. But could be just my perception (a placebo effect?) since it wasn't that slow before anyway.
Russ is also director of corporate strategy for Sprint, responsible for developing the strategic vision and strategic framework for that telecommunications company. It shows he knows the business, right?
Now I've found out he's working on a book called The Power of Mobility, due September 2007:
This book’s value will be measured by how well it helps readers look forward, to envision the Power of Mobility in their business, and to implement the steps required to turn vision into reality. What in any business today is stationary that, if it were mobile, would create tremendous value for customers? What steps must be taken to deliver that value and win customers' hearts and wallets?
These questions and more will be addressed in the core of the book, The Seven Steps to the Power of Mobility. This section will clearly define the specific thought processes and actions required for businesses determined to win in the new Mobility Age. Additionally, the book closes with specific examples of how companies have successfully followed these seven steps to redefine the rules of competition in their industries.
Microsoft's own on-line advertising service called Microsoft AdCenter seems to never leave a closed beta, and it's only targeting U.S. market at the moment anyway.
Now it will be even harder for on-line advertising networks to catch up with Google's AdSense.
The official press release says Google is paying US$3.1 billion for DoubleClick Inc., a company with 1200 employees and interests in digital marketing technology and services.
The acquisition will combine DoubleClick’s expertise in ad management technology for media buyers and sellers with Google’s leading advertising platform and publisher monetization services.
The combination of Google and DoubleClick will offer superior tools for targeting, serving and analyzing online ads of all types, significantly benefiting customers and consumers:
For users, the combined company will deliver an improved experience on the web, by increasing the relevancy and the quality of the ads they see.
For online publishers, the combination provides access to new advertisers, which creates a powerful opportunity to monetize their inventory more efficiently.
For agencies and advertisers, Google and DoubleClick will provide an easy and efficient way to manage both search and display ads in one place. They will be able to optimize their ad spending across different online media using a common set of metrics.
DoubleClick is headquartered in New York, and counts 17 offices and development hubs and 15 data centers worldwide.
Interestingly in the last few days I've seem a few banner ads being served by Google AdSense, and the images were being hosted by Doubleclick. Was that an indication or was it always possible to do?
A complete FAQ is available (pdf) from Google.
The document lists all enhancements added to this new version. You will be surprised to find lots of interesting things in there. Go have a read.
Found through Jason Langridge's blog.
The movie was the New Zealand made Black Sheep, a tale of horror and comedy, about some genetically modified sheep spreading terror in a New Zealand farm. Strange? You bet. But with some good New Zealand humour in that...
We had the chance to quickly chat with Trade Me's Rowan Simpson, who introduced us to Wayne Campbell, Managing Director of VIANET International, the company working with Trade Me to help the auction website enter the tourism space. Wayne and his business partner Vaughan explained a lot of the Trade Me deal, but nothing that isn't publicly available yet.
It is going to be interesting... Trade Me dominates the New Zealand Internet with almost 60% of the entire Internet traffic in this country, and they have virtually no competitors in auction, online car sales and now entering the online tourism space, the top area of interest for kiwis buying goods and services on-line.
So, how it happens that a large mobile operator such as Vodafone is locked out of the largest technology website in New Zealand?
Easy... Trolls. It seems some people inside that organisation don't understand criticism, and instead of engaging in a conversation decide that using a computer to anonymously post a comment calling someone "retard" is fine.
No, it's not fine. It's the corporate image that's hurt. You think you are anonymous, but now the entire organisation has an image problem.
Vodafone New Zealand has two ways of fixing things... One is bad, another is good:
1.Teach people inside the organisation to respect other people's opinions, and that what you say in public reflect on peoples' perception of the company, or
2.Tell everyone inside the company to never access Geekzone again, hurting the company's image even more, as one that's not interested in engaging with customers.
It sure shows that some people inside the organisation couldn't be smart enough to think of the consequences of trolling?
People love branding, but every one inside an organisation is part of the branding. And this is not the first time the Vodafone proxy server was blocked. The first time it was a surprise and I didn't know it was the company's main Internet access. But this time it wasn't a surprise.
UPDATE: Access has now been restored.
The cool stuff about this new feature is that gamers will be able to connect to other Windows Live Messenger users, regardless of those friends being connected from other Xbox 360 console, a PC or a Windows Mobile device. The chat feature allows up to six people to be added to a conversation.
The service will be available from 7 May 2007, with the Xbox Autumn Update (hey it's Autumn in the south). Users with Gold and Silve membership will be able to access the service, and it include video, voice and text chat.
After receiving the pictures I asked for the official press release, and I found out more features coming soon:
• A richer Achievement notification pop-up will showcase the name of the unlocked Achievement and the gamerscore value without needing to leave the game to check the Achievements list.
• Enhanced family settings features for Xbox LIVE communications enable different defaults for video chat and voice chat.
• A new Xbox LIVE Marketplace blade lets Xbox LIVE members access the content they seek from one place on Xbox LIVE.
• Updates to Xbox LIVE Arcade allow owners to quickly see which Xbox LIVE Arcade games their friends are playing and join in the fun. Xbox LIVE members can also compare progress of leaderboard scores and Achievements directly with all friends on their friends list. Expanded ‘Tell a Friend’ capabilities make it easier than ever to boast about Achievements and high scores.
• A new option in Auto Downloads provides faster access to the entire collection of free, trial-version Xbox LIVE Arcade games.
• New progressive download controls provide easy access to optimal viewing options by letting people fast-forward, rewind, pause and resume as their video is downloaded from Xbox LIVE Marketplace.
• Extension of the background download functionality will allow owners to set their Xbox 360 console to turn off automatically after downloads are complete.
The chat device should be in the stores soon.