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Deceiving telecommunication

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 17-Nov-2006 10:47

No, this is not another spoof Telecom New Zealand ad. It's a different kind of "deceiving"... Beware of video calls!










More views on Microsoft Direct Push and Exchange Server 2007

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 16-Nov-2006 19:55

You probably read my article on What Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Brings to Users and IT Administrators. For that article I talked to Charlie Chung, technical Lead Project Manager in the Exchange Product Team, during the Microsoft New Zealand's Tech Ed 2007 event here in Auckland.

Microsoft Exchange 2007 and Direct Push

In that article I explained what new features are coming to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, and how those features will interact with Windows Mobile devices, and other devices running the licensed Exchange ActiveSync client platform.

If you want even more information on this, you should head to Paul Mah's Technology At Play, and read the post Examining Exchange 2007: The Future of Direct Push.

Now that Microsoft have finally announced that Exchange 2007 is being slated for release at the end of November 2006, it is a good time as any for us to perform a detailed appraisal of the Direct Push-related components in this new version of Microsoft Exchange.

Perhaps you have already heard or even read-up on it.  But in case you are not aware yet, Exchange 2007 is a radically different beast altogether from Exchange 2003.  Rather than being a purely evolutionary upgrade, this latest version of Exchange is set to bring several features never before found in the e-mail server scene – such as built-in voice (Think in terms of voice PABX) and fax capabilities, onto the playing field.





UberGizmo Mobile Site

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 16-Nov-2006 09:59

I've followed the UberGizmo blog and exchanged IM with the guys behind it for a while (even though we didn't manage to meet last time I was in the Silicon Valley), and it's always an interesting read.

They are working hard on the site, with versions in French, German, Spanish, Chinese - and have just annoucned an UberGizmo mobile version of the site, working on all sorts of mobile devices, including Windows Mobile Pocket PC, Palm, Symbian S60 and PSP.

UberGizmo Mobile

I've done a couple of early testing for them on my Pocket PCs to see how the site worked, titles, etc. Worth checking it out at ubergizmo.mobi.







Kiwi Foo Camp (a.k.a. Baa Camp)

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 16-Nov-2006 09:39

Interesting times ahead. It looks like people are being invited around to participate in the local version of O'Reilly's FOO Camp (FOO as in Friends Of O'Reilly). Like the original FOO Camp, the Kiwi Foo Camp (a.k.a. Baa Camp) is an invitation only event, in an unconference style.

I'm not sure how this is going to work yet, but if it's anything like the U.S. version don't feel bad if you don't get an invitation this time around. According to the Foo organisers over there, each year they invite a different mix of people they know, people they'd like to know, and other crazy stuff.

Having said that, I am looking for someone willing to share accomodation - I've booked into the Walton Park Motor Lodge and the rooms seem to accomodate two, so if you are keen, contact me (after you have received your invitation and confirmed presence).





DinarSoft updates website

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 15-Nov-2006 22:15

There are two software I install on my Pocket PC as soon as they are ready to use: MagicButton and DinarSoft's MemMaid.

MagicButton is a very small task switcher, and free, while MemMaid is a great memory management software - perfect for cleaning up the Pocket Internet Explorer cache after a soft reset, or remove some unwanted stuff from your Pocket PC.


I've just noticed DinarSoft has updated their logo and webite. Worth a visit to check their range of software - TapText is a really cool tool to automate the process of entering text and strings into your e-mails and documents and HandySwitcher is an interesting task manager with lots more functions than MagicButton.






Blogs are conversations. Really?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 14-Nov-2006 13:26

Some people think blogs are conversations. But what happens when the conversation is broken? Mike Arrington's TechCrunch had a post about Microsoft's social site for IT professionals (aggreg8.com) and I think he broke the conversation at some point.

While I agree with Michael that aggreg8 is not ready for prime time, I have to disagree with a small, but interesting incident.

On this post's first version Michael compared aggreg8.com with The Hive (hive.net), saying that the hive was a social site for developers, and the domain was for sale, linking to the (wrong) Hive.com domain.

I posted a comment to his blog entry pointing out that The Hive is not for developers, but for Microsoft Community sites owners, and hive.net is not the same as hive.com. I asked for some fact checking before posting.

What happened? His post was changed, and my comment removed. Why my comment was removed? Because I asked for some fact checking before posts are done? C'mon. Helping accuracy shouldn't be rewarded with this.

Oh well, one less feed on my aggregator.



Viva Silicon Welly

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 14-Nov-2006 12:05

Some time ago I posted about Silicon Welly, a catchy name coined by the guys at Decisive Flow to put together what's going on in the city, in terms of business development, creativity, etc.

Well, put together seems to be the point, because Silicon Welly is live now... If you visit the site there's a welcome page, but if you click the link you are then redirected to this page with posts and links.

Silicon Welly

Interesting concept. Tim Norton, behind this work is also the guy driving the PlanHQ, Rod Drury's latest investment.






Microsoft Office 2007 available now on MSDN

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 13-Nov-2006 12:12

If you are a MSDN subscriber, head on to the site, log in and check the new downloads: Office Professional 2007 / Office Professional Plus 2007 / Office Ultimate 2007, and Office 2007 Desktop Programs.

You will need to start downloading those files (Office OneNote 2007 is 202 MB and Office Professional 2007 is 411 MB), burn the ISO images to a CD and request the proper keys.

Enjoy!





Sad, sad, sad Kiwi animation

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 12-Nov-2006 21:38

Kiwis cannot fly, we all know this. But one of those little cute birds try hard. The kiwi is New Zealand's national symbol. This story is very sad...



Microsoft Windows Vista RTM screenshots

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-Nov-2006 21:01

This is a sequence of Windows Vista RTM screenshots, for your enjoyment. Click each image for a larger version:
 
 







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