When I visited the Adobe site to install Flash, I came across their ADOBE SOFTWARE END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT [sic]:
1. "Authorized Operating Systems" means the desktop and standard-laptop versions of the following operating systems:
1. Microsoft Windows operating systems (including desktop and standard-laptop PC versions of Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, ME, XP Home, XP Professional, and XP Tablet PC Edition, but specifically excluding Windows XP Embedded, Windows XP Media Center Edition, and successors);
2. Macintosh operating systems;
3. Linux operating systems, but specifically excluding any embedded version of Linux; and
4. Solaris operating systems.
2. "Adobe" means Adobe Systems Incorporated and its licensors, if any.
3. "Software" means only the Macromedia® Flash® Player, Macromedia® Shockwave® Player, or Macromedia® Authorware® Player and third party software programs, in each case, supplied by Adobe therewith, and corresponding documentation, associated media, printed materials, and online or electronic documentation, and all updates or upgrades of the above that are provided to you.
For the avoidance of doubt, no embedded or device versions of the above operating systems, or any other operating systems, are included as Authorized Operating Systems.
How interesting. Windows XP Media Center is not allowed to run Flash? Is everyone breaking the EULA? Or is there another version for this specific OS?
What about Windows Vista? I am running Windows Vista Ultimate, which incorporates Windows XP Media Center Edition functionality. I am in breach of this EULA?
The only thing holding me back on going 100% Windows Vista on my desktop was the compatibility with some devices I have here. For example the Bluetake Bluetooth USB adapter, Microsoft Fingerprint Reader, the Microsoft VX-6000 Webcam, the Disc Stakka. All those either work with the current software or I am now able to download drivers and use on Windows Vista, so why not go for it?
I was also talking my time to test some other software I deem "essential" for my work: LogMeIn, GoToMyPC, WebDrive, and Hamachi. I have now tested all these and they work flawlessly on Windows Vista RC1.
I also tested the Windows Mobile Device Center Beta 3 (screenshot below) and managed to connect my Pocket PCs, again without problems.
Since I still have another machine running Windows XP 2 Service Pack (I can't update that machine just yet), I am going to rebuild my desktop with Windows Vista RC2. If anything needs Windows XP explicitly I can always use the other machine as a backup for the odd application.
I am also doing this because now is the time that more and more peripherals are coming with Windows Vista drivers. I have already received some that will need testing and there is no sense in testing these on Windows XP. So this is the right time to do this migration.
This coming week I am taking a day off just to install the new OS and the essential applications.
About 10.7% of our population are connected via DSL technologies, 0.5% use cable, and 0.6% use other technologies (satellite, cellular data).
These numbers put New Zealand in position #22 between Portugal and the Czech Republic.
The broadband (in % of population) uptake in this country, has been like this: 0.7% (2001), 1.6% (2002), 2.6% (2003), 4.7% (2004) and 8.1% (2005).
Go read all other numbers in the link.
The custom alerts (such as the one from Geekzone you subscribe to receive alerts on your MSN or mobile phone when a new article goes up on the main site) are now listed on Windows Live Alerts:
I've decided to do a new blog post for this update because I wanted it to have the same exposure as my original post.
Private Joe Bowers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes 500 years in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed-down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive.
But it's incomplete. Windows Live team, please fix it!
Ok, now that I have your attention I will go ahead and explain the background and the problem.
For example, we provide Geekzone Alerts, based on Windows Live Alerts. It is a service you can subscribe with your Windows Live Id account and receive a notification on Windows Live Messenger, your Windows Live Mail, or any other e-mail account - even on your mobile phone (as a SMS) when a new item is posted on Geekzone.
This works great. If you log into Windows Live Alerts you can even add other alerts to your list.
But here starts the annoyance. The Geekzone Alers was introduced on an old service, later acquired by Microsoft. They never did an integration job. You can't see the Alert settings on Windows Live Alerts. You can see the latest messages received, but you can't turn it on or off. You can only do it through our admin page.
Why is this a big deal? Because these alerts come out on Windows Live Messenger, or your mobile phone, but down the track you probably forgot where to go to manage these alerts - and it's not on Windows Live Alerts.
Another weird thing: all of a sudden Windows Live Mail (Hotmail) is sending to my mobile phone a SMS notification of any urgent messages sent to my account. I don't want these! I never set it on. But there's nowhere to turn it off. It's not on Windows Live Alerts, and not on Windows Live Mail. I am stuck with this.
The Windows Live Alerts site does not list any of my alerts, except the ones I setup through that site. And that's what's broken.
More strange stuff? You want to setup your mobile to receive notifications via SMS? Try Mobile MSN. Oh, in New Zealand it redirects to XtraMSN, and it's nothing to do with Mobile MSN. If this happens, try the US Mobile MSN site instead. Thanks Telecom New Zealand for breaking the web.
Rigth. Once there you can setup your mobile phone for SMS notifications. But why is this not linked from Windows Live Alerts?
Microsoft, I see a lot of Windows Live services coming out. I am in the beta group for Windows Live Essentials, which brings a fancy Windows Live Dashboard with links to the Windows Live services you use. But it's not compatible (yet) with Internet Explorer 7, so I (and millions of other users) can't use it yet.
It doesn't matter. These services are so many, and so spread with no central control that I am afraid people won't use them simply because they can't find their way around.
For me, right now, please put all Windows Live Alerts configuration in the same place. This includes the damn Windows Live Mail notifications that are nowhere to be found, the custom Windows Live Alerts from websites such as Geekzone and many others, and the mobile configuration.
And Telecom New Zealand, stop hijacking those Mobile MSN pages, you are not adding any value.
Not bad: 1.3 Mbps download, 344 Kbps upload speeds. I have the impression my cell site is on the 1.8Mbps list. Now I have to find where the 3.6Mbps cell sites are located...
As before I tested with www.speedtest.net:
The service went down for a while due to traffic, but it's back, and the guys at instinct.co.nz tell me they will be moving it to a bigger server to support the traffic.
I am pretty sure this will be the first Palm Treo CDMA EVDO being released outside the U.S. where it is available now as Treo 700w (Verizon Wireless) and Pam Treo 700wx (Sprint).
Knowing of the close relationship between Telecom New Zealand and Sprint, I'd guess the version being released here is either the Palm Treo 700wx (pictured below) or a similar one.
- receive a hands on demonstration of the first Windows Treo in New Zealand and see what it has to offer users
- understand how Palm has further developed the Palm user experience on Windows mobile operating system and combined with ready access to Microsoft’s world-class email solutions
- find out how Palm’s latest Treo lets users take advantage of Telecom’s high speed, EV-DO Mobile Broadband network to get them faster access to email, desktop and server information.
Note that this will be an introduction to the media. There's no word yet of availability dates. But one thing is for sure: people have been reporting in the Geekzone forums that Telecom New Zealand has pulled out the webpages for the Palm Treo 650...
You can find more about the vodem in my "unpacking the Vodafone vodem" review. You can use it to connect to Vodafone New Zealand's new HSDPA network for fast mobile internet connection on your laptop or desktop.
The Weekly Geekzone Chat happens every Tuesday from 8pm. We have an IRC Java client available here, but you can use any other IRC client. The Geekzone IRC channel is always live, with people talking there almost at any time of the day - and keen to discuss anything tech related - or not.
Thanks Tony for organising this, arranging the vodem and being overall a great moderator (as in great and large).