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Events I am attending: come meet me and hear me speak about mobile devices

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 7-Aug-2007 11:45

It looks like the travel season has started again... I have already registered for the International CES 2008 (January, Las Vegas), but for a more local thing I have got the following coming up soon (in chronological order):

Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand 2007: the largest technology event in New Zealand. This is my first time attending the Tech Ed, and I will be blogging live throughout the event in our Unofficial Tech Ed Blog. Subscribe to the RSS feed to get up to date information about this huge event - more than 120 sessions, more than 2,000 people! 12 - 15 August 2007, Auckland (New Zealand).

Symantec Vision 2007: this is a security and infrastructure one day conference with all the latest updates from Symantec for enterprise and business users. This year the Symantec Vision Agenda will have sessions in three streams: Business, Solutions, and Technical. 12 September 2007, Sydney (Australia).

Microsoft New Zealand Partner Conference: come and watch me talk about Windows Mobile 6.0, integration with Microsoft Office applications, and why you should build mobile capabilities in your business. 19 - 20 September 2007, Auckland (New Zealand).

Securing Windows Mobile devices inside your organisation

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 19-Jul-2007 21:42

According to studies every year around 60,000 mobile devices are lost and 120,000 are stolen. Many of these devices contain information belonging to companies, and yet an HP study says 83% of mobile devices in a company are privately owned.

Fellow Microsoft MVP Jaap van Ekris has written an article touching this subject and what IT departments can do to bring "rogue" Windows Mobile devices in line with their security policies:

Major point in this article is that it is necessary for ICT departments to take measures to secure mobile devices, regardless who is the owner of the physical device, and that measures are relatively easy to take and that users should not be hindered too much by it. Many companies have developped a blind spot for mobile devices in general, especially the ones that are taken along by employees themselves.

Companies are in fact taking counterproductive measures to protect their interest: most companies only allow the desktop sync with these devices, which makes these devices unseen and uncontrollable even if they are completely filled with company information. To stop this, companies do have to grasp any means possible to gain control over these devices: it requires querrilla tactics to find uncontrolled devices in your infrastrucure and convert them into well protected containers of information.

The combination of the prices going down and the need of effectiveness is noticeable in business settings. A lot of devices are simply entering the company through the backdoor: people are simply buying devices themselves and take them to work to hook them up to whatever they will find. According to research conducted by HP, 83% of all devices found in companies are privately owned. Still these devices are used in business contexts and contain company information. Since the devices are privately owned IT departments ignore them, making them unmanaged risks in the company. This introduces the need for guerrilla tactics: you will have to find unusual ways to gain control over devices that legally are beyond your control or otherwise you will lose control over your data completely.

There is a need to gain control over these devices: they are in fact a risk. They are not considered under the company control, but still they contain company confidential information.

A couple of years ago we touched this subject here on Geekzone, with the article "Defining a security policy for Windows Mobile", but since then, with Windows Mobile 5 and Windows Mobile 6 new features are built into the OS making things easier.

So true: why doesn't on-line mainstream media link?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 18-Jul-2007 18:16

As seen on ProBlogger:

I’ve often wondered - but why don’t many online main stream media sites link when they refer to blogs or websites?

I find it slightly ironic - particularly when they write about new media/blogging.

I’m not sure if it’s laziness, fear of loosing readers from a site or if it’s just a different philosophy of web design - but I would have thought if a site was seriously interested in providing useful content for their readers that they’d hyperlink mentions of other websites.

The whole thing came up from a story on BusinessWeek, talking about how bloggers make money - except that BusinessWeek didn't give out any link love. Exactly like we see here in New Zealand when talking about the on-line editions of the big newspapers...

Coding, coding new features for Geekzone...

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 14-Jul-2007 20:54

During the last two days I've been coding furiously. It's something new for Geekzone, and it will complement the forums, the blogs and more.

So far the feedback from people who have seen these new features is great.

If all goes well, it should be released on Geekzone the week of 16 July.

The Geekzone Chat Page is active again

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 14-Jul-2007 14:30

Just a few days ago we announced the #geekzone IRC channel moved to a new server. And now I can also announce the Geekzone Chat page is working with this new server.

So even if you don't have an IRC client installed, just load the Geekzone Chat page and you will be automatically connected to our on-line chat. There's always someone there for a nice talk - most of the times it's a busy forum.

#geekzone IRC channel moving servers

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-Jul-2007 16:33

Brad Stewart, one of the moderators in the official #geekzone IRC channel has just advised of a server change:

Due to the impending death of zIRC the official Geekzone IRC channel will move to the synIRC servers at 9pm tonight.

Head to #geekzone on to find us. You will need to re-register your nickname, please use the same one as you use on these forums.

If you need any help with this process please ask a channel op or PM one of the moderators on the forums.

We will have a presence on zIRC for as long as possible to point people in the right direction, but connect to synIRC as soon as you can.

Tonight as in 11 July 2007 9pm NZST (click for other timezones).

I hope to see you in the #geekzone IRC channel sometime soon!

Ferrit prices...

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 9-Jun-2007 14:05

We were looking at prices for Dyson vacuum cleaners today. The LV Martin website shows one specific model at $549, while Telecom's Ferrit shows the same model, coming from LV Martin, at $599.

It looks like you shouldn't go and buy from Ferrit if you can go to the retailer's own website...

Download the updated Geekzone Gadget for Windows Vista Sidebar

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 19-May-2007 21:58

If you have downloaded our Geekzone Gadget for Windows Vista Sidebar on its first release, please download it again... That first version had a problem that would cause the gadget to reload the feed every 30 seconds if a disconnection occurred.

This gadget will keep an eye in all our forums and show the ones with most recent topics or replies on top of the list. You can then click on a forum name to see the most recent discussions with posts or replies. You will also see a colour coded "meter" showing how busy the forum is.

Also, I've noticed a few IP addresses hammering the XML feed, at rates of up to five times per second. Since this doesn't look like normal traffic we are now blocking these IP addresses. If you try to access Geekzone and see an error message, then please contact us.

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...

Is your CEO or manager blogging yet?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 26-Apr-2007 21:37

If not, I hope he doesn't follow this path when he decides it's time to add some "transparency" to the company:

Great Dilbert comic. It is not only about blogs though.

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Mauricio Freitas
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I live in New Zealand and my interests include mobile devices, good books, movies and food of course! 

I'm the Geekzone admin. On Geekzone we publish news, reviews and articles on technology topics. The site also has some busy forums. Also worth visiting is TravelTalk NZ, a community for travelers!

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