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Windows Vista Beta 2 Problems

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 29-May-2006 23:25

As you may remember I decided not to install Microsoft Windows Vista Beta 2 on my Tablet PC (a Toshiba M205) last week because I was heading to the Microsoft Window Vista Lab, in Singapore, and I needed my tablet PC working.

Oh, that was a great decision. I am now back home in New Zealand and tried installing Windows Vista Beta 2. Confirming what I read in some other blogs, it looks like this beta build is not as good/reliable as previous ones.

The last Windows Vista Beta 1 (build 5381) installed without a hitch on this tablet PC, but Windows Vista Beta 2 refuses to install. It shows "No device drivers were found. Make sure that the installation media contains the correct drivers, and then click OK".

What device? Who knows. The only button available is [OK] and clicking it doesn't do anything, except show the same message again.

Bummer, it looks like I have to reinstall Windows XP Tablet PC Edition on this hardware now.

UPDATE: Found the culprit. The M205 has only an external DVD drive, and I noticed upon reboot and start of the old Windows Vista that it complained "This device can perform faster", typical of USB 2.0 devices connected to a USB 1.0 port. Since I am sure both the device and port are USB 2.0, I thought of replacing the USB cable - and it actually worked: the install copied the files and found the corresponding drive drivers after the cable change.

Antivirus for Windows Vista Beta

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 29-May-2006 16:13

I am currently using the free Avast antivirus, which is free for home use and works with Windows Vista.

It just came to my attention though that you can download a one year free subscription of CA eTrust EZ Antivirus for Windows Vista.

You should not need an antyspyware since Windows Vista already comes with Windows Defender.

Go on, download either Avast or CA, but make sure your Windows Vista beta is protected...

UPDATE: Trend Micro has announced a beta version of its AV software, but no URL for download available. The press information says it will be available from Microsoft.

Did unbundling work in Australia?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 24-May-2006 11:50

Many discussions on the Geekzone forums were centered on the unbundling issue. Arguments were that New Zealand broadband uptake was impacted by Telecom's performance, that Telecom provides bad services, low speeds and capped plans.

Some of the pro-unbundling posted as argument that we should mirror New Zealand's ULL on the Australian experience, which they said "was a success".

But, this is a quote from the executive chairman of Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd in Australia, James Packer, taken from a report on Stuff:

"We need faster broadband speeds in order to stay competitive to the rest of the world and that is starting to be understood, I believe, by all stakeholders.

And he says more:

"Most Australians are not only on slow [broadband] plans but also plans that have download caps.

"This is very unusual compared to other countries all over the world. Australia needs government policy and regulatory certainty to encourage the provision of unmetered fast broadband by the [telecommunications] incumbent [Telstra] and/or other providers."

Ok, so where is the "Australian success" now?

Downloading Vista Beta 2 and Office Beta 2

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 24-May-2006 11:34

After the Windows Vista Beta 2 announcement, I am downloading the Microsoft Windows Vista Beta 2 from MSDN. I have already finished downloading the 2007 Microsoft Office System Beta 2, but it looks like the Windows Vista download is still going to take another 5 hours to complete (downloaded 1GB so far).

At this pace it is going to be fully downloaded by 4pm (NZ time), and I could possibly burn the ISO image to a DVD and do a fresh install on my Tablet PC as I did with previous builds.

Or not, seeing that tomorrow morning I have to show up early in the airport for my flight to Singapore, where I am attending the Microsoft Windows Vista Lab 2. I don't want to arrive there with a dead Tablet PC, if anything goes wrong...

I will wait... Work first, then when I am back I will have time to install both beta.

Who is Mini-Microsoft?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 22-May-2006 17:08

This mysterious character who blogs Microsoft stuff away, launched a dare:

PS: while I toy with the very unlikely idea of coming out from the realm of anonymity and scheme about how to turn Mini-Microsoft into an internal dialogue for honestly improving from within, maybe you've gone and figured out who Mini is. I can't imagine it's that hard. After you get over the quizzical bit of "Who?" why don't you drop on by my office location and we can talk over some espresso.

I think Bill Gates is Mini-Microsoft, and he posts on this blog to help the company move forward.

Ok, enough conspiracy theories...

Registering a .mobi domain: check prices

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 22-May-2006 13:01

As posted before, we are now in the "industry sunrise" registration period for .mobi domains. During this brief period, companies with telecommunications industry affiliations (including the New Zealand Wireless Data Forum) can register their trademarks as [trademark].mobi.

As part of the NZWDF and as a registered trademark holder (Geekzone®), I decided to take advantage of this offer.

The AsiaPacific company managing registrations is MelbournetIT, which in New Zealand runs Domainz. I was quoted AU$450 (US$340) for a 2-year registration. I found that I am not required to use MelbourneIT though, and since I already have a GoDaddy account, I went there to check the price.

Not surprising, the GoDaddy registration is US$200, which is a lot cheaper.

Go figure: the source of TLD is the same, the number of people registering during the period is limited and the same, so why this huge price difference?

Needless to say which one I used to register the domain. Here is a list of .mobi registrars available you can check.

Sixth Annual Smartphone & Pocket PC Magazine Best Software Awards

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 21-May-2006 18:17

Once again I am one of the judges in the Sixth Annual Smartphone & Pocket PC Magazine Best Software Awards.

Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine’s Annual Best Software Awards helps users select software that best suit their Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone needs by honoring companies that produce outstanding software. In 2005, 90 Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine Board of Experts judges nominated 768 Windows Mobile products in 130 Pocket PC, Smartphone, and Developer categories to determine finalists and winners.

You can check a brief summary for each one of the judges on this page:

Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone experts from throughout the world have agreed to judge and select winners for each software category. These experts are authors of Pocket PC books, Pocket PC magazine contributors, Microsoft Pocket PC MVPs, Pocket PC magazine Support Forum helpers, and associates of top Pocket PC Web sites.

The list is being updated as more judges confirm their participation.

Microsoft Office User Group (Wellington): meeting 24 May

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 20-May-2006 14:51

Steve Schappel has just e-mailed us with the meeting announcement for the local Microsoft Office User Group. Pizza and drinks will be provided, along with some great information.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 24 May 2006, 6:00-7:30pm, at the Microsoft New Zealand offices (Level 12, 157 Lambton Quay, Wellington).

The first speaker is Ryan Duguid, Microsoft Technical Specialist, who will talk about Microsoft Office InfoPath. The software is a Windows-based application for creating rich, dynamic forms that teams and organisations can use to gather, share, and reuse XML based information. This session will cover the basics of InfoPath forms and look at advances in InfoPath 2007 that support the gathering data from email forms and browser forms.

Steve will drive the next topic. He is a Microsoft Access MVP, and will tell us where does Microsoft Access fit in? A brief discussion from the point of view of the user/developer, with some real-world example scenarios of where Access has found a niche.

Check for more infomation on

Star Wars: what's going on in Coruscant, by Robot Chicken

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 19-May-2006 11:44

This is simply great stuff, if you like the Star Wars series:

.mobi TLD registration dates

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 18-May-2006 13:31

If you hold a trademark, and belong to one of the following mobile industry organisations, then make sure to register the [trademark].mobi during the "sunrise registrations" period: AMTA, CTIA, CWTA, GSMA, MMA, MEF, NZWF and RCA.

Yes, that NZWF is the New Zealand Wireless Data Forum. All members (as of last week) are in a list sent to the TLD manager and will be allowed to register trademarked names with the new mobile TLD (top level domain). The sunrise registration period is from 22 - 29 May 2006.

After this other trademark owners will be able to start registering .mobi domains during the 12 June through 21 August period.

A Land Rush period starts 28 August. That's when a premium list of names will be available to the highest bidder.

And, finally, after 14 September, open registrations begin.

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

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