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November 2007 - Posts

GMail IMAP SLLLOOOOWWWW

Well, I tried to change settings to my GMail account over the Thanksgiving break from POP3 to IMAP.  Good grief. I can't tell you how many times over the course of the last 3 or 4 days Outlook appeared to stop responding and was just SLLOOOWWWWW.  I'm not sure at all what the big deal is with IMAP.  Even the Google instructions say they recommend IMAP over POP3.  Well, I've tried changing several settings to speed up the process, but it's still just way too slow in Outlook.

I've switched back to POP3.  It's a welcome change.

Ex-Microsoft CIO Stuart Scott Lands at Mortgage Lender

Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp., a top-10 national wholesale mortgage lender, announced the hiring of Stuart L. Scott as its chief operating officer. Mr. Scott’s vast technology experience with Microsoft Corporation and General Electric made him an obvious choice.

“We share the same focus; to offer the best technology and provide our customers with the best experience,” said Lee Farkas, TB&W Chairman. “Stuart’s credentials are impressive. Having someone of his caliber join us further solidifies our ability to deliver innovative technology solutions. We are very excited to have him on board.”

Over the course of his 20 year career, Mr. Scott was the chief information officer for Microsoft and held several executive roles with General Electric Co. Honors include being named Top 30 CIO’s by Information Week in 2007 and Top 100 CIO’s by CIO magazine in 2003.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from University of Louisville and his MBA from Vanderbilt University.

Mr. Scott starts on Monday, November 26, 2007 and will continue residing in Bellevue, Washington with his wife and seven children.

Posted: Nov 24 2007, 06:15 PM by jgormly | with no comments
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In the Queue – Windows Mobile 6 for AT&T Treo 750 Smartphones

From the Palm blog:

This month we started taking orders via our inside sales teams for multi-unit business orders: link http://www.palm.com/us/business/solutions/try750.html for the AT&T Treo 750 smartphone with Windows Mobile 6 pre-installed. Our commercial launch of the WinMo 6 update for those already using the AT&T Treo 750 is just around the corner.

Windows Mobile 6, especially when combined with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, offers many enhancements from both a business and individual point of view. Below are some of the key improvements in Windows Mobile 6.

Stand Alone Benefits

· Improved Calendar with Day-at-a-Glance bar

· Smart On-Device search in Messaging

· Outlook Flags

Treo plus Exchange Server 2007 Benefits

· HTML e-mail formatting

· Exchange search of messages still on the server

· Meeting attendees and status

· Meeting request & scheduling conflict improvements

· Set Out of Office message

· Receive and follow SharePoint Links

IT Management and Security Improvements via Exchange 2007

· Password and PIN improvements

· Storage card encryption

As we do with many of our business customers looking to make multi-unit purchases, we have a Trial program in place today that allows them to try a Treo connected directly to the Exchange Server for 30 days.  For details, visit: http://respond.palm.com/content/treo750tryme?affID=110807TTM_3.

Business or personal, Windows Mobile 6 has tremendous benefits. Stay tuned and shortly we’ll have instructions for those of you who already have Treo 750’s with Windows Mobile 5.0 and want to install the update.

Posted: Nov 24 2007, 06:15 PM by jgormly | with no comments
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Palm Treo 755p coming soon for Verizon?

Coming Soon!

Fast, powerful, and intuitive, the Treo 755p delivers everything you need in one stylish device including wireless email, a built-in web browser and rich media capabilities. The slimmed-down form factor of this smartphone comes with full QWERTY keyboard and color touch-screen to make composing email and surfing the web easy.

 

http://b2b.vzw.com/productsservices/devices/755p.html

 

Wonder why it's taken so long since Sprint PCS released it?

Posted: Nov 24 2007, 06:10 PM by jgormly | with no comments
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Where did the email go?

Several months ago I blogged that my wife switched to the Apple iPhone.  She loves the phone, and I've been hard pressed to get her to quit using it.  Well, she's been using the email portion of late, and accidentally deleted an email on the device.  I told her to go in to the trash folder and drag it back to the inbox (or move it like I do on my WM device).  Well, she tried, and mysteriously it is now neither in her trash folder or in her inbox.  So the question is, where did the message go?  Anyone else using the iPhone got any clues?

Posted: Nov 24 2007, 06:07 PM by jgormly | with no comments
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BlackJack(TM) II by Samsung

The Samsung Blackjack II went on sale yesterday at AT&T.  My next phone?

Introducing the triple threat - the Blackjack(TM) II by Samsung. It's sleeker, smarter, and easier to use than ever. With Windows Mobile® 6, faster 3G downloads, a larger 2.4" display, and a stylish look, it's the device all other smart devices want to be. It supports multiple email programs and has AT&T Music and Cellular Video capabilities. Navigate easily with the front jog wheel. Roam internationally with quad-band GSM, or get ultra-fast downloads with tri-band HSDPA. Take pictures and video with the 2 MP camera, listen to music, and stay in touch with instant messaging. With a full QWERTY keyboard and GPS support, the Blackjack(TM) II truly has it all!

  • Weight: 3.52 ounces
  • Dimension: 4.4 x 2.3 x. 0.4 inches
  • Talk Time: Up to 7 hours
  • Standby Time: Up to 14 days
  • Tri-band domestic UMTS/HSDPA - 850/1900/2100 MHz
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE - 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Microsoft Windows® Mobile(TM) 6
  • 256 MB ROM / 128 MB RAM
  • Large 2.4" 320x240 65k color LCD screen
  • microSD(TM) expansion slot supports up to 4 GB
  • Bluetooth® v2.0 for up to six simultaneous connections
  • Warranty: 1 year on the phone and accessories
  • All talk, data and standby times depend on network configuration
  • GPS support for TeleNav Navigator

Let's hope it's not truly "GPS support for TeleNav Navigator" and is A-GPS for use with other programs like Windows Live Search and Google Maps, or this definitely won't make the cut for me.  Looks like it doesn't have Wi-Fi either.

Posted: Nov 24 2007, 06:04 PM by jgormly | with no comments
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T-Mobile Says to Sell iPhone Without Contract

On the heels of Vodafone questioning the legality?  Reuters is reporting:

Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile will allow customers in Germany to buy Apple's coveted iPhone without having to sign a T-Mobile contract after rival Vodafone obtained a court injunction against it.

T-Mobile said on Wednesday it will offer the iPhone without a T-Mobile contract for 999 euros at its shops.

T-Mobile has an exclusive deal with Apple to sell the iPhone in Germany, where Apple has no stores. Until now, customers had to sign up to a 24-month T-Mobile contract costing a minimum of 1,176 euros ($1,740) in order to buy the 399-euro phone.

A German court granted Vodafone a preliminary injunction this week preventing T-Mobile from locking the iPhone's SIM card to T-Mobile when making a sale.

Vodafone had hoped to win exclusive rights to sell the iPhone in Europe but lost out to T-Mobile in Germany, Telefonica's O2 in Britain and France Telecom's Orange in France.

Posted: Nov 24 2007, 06:01 PM by jgormly | with no comments
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Vodafone Questions Legality of Exclusive iPhone Deal in Germany

Chris Meinck over everythingiCafe is reporting Vodafone is questioning whether the Apple iPhone deal is legal. 

Vodafone has received a court injunction in Germany against Deutche Telekom's T-Mobile in Germany questioning the legality of their sales practices as releated to the iPhone.

Vodafone's objection is not directly related to T-Mobile's exclusivity to sell the iPhone, but rather the requirement that German consumers must purchase a 24-month contract with T-Mobile with their iPhone purchase. Sales of the iPhone in Germany continue while the courts will examine the complaint. Vodafone claimed the injunction was specific to Germany and they would not seek an injunction in other markets. "It is not right that our clients can only get an iPhone by signing a long-term contract with Telekom," said Friedrich Joussen who heads up Vodafone in Germany. "We want a rapid judicial clarification to know if the iPhone should be available to all or only to some."

Posted: Nov 24 2007, 05:57 PM by jgormly | with no comments
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Sprint/HTC preparing another HTC Mogul upgrade?

From a post on the support forum website:

Sprint and HTC regret any inconvenience customers have recently experienced with the Mogul. HTC is working on a new version of the software ROM for the Mogul which incorporates enhancements for Bluetooth performance and corrects issues that were unintentionally created by ROM version 2.16.651.0 (posted on HTC’s website on October 24). Both Sprint and HTC have begun testing the new software and are targeting to make it available for download by the end of November. Once fully tested the download will be made available at: http://www.america.htc.com/support/mogul/software-downloads.html

As a short-term solution, customers who downloaded the ROM version 2.16 should download the previous ROM version 2.09.651.3 available at the link above. This will restore previous functionality to the device until a new version is complete.

Additionally, HTC is currently developing a separate ROM update which enables the EV-DO Rev. A and GPS capabilities that are already built into the Mogul hardware. Sprint and HTC plan to make this software ROM available in early 1Q 2008. We would also like to extend our thanks to those customers that have taken the time to identify and report these issues to us.

Posted: Nov 24 2007, 05:54 PM by jgormly | with no comments
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Microsoft gives away Search Server 2008 Express

Called Search Server 2008 Express, the software hands companies and users with a server and multiple client computers at home a free search engine. Compared to the search feature of SharePoint Server 2007 and Search Server 2008, which will be offered at a later time for a fee, the Express version offers the complete toolset with the exception of load-balancing support.

According to Microsoft, the search engine can be installed and configured within 30 minutes. The software may just enough for most user and company needs, as it does not come with preset document limits and supports relevance tuning, query and results reporting, security trimmed results, administration dashboard and federated search connectors.   

Microsoft said that connectors that will be able to index content from EMC’s Documentum and IBM’s FileNet are expected to be available in early 2008, while federated search capabilities based on the OpenSearch standard are added as well. According to the company, Open Text, Business Objects, Cognos and EMC are among the companies that have agreed to develop OpenSearch connectors.  

Download Here

Posted: Nov 16 2007, 02:34 PM by jgormly | with no comments
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Zune.net is up

Zune.net is up and running with the new software downloads.

http://www.zune.net/en-US/

Posted: Nov 13 2007, 05:49 PM by jgormly | with no comments
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Is Sprint PCS WiMAX dead?

Well, the rumors were true....

Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) and Clearwire (NASDAQ: CLWR) have mutually agreed to terminate the Letter of Intent (LOI) signed in July 2007. The two companies could not resolve complexities associated with the LOI and failed to reach final agreement on the terms of the transaction.

Sprint remains fully committed to developing WiMAX services and deploying a WiMAX network that will allow customers to realize the benefits of a mobile broadband Internet experience. Sprint expects to continue to work together with Clearwire on future opportunities to enhance the deployment of robust WiMAX capabilities through ongoing discussions that include the possibility of roaming, frequency interference coordination, spectrum exchanges, technology evolution and development and network standards.

"We are on track for soft launch late this year in the Chicago and Baltimore/Washington markets and commercial launch in 2008," said Keith Cowan, Sprint's president of Strategic Planning and Corporate Initiatives. "In line with Sprint's mandate of improving the customers experience and simplifying our operations, we look forward to working with Clearwire on opportunities such as roaming and standards."

In light of this announcement, Sprint is reviewing its WiMAX business plans and outlook and the company expects to comment further on these topics early next year.

Sprint intends to provide services under the Xohm(R) brand, supported by an ecosystem of device, chip and other partners, including Intel, Motorola, Nokia and Samsung. The company also has selected Google to bring search, interactive communications and social networking tools through a new mobile portal to future WiMAX mobile Internet customers.

Press Release

Posted: Nov 12 2007, 05:46 PM by jgormly | with no comments
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Three updates this week for Windows Vista

Nick White has alerted us to three updates for Windows Vista.  KB's are already available, updates should be available tomorrow.

The non-security updates planned for release through Windows Update this week include:

  • An update on system compatibility, reliability and stability:  extends the battery life for mobile devices, improves stability of wireless network services, and shortens recovery time after Windows Vista experiences a period of inactivity, among other fixes.
  • An update to USB core components:  mainly affects systems returning from sleep or hibernation, fixing problems causing 1-2% of all crashes reported.
  • An update to Windows Media Center:  among other things, affects interaction issues occurring between Media Center PC and Microsoft Xbox 360 when Xbox 360 is used as a Media Center Extender.

The links in the above list will lead you to the KB article related to each update in case you want more information on them.  And, when they’re made available via Windows Update (expected to occur Tuesday 13th), you can also right-click each entry in Windows Update to get its 400-word summary description.

Posted: Nov 12 2007, 05:41 PM by jgormly | with no comments
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Sprint PCS Motorola Q9 aka Q2

I blogged over the weekend of Sprint's Q2 add over at:

http://www.sprintspecialoffers.com/holiday/#phone_15

Anyone take a gander at the ad?  Anyone notice anything strange?  My question is, is it Sprint PCS or is it Motorola?  Have you noticed it yet?  Not yet?  I've included a snapshot below.

Do you see it now?  Remember, it's a Motorola Q2 (Q9) running WINDOWS MOBILE 6.  Now do you see it?  Why the heck is there a Palm app launcher screen on a Motorola Q2 running WINDOWS MOBILE?  Let's see how long it takes for them to correct it.

Posted: Nov 12 2007, 05:37 PM by jgormly | with no comments
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AT&T Tilt Is a Superior Phone and Pocket PC

This from ABC News...

The AT&T Tilt ($499 for a two-year plan) is an innovative pocket PC and phone that is truly something else.

Unlike other pocket PCs, the Tilt has a sliding front screen that slides up into a tilting position, acting like a miniature laptop. For those who love text messaging and writing e-mails, a full keyboard lies underneath the front screen, making typing much easier. A virtual keyboard is also available and can be used with the provided stylus.

Call quality of the phone is clear. The Tilt also has a speakerphone.

For all the photo and video lovers out there, the Tilt can take 3 megapixel videos and photos, good for well-lighted environments, especially outside on a sunny day. However, the camera does not have a flash.

With Windows Mobile 6, Tilt users may find that there isn't much of a difference between the phone and their computers. Thanks to such a speedy Internet connection, users can watch Cingular Video, which broadcasts movie trailers, TV clips (including HBO), music videos and much more. Videos and audio are mostly clear (with some blurriness in the video). The Tilt also includes Windows Media Player, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, preloaded games and, for $8.99 a month, a subscription to XM Radio Mobile. Users can also purchase a microSD (TransFlash) card, which can be used to store pictures and video.

Users need to charge the Tilt every night. Using the device throughout the day to browse the Internet and load large files can take up a lot of battery life, so keep a close watch on the battery indicator at the bottom of the screen.

It's about time someone else gets it.

Link

Posted: Nov 12 2007, 05:34 PM by jgormly | with no comments
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