i-mate™ Unveils a New Roadmap of Devices and Services for Mobile Operators


February 12, 2007, Barcelona, Spain – i-mate™ (London AIM: IMTE), the specialist in Windows Mobile® devices and solutions, today announces at 3GSM World Congress 2007a dazzling array of new products and services including a category-defining range of mobile devices for business users and consumers. The Ultimate range is a collection of high-end, sophisticated 3G Windows Mobile® phones and PDA’s in a selection of form factors to suit any user, the first of which will be available mid-year. The devices will be based on Windows Mobile 6, the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system.

The Ultimate range consists of a collection of five devices in various form factors to suit individual preferences, from classic bar to PDA to a notebook replacement and was designed to provide the latest and best in phone and PDA technology. From the 530MHz processor, to the XGA direct video out, from HSDPA connectivity to the 262k colour VGA LCD touch screen, every component of each device is specified at a very high level. These are the first of a line-up of exciting devices i-mate will introduce through 2007.

… i-mate™ is also launching the JAQ4 – the first i-mate™ device to ship with Windows Mobile® 6 – a sturdy QWERTY keyboard GPS phone with a five-way joystick and scroll wheel allowing for easy navigation and use of services including push email. Furthermore, the landscape 2.8″ colour touch screen supports the use of the stylus as an increasingly popular means of accessing and writing email and messages.

Windows Home Server has reached the Beta 2 milestone

Check this out and they are letting you sign up for the next trial!

Source: http://blogs.technet.com/homeserver/archive/2007/02/12/beta-2-is-go.aspx

Sign up: http://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer

Good news!  Windows Home Server has reached the Beta 2 milestone!  While previous releases have been tested by 1000+ Microsoft employees and some of our hardware and software partners, we are now starting to invite a broader group of external testers to participate in Beta 2.

People that are interested in participating in Beta 2 can register here so we have their names as we steadily expand the program.  We can’t guarantee you’ll be invited to participate right away (or at all), but if you’re interested get yourself registered.  Keep in mind that Beta 2 does not really represent the “consumer experience.”  Most consumers will ultimately buy Home Server as an integrated hardware/software solution that’s very plug and play, e.g. the HP MediaSmart Server.  Beta 2 is software only, of course, meaning evaluators will need to know how to install and configure a server operating system.  Beta 2 participants will also need a dedicated machine for Home Server – Pentium 4, 512 MB RAM and two or more internal hard drives with at least 300 GB primary system hard drive is recommended – and at least 2 client PCs and a broadband connection.

Virtual Machine for Microsoft Exchange Calendar Update Tool

Cool, shame it wasn’t out a bit earlier!

Source: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=03D4251D-370F-486D-BB2F-64FF14C546AD&displaylang=en

The Exchange Calendar Update Tool enables administrators to update, using the Time Zone Data Update Tool for Microsoft® Office Outlook®, multiple user mailboxes, thereby avoiding the challenges involved with broadly deploying the Outlook Time Zone Data Update Tool to all end-users.

Shame the download link doesn’t work ! so I can’t tell you what the virtual machine has in it

Time Zone Data Update Tool

Do you know what, some time it plays to read a KB!  I am sure you have checked out http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931667.  Under “Why the Time Zone Data Update Tool is required”  It says …

Calendar items are created in Outlook by using Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) format. UTC is an international standard 24-hour timekeeping system. Time zone information for Outlook is obtained from the Windows operating system in which the calendar items are created and is obtained at the time that the calendar items are created.

For example, an 8:00 A.M. appointment on March 1, 2007 in Redmond, Washington is stored in Outlook as UTC 4:00 P.M. In this case, DST has not yet started, and Redmond time is eight hours behind UTC.

When an update is applied to the Windows operating system to accommodate the new DST definitions, the computer’s local time is changed to the extended DST time. However, the UTC is not adjusted when the local time on the computer is adjusted. Therefore, calendar items that are added to Outlook during the extended DST period are off by one hour. 

So by the sounds of it, you only need to use the tool on server that are in the affected time zone

Microsoft and Samsill Create New Products for the Digital Lifestyle

Missed this a while back.  Found it up on Steve’s blog and then here http://www.shinyshiny.tv/2007/02/microsofts_new.html 

Source: http://www.samsill.com/corporate/pressreleases/index.cfm?action=&contentid=324


New York, NY. – June 22, 2006 – Samsill Corporation, one of the world’s largest privately held manufacturers of business cases, media storage, ring binders and sheet protectors, announced today an exclusive multi-year brand licensing agreement with Microsoft Corporation.

As part of the new deal, Samsill will manufacture, market and sell a broad assortment of computer bags and business accessories leveraging the Microsoft brand. Microsoft will assist Samsill in the development of these products, focusing on making them relevant to the digital lifestyle. Products will be distributed through retail and commercial channels including office and consumer electronics stores beginning the first quarter of 2007.

So on Amazon.com we have:

Microsoft Monticello Ladies Computer Tote

Microsoft Madison Ladies Computer Tote

Microsoft Manhattan Ladies Computer Tote

Microsoft Manhattan Ladies Computer Tote

Kids think fast!

TEACHER: Why are you late?
WEBSTER: Because of the sign.
TEACHER: What sign
WEBSTER: The one that says, “School Ahead, Go Slow.”

TEACHER: Cindy, why are you doing your math
multiplication on the floor?
CINDY: You told me to do it without using tables!

TEACHER: John, how do you spell “crocodile?”
TEACHER: No, that’s wrong
JOHN: Maybe it’s wrong, but you asked me how I spell it!

TEACHER: What is the chemical formula for water?
TEACHER: What are you talking about?
SARAH: Yesterday you said it’s H to O!

TEACHER: George, go to the map and find North America.
GEORGE: Here it is!
TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America ?
CLASS: George!

TEACHER: Willie, name one important thing we have
today that we didn’t have ten years ago.

TEACHER: Tommy, why do you always get so dirty?
TOMMY: Well, I’m a lot closer to the ground than you are.

TEACHER: Ellen, give me a sentence starting with “I.”
ELLEN: I is…
TEACHER: No, Ellen….. Always say, “I am.”
ELLEN: All right… “I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.”

TEACHER: “Can anybody give an example of COINCIDENCE?”
JOHNNY: “Sir, my Mother and Father got married on the same day, same time.”

TEACHER: “George Washington not only chopped down his father’s cherry tree, but also admitted doing it. Now do you know why his father didn’t punish him?”
JOHNNY: “Because George still had the ax in his hand.”

TEACHER: Now, Sam, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?
SAM: No sir, I don’t have to, my Mom is a good cook.

TEACHER: Desmond, your composition on “My Dog” is exactly the same as your brother’s. Did you copy his?
DESMOND: No, teacher, it’s the same dog!

TEACHER: What do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?
PUPIL: A teacher.

Update2: Microsoft Exchange Calendar Update Tool

Gerrard came up with an issue.  The tool will not install on a workstation if you have the Exchange 5.5 Admin tool installed on it. (not tested it with any other flavours of Exchange yet.  Let me know)

It looks like the tool is checking the HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftExchange registry key. 

Gerrard renamed the key and the install worked.  He then renamed it back :-|


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Let it Snow

Well it snowed in London today and I thought I would share some photos for you! 

I really do love snow

As you can see the local council didn’t bother with gritting the road outside my house.  It was very comical watching people drive this morning



I also took the opportunity to build a Snow Cat ;-)

And finished off with a Snow Family ;-)


Also can you believe it, a group of kids thought it would be a really good idea to beat my Snow Familiy up and knock the head off … But I remade them :-D

February 2007 cumulative time zone update for Microsoft Windows operating systems

WHAT YOU MUST BE JOKING … a newer patch! http://support.microsoft.com/?id=931836 

So companies have been testing the “old” one and now have to do it all again!

Starting in the spring of 2007, daylight saving time (DST) start and end dates for the United States will transition to comply with the Energy Policy Act of 2005. DST dates in the United States will start three weeks earlier, at 2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday in March. DST will end one week later, at 2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November.

The update that this article describes changes the time zone data to account for the DST change for the United States. This update also includes other DST-related changes, time zone-related changes, and settings-related changes. Some of these changes will occur in 2007. Some of these changes have occurred since the products that are listed in the “Applies To” section were originally released. The update that this article describes is a cumulative update rollup that includes all the changes that were previously released in Microsoft Knowledge Base articles 928388 and 929120. This update also describes some additional changes since the last cumulative update in Microsoft Knowledge Base article 928388.