AstraSync – Activesync for Blackberry

I saw this on Jason’s Blog .. AstraSync is scheduled to be released in July 2008 at $49 for a one mailbox 12 month subscription. You can register your interest by filling in the form below. Once you have submitted your details our sales team will contact you to provide further information on the product and release date.

Could be an interesting “cure” to all the users having OoO issues with BES & Exchange 2007 .. as long as the price is right!  Would be good to see it in action


AstraSync™ is a new software plug-in for BlackBerry® Smartphones that performs two-way over-the-air synchronization of email, calendar and contact data with a Microsoft Exchange 2007 or MailSite Fusion server.

AstraSync does this by implementing the Exchange ActiveSync and DirectPush protocols.

AstraSync can be downloaded over-the-air and runs silently in the background on the BlackBerry® Smartphone.

Users can configure the name of the ActiveSync server, their username and password and can select which data they wish to synchronize.


  • Synchronizes email, calendar and contacts over-the-air
  • Supports Exchange ActiveSync
  • Supports Exchange DirectPush
  • Supports secure https connection
  • Works with Microsoft Exchange 2007
  • Works with MailSite Fusion
  • Over-the-air download
  • Requires a simple one-time configuration

HP OCS Sizing tool

Just in case you missed this, Brett posted yesterday.

So for the Microsoft Unified Communications (UC) on HP Active Answers go here:

Found the Exchange link too ;-)

The Microsoft Exchange Server link on HP Active Answers is here: 

Exchange 2003 Whitepapers:

The Samsung Omnia i900

Ohh, could THIS be my new mobile?  I found a mini review in stuff magazine last night

Check out Samsung’s site here:

So iPhone 2.0 or the Omnia .. a lot of reviews around comparing the two, and putting the users in two camp … either with Apple/Jobs or Microsoft/Gates.  The thing that puts me off an iPhone is that I dont want to join O2 I want to stay with T-Mobile, so that puts the iPhone on the back burner unless I can get a dodgy one from the states.  But the Omnia looks niiiiiiiiice




Height (mm)



Width (mm)



Depth (mm)



Weight (g)




3.5 Inch 480×320

3.5 Inch WQVGA (400×240)


8gb or 16gb

8gb or 16gb + microSDHC


UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)

HSDPA 7.2 mbps

GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 (Quad-Band)

WCDMA: 900/2100 (Dual-Band)

Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)

Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11g)

Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR

Bluetooth (2.2)


Assisted  GPS

Embedded GPS


2.0 megapixels

5 mega-pixels (auto-focus)


AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 1, 2, and 3), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV



FM Radion (RDS)


M4V, MP4, MOV, H.264

Divx, Xvid, MP4, WMV,H.263, H.264





MMS (with video)


E-mail (POP3, SMTP, IMAP4 & Exchange)


Instant Messaging (MSN)


More on Taylor Woodrow

They seem to have been in the press a lot this week.  Well I say a lot, I have seen 3 seperate articles, Computing, Computerweekly and this.  They seem to be “bleeding” edge by moving email and application sharing out to the “Cloud”

I wonder what the users think of it?


Taylor Woodrow has moved its 1,800 staff onto Google Apps for email and other services, estimating it will save £1m per year in the process.

The construction division of Taylor Wimpey has embraced software as a service by adopting Google Apps Premier Edition to improve mobility and flexibility for its workers.

Staff are now using Google Mail along with the Docs, Calendar and Sites services, all of which is hosted by Google, removing the need to install or maintain the technology on site.

The company predicts it could save around £1m in terms of up front costs with each of the 1,800 licences costing just £25 per year for 25GB of storage. These costs are also predictable due to Google not charging extra as new features are added.

Previously, the company was using HP’s Open Mail which offered little flexibility especially for clients and contractors who often use other people’s machines.

TechNet Webcast: High Availability in Exchange Server 2007 SP1 (Part 2 of 2): Disaster Recovery and SCR Deep Dive (Level 300)


Event Name: TechNet Webcast: High Availability in Exchange Server 2007 SP1 (Part 2 of 2): Disaster Recovery and SCR Deep Dive (Level 300)
Event ID: 1032381322
We have rescheduled this event for the following date:
Date: 08/15/2008
Start Time: 09:30 AM Pacific

Originally scheduled for 31st July 2008

iPhone 3g

So Ari isn’t too bitter that o2 messed things up big style and he wont get his until next week, but the news on the web is quite amusing.

This is funny (in a strange kinda way) iPhone 3G: UK gets long wait as O2 systems fail

Check this guy our: One-man queue for iPhone 3G in the UK love the sleeping bag  But was it worth it, “Sadly, Sunil doesn’t even intend to buy an iPhone 3G. Instead, he is hoping to sell his first-place spot in the queue via eBay.” and he did for £41 and 10% will go to Oxfam, so he only got £36.90!  I wonder if he works for the sleeping bag company :-o

Top Ten 3G iPhone beaters

So the iPhone 3g is out today, but if you can’t get one Reg Hardware have an alternative list of phone for you ;-)


10: Motorola Z10
 9: Palm Treo 500v
 8: Samsung SGH-F700
 7: Motorola Moto Q 9h
 6: HTC Touch Diamond
 5: Nokia N78
 4: HTC Touch Dual
 3: Nokia N81 8GB
 2: O2 XDA Orbit 2
 1: Check the website out ;-)