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Kicking the tyres on this old blog site. Sadly some/all of the images seem broken, and categories have lost their names: issues from the blog transfer from Community Server to WordPress. Not sure it is worth the effort to try to fix, so instead I gave the site a splash of new paint 😉 Now the […]

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Apple and Neil Armstrong

Last week Neil Armstrong passed away. He was part of an era in which innovation truly thrived. Profoundly back in 1969 he said “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” . The space race drove innovation and invention. There were so many spin-offs, especially in technology. Fast forward more than forty […]

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Nokia adds vcard support to Windows Phone 7.5

Recently Nokia rolled out a couple of updates for Lumia owners including an OS update that provides tethering support for Lumia 800’s, and some cool camera extras that provides a great group photo merge.  Nokia also released a “Contacts Share” application that provides vcard support for sharing contacts. Install Nokia’s Contact Share, and next time […]

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Outlook 2013 preview and @live accounts

In the Office 2013 preview, Outlook doesn’t automatically setup @Live email accounts.  I’m guessing this is just an oversight in the preview. To work around this you need to set up the account manually and specify the server as m.hotmail.com In the Add Account screen select “Manual ….   In the next screen select Exchange […]

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Why isn’t Windows Phone 8 an update for Nokia Lumia’s ?

Yesterday’s announcement of Windows Phone 8 not being an upgrade for the latest Nokia phones, including Lumia 800, 900 et al, has been met understandably with both disappointment and anger from many existing handset owners. I’ve also seen some articles/comments that suggest it is needed for the greater good; articles which clearly missed what WP8 […]

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Windows 8, actually.

The North American TechEd videos are online now. The keynote from Day 2 is about Windows 8 and is worth watching. Actually, whilst watching the day 2 keynote see if you can count the times “actually” is used, actually        I guess it’s better than “So…” Biggest moment of irony in the video is when […]

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Windows 8 mail app

My first impressions of the windows 8 mail application … Accounts : The mail app seemed to work straight away with my @live account, and looks like it will offer good synchronisation with multiple accounts however I am unable to get the “accounts” charm to stay open when running in a VMWare VM, so haven’t […]

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Why a little bit of VB is a bad bad thing

Scott Hanselman posted about VB6 and showed a snippet of code : Public Function Fib(ByVal n As Integer) As Integer     Fib = IIf (n < 2, n, Fib(n-1) + Fib(n-2)) End Function What Scott probably didn’t realize that the IIF function in VB (both VB6 and later) is a Function not an operator. That […]

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Lightswitch suddenly becomes relevant

The LightSwitch team announced that LightSwitch will render to HTML5 + javascript. This is huge in expanding and liberating the client requirements including mobile devices !! see the LightSwitch team blog for more details ..

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What I’d really like in a phone

The software a phone runs is important but the hardware is even more so. My current day to day phone is the Lumia 800, and the previous one was a HTC mozart. To me the difference is massive. The lumia has a much better display, better reception (which is really important to me), and better […]

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