Why the Treo 700w has already paid for itself

So late Thursday afternoon we got our first Treo 700w and I configured it for our network.  I saw it was sync’ing wirelessly with Exchange, and left it at that.  It isn’t my phone (I know, I know – I’ve got to get a couple more months out of mine before I upgrade – which just hurts).  Anyway – since it isn’t my phone, I didn’t take a look at what all it was synchronizing.  Taking a closer look Friday afternoon, I discovered that not only had it synchronized Amy’s contacts in her Exchange mailbox, it had also synchronized all of our contacts from CRM 3.0!  No special configuration, nothing – they’re just there.  I’ve gotta give kudos to the WM5 team, or the CRM team, or both – because that just ROCKS!


Now there is a mobile client for CRM 3 in the works that will give you access to additional CRM info on your WM5 device – it just hasn’t been released yet.  But I’ve gotta tell ya, having CRM contact info sync automatically is killer . . .  

SBS, SSL Certs and Verizon’s Treo 700w

So, there has been a decent amount of rumblings about the new Palm Treo 700w from Verizon Wireless (running Windows Mobile 5.0) – and it’s apparent inability to sync with SBS.


Sean has a good post outlining how Windows Mobile 5.0 has changed how it handles certificates.  The good news is that if you’re using self-signed certificates with your SBS, you can get your Treo 700w to sync wirelessly with your Exchange server.  As proof, I just did this myself – configured a new 700w for one of our internal users to sync with our SBS, and we’re using a self-signed certificate.


The trick is to install both your self-signed certificate ( <A href="file://\\\\<your_sbs\ClientApps\SBSCert ) AND your CA certificate (publishing.company.local –  check out  <A href="file://\\\CertEnroll”>\\<your_sbs>\CertEnroll ).  Copy these two .cer files to your device using ActiveSync.  Then on your device, use FileExplorer to browse to the folder where you copied the certs, and double-click to install each.  Voila!  You’re good to go . . .


Now, there has been some talk that WM5 doesn’t trust as many Certification Authorities (CAs) as regular ol’ Windows.  As a result, if you have purchased an SSL cert from a CA, there is a chance that CA may not be trusted by WM5.  In that case, you’re not going to be able to sync with your Exchange, since you won’t have access to the CA cert to manually install it on your WM5 device.  However, you could always convert to a self-signed cert and get it to work that way

Those dirty, rotten, bastages . . .

So, as many people know, New Year’s Eve was my 30th birthday.  Well, my parents wanted to take me out to dinner, and my aunt and uncle were going to come along since my aunt’s 50th birthday was a week ago, but she was sick at the time and didn’t do anything for her birthday.  We were meeting at my aunt & uncle’s house around 6:30 – and I figured with it being New Year’s Eve, we probably wouldn’t be done eating much before 9 – then maybe just do whatever the rest of night.  (Which translated means go home, settle into my recliner and watch tv ).


I was out and about that afternoon, so I decided to just head over to my aunt & uncle’s early – so I got there around 5.  Well at about 6:30 the front door opens and Steve (one of my biz partners) walks in and I discover that there’s actually a suprise birthday party for me . . .    But make no mistake – this wasn’t your typical surprise party . . .  no sir  –  this was a kick ass rolling surprise party .  You see, Amy & Steve rented *the* limBUSine from VIP Limo here in town . . .    yep – a charter bus decked out as a limo – leather couches, hardwood floors, laser lights, full A/V (including a 52″ LCD TV mounted on the back wall), coolers, a restroom and capacity for up to 40 people:





SO – I walked outside, got on the bus and found a few familiar faces – besides Amy & Steve, we also had Jeremy (our account manager) and his wife, two friends of theirs and Kasey – my best friend from high school.  My aunt, uncle, and cousins got on the bus and we made our way through southwest Iowa – stopping to pick up my parents, brothers, a few more cousins, as well as a few more friends from high school and college.  We eventually made our way to one of my favorite restaurants – The Redwoods Steak House in Anita, IA.  This is one of those old-fashioned steak houses that has been around forever, and most times you’re full before your meal ever comes thanks to the huge relish trays, pickled herring, warm fresh bread and the absolute BEST onion rings anywhere.  After dinner, we made our way back to Walnut (where I grew up & my parents still live) and stopped in to Glenn’s Pub where I ran into some other old friends and classmates from high school.


The highlight of Glenn’s (for everyone else anyway) involved my birthday cake – a.k.a the boob cake (you can use your imagination ).  Well, it started with someone wanting a picture of me with the cake, and ended with my face being pushed firmly into the cake . . .  so there are a number of pictures now of my face completely covered with frosting . . .  I cleaned up best I could, but it was so bad that when I finally did get home around 2:30 – I had to take a shower before I went to bed to get the then dried frosting out of my hair, and my ears, and . . .


Anyway – as midnight approached we got back on the bus for champagne and never made it back in the bar before we started our retrun trip.  All in all it was a great night . . .  the limbusine absolutely rocks, and was perfect – it was very comfortable, big enough for everyone to move around, with the on-board A/V we had our own entertainment (including a DVD of pictures of me growing up that my mom & my aunt put together, and music from mix CDs that Amy burned), and the coolers were strategically placed so that a nice, ice-cold adult beverage was always within reach .  I’m thinking about suggesting this becomes a New Year’s tradition . . .