Thursday, 02 December 2004

Click to go to the BES 4.0 info page (image from Research In Motion)

The other day, Research In Motion (RIM) announced the release of Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) v4.0 to their customers. The told us about it back in September, but it was not actually released until just recently. Exchange and Domino versions are available now.

What’s the big deal? LOTS.

Of primary interest to IT-types and end users alike is the fact that with the new version of the BES software, end user basically no longer need the Blackberry Desktop software at all anymore. All synchronization can be done wirelessly, or over the network with a small, easy to distribute application.

That means fast, easy setup of handheld devices. It also means that all handheld data can be backed up the the server, and that users can be given a passcode to type on any handheld along with their corporate email address to wirelessly provision and configure their Blackberry device.

There’s a bunch of improvements and enhancements, from security changes to better data access to more programmer tools... I’ll be doing an upgrade from v3.6 to v4.0 here very soon, so I’ll be sure to post my observations and thoughts when we are done with that little project.

One thing’s clear: RIM is getting things right. I’ve been working with BES for a number of versions (for four years now), and with each release the bar is raised significantly.

Now, in order to fulfill my gadget dream, all I need is a Windows Mobile device with a keyboard and the Blackberry Connect software installed. Hey Motorola, where’s that MPx???



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Mobile | Tech
Thursday, 02 December 2004 20:30:03 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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More about MSN Spaces... Robert Scoble pointed out a couple of videos they posted to the Channel 9 web site showing the MSN Spaces people and technology:

Robert (in his typical and valued own-worst-critic style) also points out that while Spaces does what it does pretty well, it's not really the tool for him. I think I agree, but I also believe, similar to Livejournal, that MSN Spaces is great for non-technical people looking to communicate online in this form.

A friend of mine, Chris Cook, who has his own computer support and technology business, just created his first blog on MSN Spaces. Looks like I need to add yet another feed to my RSS reader... Cool!



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Blogging | Tech
Thursday, 02 December 2004 13:48:24 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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I have been running a beta version of this app for several weeks now (and I really like it), but it looks like Microsoft/MSN has just published MSN Messenger v7 BETA to the general public.

So, if you’re a MSN Messenger user, you’ll probably drool over the new features. You can get it here.

(discovered from pretty much every other blog on the planet)



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Thursday, 02 December 2004 07:45:39 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Wednesday, 01 December 2004

MSN Spaces has just been launched. It’s pretty darn cool, and essentially it’s a fairly complete blogging tool from Microsoft/MSN. You’ll need a Passport account, but other than that, you just sign up and go for it.

In less than 10 minutes, I created and configured a weblog, posted to it, changed a bunch of setting and the layout, posted to it from my mobile device, and added a picture or two via the MSN photo upload control. RSS 2.0 syndication is included (but no standard RSS orange button, or use of the term “RSS” – interesting).

Not a bad start, will be interesting to see it evolve!

Within a fraction of a second after I submitted my request to create my Space, this email arrived in my grungy little Hotmail in-box:

Spaces

Congratulations!
You have created your own space on MSN Spaces.

Here is the web address for your space:

http://spaces.msn.com/members/greghughes/

To go to your new space now, use the above address.

To help protect your privacy, do not include any personal information (for example, your address, phone numbers, Social Security number, or credit card information) on your space.

Go to MSN Spaces
Go to your personal space

The layouts are about what you'd expect (nothing earthshattering, but solid and works well), and a number of standard templates are available:



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Blogging | Tech
Wednesday, 01 December 2004 20:31:57 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Jeremy Wright, a talented and well-known blogger, is auctioning himself on eBay:

“What do I get with this auction?

“This auction allows you to utilize this blogger for 3 months. He will produce between 5-10 posts a week. In addition, the blogger will work with you to see what potential there is for blogging for you and your company - in effect acting as a blogging consultant for you for the period.

“If it is a fit, the blogger is happy to negotiate a deal to make the position a more permanent contract position for a reasonable fee.

“Note: I have explained my reasons for doing this more fully at my blog.”



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Wednesday, 01 December 2004 14:32:11 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Tuesday, 30 November 2004

Philipp Lenssen has posted an excellent video tutorial on advanced Internet searching. Great for beginners and experienced people alike. I have been thinking about doing something like this (I am constantly asked about how to do advanced searching), but Philipp beat me to it. That’s good – my bandwidth use is already high enough on my web host!

http://blog.outer-court.com/archive/2004_11_28_index.html#110168128054808719

(via hdconsultants.us and Scoble’s linkbog)



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Tech
Tuesday, 30 November 2004 23:53:02 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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