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It's all fun and games here in the investment banking word...


Since I now have a smartphone with Windows Moblie 5 on it, I thought it would be silly not to play with it and just use it as a phone.
And so I did.
And so it broke.
Installing Good Link Mobile Messaging is reasonably simple and easy and I've done it before.
You make sure you have the correct GPRS settings from your network provider, go to the relevant Good website on the device, download the correct software, install, configure and use the license key you get when you were provisioned on the server. It all went well until I discovered that my colleague had provisioned my Exchange 2003 mailbox rather than my Exchange 5.5 mailbox.
Not a problem, I'll just do it myself and do it right.
And so I did.
Except, I didn't remove the existing Good Link software as I thought it would be clever enough to overwrite the existing software.
Needless to say that wasn't the case...
The device now refuses to go further than the boot screen where it seems to initialise GPRS and the phone software but not start the GUI properly.
A soft reset essentially just re-boots the device and didn't do sweet FA and for some reason a Hard Reset which is meant to wipe all data + software off of it and restore it to a pristine factory condition doesn't work.
Nevermind, this is a good lesson and I will find a solution.
In the meanwhile I'll be using my Nokia 6230i as my phone.

Active Sync is, as I said, an absolutely swine. I can get it to work once at home and to get it to work again I need to wipe the device. Bloody useless.
When I plug it in, it activates, pretends to try to sync and just does nothing no matter how long I wait. Quite annoying. I will look more into this at some later stage and probably end up looking for alternatives...
It's working fine in the office though, but here I have a proper grown-up mailserver which seems to make it happy. I have of course gone through the helpfiles and set-up both the device and Active Sync as suggested to make it work with a home based Outlook that just has a pst file to work with, but no dice...

Installing the Blackberry Enterprise Server is not fun. First I had what I thought was SQL errors, but turned out to be Exchange 2003 related.
When an enterprise level application says that there is a database error and this application is heavily reliant on an SQL database I think it's forgiveable to make that assumption.
As an aside, it's funny to see two indians taking the piss out of each other. Especially when one of them are about the size of [livejournal.com profile] fayeshine and the other is like a big version of Samwise.
Anyway, it turned out that the Exchange 2003 servers RAID array which hosted the storage groups had melted. That would certainly break Exchange 2003...
After that got fixed I then had to fight my way through the Blackberry Technical Knowledge Center trying to find a solution.
Again no dice, so I'm now waiting for T-Mobiles Technical Helldesk to parse our logfiles and see if they can figure out what's wrong.
Woe.

I caved in and bought a Creative Zen Vision:M. It was too pretty, too siny and too comfortably big to pass up. I had to have it...
And it should be arriving tomorrow...

My knife set is currently with Parcel Force who wanted me to pay Customs charges before they'll deliver. That has now been paid and hopefully it will be with me by the weekend...

I finally got rid of World of Warcraft. Again.
It's a time sink beyond belief and I'm glad it's gone.
I now have one machine that functions as my fileserver, imaginatively called [Server], one machine for e-mailing, LJ'ing browsing and so on called [Nurgle]. This machine could theoratically play WoW if I turned all programs off and ran WoW at all the lowest possible settings. And it would still not be good to play... The machine I used to play WoW on, formerly called [Slaanesh], and my other Compaq which used to be called [Khorne] (Anyone see a theme here?) now both have Windows Server 2003 on them and soon they will be introduced to Exchange Server 2003.
I will really put my head down and get those darned exams over and done with...

This will be helped by the bill I just received for my dental work. £990...
I will be having a quiet October I think, so don't expect to see me out too often next month.
Shame really, especially since I had just started looking for a decent NAS...

And now I'm off to see Blind Guardian...
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Bedlam DL 3...
Quite an amusing little story about how the messaging engineers at MS screwed up just a little.
Icidentally, so did the same development team here that screwed up yesterday, so when I came in today our mailservers had again been brought to their knees.
/sigh

My new phone is pleasing so far.
I have managed to get some software called AvantGo to run on it.

It pulls down news from various sources that I specify and I can then read the articles later offline when I'm commuting.
Very nifty and very handy. It actually makes me want to spend more time on the tube :)

Synchronising it is a swine though.
Microsofts Actuive Sync 4.2 will only allow me to Sync with one pc per type of item being synced.
This means that if I sync my contacts at work, I can't also sync them at home. Naturally this pisses me off as I have so far been used to using my phone to keep my contacts synced between home and work.
I could of course remove the sync settings each time I get to work or get home so it won't know that I'm being naughty, but bitter experience tell me that that will cause all my contacts to be duplicated >_<
So, the hunt is on for a free piece of software that will sync my Outlook contacts, notes, calendar and tasks between multiple Outlooks and my device...

For those of you looking for something to replace your Blackberries, this devide is the canines cojones.
When I got it Friday we immediately put my Crackberry SIM in it and put the necessary software on it.
It was a delight to be working with e-mail on this device compared to my BB.
Definitely something to bring to the attention of whoever holds the purse strings. And if they aren't loosening, see if you can get a device to try out for free from your account manager with whichever telecomms provider you have and give it to the bean counters, you'll have your device soon enough then :)

I still have to get used to the handwriting recognition software, but that will come in time...
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Got my new toyphone...

And it's shiny and pretty :)
lpetersson: (Default)
Oooohhhh, the new Blackberry is pretty...
Shinieeeeeee.
Me magpie, me wants...

On the other hand, I won a HTC Qtek 200/O2 XDA/i-Mate JAMin on e-bay.
Go me...

And not only that, but I won in the office as well. I have been drooling over that phone for over a week, and when I was winning it I had two of my colleagues riveted to the screen to watch me when.
I think they were more excited than me :)
One of them then said 'Ha, I'll get us some of those from T-Mobile faster than you get yours from thwe states'...
He then got on the phone to our account manager at T-mobile who immediately asked when they would get the last set of 'loan devices' back...
Muahahahaaaaaaaa, I win again...

Other than that, I'm pretty tired of my Nokia N70 and I think I might switch back to my 6230i until I get my new phone.

It's then time for me to sell the N70 on e-bay...

I'm feeling strangely good at the moment.
And I still live in a strange Leonard Cohen song like coocoon...
It's a bit weird...
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Ooooohhhh, I really want this or this.
It's the same phone but those two auctions might end at a price I'm comfortable with...

One of my colleagues have one and damn it's gorgeous.
I'm currently pretty tired of my Nokia N70 and I think that will be my last Nokia for some time. I'm even thinking of going back to my 6230i...

I actually meant to post this yesterday, but I forgot to hit 'Post Entry' so I posted it now that I'm in work...

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