Zune 30Gb ‘worldwide meltdown’

I went to grab my trusty 30Gb Zune today and it froze on startup – the “Zune” logo stayed stuck on the screen indefinitely. Hitting the web to look for techniques on how to reset the device yielded a few tips but nothing that solved my issue. I did spot that I wasn’t alone, however…

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What next for Windows Mobile?

I’ve been a big fan of Windows Mobile for years – ever since the original Orange SPV Smartphone, the ability to easily sync contacts & calendar onto the phone and the way Windows Mobile handles that data, is far more useful than email, IMHO. I even posted about a cool feature nearly 5 years ago…

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Updated LifeCam software

It’s not exactly “news”, since the Microsoft LifeCam web-camera driver & software package was updated a few months ago, but I only picked up the latest version the other day and it brought a few smiles when playing with it today, during a call with James Akrigg. The LifeCam software does real-time manipulation of the…

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How Microsoft can help you save money

There’s been much said & written about the credit crunch, the downturn, the recession – whatever you call it yourself, it means that the future’s looking a good bit less certain than it was, and pretty much everyone is tightening their belts and bracing themselves for whatever is coming. Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Turner,…

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Border Lines in Word & Outlook

OK, I’ve been bad. Let my blog – which I used to update fairly frequently, though not the multi-posts-per-day, at-any-hour-of-the-day type thing that Steve Clayton does. Maybe that’s why he wins awards and I don’t – wither and dry up. I got a new job about a year ago which means I’m now less hands-on…

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The biggest file I’ve ever seen – 3Tb PUB.EDB

Well I haven’t seen this for myself, but I was sent a screenshot of it. Actually, it was 3 different Exchange public folder servers, each of which had ~3Tb of public folder data… That’s scary and impressive in equal measure. Reminds me of some of the stories people posted in response to my How does…

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Tips for optimizing Vista on new hardware

Ed Bott over at ZDNet posted a really interesting article yesterday, detailing the journey he had of making his friend’s brand new Sony Viao laptop work properly with Windows Vista Business. In short, his friend upgraded a trusty old XP Vaio to a new machine which came with Vista, but had a terrible experience of…

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Tip for finding when an appointment was created

Here’s a tip for when you suspect someone has magicked up an appointment to coincidentally collide with an Outlook meeting request you sent them… In your own calendar (and other people’s), you can see when a meeting was scheduled (ie request was sent or created), as well as other facts (like when you accepted it)…

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Imperialism, Metric-centricity and Live Search

I’m a child of a mixed up time when it comes to measures and the likes. I am feet and inches tall, stones and pounds heavy, when it’s cold outside, it’s below zero degrees, but when it’s hot, it’s in the 80s. I learned small measurement in mms and cms, so have no real idea…

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Exchange 2007 clustering advice

I appreciate it’s been a while since I blogged last – a combination of "not much to talk about, really" with even more "no time to talk about it"… Anyway, a few questions came in the other day from a reader: –SCR and CCR seems to work with SAN and DAS. When DAS (direct attached…

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