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This Site Has Moved… January 2, 2006

Posted by Gary Slinger in Blackberry, Blogging, Family, GTD, ITIL, microsoft.com, MindMapping, Office Live, Process, Random Observations, RSS, Technology, Time Management, To Watch, Uncategorized, Windows Live.
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I needed  the flexibility and functionality that running my own installation affords, no matter how good the hosting here at wordpress.com is.  So, please check out my new site for any future posts.  You can also subscribe to the new RSS feed here.

Patent Office “Heads Up” on Decision re. RIM/NTP Patents December 21, 2005

Posted by Gary Slinger in Blackberry, Technology.
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U.S. Patent Office Likely to Back BlackBerry Maker – New York Times

The technology patents at the heart of an infringement lawsuit by NTP against Research In Motion, the maker of the BlackBerry wireless e-mail device, are likely to be struck down by the United States patent office, both companies said on Monday, a move that would be a setback for NTP.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office took the unusual step of notifying the companies that it expected to reject the five patents held by NTP in its final rulings.

The office has issued preliminary rejections of all five wireless e-mail patents in the past. The final rulings may come by mid-February, earlier than expected.

“The patent owner’s arguments are deemed nonpersuasive,” said the patent office document, which was received last week but dated Nov. 30. “The next office action is expected to be a final rejection of all current claims.”

Good news for Blackberry users. Of course, we need to keep an eye on what happens in the lawsuit separately, but it’s pretty hard to say “they infringed our patents”, if those patents are ruled invalid by the USPTO…

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Another Patent Rejected in the RIM/NTP Battle December 16, 2005

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From Blackberry Cool:

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected a second NTP Inc. patent in what it described as a non-final action. The patent, 5,625,670, is one of five at the center of the long-running patent dispute between NTP and Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry wireless handheld device. It’s the second time in a matter of weeks that the PTO has issued a “non-final? rejection of an NTP patent.

Another step in the right direction.

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RIM-NTP Lawsuit – The Timeline December 15, 2005

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RIM/NTP Lawsuit – Blackberry Shutdown? December 2, 2005

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New Category – Blackberry December 2, 2005

Posted by Gary Slinger in Blackberry, Blogging, Technology.
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I’ve added “Blackberry” as a sub-category to “Technology”, as I seem to be writing about it regularly.  I’m going to go back and update previous posts to reflect this category, in addition to “Technology”.  Hopefully, that won’t push those back out to the RSS feed – sorry if it means you get dupes; it’s just a one-off correction.

RIM, NTP and Lawsuits – More News November 30, 2005

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Reviewing Meebo November 26, 2005

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Mind-Mapping November 22, 2005

Posted by Gary Slinger in MindMapping, Process, Technology.
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My friend and colleague Ant posts about Mindmapping, with the observation “I was introduced to the concept by a colleague a few months ago and now I’m hooked.”. What he neglects to mention is his original assessment of the technique – “oh no, Gary’s on another management fad!”. Just thought I’d call him out on it 😉

Glad you’ve come around to this stuff Ant – I don’t think a day goes by at the moment that I don’t do some form of mindmap. Not always as formal as a MindManager produced version, maybe just a back-of-the-envelope one, but it definately helps with the thought process.

And if you haven’t already seen it, you might want to look at the browser plugin for MindManager.

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OneNote Mobile November 22, 2005

Posted by Gary Slinger in microsoft.com, Technology.
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OK, so, if the RIM/NTP lawsuit goes in favor of NTP, and RIM actually does have to close down US operations (getting more unlikely, given the recent brief filed in interest by the US DOJ), this might be enough to make me happier about moving to a Windows Mobile device again.

Enter OneNote Mobile. OneNote Mobile is your portable extension to OneNote that you get when you purchase OneNote. You install it on your Windows Mobile SmartPhone (this is semi-automatic so it is low hassle) and you’re good to go. A few weeks ago, David Siedzik, the program manager for OneNote Mobile showed it to the mobile devices MVPs who were on campus and actually got a standing ovation! Read on to find out why.

When we shipped the syncing feature for mobile devices in OneNote 2003SP1, we had a few constraints that limited us to simply one-way sync (device to PC). A big one was that the built-in note applet was not designed with OneNote in mind, so it couldn’t handle our data unless it were “dumbed down” to plain text more or less. We didn’t have dev resources then to build our own SmartPhone client so that limitation wasn’t going away. We also found that most people were interested in the “upload” scenario, although plenty were also interested in bringing their data with them. So we did the relatively cheap thing which let you take notes on your device and see them in OneNote.

OneNote Mobile goes way beyond that. It is a real note taking app for your mobile device. You can take text notes, voice record, or snap them with a camera. It has a cool picture viewer for navigating the image in detail.

Goodies:

  • Two-way sync
  • Note flags
  • Most formatting is transparent between OneNote and OneNote Mobile
  • Image pan and zoom
  • Photo note taking.   Merging the analog and digital worlds in Chris Pratley’s words, and expounded on some here.

No PocketPC version at the moment – there’s several “votes” for that functionality in the comments of the source post, so that may change – you never know.

I’m a satisfied Blackberry user, but I also make a lot of use of OneNote as part of my personal GTD methodology, using OneNote as a primary capture device during meetings, brainstorm sessions, and so forth.  Being able to use it in a mobile fashion…  That’d be useful.

Microsoft – Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE) November 22, 2005

Posted by Gary Slinger in microsoft.com, Technology, To Watch.
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Ray Ozzie on the above.

An extension to RSS intended to facilitate the sharing of data between disparate applications, such as calendar data between private, corporate and public calendar objects. Sounds like a better method than iCal at first blush. Be interesting to see what comes of this. The draft spec (0.9) for the extension is here. From the FAQ, this isn’t limited to calendar data though:

Just as RSS enables the aggregation of information from a variety of data sources, SSE enables the replication of information across a variety of data sources. Data sources that implement SSE will be able to exchange data with any other data source that also implements SSE.

From the user’s perspective, this means that you will be able to share your data (such as calendar appointments, contact lists, and favorites) across all of your devices and with anyone else that you choose, regardless of infrastructure or organization.

SSE is particularly useful for scenarios in which there are multiple masters and/or asynchronous updates. For example, SSE could be used to share your work calendar with your spouse—either of you could enter new appointments, even if not currently connected. Similarly, SSE could be used to replicate a set of calendar entries among a group of people, each working in a different company and using different infrastructure.

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RIM/NTP Lawsuit – RIM “Workaround” November 20, 2005

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TVTAD – Bittorrent and RSS for Television November 16, 2005

Posted by Gary Slinger in RSS, Technology.
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http://www.tvtad.net/

“TVTAD is an RSS feed reader with support for unlimited feeds. It will automatically download newly released TV episodes that have been added to your favorites.”

Gary’s thoughts on bittorrent and TV, and the views the cable companies might have: guys, I’ve already paid for this stuff.  I could have watched House last night; or I could have set my DVR to record it.  Let’s say I forgot.  And I get a torrent of it.  What’s the big deal?  Make this stuff available on line for me to download directly from you, pretty please?

Movie torrents, music torrents – OK, that’s a whole different kettle of fish.

There’s a news article “The day the broadcast died” that might be of interest.

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Microsoft Windows Desktop Search – Enterprise November 16, 2005

Posted by Gary Slinger in microsoft.com, Technology.
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Announced at the IT Forum, from the press release:

The availability of Windows Desktop Search enabled for enterprise deployment. Windows Desktop Search enables information workers to save time by providing a single search starting point from which people can quickly find relevant information on their PC desktops, in e-mail, on network file shares, or across intranets and the Web.

  • Extending Windows Desktop Search to the enterprise offers IT managers a free enterprise search tool that is integrated with familiar environments such as Windows and Office. IT managers can easily and securely manage, customize and deploy Windows Desktop Search across all the PCs in their enterprise environment using Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) or third-party deployment tools.
  • Windows Desktop Search enabled for enterprise deployment delivers on the vision for Windows Live™ by providing the future opportunity to build services on top of the desktop platform.
  • Windows Desktop Search enabled for enterprise deployment is available today free with a purchase of a Windows license.
  • Windows Desktop Search can be integrated with familiar environments such as Office, Microsoft Office SharePoint® Portal Server, other third-party enterprise products.

 

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Exchange 12 – 64-bit Only November 16, 2005

Posted by Gary Slinger in microsoft.com, Technology.
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From the IT Forum Press Release:

As part of its commitment to 64-bit computing, Microsoft has been delivering products that are optimized for 64-bit, including the newly released SQL Server™ 2005, Visual Studio® 2005 and Virtual Server 2005 R2. To help customers take full advantage of the power of 64-bit computing, products including Microsoft® Exchange Server “12,? Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, Windows Server™ “Longhorn? Small Business Server, and Microsoft’s infrastructure solution for midsize businesses, code-named “Centro,? will be exclusively 64-bit and optimized for x64 hardware. In a future update release to Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Server “Longhorn? operating system, code-named Windows Server “Longhorn? R2, customers will see the complete transition to 64-bit-only hardware, while still benefiting from 32-bit and 64-bit application compatibility. For the highest-scale application and database workloads, Windows Server on 64-bit Itanium-based systems will continue to be the premier choice for customers for years to come.

Heads up on the Virtual Server pricing stuff, same source:

As part of its broad strategy to help customers realize the benefits of virtualization and progress toward self-managing dynamic systems, Microsoft has released to manufacturing (RTM) Virtual Server 2005 R2, which will be available in volume licensing and retail the first week of December. Virtual Server 2005 R2 delivers improved performance, availability and scalability for server consolidation, legacy application migration, disaster recovery, and software testing and development. Microsoft will be offering Virtual Server R2 Standard Edition for $99 (U.S.) estimated retail price and Virtual Server R2 Enterprise Edition for $199 (U.S.) estimated retail price. This new pricing represents Microsoft’s commitment to making server virtualization more accessible to customers at the lowest price point.

 

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