Great video interview with Elon Musk.
Great video interview with Elon Musk.
Looks like Amazon released the Jobs Biography a bit early. I pre-ordered the book, and it is now showing up in my Kindle books.
It might be a long night, looking forward to this book.
I was debating on getting the new iPhone 4s- I wondered if the speed and Siri really made the upgrade worthwhile. Short Review: YES! Siri Rocks!
I decided availability would be the deciding factor for me, if I could get a 4s without waiting in line, I would. Turned out I missed the morning rush at the AT&T store, and walked right in. I was expecting to be told a 3-5 week wait (like their website said), but the rep said they had “plenty” in stock (NOTE: If you are looking for an iPhone 4s and are in the Raleigh,NC area, hit up the North Hills AT&T store – they have some, no wait!)
Anyway, fast forward a few hours, Siri and the speed make the upgrade great. Web pages are snappy and crisp now. No more delays while the rendering happens (my iPhone 4 even took a while on WiFi for most page rendering). A great Purchase, highly recommended if you do any browsing at all.
And then there is Siri. It is amazing how good the recognition is. It understands almost everything and generally just does what you need it to, without learning some complex syntax for speaking to it. Apple has done a great job with this, and I expect to see it get even better over the next several months based on how they see people using it (Siri data is sent back to Apple’s servers for processing so they know what people are asking/expecting Siri to do). I can’t wait to get my hands on the Siri API / SDK – I’m really hoping Apple starts to expose some of this soon.
In additional to the cool functionality (I won’t iterate it here, Apple does a good job in the promo videos), it seems that the Siri team hid a few Easter eggs in the app. Here are a few of the funny ones I’ve seen so far..Enjoy!
Disclaimer - I work for MS, but have no inside knowledge of the commercials. These are just some random (personal) thoughts we came up with at lunch today
So we have some theories we’ve been tossing around on the new Microsoft Ads…Everyone in the new ad represents something…
What else?? Is this where they are heading? Did we get it right? PS- Yea, I know, it’s been forever since I’ve blogged – I *really* need to get back into it!
Like everyone else, I’ve been excited about the iPhone. But, one of the major drawbacks for me has been the lack of integration with Microsoft Exchange server for syncing email, appointments and contacts over the air (OTA) without a physical cradle connection – as my smartphone does today (and has for the past several years).
Well, it looks like that may have changed, Mary Jo Foley is speculating that Apple has licensed the Exchange ActiveSync protocol from Microsoft. Though neither Apple nor Microsoft has confirmed this, sounds like a good sign. A little further digging tonight, and I see that Walt Mossberg confirms this rumor, by briefly mentioning:
Email: The iPhone can connect with most popular consumer email services, including Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, EarthLink and others. It can also handle corporate email using Microsoft’s Exchange system, if your IT department cooperates by enabling a setting on the server.
Sounds like great news for geeks everywhere who want the coolest new phone, but still need the business tools they have come to expect such as push email and OTA sync. I still won’t be camping out at the Apple/AT&T store, but the iPhone is looking better and better to me.
Now if we could just get a REAL SDK……
[UPDATE] – Looks like the initial Exchange support is just through IMAP, which works OK at best. Hopefully the ActiveSync rumor is really true!
I havent decided if I really want an iPhone yet, as there are a few features my WinMobile smartphone has, that the iPhone does not – namely Exchange server integration, a big one for me. Either way, I’m sure I’ll visit the Apple or AT&T store next week to check them out.
just finished up the 2nd Beta for PhotoSync for WHS. (See this postfor an overview of what PhotoSync is)
The new version has several tweaks, bug fixes and the following enhancements, based on community feedback:
Other notes and changes:
Please enjoy, and send your feedback!
** Update Feb 26 2012 **
Download links were lost in blog migration. Updated links are here:
TechRepublic also has a nice install guide for PhotoSync here (This is from PhotoSync Beta1, so some screenshots will be different)
Even when the install steps are pretty straight-forward, a nice guide always helps. Sean Morton over at TechRepublic has done a nice step by step install guide, with screen shots, of my PhotoSync for WHS application.
Nice job, Thanks Sean! (One less thing I have to do )
The WHS server team released RC1 this weekto all the beta testers. This is a huge milestone for the product, as it is now ‘feature complete’.
Just a few more bug fixes (it’s never really just a few on any software project, but I bet they are getting close), and houses around the world will be able to sleep well knowing their data is all safe and sound. As added bonuses, they have now opened the beta to anyone who would like to try WHS, AND I will be putting ou a new relese of PhotoSync for WHS real soon!
If you have an unused PC lying around, I would highly reccomend giving WHS a look.