* Posts by Mark Dowling

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Misty-eyed Ray Ozzie celebrates 25th birthday of Lotus Notes by tweeting about it ...

Mark Dowling

Re: Still some good things

agreed. Domino was great to administer from the back end and moving to Exchange meant having to find homes for other sorts of data Domino happily served up. Apart from a brief unhappiness running SLES8 which got fixed with kernel tuning, our install (2 Dominos replicating to each other plus one on Win32 to support BES) was pretty solid. Stuff like RSS enabled blogs brought to testing phase in an hour or two from receiving the templates.

Notes client largely a dogs breakfast of course and the failure to support roaming profiles for ages in the 8.5 code stream was a big minus. At least there was something you could do with the database look though, as opposed to Outlook's take it or leave it. Indexing was similar, great at the back end, nicely integrated into the DBs, but horribly at the front end, whereas Outlook/Exchange mostly reversed this paradigm in cached mode with Windows "Search".

Even now we keep one Domino spinning as we never fully trusted the quality of the conversion tools from Domino to Exchange, and it's good to go back to the "source" and see what the original looked like, plus now we have these enormous mail DBs where you largely hope they are in good shape rather than take a group of small ones offline and check them in Domino, or take the whole server down and leave the other machine take the load for a bit without much notice being taken. The other nice thing was the fix lists where you could make decent decisions about whether an upgrade was really worth it.

We had some unhappy meetings with our Dell Exchange 2007 consultant as he explained how replication worked in the MS world. A lot of "it really can't just...?" But we needed a Document Management System and the avalanche towards full support of Outlook/Exchange and a desultory implementation of Notes/Domino if at all had already started by then.

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Microsoft dangles carrot at SMEs, eases Windows 8 Enterprise licensing

Mark Dowling

Microsoft got greedy

And wanted you to be on the Software Assurance treadmill. If EE had been an upgrade earlier we might have gone with MS software encryption rather than FDE (at least on some machines), but it wasn't so we didn't.

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Apple's Windows XP moment: OS X Snow Leopard left to DIE

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For me, the issue isn't the booting of SL from support

It's KNOWING that it's been booted.

When Apple publish a Lifecycle site like Microsoft does, I'll believe they give a crap about enterprise. Instead they'll keep on doing what they are doing - using users to berate IT staff into supporting their "magic" OSes.

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American Idol host's keyboard firm smacks back against BlackBerry in patent spat

Mark Dowling

Shocked!

Ryan Seacrest is making cash by means of poor quality reproductions of others' work?

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UK sitting on top of at least 50 years of shale gas – report

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Stop

Is that map what ground water in the various areas will look like?

If the UK isn't watching carefully what's going on in the US - using diesel as a drill lubricant, claiming confidentiality about the contents of otther lubricants, where waste water from the process will be treated - there could be some unhappy times for the communities near the drill zones. Careful now.

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Microsoft to open Windows Stores inside 600 Best Buy locations

Mark Dowling
Meh

Logical extension of BestBuy's current business track

Judging by the way their website is going (baby beds? cosmetics?) it looks like BB wants to be a general department store now, and lots of those have embedded branded stores.

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Hitchhikers' Guide was WRONG, Earth is not in a galactic backwater

Mark Dowling
WTF?

Typical Terrans

Always trying to claim exceptionalism.

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Qualcomm app 'extends battery life' by analysing fandroids' privates

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Hope Blackberry give Qualcomm a holler

Having this baked into the BB10 OS rather than an app would be quite nice, and Z10/Q10 use Snapdragon so there is a business relationship there.

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Apple, Samsung and BlackBerry go to WAR... in the Pentagon

Mark Dowling

How restricted will the devices be?

Certification is one thing but how usable will the phones be in practice? Camera disabled? External storage disabled perhaps? SMS/BBM/iMessage allowed or not?

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BlackBerry and Apple pie this summer. Or BBM-onna-Droid

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iOS/Android BES10 Secure Work Spaces

I suspect that once the work was done to allow iOS and Android devices talk to Blackberry's SRP infrastructure, it was a trivial issue to slap in a UI on top of the transport stuff and thereby create a BBM app.

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Report: BlackBerry BYOD-ware doesn't pass UK.gov security test

Mark Dowling

Re: I suspect, based on other sources

Why would Blackberry bring out a phone with no camera, when disabling the camera has been a BES policy item for eons?

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Apple fixes iOS passcode-bypass hack with 6.1.3 update

Mark Dowling

Re: Jailbreaking

I'd prefer that Apple brought out an Enterprise version with a Blackberry 10 style boot process (ROM starts signed bootloader etc.) While there is a sort of enforcement via Airwatch or other MDMs, I think *corporate* iPhone buyers should be able to have a higher level of assurance that the phones they bought and pay the bills on can't be rooted.

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Microsoft begins automatic Windows 7 SP1 rollout

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Got asked to install VPN on a Win7 computer the other day

Windows update was disabled, RTM Windows, RTM Office etc. etc. How is SP1 going to get to people like that?

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Not so fast, BlackBerry. Now Samsung wants your tasty biz mobe pie

Mark Dowling
Meh

The more the merrier in the Enterprise space

If Samsung ups its game and especially gets going on some decent management tools, it forces RIM to keep innovating and Apple to do more than pretend they give a toss about corporate.

As for the SAFE models - these ones won't have a world-write driver permission just so the camera works... right?

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Former co-CEO Balsillie has cashed out all his BlackBerry stock

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""Whatever happens to Jim B from here on out, it won't make any difference to Blackberry."

Fixed.

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Ready or not: Microsoft preps early delivery of IE10 for Windows 7

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IE10 in corporate

Spellcheck in forms is nice. (Typed on IE10PPR/Win7SP1)

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BlackBerry Q10: This quirky QWERTY will keep loyalists perky

Mark Dowling

Re: HDMI output?

BB presentations on Docs to Go without having to buy a Blackberry Presenter gizmo, for one thing.

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Can BlackBerry survive? Well, the woods are still full of bear poo

Mark Dowling
WTF?

Don't know how you write a BB vs rest article without using "keyboard"

As a corp admin (140 BBs) if it wasn't for the rest of the "smart"phone world's refusal to recognise USER choice by refusing to look at movable or fixed physical keyboards and given RIM's decision to reinvent the BES wheel with BDS/ActiveSync forcing new expenditure on mobile device management either way, we might have gone to WinMo or iOS already. (Sorry Android, but you let a licencee create world-write permissions to get a camera working for gods sake). While we have kicked the tyres on Z10 the question here is: does Q10 bring it or do we look at some sort of iPhone + other-thing-with-a-keyboard device mix.

The productivity our firm gets from mobile devices is almost completely about email, with calendar and phone after that and the rest trivial. BBM is purely for personal (as demonstrated by it being on the "Personal" side of Balance because RIM didn't want to challenge Enterprise IM partnerships). Keyboards let the email maniacs bang out huge quantities of client contact - i.e. billable stuff. Of the tens of thousands of apps that are in apps stores only tens have any real benefit to a corporation rather than providing warm fuzzies to those who have mingled their personal data into their work environment (thus Blackberry Balance).

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BlackBerry 10: Good news, there's still time to fix this disaster

Mark Dowling

Re: Obviously this is a first look at the handset

funkeygibbon - no BES10 no Balance. I'd think hard before making that call. I had the same thinking as you before going to BEF yesterday but the Security session (Balance operates from AES256 file system, block on data transfer from "Work" to "Personal", BBM considered "Personal" etc.) was thoughtprovoking.

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Mark Dowling
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Should be made clear this is a consumer review

Because Balance is not mentioned. I was at Experience Forum yesterday and it was the BB10's biggest sell point for this enterprise admin. The ability to provision apps via BES10/AppWorld

Probably won't make any serious moves until April and Q10's appearance though. We just hired some iPhoners and gave them BB9900s as we never got around to certifying 9860s (they could keep their iPhones and dispose of them as they wished) - reaction of one was "well I do miss my iPhone but have to admit emails are easier on BB9900" - well, we pay you folks to type emails, so... I see the touchscreen evangelists all the time berating those who prefer keyboards and don't understand it - why not just let people use what's most productive for the use case the phone was purchased for?

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Microsoft teases IE10 for Win7 with Blocker Toolkit

Mark Dowling

Which version

The IE10 on Win7 will be the "desktop" version from Win8, but you'll need a Flash plugin rather than the Win8 built-in one. (Have been running the Preview release for a while now)

Not a total bed of roses - every so often I need to fire up Chrome to work around a site that crashes tabs or renders bizarrely.

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'Silent but deadly' Java security update breaks legacy apps - dev

Mark Dowling

Java 6

Oracle could have supported Java 6 indefinitely if they put the code support behind it. They just didn't want to. You can support any number of legacy products if you can be bothered (Windows XP) or not (virtually any consumer wireless router, it seems)

Even before JRE7u11 they had indicated that JRE6 updates would be run down.

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Surface left on shelves as world+dog slurps up small slates

Mark Dowling

maybe they could stop this "only for non-commercial use but there's a separate licence" bunk

Might persuade some corporates to buy a few.

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RIM is really in trouble when even Windows Phone 8 looks great

Mark Dowling

MDM != BES

My BES has pages and pages of policies that can be applied to Blackberry 5-7 devices. The MDMs I've seen offer perhaps one tenth the granularity. Until that changes, BES 10 is still a possibility at our shop.

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Microsoft has no plans for a second Windows 7 Service Pack

Mark Dowling

More rollups then

In the Exchange world there are SPs and rollups. Microsoft hasn't done much about rollups on the OS side, and they should. XP SP3 was basically SP2 with a rollup.

I think the more concerning point is that given the common codebase that means no more SPs for Server 2008R2, right?

I'm not saying Microsoft should issue 6 SPs like the NT days, or even 4 like Windows 2000 but not even 2 is a bit chintzy, especially since Win8 is likely to be as popular in corporate shops as Vista was.

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Top admen beg Microsoft to switch off 'Do Not Track' in IE 10

Mark Dowling

boohoo

"Microsoft appears determined to stop the collection of web viewing data. That is unacceptable."

To you. It is unacceptable to you.

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RIM reports more losses, lower sales, lots of cash

Mark Dowling

Re: Some (looking at you Curve) are too low end

"Mine doesn't even do 3G ffs." - that's what, a 4 year old 8310 or 8900 or something? Everything from 9000 on has done 3G.

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Re: No need to wait for the launch

The Reg doesn't do good news when it comes to RIM.

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RIM shares bounce on BlackBerry 10 optimism

Mark Dowling

Blackberry Balance

Is available for BB6/7 as well if you have BES 5.0 SP3. Haven't bothered trying it in our environment as yet though.

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Mark Dowling

Re: RIM hardware is usually good ...

Playbook doesn't run BB10, more like "BB9". Looking forward to actual BB10 with native Twitter, Cisco Anyconnect and so on.

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Google declares success for Kansas City gigabit broadband

Mark Dowling

Very differently phrased article on this subject elsewhere:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/10/us/in-one-city-signing-up-for-internet-becomes-a-civic-cause.html?_r=2&smid=tw-share

"in July, Google announced a process in which only those areas where enough residents preregistered and paid a $10 deposit would get the service, Google Fiber. While nearly all of the affluent, mostly white neighborhoods here quickly got enough registrants, a broad swath of black communities lagged."

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Foxconn: We're not FORCING interns to make iPhone 5

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wonder how much cash the universities are getting from Foxconn

I'm guessing quite a bit.

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Internet Explorer needs fresh dev infusion for a full recovery

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Maybe devs would work more enthusastically on ONE platform

Like IE10. The browser Win 7 is supposed to get but mysteriously MS is not talking about for anything other than Win 8.

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Facebook updates iOS app, still poking around for mobile dollars

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More native code

What say you, HTML5 people? Is Facebook just doing it wrong? I know the "HTML5" page Blackberry Playbooks access for Twitter is rubbish for one.

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Apple wins EU-wide Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 ban

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FAIL

Re: wtf?

"The first step in any dispute between international entities should be the selection of a single jurisdiction for the dispute."

Good luck getting the Americans and particularly the current group of paranoid teabaggers in Congress to sign up for that.

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Skype: Nearly half of adults don't install software updates

Mark Dowling

Give me Automatic Updates

and Permission Based Upgrades if you want to add cruft to my experience.

Updates should be security/bugfixes and NOTHING ELSE.

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Disable Gadgets NOW says Redmond

Mark Dowling

I had the indexing gadget

very handy. Clear for some time though that MS had lost all interest, and with google desktop gone so is any likelihood of that changing.

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'Proud' RIM supremo survives shareholder showdown

Mark Dowling
Meh

board re-elected

One of those "activist" shareholder blokes complained that they didn't bring new/better people onto the board. Here's a tip - NOMINATE SOME.

If I was there I would have addressed the Board as such - "hey fellas, when you guys initially announced BB10 you managed to make people think no keyboard devices would be launched. The backlash was swift and large. Even now you are still on track to launch touchscreen-only first, a device which irrespective of its merits will be written off by the likes of "Boy GeniuApple Report" as the third/fourth/fifth best touchscreen OS on the market (BGR will probably include Firefox Mobile along with iOS/Android/WinMo just because RIM doesn't make them feel special). Your failure to indicate a cost effective migration path from BES to Fusion isn't helping either, notwithstanding non binding sort of/maybe indications that there might be a way to transfer current "perpetual" BES CALs to BDS."

I have 130+ BBs in my charge. Zero touchscreen devices, because I get the models my users need. They type emails and manage their calendars. We uninstall Wikitude but install Blackberry Mobile Conferencing and Blackberry Travel. If they want to play Angry Birds, they make enough money to buy themselves an iPad (but since we're nice guys we leave Brickbreaker and Word Mole on there).

On a positive note, if Playbook is an indication, QNX will be a much nice OS for updates than the painful Java-BBOS. Update an BBOS app forces a reboot? In 2012?

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Arts & social-sci students briefly forced to do useful work at Foxconn

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"workshy students"

I take issue with some of the comments above. The student in question wasn't workshy - he simply resented being made to work for peanuts and for it to be deemed academic credit, especially since there was not even the thin veneer of being associated with a production management qualification. He wanted to get academic credit for doing UNIVERSITY COURSES and spend his vacation time WORKING on his family's farm. This is not the same as a UK student who just wants to spend the summer on Facebook and Cityville.

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British Waterways charity mapping data handed to Google for free

Mark Dowling

"fair enough that Google got it for free since they will be sharing it with the world for free"

Unless the site sharing it has more than a threshold number of hits in which case they DO have to pay.

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16GB BlackBerry PlayBook flushed away by RIM

Mark Dowling
Meh

Have been playing with a Playbook over the weekend

Got my hands on a 16Gb. The switching between apps kicks the crap out of my iPod touch (which is a comparator for Playbook as much as iPad) and the stupid home button. The bezel swipe took a little getting used to. Having a BB myself does help because Bridge also functions as a remote and a wireless keyboard. I'm going to be trying PB+Bridge+Presenter Mode+HDMI as an alternative to the skittish Dell Win7 tablet we use for PPT in our boardrooms. We might also use them for our office services folks who roam the office but don't really need a full BB since we have wifi and they don't need out of office mail.

My email/calendar/BBM displayed via Bridge is great plus it's secure from access if nicked as only reflected via Bluetooth. The autosuggest where it overlays 5 words to pick from is nifty. The stereo speakers are terrific. The App Store is much better at quickly downloading/installing than the POS "Reboot Now" in the BB6/7 world. It has an Overdrive client for ebooks. Websites displayed well (and I could play a Google+ game - slowly - in Flash). All in all there's a lot to like.

But no Skype, no Flipboard, no Kindle app (not hugely surprising given similarity to Fire), no native Twitter client (HTML5 one not good enough for me - i.e. not as good as the one RIM wrote for BB6/7) and oh dear that poorly designed power button.

I'd find it hard to recommend it heartily to iPhoners but if you have a BB (or don't want something 10") I'd say go for it. But RIM have got to start writing apps themselves if the companies won't.

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BlackBerry 10 developer kit aims to unleash application tsunami

Mark Dowling
FAIL

"the hardware keyboard has been replaced"

Could the Reg please find someone to write about Blackberry, however critically, that remembers that RIM have and are producing non-keyboard BBs NOW?

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RIM takes BlackBerry 10 out for a spin, forgets to bring phone

Mark Dowling
FAIL

If you expected a production phone at the show

You're an idiot. Right or wrong, the fact that the phone was pre-production hardware was well-flagged. It's like the other idiots who somehow got the idea in their heads that this was the only BB 10 production unit and that means RIM were getting out of the keyboard business (if anyone at RIM ever thinks about it I will drive to Waterloo with the business end of a 2 x 4 along for the ride).

RIM are desperately behind the curve and I have massive misgivings about where things are going, but let's stop making up random reasons to hate-on.

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Windows 8 diet exposes Microsoft's weak ARM

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Seriously??

Windows *RT* because it's short for *runtime*??

That's marketing genius right there.

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Hello? You'll never guess where I am ... I'm under a ferry

Mark Dowling

How it's going to work

Each tunnel is going to be separately wired. The tunnel heading toward France will be run by UK networks - the agreement is not yet signed. The tunnel toward UK will be run by the French networks.

Presumably it was thought the "handoff" was best done going out of the tunnel rather than going in.

(Source Railway Gazette)

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Crap mobile networks shamed by Carrier IQ API

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As a admin I'd like to see the data

I often get complaints from users about dropped calls but have no direct access to info about when/where they happen and so on. If we had access to diagnostic data it would give us a stick to beat our carriers with - which is why we'll never get that swishy portal idea :)

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Use iBooks Author, only Apple can ever publish the result

Mark Dowling
Stop

If Microsoft did this people would lose their sh1t

Oh wait - they did do it. Several times. But this is Apple so...

.ibook is Microsoft's "Open" Office XML all over again.

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NT daddy turns his hand to Xbox

Mark Dowling
Windows

For more on Cutler

Read "Showstopper" (ISBN 0-7515-1629-5). I just happen to have it on my desk :)

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iOS 5's iMessage chops carrier SMS routing traffic

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I probably had the same graph

a month after getting BBM. BBM also doesn't need an SMS fallback - it just works.

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Britain's Harrier jump-jets reprieved to fly and fight again

Mark Dowling
FAIL

Second hand UK gear

For the USMC's sake I hope it works better than the Upholders.

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