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Diamond 2 – The real iPhone killer

I’ve used the HTC Touch Diamond for quite some time, but there has been some issues, such as poor performance and stability. A couple of days ago I got a hold on the new HTC Touch Diamond 2, and now I’m in heaven!

The new Diamond phone has a bigger display, far more user friendly with new applications and a better FLO 3D release, a lot more responsive (quicker) and so far a lot more stabile. In addition, the new Diamond has a micro SD slot as well (finally!).

The critics has commented on the quality of the 5 megapixel camera, but since I primarily use the phone as a phone and PDA and not a camera, I don’t find this to be essential. Besides, the photos is more than adequate for me 🙂

My best recommendations!

A better Vista than Vista

December 10, 2008 Leave a comment

I’ve been running Windows 7 Ultimate pre-beta (build 6801) for about a month now, and my conclusion is that the pre-beta release of Windows 7 is a lot better than Vista even as a pre-beta. Feature wise, it’s only a few changes in the basic usage of the OS compared to Vista, but I would like to emphasize a couple important changes.

  1. Running applications with elevated privileges
    One of most annoying parts of Vista is the elevated privileges dialog which appears each time you would like to run an application with administrative rights. I think the idea is very nice, but how the user experiences these pop-ups (and the endless time it takes) is horrible.
    In Windows 7 the feature is still present, but it’s now possible to run applications in elevated mode without the notification message. The icon on the applications which requires elevated privileges contains the well known shield (same as in Vista), but when the application is launched it’s just launched.
    If you like to launch an application which does not require elevated privileges with elevated privileges, you do the same as you’ve always done. Right-click and select “Run as administrator”.
  2. The concept of “Libraries”
    With Windows 7 you are presented with a new virtual folder structure called Libraries. A library contains a set of pointers to different physical file locations but seems like a folder tree to the user. During the past month I’ve grown so attached to this feature that each time I use a computer with XP or Vista, I nearly can’t find my way around.
    This is a very nice feature which I’ve been waiting for for years!
  3. The transparent desktop wide Side Bar
    The side bar is now desktop wide (not limited to the side of the screen) and completely transparent. Since the resource usages has been heavily reduced, it’s now possible to use gadgets (at least most of them) in an efficient way. Now my desktop contains key information from the net, most of which is a result of a query presented as a feed. In addition I’ve added some tools I use frequently. And yes, it works!

With regards to stability, I think it’s very stable, especially when you take the fact that it’s a pre-beta into consideration. In one month, I’ve had 2 complete system crashes which was related to third party drivers which, of course, was written for Vista. In addition I’ve experienced some snags which usually results in a restart of an application, but with basic applications such as Office 2007 and some utilities it usually works fine.

Speed! has always been an issue when working with Windows and Microsoft OS’s. My expectations was very low since my try-out was based on a pre-beta release of Windows. My experience was quite the opposite. Windows 7 is much faster to use than Vista with the same hardware configuration. The startup time was reduced by almost 50 %, and the system is seldom non-responsive. It’s even possible to actually use the Side Bar without having to buy a new computer (although, some gadgets should not be used if you want to be able to work properly).

My conclusion is quite easy. I’m going to use Windows 7 instead of Vista even if it’s in the early beta stages. No more Vista for me!

Possibilities beyond comparison

December 3, 2008 Leave a comment

The CKS:EBE solution is one of the best solutions available for SharePoint and “Web 2.0” type web site. This entire site is based on WSS3 and EBE 2.5 (and some other minor additions) and includes several of the required web 2.0 features. Among other things, the site has basic functionality such as:

  • Anonymous comments posting
  • Taxonomy tagging
  • True RSS feeds
  • Modular themes
  • Trackbacks and permalinks
  • Forms based feedback/contact

…and features are still being added to the solution.

A special thanks goes to the author ‘The Kid’ and contributors.

Read more about this site and the solution behind it in the about pages.


CKS:EBE 2.5 Review

November 23, 2008 Leave a comment

I’ve been using the Community Kit for Sharepoint Enhanced Blog Edition 2.5 Beta for a couple of weeks and is quite impressed. Even if there’s several features that does not work, and the solution is somewhat unstable, I think this is the best addition to Sharepoint regardless of FreeProg or commercial wares.

I’ve posted some requests and questions on the authors web site (The Kid), which I hope will be implemented in the next final release, and I certainly hope the final release of 2.5 is somewhat close by.

I will recommend this solution to anyone with a public WSS3 site which they want to make a bit more user friendly and appealing to the user.

My rating: 10 of 10!


SaaS in real life

November 16, 2008 Leave a comment

First of all, I think SaaS (Software as a Service) is a great idea, but if the user experience is to be comparable to a client installed application it has to be at least as quick and at least as flexible as an application. I work quite a lot with collaborative solutions such as Sharepoint, and if I should suggest to use an online text editor or a spreadsheet, it would need to have the same integration and collaborative features as Office 2007. However, I have some difficulties imaging this feature rich integration from a SaaS, unless Microsoft joins the game.

High quality Sharepoint components

August 31, 2008 Leave a comment
Usually I don’t recommend commercial web sites and solutions, but in this case I will make an exception. Bamboo solutions has proven to deliver high quality web parts and Sharepoint solutions, but unfortunately with a high price as well.
I’ve used several of the web parts and solutions by Bamboo, and are very pleased. The only down side is that there’s limited customization capabilities and no language translation support.
Otherwise it’s great solutions and strongly recommended.

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