Archive for Smartphones

Blogging from your phone

One of the reasons I love WordPress so much is that it is incredibly easy to post a blog right from your phone. Once you know your settings and can get the configuration right it’s just very very easy to blog on the go. It’s very easy to attach a photo and you can do most of the formatting and hyperlinking that you would want to do as well.

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Tweeting by Voice on Windows Phone 7

Tweeting by Voice on Windows Phone 7

I’ve been wanting to blog about my Windows Phone 7 experiences for awhile but I’ve simply been blessedly busy. Today I discovered a feature that reminded me how amazing this device really is. Everyone is raving about Siri on the iPhone but Windows Phone has something called Microsoft Tell Me. It was available before Siri came out and I think it is a stronger product.

As many of you know, I love Twitter. One of the features that Windows Phone 7 has is the ability to “speak” to your phone. This is limited to text and calling however. But by adding a contact to my address book called Twitter and the short code 40404 as the phone number, now I can “text” to Twitter instead of typing each tweet. Thanks to my good friend and colleague Ted Johnson over at tedsblog.com for this tip!

SMB Nation

One of the most important technical conferences I attend each year is SMB Nation Fall. I am speaking at this year’s conference and I hope you’ll be there too. They are giving away a Harley, so if you’re into that sortof thing, then register today! For our readers, you may receive a 10% discount by entering code “UBERGEEKGIRL” without quotes.  And, if you want to carpool, ping me.

I will be doing a mobility session: GS13 – How the $#%@! do I setup email, calendar and contacts on this phone?!

Don’t miss the 9th Annual SMB Nation Fall conference coming up – end of month. Your VERY BEST RATES expire September 9th – this Friday!!! Visit fall.smbnation.com for details.

 

What’s New?

More MVPs, More Technical Content , More Advanced Sessions…you told us what you wanted and we delivered! If you’re serious about improving yourself as a technical professional, take the first step and visit our Fall site for more information.  Topics include Office 365 E3, SBSE,  MultiPoint Server (MPS), MSP business models and much more – truly can’t miss content!

 

 

So You Want to Use Your iPhone for Work? Uh-oh. – WSJ.com

This is a great article that highlights many of the questions that need to be asked when an employee wants to use a personal device to access corporate data. What do you think? How do you manage this issue at your workplace? Let’s have a policy discussion and perhaps folks can take back some ideas for their situation.

So You Want to Use Your iPhone for Work? Uh-oh. – WSJ.com.

AT&T Blackberry Curve 9300 Problems

Thank God it’s Friday. Isn’t that what we all say? Well this past Friday, Ryan went to do a fairly routine Blackberry update. The client wanted a new device and this is usually no problem at all. We have standard procedures for most of our processes and this is no exception.

This particular device is wirelessly synced to the user’s mailbox for all functions except contacts, which are manually synced via desktop manager because they are mapped to a different user’s folder. During that sync, the desktop manager crashed after about 90% completion. We looked at the log and it revealed nothing. This was beginning to get ugly as it was after 5pm and the user was anxious to go home.

After several failed attempts to complete this setup, I picked up the device and brought it back to the office for further work. I noticed something very interesting after doing a full wipe of the device – the Address Book was “Not Installed”. 

After researching this error on the Blackberry forums, it is apparently a fairly common issue with no clear resolution.
In this case, the address book portion of the OS on the device was corrupted and there is no resolution. We returned the device.

So Long AT&T

After a few years of incredibly poor network coverage in LA, I have finally decided I’ve had enough.  But if you wanted an iPhone, there simply was no other choice and it doesn’t look like this will change anytime soon. I have tolerated hundreds of dropped calls over the past couple of years. If anyone reading this has tried to carry on a conversation with me while in my car, I simply can’t talk to you. AT&T drops so many of my calls along Sunset Boulevard that I just no longer have any expectation of a call not being dropped.

Perhaps this is a secret plot to get us Los Angelenos to stay off the phone whilst in the car. While I truly believe it’s safer to not use the phone in the car, for small business owners who need to stay in touch with clients, there aren’t a lot of other options.

I found a great site www.cellreception.com where you can read actual users experiences with the different networks in and around Los Angeles.

Just google “at&t dropped calls los angeles” to see how bad it really is.

I’ll be taking my business lines as well as those of my family over to Verizon. I will hopefully have much better results!

Smartphones – Part 3 of 3

Last week I talked about my experiences with the iPhone. Now let’s have a look at a phone few people talk about, at least in the US. The Nokia E71 – unlocked and using on AT&T network in Los Angeles.

Nokia E71

My Thoughts: Nokia sure knows how to build a beautiful, solid device with excellent aesthetics. I get so many compliments and questions about this phone! I ordered this after being frustrated with Blackberry and Apple. Read more

Smartphones – Part 2 of 3

This is  a continuation of last weeks post on smartphones. Last week I talked about the Blackberry and today I’ll be roasting the iPhone. Let’s have a look.

Apple iPhone

My thoughts: Apple sure knows how to do marketing. People line up for everything they produce! As a long time Blackberry user, I too was sucked in to the hype. I waited for the 2nd generation though and this is my experience. Read more

Smartphones – Part 1 of 3

In my work with clients, I have to know all the ins and outs of nearly every smartphone on the market. Over the years, I have been fortunate to experience firsthand all of these phones and help my clients bring convenience and mobility to their lives. Since I am mostly on the road every day, I also use a smartphone to stay in touch with my clients, my office and my email. Being in this position, my standards tend to be a little higher and I’m a bit more demanding of technology.  In this series, I’ll describe my experiences with each phone I’ve used in the past few years. I’d like to know what you think; perhaps we can all find a phone we’re happy with.

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