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July 31, 2007

D-Link Response Point VAR Code = VoiceCenter

D-Link's iteration of RP. Man...like that office furniture in the background.

If you want to get in on the D-Link Response Point reseller program promo originally announced at WPC/Symposium 2.0 and more recently mentioned at the Response Point team blog, don’t forget to enter the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcode  in the title of the blog post when you sign up as a D-Link VAR.

Also, be sure to choose…

D-Link Business Solutions Diamond Partner
Quarterly Sales of Qualified SKUs of $75,000 and above

The code waives that quarterly sales requirement.

Some other cool things about this offer:

  • Good until 12/31/07
  • Gives you 10% additional off any of D-Link’s business products from distribution, not just RP

And yes, this code is publicly available in the slide deck from Symposium 2.0 that MS has made available for download.

|| posted by chris under business, hardware, unified comm || comments (1) || ||

July 31, 2007

Dumbest Business Move Ever

RIAA...this one's for you!

I’m of the firm opinion that the music industry’s response to the original Napster should go down in history as the single dumbest business move of all time.

That’s saying something.

That means worse than…

  • Coca-Cola bottling rights being sold for $1
  • New Coke
  • Mercedes-Benz/Chrysler merger
  • Worldcom/HealthSouth/Enron/name-your-own-scandal-du-jour
  • Time Warner/AOL merger
  • The license to print money IBM gave Bill Gates

But here’s the reality of the situation.

Napster was INSANELY successful. A runaway success. Napster’s adoption rates back then make Facebook’s numbers look like the MySpace page view numbers for an avowed pen-and-paper RPG gamer from Kankakee, IL who calls himself Orion the Dragonmaster.

And the best part was…people could understand the interface. It totally made sense. It was easy. People told their friends about it.

Was content properly licensed? No.

But the base framework, just a short step away from commerce, was already there. Developed and put in place by someone else. Tested, proven…done.

Can anyone name another popular framework for commerce developed in the last 10 or so years?

Power to the people! Give us your Pez dispensers, your other stuff, and still more junk. And sell it! 

Plus, the audience was already there. Napster had already proven the concept and gathered the user base. And perhaps even most importantly of all…

Napster was the ONLY game in town!

So all these big brain music publishers and companies, instead of smelling the opportunities, like…

  • Wresting even more power from artists by pushing singles over albums, perhaps even killing the concept of albums altogether
  • Milking back catalogs without incurring physical production costs
  • Charging even more exorbitantly higher prices for “Ultimate Collector Edition” collections of actual discs
  • And on and on and on…

Instead…they start suing! And they get Napster shut down, finally. So all those users scatter, rushing pell-mell to some other peer-sharing service. Bearshare, Limewire, whatever. There have been so many of them.

And the RIAA has been after them all.

Heck, they’re now suing the end-users, their best potential customers! What utter insanity.

Does anyone really think that the RIAA suing a grandmother on a fixed income for stuff her granddaughter did on her computer while visiting makes sense? In any way, shape or form?

Besides creating an absolute PR nightmare, what did the RIAA really do?

They opened the casket of Apple, and wept blood onto the moldy corpse of Steve Jobs, the ultimate corporate vampire, bringing that old bastard of a company back to life.

And now they’ve all got Apple’s fangs sinking into their jugular.

All because they refused to see the most obvious writing on the wall.

People want a convenient way to listen and play their music. Period. End of story.

And once the digital genie was out of the bottle, anything other than giving your customers what they had aptly demonstrated over and over that they wanted…

All the while retooling your industry to reap the maximum benefits of that change…

Was stupid. Plain and simple.

Just imagine this What If equation…

RIAA + Napster = !iPod/iTunes/iPhone

Quite an alternate reality, huh?

|| posted by chris under business, clueless, thumbs down || comments (1) || ||

July 31, 2007

DEmu 3.0… Now In Ultramax 3-D!

The Shock! The Awe! The Soiled Undergarments!

OK, not really.

But you can get your hands on Device Emulator 3.0, right now. It’s included in the Beta 2 release of Visual Studio 2008, available now from those crazy kids over at MSDN.

They should have codenamed VS2008 “Baskin Robbins,” cuz it’s available now in roughly 31 flavors. Included are a couple of handy-dandy VPC images, so you don’t have to dirty up your machine any.

It’s a hefty download, to be sure. The Professional version weighs in at 3.2 GB. Something to keep in mind if your Internet bandwidth runs like a taxi meter.

Yes, there will be a FUNLAB 3.x, on DEmu 3.0. Prolly before FUNLAB 2.x, on DEmu 2.0, is finished.

But that’s OK. I’m just happy to see the WiMo juggernaut roll on!

|| posted by chris under funlab, it pro, mobility, tech hand, virtualization || comments (0) || ||

July 31, 2007

One More Treo 750 Note For Bitzie

That certmodtool you listed earlier at E-Bitz is only used for Palm OS-based Treos and their craptacular VersaMail app.

Kill me. Kill me now.

The Treo 750, and any other Windows Mobile based Treo, does NOT use that tool.

Count yourself lucky!

Ms. Pat AKA The Awesome Palm Lady might kick my A double S for saying this…

But trying to configure Exchange Active Sync on a PalmOS-based Treo will make you beg for a slow, torturous, painful death…

Because it would be a tremendous relief by comparison.

|| posted by chris under mobility, opinion, tech hand, thumbs down || comments (0) || ||

July 31, 2007

Quick Windows Mobile E-mail Primer for Bitzie

Hi! I'm Alpha-Blocks!

This is mainly for Susan, but feel free to read this if you’re interested in the capabilities of Windows Mobile.

Yes, Windows Mobile will support multiple e-mail accounts, in addition to one Exchange connection, all at the same time. You are limited to a total of 8 accounts, including SMS messaging accounts, etc.

You can set independent check/sync schedules. Also, all mail from each account is kept separate from the other accounts.

To set up another e-mail account (POP3 or IMAP4) on the device, go to…

Inbox->Menu->Tools->New Account

It’s pretty straightforward, but watch out for a little gotcha during Step 4 of 5.

The bottom “Name” field sets the visible name for the account you are setting up on your device. Make sure you change this to something specific, like “Home” or “Captain Awesome” or anything other than the generic “POP3” or “IMAP4” that it will be set in there by default, depending on your choice of account type in the dropdown box above it.

The reason is, you cannot rename an account after it is created. You can only delete it and re-set it up with a different name.

Trust me, when you (or more importantly, your users) are trying to navigate between multiple accounts, that specific naming will be a godsend.

Another thing…

The reason the Treo didn’t mind being temporarily Activesync’d is because it wasn’t really Activesync’d. You were simply using File Explorer to make a Guest connection to the device so you could copy files to/from it. It’s basically a way to make your mobile device act like a ridiculously expensive USB thumb drive, at least temporarily.

It also is a hellacious security hole, IMHO.

Still important to note that when provisioning mobile devices using a PC other than the one that device will be permanently paired with, folks definitely don’t want to run the Activesync/WMDC Connection wizard fully.

Since I mentioned it…

Windows Mobile Device Center on Vista works pretty much the same way as ActiveSync like you showed it. Except the interface looks totally different, and options are moved around, for little to no apparent reason.

Almost exactly like the differences between XP and Vista.

Last thing to note…

Certificates on the Treo 750 are easy because…

Treo 750 = Pocket PC AKA soon-to-be Professional

Class dismissed!

|| posted by chris under mobility, tech hand, unified comm || comments (0) || ||

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