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January 31, 2008

I Wanna Be A Ho!

Tired of doors being slammed in your face? Fed up with trying to win that competitive bid?

Have I got the answer for you…

Just think...1500 dollars a week without even leaving the comforts of yo own bedroom! 

Be Somebody…Be A Ho!

|| posted by chris under it pro, nostalgia || comments (0) || ||

January 29, 2008

E-Cycling Day 2008 In Pictures

Without question, the first E-Cycling Day collection event ever held here in West Alabama was a smashing success!

Sweet dreams, e-waste!

The turnout was amazing. Over 2 days, we had 825 vehicles come through to drop off equipment to be e-cycled. The picture below might look like a beautiful day, but it was freezing! That didn’t seem to keep people from showing up tho…

And I think to myself...what a wonderful world... 

We filled 3 semi trailers full to the ceiling with equipment. And then filled 6 of the city’s debris trucks (3 of which you can see on the left) to the brim.

The two women seen here in the safety vests were volunteers from Westerveldt, and they worked their tails off!

We’re still waiting for the final tare weights, but our best estimates peg the collected tally somewhere in the neighborhood of 135,000 pounds of e-waste.

 Xerox anyone?

This is a clip shot during the pre-collection day we held just for Chamber members. Man, do I look like I’ve been standing out in the freezing cold for roughly 8 hours or what?

Most of the time, I was busy was visitor intake. The “Hi, thanks for coming, how did you hear about us” kind of stuff. Luckily, I got in some equipment-slinging off and on during the day. Which is quite cathartic, actually. Nothing like watching a CPU or printer fragment into pieces as it smashes against the towering pile…

Semi 1 of 3 that we filled

And here are a couple of video clips the Tuscaloosa News shot at the event, featuring one of our city council members and 2 folks from the city’s Environmental Services Department, Shane and Stacy…

But what you might find most interesting is the crucial role a pair of AT&T Tilts running Windows Mobile 6 played in our small effort to save the planet.

And a lovely backdrop it is too...woo hoo woo hoo hoo

Yep, the system Black Warrior Technology put together for E-Cycling Day totally ROCKED! Post up if you want to hear more about it.

|| posted by chris under business, community, freebie, hardware, mobility, more cowbell, thumbs up || comments (1) || ||

January 29, 2008

Device Emulator Done Dirt Cheap


Skating around hither and yon this morning, and I found a couple of posts about using the Windows Mobile 6.0 emulator to connect to an instance of SBS running inside VPC2007.

Wow, what a phenomenal idea!

I was hestitant to post this, seeing as the original has .uk all over it. And everyone knows those folks are simply a cut above.

But then I thought…

What’s the worst that could happen?

So we’re rolling the dice here, kiddos.

|| posted by chris under clueless, mobility, virtualization || comments (3) || ||

January 28, 2008

Mousy Trails, To You

Hiya folks!

Until…we boot…again!

One of the most annoying issues I’ve seen with Vista has been The Incredible Case of The Disappearing Pointer.

After my machine has sat idle for any decent length of time not displaying the prinary desktop in lieu of something else, such as…

  • Screen saver
  • Login screen
  • Display auto-powering off

Upon resuming normal activity, I’ll usually end up with a Phantom Pointer. Oh, the pointer is still there, and can be moved over buttons and windows which gladly highlight in Vista on mouseover like they should. But the pointer just isn’t shown. Which is utterly useless and totally annoying, since it normally took a full reboot to display properly again.

It’s even more pronounced with dual displays. When I was using both the internal display on my laptop and a secondary monitor to extend my desktop, oftentimes I’d see that, upon resuming, the pointer wouldn’t appear on one of the displays at all, but would appear perfectly on the other.

I’ve heard tell it’s the crappy nVidia drivers for Vista. Which have been, admittedly…weak all across the board, to say the least.

Here’s a perma-fix if your pointer keeps checking out.

Start->Control Panel->Mouse

Pointer Options tab

OK...this pic should really be titled herepointy.png. so sue me...

Visibility Section

Enable Display pointer trails

Unless you want to see streamers of pointers, set the length/size to Short. 

Keep smilin’…un…til then!

|| posted by chris under hardware, rx || comments (0) || ||

January 28, 2008

Using Windows Mobile 6 With Small Business Server 2003

Paper white, paper bright...first paper I read tonight.

There’s an official whitepaper available now if you’re looking to use Windows Mobile 6 devices with Small Business Server 2003.

Not a whole lot of changes from the previous doc for WM5 devices.

Main thing to remember is that WM6 only works with certain minimum versions of ActiveSync (4.5) and Windows Mobile Device Center (6.1). And, of course you have to keep straight which of those sync options works on XP and which works on Vista. Which you should already know by now, honestly.

Nice section on certificates, with decent coverage on the now-preferred method of using a 3rd party certificate, rather than SBS’ much-loved-until-WM5–came-out self-signed cert.

The troubleshooting section is worth a look too. Especially if you’ve ever been ready to pull your own hair out while trying to troubleshoot synchronization problems with Windows Mobile devices.

|| posted by chris under freebie, it pro, migration, mobility, unified comm || comments (0) || ||

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