Daily Archive: March 21, 2005

Spring comes early

Spring comes earlyWhere I live we have a micro climate, we always get better than average weather, a lot less rain than just a few miles inland.  But this Winter has been amazing,  in fact it feels like we have missed winter altogether.  the last month it has only rained a couple of days and most days we have had at least some sunshine.  I took this picture of the flowers as we walked along the beach promenade on Sunday, the picture was taken with the built in camera in my Treo 640*480, but good enough for the odd blog posting.

Budapest – here I come, hopefully :-)

BudapestI just got the following invite from Microsoft, it looks like a great event, hopefully someone will pay for me to attend

Steve, register and join us in Budapest for the Microsoft Europe Partner Architect Forum!

Please join us May 23rd – May 25th 2005 for the Microsoft Europe Partner Architect Forum in Budapest. This conference is being held at the Hilton Budapest WestEnd Hotel, a stylish contemporary hotel on the Pest side of the city, near the city’s major attractions such as the Parliament, Opera House, Heroes’ Square and St Stephen’s Basilica.

The Forum is a gathering of 100+ Senior Solution and Infrastructure Architects from the leading global system integrators and technology partners in Europe. Refreshments will be served during registration the evening of Monday, May 23rd at the hotel from 18h30-21h.

The event is focused on providing a roadmap of Microsoft technology strategy with an emphasis on mapping architecture to product direction.

Experiments with Skype

SkypeAfter an initial abortive attempt at using Skype I started to use it again yesterday with impressive results. Certainly BT to BT calls seem excellent, BT to cable was where I had the problems last time I tried. In fact I was so impressed that I purchased a SkypeIn number and unlimited voicemail for £24 for 12 months, which is a lot cheaper and more flexible than installing a business line. I then setup my Treo so that when I am at home all of my calls are automatically forwarded to my SkypeIn number and hence to my main desktop. When I leave home all calls revert to my Treo.

Anyone wanting to test out the quality – if you know me – ring my mobile on Wednesday; chances are it will divert you to my SkypeIn number, even better get Skype yourself!

If it all works as expected then my wife will be pleased because I won’t be hogging the home telephone line, and it’s much easier working with my microphone and PC speakers than with a conventional phone/speakerphone. I need to test it later on my Tablet over wireless so that I keep my home mobility.

Whilst investigating …