Monday, December 28, 2009

Review: Blu Twitter Client

I was asked the other day by the people at Blu to give their new Twitter client out and see how I like it.

Blu, by the company Thirteen23, has release this very flashy and graphical Twitter client native for Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Developed using C# (Microsoft .Net), this new client has alot of impressive animations and while also running very smoothly when moving around the application. Unlike other Twitter clients, being native to Windows means that installing of frameworks like Java or Adobe AIR is unnecessary.

The interface is straight-forward and empolys a single-column layout allowing for simple list viewing of recent tweets. Clicking on tweets allows for replying and retweeting as well as for users to view entire conversations.

The software remains basic with the absence of choice of URL-Shorting service(TinyURL is used by default) and photo hosting services that users of TweetDeck and Seesmic Desktop have come to expect.

Overall I am impressed by the interface and design, however I have had experiences of the transistions not running as smoothly as I hoped.

Images provided by Thirteen23

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged

I had received a laptop while in the office that had a Yellow Exclamation next to the system DVD-ROM drive.
When looking at the properties of the drive the status read the following:
Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged.
I had found the following article on the Microsoft TechNet site with the following solution:
Remove/Delete the LowFilter and/or UpperFilter (you might have only one od these) entries from this registry area:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}

Note: You will have several identical keys like this {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}. The one you are looking for will have DVD/CD Rom Drives as the top entry. Reboot after deleting the LowFilter and/or UpperFilter entries.
Once I had rebooted the laptop, this now worked 100%.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

GDGT Fail: Vista Popular?

I can't say that I know how GDGT.com's engine works on gadging what is or isn't popular but apparently Microsoft's Windows Vista is a popular item.

Say WHAT?


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Exchange 2007 requires iPhone to have Passcode



At work today we have finally got around to installing our new Windows Small Business Server 2008 and finally getting rid of our dated old SBS 2003 server (although it has has served it's time very well and been very reliable).

However when I have gone to setup the new exchange account on my iPhone, I was prompted to create a Passcode for my iPhone which I first pressed "Cancel" as I have never had one nor wanted one. But then found that the email would not sync until I had done.

This is what I have discovered.

When researching why I soon found this document from Apple selling the feature of Microsoft ActiveSync and soon found this point-by-point feature list.

Noticed I have highlighted "Enforce Password on Device" which got me think that this must be a server-side feature of Exchange 2007, as our previous server didn't require it.

I soon logged on to our server and found that it in fact it is a tickable feature.


The screenshot on the right shows the options located in Exchange's
"Mobile Mailbox Policy" .

Notice that it, by default, has selected "Require Password" and that the "Minimum Password Length" must be 4 characters long.

So in conclusion, the iPhone requiring a Passcode when setting up Exchange Activesync is BY DESIGN, but can be altered at the server-side by your network administrator.


Additional Screenshots


This is where I located the Mobile Mailbox Policy








This is the actual policy that I found to edit the above configuration.