More of a Good Thing

Over the week-end Amanzi and Charis joined the Virtual Shave team as well. They didn’t shave, as mentioned in the previous post, but coloured their hair instead. So it was only fair to join them to the Intro Video.

The girls have both all but made their targets of $250 and currently I’m a mere $68 away from my target of $2,000.

So thank you to everyone for your generous giving. If it’s slipped your mind, or you just haven’t got around to it yet, it’s not too late.

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Over the week-end Amanzi and Charis joined the Virtual Shave team as well. They didn’t shave, as mentioned in the previous post, but coloured their hair instead. So it was only fair to join them to the Intro Video.

 

The girls have both all but made their targets of $250 and currently I’m a mere $68 away from my target of $2,000.

So thank you to everyone for your generous giving. If it’s slipped your mind, or you just haven’t got around to it yet, it’s not too late.

Smackdown Crew goes Bald

Rick “Mad-eye Murdoch” Anderson and I, “Colonel Hannibal” from the Aussie “Mobile Smackdown” crew, are about to become bald.

We’re participating in the Leukaemia Foundation’s annual “Shave for a Cure” at 12pm today in the office.

You can join the team and shave/colour any time this week-end, or sponsor us.

Check out some of the recruitment videos…

 

So, head on over to http://tiyurl.com/VirtualShave and sacrifice today’s coffee for a laugh. I’ll definitely post the videos of the shave later today.

 

Who knows, this could be the Theme for “Smackdown 2009”

 

MyPhone

This week I was migrated back to a QWERTY keyboard driven WinMo phone. Thanks to our friends at Palm. It is an awesome device, but more on that in another post. For now I want to talk about the much vaunted new service, MyPhone.

It’s in beta, so I did sit on a waiting list to get an activation code. But once I received that, I installed this on the Omnia, and it really is a “set and forget” service. So much so, that I even forgot I’d installed it.

My usual process for transitioning to a new phone is to:

  • Transfer the SIM card
  • Connect to our Exchange Server – which automatically syncs my work calendar, email, contacts, and tasks
  • Sign in to my Windows Live account – which syncs my personal email and contacts
  • Install whatever apps I deem mission critical at the moment.

It’s usually 20-30 mins and I’m back online. But that is sans whatever photos, videos, and documents are on the old phone. Not to mention, SMS messages.

This time I also just pointed the phone browser to https://myphone.microsoft.com/install Installed the MyPhone app, signed in with my LiveID, and clicked Sync.

Voila. The Palm Treo Pro was a functional clone of the Samsung Omnia. The best thing was that all of my threaded SMS conversations were just there.

Not only that, but you can get at these online as well. Sweet.

“So how does this differ from Live Mesh?”€ I hear you ask.

Mesh is a distributed platform for applications. Currently only one of the developed apps is folder share. So yes you can use it to back up files (including docs, photos, music, video). But on the phone this:

  • Needs considered setting up. You don’t want to be getting 100MB videos downloading to your phone over the air.
  • Only syncs when you run the app, but if Mesh is running, will sync data immediately.
  • Doesn’t mesh messaging data like SMS/MMS.
  • Allows you to share with whomever has joined your various Mesh folders

MyPhone is automatic, remote, backup & restore for your phone. It won’t sync automatically as you add a file, like Mesh, but backs up all your data at a scheduled frequency. The default is daily.

It doesn’t allow you to share with other people, but does allow you to add multiple phones.

But it is super easy to setup. Install, login, set the sync frequency, then forget about it.

If you have a Windows Mobile Phone, indispensible!!

 

Counting the Cost

The thing about cycling to work, no matter the justifications, is that you actually have to get home again. There were times today that I seriously considered just taking the bike on the train, but am glad I didn’t.

So like any beginner at something, during that Unconscious Incompetent stage (you don’t know what you don’t know), bright eyed and eager, I decided to actually cycle home with Phil my “cycle buddy.”

Then we headed off, and on this particular route, the way route home is easily twice the distance with a huge increase in up-hills. I can honestly say that without Phil, this would’ve been too daunting. I just would not have known where to go, how to handle different crossings, or what (hills, traffic, etc) to prepare for.

Unequivocally I’d recommend doing this. Get out, fix up that old bike, or better yet, get a new one. But do diligently consider the cost – your personal fitness level, the added time to work, need for shower facilities, navigation of the route, refresher of those old bike safety skills, yes the pain too – and ensure that you build in the support network you need.

At the end of the day – I made it. No heart attacks (although I worried for a while), and for tonight at least, I can still walk.

 

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