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  • iPhone advert dropped

    Just spotted this article on the BBC news site.

    The advert in question was about the new 3g version of the iPhone where the advert said it was "really fast"

    I previously mentioned how this irritated me as 3G isn’t the fastest mobile speed available which the advert may lead you to believe so i’m quite pleased the advert has been dropped

    Apparently only 17 people officially complained (I wasn’t one of them!)

    Apple’s response was that the speed claims were "relative not absolute" and they were comparing the speed of the 2G iPhone and the 3G iPhone

    The current iPod adverts annoy me as well to be honest

    They show how easy it is to download and install a program from the Apple store with the demo on screen just being a few clicks

    Right at the end of the advert there is a some text at the bottom of the screen which declares

    "Some steps removed and sequence shortened"

    Isn’t that cheating a bit?

  • Exchange 2003 SP2 – Error code 0xC0070643

    The Exchange migration I did this week involved moving the current Exchange setup onto new hardware (we talked about Exchange 2007 / Windows Server 2008 but the client was going with the “if it’s not broke don’t fix it” viewpoint combined with a tight budget!)

    After I’d installed Exchange on the new hardware one of the first things I did was install Service Pack 2

    I got the following error

    Setup failed while installing sub-component Exchange ActiveSync with error code 0xC0070643 (please consult the installation logs for a detailed description).  You may cancel the installation or try the failed setup again.

    This rang a bell and sure enough a quick look on Susan’s blog found the following posts which pointed to a registry key for the XML Parser in place that needed to be deleted

    Okay I have a problem with my Exchange 2003 sp2


    Exchange 2003 sp2 success on my home server!

    and picture of the error here

    Thing is this was a brand new installation. So there wasn’t anything else that had installed the XML Parser so no registry key to delete!

    After a bit more digging I found this post by Colin Bowern

    Exchange 2003 SP2 Install Fails because of MSXML

    But my error message was different to the above and Susan’s

    I basically got

    Product: Microsoft XML Parser — Product Installation failed

    Well thanks.

    So I located the msxml3.msi file in the Exchsrvr\bin directory and tried to run it manually. I simply got the same error

    Obviously the setup was trying to install using that MSI and failing so I borrowed the trick Colin mentions in his post

  • Download the Microsoft XML Parser 3.0 (Service Pack 7 is the version i used)
  • Rename the existing msxml3.msi in Exchsrvr\bin to msxml3.msi.original (or whatever works for you!)
  • Place a copy of the latest file you downloaded inside Exchsrvr\bin
  • Rename it to msxml3.msi.  This will leave you with msxml3.msi and msxml3.msi.original
  • Click Retry on the error and it should continue as planned.

    This worked for me so I’m making a note here in case I need it again!

  • This week I have been mostly……

    (Sorry if you don’t get this…I loved the Fast Show)

    Ok not quite..I’ve been mostly busy

    After my week off I dived straight into an Exchange migration, I’m doing a mass Office 2007 deployment tomorrow and then I’m off to London on Wednesday for SBS 2008 training

    If you read this blog and your going to London on the course later this week drop me an email or leave a comment here 🙂

  • Wired Magazine

    If you have even a slight interest in Steve Clayton’s blog you’ll know that he’s a big fan of Wired magazine

    There is supposed to be a brand new UK version due out early next year(reported by Steve here and his source here)

    I try to follow the magazine on the Wired website but it’s not quite the same experience as actually having the magazine

    So when I was out an about at the weekend I was quite surprised to see a copy of the US version on a market stall in town. It was a couple of months old but that didn’t really matter so I paid for it took and it home.

    Obviously it’s very US-centric but I’ve definitely enjoyed what I’ve read so far and if they can give it the correct UK “style” and keep the content quality as high then I’ll certainly be subscribing when it appears over here!

  • Google Chrome – First Usage Thoughts

    Yes I know it’s been out a while but yesterday was the first time I’d gotten around to installing Google Chrome. Mainly because I didn’t want to install it on a production machine (being a beta and all) so with after getting back yesterday afternoon it was the first time in ages I actually had a couple of hours with nothing specific to do!

    I’ve commented on the features that caught my eye a little while back so I’ll start there with two of the features I mentioned

    Application shortcuts

    This feature isn’t a groundbreaking technological advance but I think it’s a really great idea

    There are many places we visit on the web now that we consider applications instead of just web sites

    Google reader and Google Mail are good examples of this. If your a heavy Google mail user you would potentially have it for the entire time you have your computer on. When using it along with your other Internet activities it can get lost in the other tabs. Application shortcuts allow you to a create a desktop shortcut that launches the application in question and also removes all the browser UI fluff you don’t need (other tabs, address bar, etc)

    This also makes it appear like just another desktop application your running. The effect works quite well and when you click links within the application it’s clever enough to pass these onto a regular instance of Chrome for your browse with (again the same as a desktop application)

    I found it quite effective

    So if the IE team and the people from Firefox are listening..could you “borrow” buy ativan lorazepam this please?

    V8 Javascript VM

    A brand new java engine built from the ground up that does away with interpreting java code and actually compiles it

    Does this make any difference?


    When I tried it with GMail and Google Reader the whole experience felt “snappier” 

    As consumer test I browsed to the Sky Sports page as for years as found this page to be quite slow and it certainly made it feel more responsive. I also noticed a big difference when using Facebook

    That said I tried to buy something online last night and it just would not play ball. When I switched back to IE it went through first go


    I haven’t tried any of the Gears features yet so wont comment on those

    So overall it’s not bad. It won’t replace IE as my browser of choice just yet (I prefer the “premium” version of Outlook Web Access too much!) but it will certainly change my habits

    I’m thinking of using IE as my main browser but using Chrome to setup application shortcuts for my online apps.

    From a performance perspective they have definitely raised the bar so I hope the completion step do their best to get as near as possible which will be of the benefit to everyone.

    With the whole cloud computer paradigm about to explode we’ll be doing far more in the browser and application developers will be doing more interesting and complex things so we’ll be expecting a lot more from our browsers

    I’m not sure if it’s the start of a new browser war but it’ll certainly be interesting!

  • Back From My Hols

    I got back from a short break to Center Parcs yesterday. It’s interesting how technology becomes more and more a part of our relaxation time

    Obviously Center Parcs has it’s own web and you can book your stay there online, this isn’t particularly new i know.

    I noticed a couple of new things since we’d last been though

    Wi-Fi access – Throughout the whole of the main complex you got free wi-fi. Great if you had your laptop with you or your phone has the capability. Why send post cards when you can email a picture?

    Booking points – Dotted all over the village are small computer terminals. These allow you access to the internal booking system for planning activities and restaurant reservations

    Wii Lounge – One the new activities is the Wii Lounge. You can book the Wii out for an hour and you and your family can jump around in front of a screen with a piece of plastic strapped to your hand 🙂   

    (and they have a Starbucks there too… there anywhere it doesn’t reach?)

    All this coupled with the digital cameras, camcorders, and MP3 players many of us take on holiday

    What happened to a deck chair and a newspaper?

  • We interrupt this program to bring you the following…

    Just plugging a couple of things

    First up, SMB Nation Europe

    I’m not the first person to have mentioned this but I was asked if I’d post about it to here it is!

    The full details can be found on Harry’s Blog here but in summary,

    Harry Brelsford, author of many fine SMB books (including SMB Consulting Pest Practices, which I blogged about here, and highly recommend) and Jeff Middleton, Swing Migration extraordinaire (again I’ve blogged about this, and also highly recommend it!)  will be in London to talk about opportunities around SBS 2008 and how best to do the migration!

    Date is December 5th and as Richard mentioned since this is a Friday there will more than likely be lots of “socialising” afterwards 🙂

    Second thing is Vijay’s post on the SBSC PAL’s site he recently posted about

    Vijay is going to be looking after UK regional site and he has a lot of good ideas on the sort of content he’s hoping to publish.

    Since it’s a community site all contributions are welcome so if you have any ideas or even just want to let him know what a good job he’s doing (lots of people don’t get anywhere near enough credit sometimes!) get over to his blog

    The UK PAL’s site is here

    Finally, if you haven’t already head just a reminder that this months AMITPRO meeting is on WEDNESDAY 12th NOVEMBER and will they will be hosting the SBS 2008 Launch Tour

    If your not going…why not?

    That is all!

  • Welcome to the 21st Century!

    My in-laws have accessed the Internet via a dial-up modem for as long as I’ve known them (which is about seven years.)

    For the whole of that time I’ve been gently suggesting that they really should think about broadband but they always said that they were happy with what they had, even if it did take twenty minutes to open my wife’s Flickr page and even when I have to login to their webmail account when someone sends them a couple of pictures…4mb attachments aren’t a big deal most people!

    They finally made the jump this week and I popped round yesterday to get everything setup

    I get a kick out of people’s reactions to technology and seeing their jaws hit the floor as pages were opening hundreds of times faster than they were used to was great. It got even better when I showed them a live video stream on the BBC news website

    One of their arguments against going to broadband was always

    “we don’t use it that much. we check our e-mail, do online banking and that’s it”

    I always countered that they would find a ton of other reasons to use the Internet once they moved to broadband and as if by magic just as I was getting ready to leave one of them said

    “What’s Skype?”

    My sister in-law is spending a year in Australia so I imagine she’s mentioned it to them

    Technology the enabler!