iPhone on O2 Ireland

Yesterday, I ordered a 16Gb iPhone, probably a gut-reaction to the O2 announcement that they’ll provide them from March 14th.  I grappled overnight with the thoughts of having to live without Exchange push e-mail, and no 3G.  I heard this morning that visual voicemail also won’t be supported.  Now I hear that the iPhone isn’t supported on 64-bit Vista.  We’re just about to roll out that OS flavour to all our desktops, so we’ll just throw that order in the bin.

Maybe later in the year when the 2nd gen iPhone supports 3G and other stuff, and the price is dropped and the extortionate packages and terrible conditions disappear, I’ll look at it again.

Or maybe not.  I’ve had a Nokia N95 now for nearly 6 months, and my biggest (only) gripe is it just a little too big and heavy.  That apart, it does everything I could possibly want.


A Happy New Year to You Too!

I just want to thank all the 616 people who e-mailed me to wish me a happy new year.  Thanks also go to the 421 people who reckon that they can provide me with a larger penis, and the 380 people who want to sell me a Rolex.

Thankfully, none of these e-mails made it to my Inbox, as we’re now using Microsoft Exchange Hosted Filtering Service.  Our MX record is now changed to point to the MS filtering server, and we don’t accept SMTP traffic from anyone else besides them.  Our volume of e-mail has dropped by over 95% in the last month since we started the trial service (which very quickly turned into a subscription when we realised how good it was).  I reckon that what it costs us in monthly subscription to this service is more than offset by our saving in bandwidth.  It’s like we more than doubled our bandwidth, whilst removing the admin overhead of maintaining blacklists and false positives, etc.

If you want to know more, visit the Exchange Hosted Filtering Service at Microsoft, or a full overview of all hosted services.  Other hosted services include