e-Accident: Fax dead, e-mail seriously injured…middle-aged people confused

Have you any views on the introduction of a general ban on sending faxes in the enterprise? In this day and age, I feel it’s perfectly acceptable to expect someone to be able to receive an e-mail. As an enterprise, we obviously still need to receive faxes, but that can be handled by Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging as it stands. Sending outgoing faxes from PCs would require unnecessary expenditure, and I just feel that we should bite the bullet on this, do away with the actual machines, the analogue telephone lines they need, the toner and paper they use, and put this ancient technology out of our misery.  If someone needs to send a piece of paper or a signed document to someone, they can scan it and e-mail it.

<start of rant>To be perfectly honest, e-mail is on the way out too. It’s a middle-aged, middle-class way of communicating, equivalent to our parents writing letters. My kids all have e-mail, but they only use it to register on web sites, and never for communicating. In ten years time, how will we communicate with the next generation of customers? Twitter? Facebook? Bebo? TwitFace?  It won’t be by e-mail anyway.

And as for that noise the kids call music…<end of rant>

Answers on a postcard, please…

Windows Home Server Power Pack 2

From the Windows Home Server Team Blog:

“We are pleased to announce Windows Home Server Power Pack 2.  Power Pack 2 fixes known issues and adds new features to improve the Windows Home Server experience.  Enhancements include: Improvements to remote access configuration, enhanced functionality for computers running Windows Media Center, and content streaming support for Windows Media Center Extenders.  Power Pack 2 adds Italian language support on new home servers.

Power Pack 2 will be made available via Windows Update.  Users need to have Windows Home Server with Power Pack 1 already installed on their home server. Power Pack 2 will automatically install as part of Windows Update if Automatic Updates is enabled on the home server.  (How to turn on automatic updates.)  The English version release date is March 24th.  Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish is currently scheduled to be available before the end of April.”

 

Full details of the updates can be found here.

2008 Global Cellphone Sales Stats

Thanks to ABI Research, we now know the breakdown of global mobile device sales for 2008.  Out of a total of 1.21 billion devices sold, the market shares are:

  1. Nokia – 38.6%
  2. Samsung – 16.2%
  3. Motorola – 8.3%
  4. LG – 8.3%
  5. Sony Ericsson – 8%
  6. RIM – 1.9%
  7. Apple – 1.1%

iPhone 3G 2.0.2 update available

For all you iPhonies, version 2.0.2 is now available via iTunes.  Apple haven’t made it clear exactly what fixes are included, but the address book and text message delays that were common under 2.0.1 seem to have been fixed. (Yes, I finally got one…)

20Mb Broadband from UPC/ntl

As of today, UPC, the parent company of ntl and Chrous have announced their image new residential broadband packages.  The top package, which I have at home, was 6Mb/512Kb for €40/month.  The new package is 20Mb/1.5Mb for…€40/month.

Now that’s value!

Rock Band for Xbox 360

Despite the fact that my neighbours may never speak to us again, the kids got  Rock Band for the Xbox at the weekend, along with the drum kit, guitar and mic:

image All I can say is that it’s awesome!  We (the adults) played it until 6:30am Sunday morning, and now have no boxrockbandpegivoices left.  The kids resumed a few hours later, and were much more serious than we were.  They managed to win a tour bus and a few thousand fans, and unlocked a few new tracks.  We had downloaded some extra tracks in the early hours, like the Buzzcocks “Ever Fallen In Love”, “Roxanne” by the Police, and other such classics which we then truly murdered.

If you’re a budding or wannabe Slash, Jon Bon Jovi or John Bonham, and haven’t quite managed to get that contract signed, then this game won’t help you at all.

But it is really tremendous fun.

(Note to self: everything in moderation…)