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November 28, 2006

Ted starts walking

According to Mum in law, Ted started walking on Wed. Staggering a few steps at a time. When no one is watching or when he gets excited, he forgot and let go his hands and totter over.

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November 27, 2006

IE 7 test drive

After an interesting experience with a user's IE7, thought it will be fruitful to do some test driving myself.

Installed the final version of Internet Explorer 7, it took a long time as it was running a check for malicious software


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November 24, 2006

Internet Explorer 7 and Outlook 2003

If you have the two software in the same computer, there is going to be a problem when you print HTML emails from Outlook.

The Outlook printout of mail sometimes will have no headers. For example, username, date and time, subject will be missing. I checked the amount of text and it appears that IE 7 is trying to squeeze text into the page resulting in the truncation of the mail header..

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November 22, 2006

Casino Royale

This is suppose to be a reboot of the entire Bond franchise, with Daniel Criag as the new Bond after Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan.

Without leaking any spoilers, this movie is quite different from usual Bond movies.

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November 15, 2006

Error on Technet documentation

Well, it isn't an everyday event that one finds an error on Microsoft Technet web page. I thought I share it here. This is on the Exchange 2003 pre and post SP2 behaviour for the DS Proxy module which provides address book service for the Outlook clients.

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How not to run a national IT project

Slashdot has an article on the Biggest IT Disaster Ever. This is on the National Healthcare Service or NHS's project called National Programme for IT, or NPfIT. Some call it "sleepwalking toward disaster".The aim is "an electronic care record for patients and to connect 30,000 GPs to 300 hospitals, providing secure and audited access to these records by authorised health professionals". I guess they don't believe in starting small.

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November 14, 2006

Service Desk

Help desk or as Tom Cruise's character in Vanilla Sky calls it, Tech Support! This is the integral part of any IT services, or more precisely the integral heart.

My first post on ITIL.

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November 13, 2006

Jeff Papows and Lotus Development Corp

I was patting Ted to sleep when a book caught my eye. Enterprise.com by Jeff Papows. He left Lotus Development Corp after news reports of discrepancies in his resume. I wonder where is he now.

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November 12, 2006

Athena's Birthday

Athena's birthday is in end of November, so out of the school calendar year. After nearly six months of watching her classmates having birthday celebrations, it would be mean not to let her have her moment in the limelight.

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November 11, 2006

Hari Raya Puasa celebration

Took Ted to a colleagues' Hari Raya Celebration. Every year, to celebrate the Malay New Year, big do is organised at her house. Her family will invite all the relatives, friends and colleagues over for lunch or dinner. Everyone would pack into her house and tuck in on her mom's cooking.

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November 10, 2006

Managing customers

Just finished doing a project for an office. Simple cabling project to run the cables on one day, cutover the users on the next. As in all IT projects, sometimes technical issues are not the problem.

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MT Blogroll

MT Blogroll Manual | Movalog Plugins: Movable Type Plugins by Arvind Satyanarayan
A plug in to manage links. Quite picky about the browser to do installation.

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November 6, 2006

The journey to being certified MCSE 2003

The journey to being certified. MCSE 2003

The paper that I am currently embarking on is a mouthful of a name "Planning and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure." Hmm why can't they have simplier names?

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November 3, 2006

IT Service management

Just what exactly does an IT Manager do? Hmm manages the infrastructure, applications eg ERP, network, budget, technology planning, talk to the users and much more.

I have always wondered about this. After quite a bit of Googling, and library crawling, the answer to the question is IT Service Management. Or described in the series of books of IT Infrastructure Library.

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November 2, 2006

Theodore's Birthday

Happy Birthday Ted!


November 1, 2006

Roaming GPRS problems

Recently had a case of user having roaming GPRS problem in a neighbouring country. His Windows Mobile 5 (WM5) device keeps giving modem errors. Normally we would just write it up as a typical roaming issue.

But this guy is stuck in one place for a week with no Internet access. Oh did I mention he is also a VVIP user? So tried check all the usual Activesync and GPRS settings. No joy.

In the end, have to ask the user to call Singtel. Singtel told the in-country telco to do something about their GPRS. Voila, now connected.

Morale of the story is, when having roaming problems, call your Singapore telco pronto and lean on them. After all you are paying for it.

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