Posts Tagged ‘calendar’

There Are Times I *HATE* Outlook and Exchange

1 June 2011

I just did a speed test from my house. My bandwidth is over 3Mbps. I can ping the server a hundred times with no packets lost and low latency. Outlook reports “Connected to Microsoft Exchange”. I can open any of the messages in the Inbox (well, most of the time; the screen still “grays out” every once in a while).

But try to forward a message, or open a simple calendar entry, and time and time and time and time again:

“Outlook is requesting data from the server”. OR,

“Outlook must be connected to the server to complete this action”.

This has been going on for half an hour now. Why can’t a big-time outfit like Microsoft get this right. I’ve said before, I have this problem even on the “corporate” network, and I have it at home, and at hotels, and other companies. Wired and wireless.

And yet all the other stuff (browsing, ftp, anything) works fine.

Outlook and Exchange act like they are still in beta test sometimes. Geeez.

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Please Permit Me A Rant About A Blackberry Bug

16 April 2010

OK, it’s not often that a handheld screws up a rare opportunity.

Our daughter Erin went on a field trip to the Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge today. They were having a special program on ladybugs.

While there, Erin was interviewed by Channel 9, KWTV here in Oklahoma City. The interview was not very long, but we thought it was cool.

I do not have a working VCR, and my DVR won’t record over-the-air TV. So I whipped out my Blackberry 8220, turned on the video camera, got it lined up with the TV, and found a steady place to hold it for a good picture. When Channel 9 started the segment with Erin in it, I pushed the start button and we were off!

Unfortunately, seven seconds into the segment, I got a Blackberry calendar reminder pop up. I clicked Dismiss, and the video was still being shown, BUT IT WAS NOT BEING RECORDED! I watched the segment with Erin through the Blackberry LCD, not knowing it was not being captured.

After a few shouted words that were of the unpleasant variety, I did a couple controlled tests and found that this behavior was consistent. Once the reminder pops up, the video recording stops. I think this is a bug in the Blackberry 8220. I will report it to RIM as such.