Blackberry won’t sync to Outlook 2003

My employer decided to upgrade to Outlook 2003 recently. Unfortunately, it seems there are problems syncing the Blackberry to it now: the Outlook option is greyed out in the sync settings.

The few hints I got through Google didn’t help – any ideas?

I’d really like to use it, but syncing is quite important to me.

Are there other programs than the Blackberry desktop that can sync?

Gmail needs a personal kill file

I’m still quite happy with Gmails SPAM filtering abilities, but there are some things I don’t understand: although I have marked all those “SmallCap Investment Opportunities” and “Penny Stock” emails as SPAM multiple times, I still keep receiving them in my inbox.

How about allowing me to have a personal “kill file” that contains words that will delete emails containing that word immediately. That drove my SPAM level down by 30 percent in Thunderbird, and would surely allow Google to save Gigabytes of storage space.

Feel free to give me a percentage of the amount saved ;)

MI5 Spy Device Auction

On the Sin Fein Bookshop:

“This auction is for part of a British MI5 bugging device found hidden in the floorboards of a Sinn Féin office in Belfast in September 2004. Approx 10.5 inches by 6.5 inches.

Included is a handwritten letter of authentication from Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams. The handwritten letter has been framed and there is a display board for the device.

This is a unique opportunity. A historical item such as this has never before been made available and it’s highly unlikely that it will happen again.”

Can you even legally buy this? Maybe MI5 wants it back ;)

Your chance to meet Bill Gates


“You could meet the chairman of Microsoft, but you’ll have to profess a passion for Windows first. Microsoft is looking for true stories about people using Windows computers to pursue a passion or hobby. The company plans to use them in a marketing blitz tied to the 20th anniversary of Windows’ debut. To entice essay submissions, Microsoft is offering a number of prizes, including the chance to meet Gates in Seattle and appear in the ad campaign. Other prizes include an overseas trip with National Geographic Expedition, VIP access to a major movie premiere and a home makeover with an HGTV designer.

Essays must be 300 words or less. Extra points are given to essays that demonstrate the positive impact Windows has made on someone’s life. Microsoft will select winners in five categories: culture and community, music, memories, home and lifestyle, and sports and games. To win, you must be at least 13 years old, live in the United States, and enter by Sept. 30. Microsoft plans to select winners in October.”

Eh… can you say “switch?

Nokia prepares vor VoIP

Nokia 770

Nokia has introduced the Nokia 770, probably their first non-phone consumer device.

It looks like an enhanced version of the Nokia 7710, without the GSM module.

The interesting part:

“The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet’s software is upgradeable and currently runs on the Linux-based Internet Tablet 2005 software edition. There is a planned launch next year of an operating system upgrade – the Internet Tablet 2006 software addition – that will support additional services, including Internet telephony (VoIP) and Instant Messaging.”

Not bad – so they’re hedging their bets. I wonder when the first pocketable phone-like VoIP phone by Nokia will see the light. I bet they have those in their labs already…