Size vs Functionality – Mobile phones

In my lifetime I have seen the progression and improvement in technology of the mobile phone and also the laptop computer.

With both of those; I have also seen the change in size preferences by people.

The first mobile phone that I saw my father using was like a briefcase with a handset attached. Literally. The briefcase portion was the battery and aerial all in one:

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My first mobile phone was a Nokia 5110. It was smaller than a standard HD TV Remote these days. It was one of the first phones to show a true interest in the end user. It was one of the first phones that allowed for a custom Fascia.

But, it was still quite fat.

Progressing through Nokia’s; my next phone was a 3210. It was thinner, it lost the external aerial, kept the interchangeable fascias but also allowed for a composable ringtone.

Following that I moved to Samsung, then Sony Ericsson mobile phones. The smallest of all of my phones was the Samsung T100. I loved that phone and I still get a little nostalgic thinking about the animated fish wallpaper that shipped with the phone. Following that phone, however, I too began my progression back to larger phones.

I opted for a SE T610, to this day one of my favourite phones, as well as everything else the phone did (which was quite a lot for the time) it also came with Q*bert. This was followed by a W810i, a K750i, K850i then an Xperia X10i. I recently upgraded to an Xperia S after nearly a year waiting for the LG Optimus 4X HD to come to O2, as promised, but it never happened.

I also have an iPhone 4 which is supplied by my employer.

If you know your phones the what you might see from this progression through the Sony Ericsson phones is that they all, slowly, get larger. Finally culminating in the largest, the Xperia S. However; what about the functionality?

Whilst the functionality of my S is vast, there is actually very little that I can do on the phone, that I couldn’t do on the T610. The T610 did not have native Microsoft Exchange Active-Sync support, but it could be setup to receive my e-mails; exactly the same as the X10i and S. The X10i does allow for Microsoft Exchange support through the bundled Moxier Sync software, but I’ll blog later what you need to do to get that working. The S, running Android 4.0.1, has native Exchange Support. Also; providing I plugged my T610 into my PC with the supplied USB cable I could synchronise my calendar.

So where does this leave us? It leaves me, certainly, with the sad realisation that I am no longer a minority. The world has embraced the vast functions of a mobile phone, but, for all the wrong reasons. Mobile phones are once again bigger than they ever have been, Samsungs Galaxy Note II being the biggest currently, because people want to play games and watch YouTube. Your mobile phone has become a pocket PC and buying a new phone, or even upgrading, has become a daunting process for our seniors generation.

In short (accidental pun); size has ruined the functionality of a phone. When everyone wanted them smaller, like the Samsung T100, they were still phones with a few pastimes on them. Now they are big, with lots of games, unnecessary apps; more pastimes than necessary functions.

The worst thing about this situation is – all the new age techies don’t understand why mobile phones have a shorter batter life regardless of their new use as a pocket PC.

Retrieve your SBS Certificate Installer for RWW and OWA

The Remote Web Workplace (RWW) is a special place. It allows users to connect to their business network, using shares, viewing and sending e-mails, even connecting to their Workstation in the office whilst at home.

However; if you have ever had to setup a new user with access to the RWW or Outlook with Outlook Anywhere settings, and cannot locate the Certificate Installation Package to finalise the install, it can be very frustrating.

Fear not; there is a quick and simple way to retrieve your Installation Package. The user should be able to login to the Remote Web Workplace, but, they will receive certificate errors and won’t be able to login to any machines in the office. Once logged in, and providing you haven’t disabled any folder features for the Administrator Account, you should be able to Browse the Servers Public Shared Documents.

Shared Folders – Copyright Microsoft

In the downloads folder is the Install Certificate file. Select it with the tick box and hit download.

Install Certificate – Download – Copyright Microsoft

You have now retrieved the Certificate Successfully. Unzip, Install and use your Remote Web Workplace with glee!

A more detailed TechNet Article can be found here.

Fast progress

Following on from my recent triumph in progressing my professional career; I immediately set about looking for the next rung of the business ladder.

In my previous post I said, by far, the easiest way for me to maintain a grasp of my current qualification was to progress to the CompTIA Security+ examination. Following that post I went on to the CompTIA website and reviewed the course topic, following that, I sat a mock examination via the internet.

I finished 2 marks short of a pass.

This has given me the confidence to suggest to my boss that I should set this as a 12 month target.

The only way is up!

I have qualified!

Following a lengthy 2 year study period; I am finally a CompTIA Network + qualified Technician.

I am extermely happy with the outcome of my final examination, but; I was a little surprised with a few aspects that followed.

First; I was surprised with the level of freedom I would have to use the Network+ Qualified technician logo. Seemingly; as long as I use only the logo as is then I can use it wherever I feel.

Secondly; I was a little bit surprised at the methodology in which I was required to keep the certification. Over the next three years I will be required to do a number of different tasks in order to achieve a certain number of Continued Education points. (solicitors will be aware of this type of scheme with the CPD scheme) Of those things the easiest thing to do in order to maintain the qualification, by far, would be to….

…achieve a pass in the next level of the CompTIA educational path – CompTIA Security+.

Both of the above are not negatives. I am more than happy to continue my studies, and I am very proud to now place the graphic, my qualification allows, on my website. What it also means is that every time I blog about something that is relevant to my training and my work; I can achieve some of the CE points needed to maintain my qualification.

Bring on the next 3 years, and to all those studying towards a professional qualification; good luck!