Problems in setting up sync to Google services in Windows Mobile

Google support has a page on synchronizing it’s services with Windows Mobile device.

The page is quite informative, the only problem is that it still has not been translated into Russian, which leaves out of border lots of potential users. Thus, a dig to Russian Google support team for lack of description 😦

Few nuances leading to digs to MS sync developers exist:

  1. Only one server is permitted: the MSDN Blogs thread discussion states that there’s the only solution yet – use POP\IMAP for another server. The user “zhamid” answers it quite well:

    “Yes, it is technical.  The way we initially implemented the application, it is restricted to using only one exchange account.  This may change in the future, but right now this is what we are stuck with.”

    Awesome, huh?!

  2. Only one email synchronization via ActiveSync is possible: in order to enable Gmail sync you have to disable email sync with laptop\desktop (assuming you have Outlook synс it sounds awful).
  3. The connection will be named “MS Exchange” (even though it’s Google nor Microsoft) and there’s no change option.

The user “stewartbryson” sees no future fixes, hoping for Google solution:

I can’t wait until Google has fully implemented calendar, mail and contact list in the Google Domain apps product. That way, I can move away from Exchange for my company email and use this very precious SINGLE exchange connection on my mobile phone for my largest customer at a single point in time.

The bottom line: the problem exists throughout several product generations, is well-known but no action was made. Even more: OMA (Outlook Mobile Access) was discontinued in MS Exchange 2007.


Statistics generation: custom solution instead of Reporting Services

Today we’ve finished one project which took a plenty of time to be realised – a custom statistis module based on SQL data and realised as MOSS\WSS (SharePoint) webparts kit.

We have extremely tough queries and quite complicated data model, so we decided to get another solution:

  • The whole thing is divided into 5 parts each describing different business viewpoint of the data; all these viewpoints have been deployed as custom web-parts with initial constructor implemented with 1st webpart.
  • SQL code takes about 14 500 (!) lines in 6 different UDFs, which all were written by one person; another guy created webparts.

Finally, we’ve done it. Hurray!

How management would use information: PR in reactions

Alexander Zurabov, ex-head of the “Aeroflot” board – How Management Would Really Use Information: How Management Would Use Information (article in Russian).

I’ve translated a bit to make it readable for English-speaking users:

It’s a pity, but in every airline’s business accidents may happen (induced by techical fails, people or crashes) – and often the whole company’s future is defined in 3-4 hours after the accident (as proven out by historical experience). Even more – it’s future is defined in PR nor airfield, where all the people know what to do in emergency situations.

Actions of PR persons define how quick official commentary comes out, how precise it is, who takes responsibility, how rapidly passengers’ lists are publiashed, how quick and effective hotline works, etc. So the whole company’s future depends on how quick a lot of people will become a fine-tuned mechanism where each gear knows what, how and when would it do, and how to cooperate with colleagues…

Then he describes his own experience:

Most of the people (mostly managers) didn’t know what to do in an unknown information field while being high-qualified in their own fields of expertise.

Best practices (mostly painful) show that people can team-up in times of crisis and become a single mechanism in one case: if they knew what they and their neighbours would do.

Now the best comes – about informal & unstructured knowledge:

The thing is that no one formal system will show full frame, talking about business object  or man’s body; right in that unformalised zone real experts’ experience and insight work at full throttle.

As for me, that’s the most inmortant lesson I’ve taken of this article:

It’s better to hire expertise instead of qualification.

BTW, just another one idea I’ve got last morning:

We buy opportunity, not goods.

Getting hired in IT: How-To

Just’ve found a nice article on how to get hired. No, not Just Another One Clever Article, but a really interesting one – it’s about the IT:

If you’re like many other IT professionals, you may feel like you’re a little fish in a big ocean.

You are.

With so many people seeking jobs today, you cannot afford to be just another John or Jane Doe who’s looking for a job in IT. You’ve got to stand out. Here are some things you can apply immediately to help differentiate yourself in your next job interview or when it comes time for a promotion, or just to win over those who matter…

As having some experience as being hired as IT-specialist I could advise points of strength for jobseekers:

  • Get listed in professional social networks.
    …as being seeking a job (I’ve been hired after my account and professional info was found at LinkedIn).
  • Get certified.
    Invest in your education instead of wasting your time while seeking for a job. Certified workers are more preferable compared to all the others.
  • Tell your friends.
    Being hired by recommendation of a friends is the olderst method 🙂

Twitter extensions for Google Chrome

As a Chrome-living Twitter user, I’ve tried to find a perfect microblogging tool for Chrome since Extensions feature was released in the latest beta.

  1. First was Brizzly, which I liked first:
    • pro: it provides you with access to Twitter and Facebook;
    • contra: a ‘loading’ screen is shown each time you open it.
  2. Then was TweetDeck – which didn’t succeed either because my admin banned Adobe Air installation.
  3. Seesmic came next – and still is my selection for ‘heavy’ online Twitter tool.
  4. Now I’ve decided to uninstall Brizzly and try TwitterBar and Twopup (will post a short review here later).

Which Twitter clients do you use?

P.S.: decided to uninstall TwitterBar – Twopup works faster and gives much more options.