I am back! My blog is migrated to new servers, happy days.
To kick off 3 things which have very much impressed me in the last couple of months:
1) Windows 7 RC. Microsoft have an absolute win here, its faster and feels tidier than Vista, the search is lightening quick, the new combined launch/taskbar kicks ass, the XP fallback mode works, it multithreads properly, I haven’t found any kit I can’t make work with it, and its all incredibly stable. I don’t actually know why anyone currently slogging it out on Vista wouldn’t run as fast as they can to do an in place upgrade today.
2) GMail Apps. I dipped my toe in the water using GMail for benking.me.uk a few months ago, I have now migrated warwicknet.com lock stock and barrel. Having your email all in gmail is pure bliss. The labelling effectively gives ‘3D’ folders, and having the power of Google search on your email is awesome. No longer do I have to slog it out in Outlook/Exchange land sorting my inbox by ‘From’ to find that one email from the 17000 in my inbox (I don’t like filing stuff). Its fair to point out though that that new features in Windows 7, means that it can search your outlook email about as quick as well. The downside of GMail of course is Google owning you.
3) Solwise 3G router. This little toy is a work of art. Basically its a plug in the wall router, that will do wireless, ethernet, and 3G routing (by plugging your existing USB 3G dongle into the provided USB port). It is a right swiss army knife and will do web cam server, file server, print server. The amazing thing is that my T-Mobile 3G connection is far faster via the solwise and then wireless to my laptop than when plugged directly in my laptop. To be honest I am not doing it justice here, read the full review on The Register here.
I would heartily recommend all of the above.