Outlook 2010 sucks. And not in a good way.
It’s such a bad piece of software, and the company who wrote it (yes, *them*) cares so little for the poor bastards who have to use it, that it has an annoyance that really irritates me (that has existed for, like, ever), and one fundamental bug that renders it utterly useless as an email client, and relegates it to ‘useful only as an Exchange client’ status.
The annoyance is that when you install Outlook it creates something it calls Local Folders. This is of course because everyone who wants to have an email client, obviously wants to store all their email on their computer’s hard disk, right?
Wrong. Sensible people using Outlook are either using Exchange (where it’s ALL on the server) or IMAP (where similarly, it’s all on the server). Local folders are for people stuck with POP3. Like it’s the 1980s.
And you can not select an IMAP mailbox to be your ‘default delivery’ location, only your Local Folders or an Exchange server.
The fundamental bug? This bug was reported in Outlook 2010′s first beta release, because … it’s fundamental:
(First of all, I would like to state that this article, written as it is at approaching midnight after a hard day’s toil down the salt mines [so to speak] is pure conjecture and opinion. And the opinion is mine, all mine! I am thinking out loud, and writing it down in case I forget any of it.)
Next week on the first of September, there is an Apple event. By which I mean that fanbois across the world (myself probably included) will be sitting by their computers reading about what Steve Jobs is presenting as Apple’s latest goodness.
This time round, all we know is that it will be related to music, since the invitation cards that were sent to those Lucky Few had a picture of a guitar on them.
On top of that, September is the month that has traditionally seen the iPod Touch brought up to date, to be in line with its bigger brother, the iPhone. So it is reasonable to expect that the iPod Touch will be one of the most important announcements of this event.
I have been watching the ongoing spat between Adobe and Apple about how Flash is “not allowed” on the iPhone and iPad OS.
Apple control the iPhone and iPad OS very carefully, to ensure that the user experience is as good as it can be. This means that they try not to allow dubious apps in the App Store (although there were all those fart apps – did people really pay money for those?), and it means that they are now telling developers that they cannot use third-party libraries that sit between the app and the OS.
I mentioned this second issue in my previous post about iPhone OS v4, and how in my view it makes perfect sense for Apple to do this, because relying on a third-party library to be bug-free and to use all the latest OS features (as well as to be updated in a timely fashion when new OS features are released) is dangerous for Apple.
Flash in particular is a contentious point, because on the MacOS, it performs horribly. Even when using the 10.1 beta versions, it is horribly slow – you get mouse cursor lag on a Core 2 Duo CPU with ample RAM. So in my opinion, Apple are right to say to Adobe that Flash should not be allowed on their OS until it works. Basically.
Well, after all the posturing, and the immature ads Adobe has taken out saying how much they love Apple “but …”, I had another thought: it’s time Adobe showed the world how good their Flash Player is on the iPhone!
Adobe should release a Flash Player that can be installed on a jailbroken iPhone or iPad.
People like to read.
There is something about reading that is totally unlike, say, watching a movie or listening to music.
It does not matter if the book is written on actual paper, on a computer screen or on a handheld device designed specifically for portability and long battery life.
I read recently (on http://daringfireball.net/) that some publishers are not sure how to handle this newfangled technology stuff. At first glance, it is easy to think that this could be the same as the problems surrounding music and movies – but there is a fundamental difference between those types of content, and books:
Traditionally, publishers release a book in the expensive hardback (or hardcover) format for a period of time, and then later release it for a much lower price in paperback form.
Given this business model, it makes sense that they would try to sell as many hardback books as they can, before they then drop the prices and then sell the paperback edition. Of course some people prefer the hardback because it is more robust, has larger print or larger pages, or it just feels like a ‘real book’ – but for the most part, after the paperback has been released that’s what most people buy.
If you wanted to buy a new phone and you were trying to make up your mind which one you wanted, what things would you be taking into consideration to help you decide which one was right for you?
Here are the things I want to be thinking about:
- Quality of the screen and the user interface.
- Usability of the keyboard.
- How long does the battery last? Is it removable?
- How well does it interoperate with different systems (e.g. MacOS, Windows, ‘net-based systems)?
- How much does it cost?
- What are its dimensions? How much does it weigh?
- What frequency bands does it work on, and what data formats (GPRS/EDGE/3G) does it support?
- How much memory does it have, and what kind of memory cards (if any) does it take?
But every single time I go to a review by so-called knowledgeable people about the latest and greatest phones, you know what they talk about?
Mobile phone carriers in the US.
As of yesterday evening (local time here), people in the US have been able to pre-order the iPad. Apparently.
The Apple Store worldwide was taken down for about an hour, and the only one that was reopened with the ability to pre-order the iPad was the US one.
And yet it seems like everyone is falling over themselves to shout about this like it’s the next great event! All the websites are proclaiming this new fantastic piece of news, shouting it from the rooftops!
But what does it really mean?
This is a new blog, started because I like to post stuff of general tech interest, and thought it better to have a proper blog rather than using a ‘personal’ website to vent my rantings.
The intention is to use this site to post whenever interesting stuff arises – lets see how it turns out!