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Here is something that has been bothering me for a while. Actually it’s been pissing me off and driving me nuts and please hear me out on this. Whenever I sign into Windows Live Messenger it means that I am on my computer, one hand over the mouse and the other in standby over my keyboard. So, in other word, I am there. I am ONLINE. I am NOT away or busy. Why? Cause I just signed in. How could it possibly be that I am away or doing anything else? 

It absolutely makes no sense to change my status IMMEDIATELY to ‘Away’ when I first sign in or even during the first couple of minutes after I signed in. So why on earth do people on my contact list immediately sign in with an ‘Away’ status? Didn’t they just click on the sign in button just a second ago? It just makes no sense!

This dilemma seems to be quite common with some of my contacts and I have to admit that it pisses me off. They either don’t get it or are just, quite frankly, plain and simply retarded!

I just can’t imagine that those people don’t understand what being ‘Away’ means. I never change my status to ‘Away’ unless, obviously, I am actually away from my computer. And if I was to be away as soon as I sign in, then why sign into Messenger in the first place?

What’s even worse and heck a lot more retarded is the fact that those people sign in, change their status to ‘Away’ and continue chatting. For god’s sake please tell me what’s going through that ill sick and retarded head of yours! Am I just making a big deal out of this or are there more sane people out there with a similar story?

Get your Windows Live Messenger status right guys! For the love of god, have some internet ethics.

Windows Live Tags: clubhouse, messenger, chatting, status, story
During any break in the Microsoft TechDays event in Toronto I couldn’t help but notice the vast amount of BlackBerry owners in the room. I was also surprised to see very few iPhone users (I can literally count them on one hand) . 

So is having a BlackBerry part of the whole ‘being professional’ package? Or is a BlackBerry the only answer to push email that professionals are most comfortable with and can trust and rely on when out of the office?

I think I just answered my own questions.

Whatever the reason those people may have for owning a BlackBerry, it certainly makes me proud for owning one.

Tomorrow is certainly going to be a very exciting day. The programming team (including yours truly) is going to Toronto tomorrow to attend the Microsoft TechDays event. There will be a lot to learn and numerous material to take home and read over. This is definitely one way to stay on top of technology, at least when it comes to our field of work. Seriously, we are trying to update our extremely outdated skills. 

So I should be packing up (shaving my head) and getting ready for the trip. I am not sure if I should bring my laptop with me but I am pretty sure I will have a notepad with me at all times throughout the event. But no matter what I will be bringing, there is no doubt about taking my BlackBerry Bold with me on this trip.

Most people, like myself, live in a house with multiple computers. I have my personal laptop, my younger brothers share a computer running Windows Vista with multiple accounts in the living room, and my mother uses another PC in her bedroom. And since I am the one responsible in maintaining a wireless home network with sometimes more than 4 devices accessing the internet at once (including mobile devices), protection becomes a major issue. And that’s where Windows Live OneCare comes to play. 

I can honestly tell you that I wouldn’t trust any other software besides it. I wouldn’t feel like a guy who is in total control of all computers running in my network without OneCare. What I love about it is how it just silently works in the background without interfering with your work or dramatically affecting your system’s performance as most other PC protection software does.

All I had to do is download the software and install it on every PC I have at home and then literally forget about it. I leave it to do what it does best: protect and maintain all my PCs. Windows Live OneCare scans and gets rid of viruses, cleans your system, increases performance, as well as give you the option of backing up your data periodically and a lot more.

When I subscribed with OneCare using my Windows Live ID, I was able to make my laptop the main hub for monitoring all other PCs that I added to my OneCare subscription. I then get notified immediately on my laptop whenever one of the PCs needs an update, cleanup, backup, or any task that needs to run in order to eliminate any sort of risk.

The feature that I love the most is Printer Sharing. If one of the PCs under my OneCare is hooked to a printer, that printer can be accessible to all other PCs! There is absolutely no need to buy a network printer or a special router to hook up your printer to the network. OneCare on my laptop automatically detected a printer in my network and installed it. Now I can use my laptop to type out a document and wirelessly print it to a printer that is hooked to a computer sitting in the living room. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s just awesome!

Switching to Windows Live OneCare a year ago is certainly one of the best decisions I have made and is definitely something I am proud of. I encourage you to give it a try and see for yourself how fast, easy, and convenient the software is. All it takes is a couple of mouse clicks for true peace of mind.

Windows Live Tags: clubhouse, windows live, onecare, spaces, story
You know what? I am sick and tired of reading about some Bold owners complain about the device’s battery life. Whether you’re on the official BlackBerry Support Forums or over at CrackBerry.com Forum, you’ll come across people who just can’t stop complaining about the Bold’s battery life. 

Ever since I bought my Bold from Rogers Wireless a couple of weeks ago, I was able to use it for 3 days straight before the device even started asking to be recharged. So what exactly are those users doing on their BlackBerry Bold that requires them to charge it sometimes twice a day?

Here is my advice: buy a freakin’ computer! Stop using your cellphone for the wrong reasons. So what if it’s a smartphone? It still doesn’t mean that it replaces your laptop or your home PC.

I constantly use my BlackBerry Bold to blog, browse the web for the latest news, maybe check out a couple of YouTube videos every once in a while and I still manage to get through 3 days on a single charge. But that doesn’t mean I completely forgotten about my laptop and was satisfied with just using my BlackBerry. I try as much as I can not to waste my BlackBerry’s battery on stuff that can wait till I get my hands on a PC.

Smartphones aren’t there to replace your computer. If you’re home and using your BlackBerry Bold to surf and chat online, then maybe you should jump on your computer instead. Stop blaming the device and start becoming more aware of how much you use it and for what reasons.

Windows Live Tags: blackberry, bold, battery, story


Things has never been easier when it comes to blogging on my Windows Live Space. And using the convenient QWERTY keyboard to blog directly from my BlackBerry Bold is something I am highly proud of.

Whenever I feel like saying something on my Windows Live Space, I quickly pull out my BlackBerry Bold and start typing away. It’s as if I am always taking my Space with me where ever I go. Plus, I am always connected to my Windows Live Hotmail through the seamless and easy setup of Windows Live on my BlackBerry Bold. And that’s not all, I also have the slick and user friendly Windows Live Messenger application for BlackBerry devices. This way I am always thumbs away from reaching my Messenger contacts.

Windows Live is not just designed and developed for Windows, Mac, Windows Mobile and Symbian OS (did I miss any?). It’s also for BlackBerry owners and road warriors.

You might hear people saying that they can’t live without their phones, or their computers, or their cars. Well, Windows Live has become an essential part of my life and many others. Living without it would be a type of punishment. At least in my opinion.

To get a copy of Windows Live Messenger for your BlackBerry, go to http://www.blackberry.com/select/live/

I don’t think I have ever spent more than 5 minutes thinking of a title for my blog and ‘Mobile Visionary’ somewhat speaks for itself in terms of creativity. So this time I DO want to be more creative and hopefully the title sticks around longer before I get bored again and decide to go for another change. 

Therefore, expect a new name, possibly a new theme, and a new personality for my blog very soon.


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