Life with Azure: the realization
Background As part of being a technologist in real life, I’ve always felt that one of the important things that I did was that I brought my work home with me, and actually enjoyed it. What I mean by that is, the long days that I spent with Windows Server, Exchange, and other things in the Microsoft ecosystem, always followed me home in the evenings and on the weekends. I seemed to have enjoyed the work enough where I really wanted to use my extra time to play with it at home too, which helped me to really build my skills. I’ve done this for the last 20 years. My home network didn’t need to be overly complex, but it was. Learning these things in my off-work time made me more efficient in my “real” job. An issue I would encounter at work would follow me to the home lab.
Twin Cities LTE Performance: Not too shabby
With Twin Cities AT&T customers getting an added Thanksgiving gift of LTE, I decided to run a handful of tests to see what performance looked like. This was performed on a Samsung Galaxy SIII using the app from speedtest.net. The results are pretty impressive. Almost 40Mb/s down and over 10 Mb/s upload speeds.
AT&T Rocking 4G LTE in the Twin Cities
Looks like today is the day when AT&T flips the switch on full-time LTE for the Twin Cities. I noticed back in September that the State Fairgrounds was lit up and providing some nice download speeds. Also the U of M campus and a few other northern suburbs have been enjoying that functionality as AT&T was going through testing. I can’t find an official release on AT&T’s website, but a few media outlets are reporting this too. heraldonline.com Star Tribune Pioneer Press
Creating an Add-on for Internet Explorer with Add-In Express
Windows Phone 7 GSM Only at Launch?
Kind of a bummer for Verizon and Sprint customers who were hoping to have one of those new Windows Phone 7 devices in time for the holidays. Initial reports indicate that Microsoft will delay the launch of an OS that will support CDMA technology in order to focus on GSM. This is probably for good reason as CDMA is widely used in the United States, but not much at all beyond that. GSM is the predominate technology overseas and in other foreign countries. That being said, AT&T and T-Mobile would be the first to offer the devices, while Spring and Verizon customers will have to wait till sometime in 2011, when CDMA support is rumored to be made available. "We had to make some trade-offs," senior product manager Greg Sullivan told CNET today. "Even Microsoft doesn’t have unlimited resources. We had to prioritize doing fewer things, really, really well." (Read…
I’ve been a technologist for over 20 years, getting my start in IT with a large Fortune 100 international retailer in the 1990s. I love to talk about new technology, mobile devices, software development, photography, and the weather. The opinions expressed on this website are my own.