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Of or related to my job.

Lync 2010 for Android – NOPE

Following the rollout at the office of upgraded instant messaging–Microsoft Lync 2010–I decided to take advantage of the cross-platform capability of the client and install it on my Android phone–my trusty Galaxy Nexus.  I would have installed it on my 2012 Nexus 7, but. much to my chagrin, there is no tablet compatible version available.  That should have been my first warning sign.

There were so many things wrong with this application, I do not know where to begin.

  • The application still appeared to be in the Android 2.3 Gingerbread style as opposed to Android 4 Holo style.  The dialog boxes and configuration menus tipped me off to this.
  • The application would throw strange errors and could never stay online.  When I would try to return to an online status, the application would throw an odd error asking to restart it.  Inevitably, I would have to “force stop” the application and restart my phone.
  • No tablet-compatible version.

After dealing with this multiple times, I had enough and uninstalled the application.  It suddenly dawned on me: Why would I want to be accessible via enterprise IM when not at work or not using remote access?

The Height of Pretentiousness

Am I alone in finding the signatures that the iPhone and iPad append to emails sent from them to be annoying?  Admittedly, I also find this behavior to be annoying with email sent from Blackberry devices.  I do not disagree that there is value in an email signature–telephone numbers and mailing addresses are handy to have from time to time.  A signature telling me the device you are using, though, offers little value.  In a reply to an email, the device signature is just cluttering up the message thread.

Do we really need to know what device you used to reply to my email?  Furthermore, do I need to see it in every reply in an email thread?  The same behavior is not done when I use the fat-client on my desktop, and it is certainly not done when I happen to use my Blackberry.  Imagine how annoying it would be if every reply to an email contained my standard email signature.  Better yet, imagine email replies containing “Sent using Outlook 2007.”  This issue has been exacerbated by the preponderance of iPads being used at the most senior levels within my corporate master, and an email I received this weekend was the last straw.

By all means, show off your overpriced iPod Touch groundbreaking computing device, but do us all a favor: turn off the signature that says “Sent using my device of the moment.”  Your signature is doing nothing but displaying an overbearing sense of pretentiousness and self-worth by advertising your device as a status symbol to the rest of the “unwashed masses.”  So, please, turn it off!

Oh, Hello There!

It’s been a while since I have had a moment to sit down and compose a blog post.  Thus, I am forced to update everyone in the most immediate way possible.

  • Professionally, things are well yet busy.  I would not have it any other day.
  • After the end of snow and the coming onslaught of rain, I spent today cleaning my house from top to bottom.  It needed it, and I actually feel like I accomplished something as a result.
  • After some research, I decided to purchase a Blu-Ray DVD player.  Specifically, I ordered a Samsung BD-P3600 from TigerDirect.  TigerDirect was having a pretty good deal on the player, so I figured why not.
  • Lately, there have been two songs that I have been unable to get out of my head.
    • The Filet-o-Fish Song
      • Even with a DVR, I cannot get this stupid ad jingle out of my head.
    • Shots, LMFAO featuring Lil Jon
      • Yet again, the music selection at my gym strikes again.  In this case, as I was wrapping up my workout on Thursday morning, this little ditty became permanently ingrained into my brain.  I have no idea who this other rap group is, but I am all too familiar with Lil Jon, thanks to Dave Chappelle. Damn you, Lil Jon!
  • Opening Day 2010 for the Baltimore Orioles will soon be upon us.  I have yet to acquire a ticket, but I will begin that search soon enough.
  • In the book-reading department, I finished reading The Quants.  Expect a review of that book sometime this week.  Also, I am almost finished reading SuperFreakonomics.

There you have it—a concise update.

In Summary

I’ve been pretty busy the last couple of weeks, and I have neglected my quasi-routine updates here.  Allow this post to suffice as an update.

  • Last Wednesday, thanks to my better half, I saw and enjoyed The Rivalry at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC.  If you consider yourself a student of American history, I highly recommend it.  The play is a dramatization of the Lincoln-Douglas debates as both of them vied for the one of the seats for Illinois in the US Senate.  The language used by both Lincoln and Douglas during the debate portions of the play is accurate, while the rest of the play is a dramatization as seen through the eyes of Douglas’ widow, Adele.
  • Work has been, as usual of late, extremely busy.
  • My taxes are done, and with it, my refunds are now in hand.  I finally splurged on myself, purchasing a long-needed (and desired) HD LCD TV–a Samsung LN46B750–and a new univeral remote–a Logitech Harmony 700.  My splurging is now complete, and I have been able to enjoy programming in HD.  Why did I wait so long?
  • The winter weather around here has been to my liking.  I do take exception, though, to the snowfall occurring on weekends as opposed to a weekday.  Enough with the Saturday snowstorms.
  • This weekend, I am off to Boston for the Beanpot.  Again, it would appear I will be seeing BU in the Beanpot final after their defeat of Northeastern by a score of 2-1 in the first round last night.
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