Screwfix – cheap towel rail radiator and bathroom ventilation kit

Since starting DIY work on my home I have become a huge fan of Screwfix Direct, especially since they are considerably cheaper than most of the DIY “Sheds” here in the UK (Focus, Homebase, Wickes, B & Q).

I have bought a designer towel rail radiator including valves for only £60.00 and a bathroom extractor fan kit which I be attempting to fit this weekend.

I will post my progress on this with some helpful hints and tips later.

HTC Wildfire – Excellent Budget Smartphone

After leaving my girlfriend left out when I’m out shopping/eating and surfing the web on my IPhone, since she can’t beat me I have persuaded her to join me by picked up the superb HTC Wildfire from excellent value

After doing much research I decided to recommend the HTC Wildfire as it’s received excellent reviews and finds itself on the PC Pro A-List, my usual first port of call when buying any kind of tech.  Another deciding factor was that Android 2.2 (aka Froyo) is now being rolled out to the Wildfire which brings enhancements such as wi-fi hotspot and USB tethering, improved Exchange support and SD card app installation.

It’s going to be a steep learning curve for her coming from a relatively simple Nokia handset, so I will post her experiences on here.

Apple iPhone with SBS Exchange 2003

I recently encountered an issue getting an IPhone 3gs to receive push email from a SBS 2003 Exchange server.

Having read many article, let me say that this IS POSSIBLE. There are a lot of posts out there that say:

  • You can’t do it with Exchange 2003 you need Exchange 2007 or 2010
  • You need to use IMAP
  • You need ISA server in the middle

These are incorrect.

The customer has a fairly standard Single SBS 2003 box with exchange all on the one server, running SP2 and Outlook over RPC/Outlook anywhere fully working – a typical setup for a small company.

The key problem I discovered was that OMA (Outlook Mobile Access) is required for by the iPhone to synchronize with Exchange. To enable this:

  • Open the Default Website in IIS 6
  • Disable the IP address restrictions on the exchange-oma directory
  • Restart IIS (iisreset)

Once done the iPhone email synchronization started working fine.