Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Another bad Win7 Mobile decision–Developer Tools

I have an idea for an application for my new phone. Nothing complicated but I want to try and build it and see if I can get it to work or not (more likely). I have a Windows 7 Phone so I’ll just download the tools from Microsoft and see what I can do.

http://create.msdn.com/en-us/home/getting_started

I download the file and run it expecting that there will be an installation and I’ll have some nifty tools installed that I can try to give my dreams life with. Um…  Nope – Epic fail here…

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Both my laptop and my desktop are running Windows Server 2008 R2 – Why? I need to run virtual machines for development and/or a lab environment. This is a great idea since I can’t run a x64 guest on Windows 7 and I got the idea from MS personnel while at TechEd. This isn't’ a foreign idea to anyone… Why would you not allow me to install developer tools here when I’m sure, there are people in Microsoft doing the exact same thing!!?!

The fix is simple enough, however why does there need to be a fix for something so simple? Seriously?

Here is the fix - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/astebner/archive/2010/05/02/10005980.aspx

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Windows Mobile 7 doesn’t connect to hidden wireless networks

I just purchased my Win7 Mobile phone. Honestly I’ve been waiting for this device to come out for over a year and I was pretty stoked that they are finally released. 

One of the cool things about modern mobile devices is that they can use other available networks besides just eating up your 3G data plan. This isn’t an issue for me at home, on campus or in most coffee shops since they have the wireless open or I have a the shared key. This is not the case at my place of employment, since it is our policy to keep the wireless networks from broadcasting the SSID. There are a few reasons for this and security really isn’t on that list. We are right across the street from a few retail stores, a hospital and some of our locations are in shopping malls – We see enough SSID broadcasts.

Microsoft does have a blog post about why NOT to hide your, however their reasoning is based on security and ignoring any other reasons for hiding a SSID.

http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsphone7/thread/6a5fd51b-b50c-44ea-9f28-8315fe90648e

This is so far the ONLY mobile device I’ve heard of or seen that cannot connect to a hidden network. There are enterprise customers  that I’m sure have a standard to hide the SSID besides us for very valid reasons besides a security fa├žade. This isn’t just the inability to connect, you can’t even type in a SSID and key so I can’t even pre-stage or configure a network if I needed to say… Send a device to one of my executives at a conference or remote meeting.

Bad choice and pulling the security card is another bad call…