Sprint HTC Hero And Exchange Server

I used to have a Blackberry because of the capabilities that it had.  In December I purchased a HTC Hero from Best Buy, and I have no regrets at this point.  I have finally finished testing connectivity between the HTC Hero, and my Exchange 2003 Server.  Some people that want Exchange ActiveSync capability may have issues with getting their company to implement a few small changes, but they are very easy to get done by the IT people.

When you first go to connect to a Activesync / Exchange Server you will get some sort of message about Authentication.  If you do, then keep reading because I explain how to have this fixed.

Go to mail, and create a new account under ActiveSync/Exchange.  You will be asked for the email address, and your password.  Press NEXT.  If it cannot automatically configure the remaining settings, then you will need to enter the server name, and port.  If everything goes well, then you will be lastly asked to choose what to syncronize.  This can also be found on the HTC site… HERE.

If you tried all of this, and you still can’t get ActiveSync to work, then you may need to have some things checked, and fixed if necessary.

Make sure Exchange Server has all the available Service Packs.

If you have all of the Service Packs, then go into the Exhange System Manager.  Click on First Organization, Global Settings, Mobile Settings.  Select properties for Mobile Settings.

From here things get a bit tricky about what settings your IT will allow.  Click on Device Security.

For the HTC Hero to work correct you need to put a checkmark in the “Allow access to devices that do not fully support password settings.”  This should allow you to connect to your Exchange Server via ActiveSync.  Receiving data from your mailbox, calendar, and contacts should be flawless at this point.  The only part that is going to give you an issue is sending from ActiveSync.  Mail / Messages will get “Stuck in the Outbox.”  I had to go into Exceptions, and add the users of Android phones so that those users are exempt from all security settings.  Now they can send from ActiveSync.

If you need any help getting this configured, then you can email me, and I will try to help you out.

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Getting Started At Blogging

I am taking some time away from my continual search for jobs.  I have tried many variations of  admin job searching in the classifieds of my local newspapers website.  I must take a breather, and try to help everyone that wants to know more about blogging, and how to get started.

My blogs may not be as good as others, but I have noticed that you can never be as good as someone else on the internet.  Everyone does things their own way, and that puts everyone on a level playing field.  I have compiled some usefull information that may help others that are looking for help in getting their blog running.

Get a Self-Hosted blog.  (WordPress seems to be the easiest to operate, and move in the future.)

WordPress actually is easy enough to install, and use that the standard person with a very good speed ISP can actually run WordPress from their own computer.  I don’t recommend this because of the bandwidth that will be used in serving the site.  In my case I have a Comcast Business Class Service, and my bandwidth is huge.  Some of my blogs are hosted through Surpass Hosting.  Check them out.  They have very good prices.

Purchase a Domain Name.

Domain names are what bring you traffic.  Find a domain name that will work into your “Niche”, and search engines.  Example… My DisneyContestBlog site brings in traffic just from searches like “Disney Contest”, “Disney Blog”, and “Contest Blog”.  My wife has MomsBlogs4U which gets searches from “Moms Blog”, and “Mom Blog”.  I put another domain up strictly for reviews.  Can you guess the name?  ReviewsBlog4U.  The domain name means a lot so think about your name before you start.

Join Social Networking sites.

I recommend joining sites that will create friends, and help you with publishing your information to the outside world.  Sites that are almost “Musts” are: Twitter, BlogCatalog, and FaceBook, and EntreCard.  If you are a mom, then search the web for “Mom Blog Groups”, and do searches for groups that will help you.

Blog as much as possible.

When you first start you want to publish as much as possible.  It takes time for your site to be searchable.  This also establishes yourself with your future audience.  People will get to read, and if they are interested, then they will return.

Submit to search engines.

When you first setup your site I recommend getting into the Google Webmaster Tools, Yahoo Developer, and a few other sites.  These sites will help you get necessary keys that go into your WordPress installation so that search engines can grab your xml files.  If everything is working right, and you have been doing good work then a search of the internet will hopefully find your site in the best positioning of sites.

Setup Feedburner.

Feedburner is a way to monitor who is a subscriber to your RSS feed.  RSS feeds are just like people viewing your site.  People can download RSS feeds for while they are “Offline”, but they are still viewing your site.

I will put up another helpful setup of information in the next week.  In that informational I will go further into monetizing, and how to establish contact with PR reps, and companies.  I will continue on helping.  If you want to get a little further quicker, then you can join our newly running forums at MyBlogsHome Forums.  Join, and post your questions, or whatever you want.  We will be doing some advertising, and some other things that will help the members in gaining some traffic, and readers.

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Connecting Your PS3 To Home Theater

Correctly configuring your PS3 to your Surround stereo is very important.

This walkthrough will actually work with any gaming system.

I have found sites showing that you can use this setup for DTS, while others say NO.

Here is a very short instructional.

First connect the PS3 to your tv by either HDMI, or Component cable.  You do not need audio cables if you are using the Component cables. 

Second connect the PS3 to your stereo via an Optical cable if your stereo has the capability.  If not connect the Red audio, and White audio cable to the stereo.

Third go into the PS3 settings, and configure the PS3 based on which connection you used.

Things to make sure you do in the end…

Turn the tv volume all the way down.

If you are on Optical, then the stereo should automatically decide which sound mode to use.  If you must choose, then make sure you have at least used Dolby Pro Logic 1, or 2.

The reason you do not need audio at the tv when you have a stereo is that you will receive a echo due to the audio going to 2 different fields, and the stereo fields are going to decode in a different manner.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me, and I will be glad to help you out.

As a 15 year installation tech contracted by many of the big stores I have experience with audio, and video.  Most people think they know what they are talking about… Most don’t.

DTS isn’t used in many applications yet, due to the cost of the equipment most people will not upgrade just for that one sound set.

Correct placement of speakers is key…

This section is pertaining to wall mounted tv’s, and some stand type tv’s.

Front Left, and Front Right should be on the appropriate side towards the middle of the tv.  Wall mounted speakers should not be at the ceiling.  The center channel needs to be under the tv.  The Surround speakers should not be at the ceiling either.  They should be at approximatelly ear level when sitting down.  The subwoofer actually performs well in the front of the room, but for rooms with the seating in the back of the room, the subwoofer should be placed at the back of the room.

Here are a few pictures to show you how we install to correct sound specifications…

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I will make a detailed posting on what not to do when installing, or having your lcd / plasma installed on your wall.

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