How to get Live.com accounts working in Windows 10 Mail Preview

Having trouble configuring your Live.com, Outlook.com or Hotmail.com email address working with the Mail Preview app in Windows 10 Technical Preview builds 10061 or 10074?

Symptoms

When you try to add an account in the Windows 10 Mail Preview app, you have a few options in the Choose an account screen. 

If you select the Exchange option (which lists Exchange and Office 365 compatibility – but none of the legacy free-email domains specifically) it will ask you for your address and take a while before responding with a prompt for your password.

Shortly after entering your password, the dialog box disappears.

Solution

This seems to be an issue for people using two-factor authentication with their Microsoft Accounts.  If so, you’ll need to look up your app password – or create a new one.

After that, simply follow the same steps listed above – but instead of your normal password, use the app password.

After that, everything should work like a charm.

Mark Zuckerberg is being a jerk

In order to expand his stranglehold on your personal data, Mark Zuckerberg has decided to hold Facebook users hostage to grow his clout in the Instant Messaging (IM) business.

For years Skype helped them to offer features that weren’t available in Facebook Messenger – like voice and video calls from within Facebook. This also brought people together – billions of Facebook users could now talk to billions of Skype users.

Now Mr. Zuckerberg has decided to get into the IM business (everybody’s doing it!) and they can’t stand the competition – so they’re building walls to ensure that if you use Facebook IM you can ONLY talk to other Facebook users.

Sound odd? Well, it is odd if your goal is to help people the world over communicate with each other – but if your goal is to make money off of ad revenue and consumer data while leveraging your large user base to make you a dominant player in the IM space it makes perfect sense.

In addition to using Facebook users like pawns, he’s also terrified of their more established competitor, Skype. Later this summer Microsoft will make Windows 10 available at no cost to anyone with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Skype will be included – so you’ll be able to reach ANYONE via Skype.

Businesses have already made the switch to Skype for Business – so suddenly everyone with a PC will be able to talk to business users too. The idea that you could talk to ANYONE without him knowing about it has Mr. Zuckerberg TERRIFIED.

I’ve really enjoyed using Facebook to talk with friends over the years – and if Mark Zuckerberg is afraid that it will be easier for more people to use Skype; they should be doing the same with their IM network – instead of raising the drawbridge and trapping all of the peasants inside.

For more on what Facebook is doing, you can read this article explaining more of the details.

Thanks for taking the time to listen – and if you don’t add your Facebook friends on Skype now, maybe we’ll see you later this year if you upgrade to Windows 10.

Personal Access Display Device (PADD) vs. Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)

This page was a comparison between PDA fantasy and PDA reality in 1998.

Background | PADD Facts | Comparison | Discuss


BACKGROUND

The first place I remember seeing a PDA was on the television show Star Trek, The Next Generation (STTNG). Crew members could be seen toting them around. In later episodes, they became so common that some of the extras on the show began to refer to them as “hall passes” (Perhaps as PDA’s become more popular in every day life, this term may catch on within major corporations). I even remember one scene where Captain Picard had a pile of PADD‘s on his desk.

I think that the first device I owned in this form-factor was a Nintendo Game Boy. Mine did not have PIM capabilities (though I recall seeing a keyboard and PIM cartridge that may have seen the market in Japan), nor the ability to synchronize with a desktop computer – but this did not matter to me because I was 14 years old and had no PIM data. I also had no computer.

After graduating from high school, I got a job at CompUSA and was exposed for the first time to the Apple Newton. This was truly an ingenious device – a half-decade ahead of it’s time. Unfortunately, despite many rumors to the contrary, Apple has not announced plans to compete again in this space.

At the moment, the device that comes closest to matching the functionality of a PADD from STTNG is the Windows Mobile (WinMo) device. WinMo devices were made by a number of different manufacturers. For the purposes of this demonstration, I have compared the PADD to a Casio E-125 Pocket PC (an early version of WinMo). As devices better suited to this comparison surface, I may replace the Casio, at the time this article was written it came the closest to the parameters set forth in the STTNG Technical Manual.

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PADD FACTS

In STTNG, the PADD was designed to allow crewmembers to do two things:

  1. execute hardware functions in a variety of locations
  2. manipulate visual information and communicate that information to others aboard ship

In a PADD, there are three replaceable parts:

  • the sarium power loop – we’d call this a battery
  • isolinear memory chip – or for us, a memory card
  • and subspace transceiver assembly (STA) – a cellular modem

In STTNG, the PADD’s are recharged via “induction charging”, though I must recharge my Pocket PC via the synchronization cradle or some other cable based power adaptor. User security is implemented on the main computer system, and this carries over to the device.

Interestingly, with a properly configured PADD, a crewmember could pilot a starship while walking down a hallway on the Enterprise. Admittedly, it would probably be difficult on a small screen, but this gives you an idea of the flexibility of the device.

This can be accomplished because the computer systems in STTNG are viewed as an integrated organism where each component is seen as a cell in a body directed by a central brain. Much as in our own human brains, the processing capabilities are spread throughout the network. Because of this, information can be shared and transferred between devices with ease.

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COMPARISON

PADD Tricorder Casio E-125
CPU: Unknown Unknown VR4122 (150MHz)
OS: Unknown Unknown Microsoft® Windows® for Pocket PC
ROM: Unknown Unknown 16MB
RAM: 4.3 kiloquads Unknown 32MB
 
Display: 4.25 times larger than Tricorder 2.4 x 3.6 cm 6 x 8 cm LCD (240×320 dots), Hyper Amorphous Silicon TFT color liquid crystal, 65,536-color, touch-panel display
Display area: 36.72 cm² 8.64 cm² 48 cm²
 
Expansion: Isolinear Chip Unknown Card slot – CF Card Type II x 1
Interfaces: STA Unknown (STA?) Serial port -RS-232C, USB (Client), Infrared – IrDA 1.2
Communications speed: 4.3 Kqs maximum Unknown 115.2 Kbps maximum
 
Power source life: 16 hours 18 hours Main battery – approx. 8 hours (when repeatedly operated 1 min. and displayed 10 min.) Battery backup – approx. 5 years (when main battery is recharged soon after charge warning message)
Operating Temperature: Unknown Unknown 0-40°C
 
Size: 10 (W) x 15 (L) x 1 (H) cm 8.5 (W) x 12 (L) x 3 (H) cm 8.36 (W) x 13.12 (L) x 2.00 (H) cm
Weight: 130.02 g 353 g 250g (including battery)
Volume: 150 cm³ 306 cm³ 219.37 cm³
Density: 0.87 g/cm³ (est.) 0.87 g/cm³ 0.88 g/cm³
 
Case: Boronite whisker epoxy Unknown Plastic
Max Drop Height: 35 m Unknown Unknown
Sound: Input – Audio pickup sensor Unknown Input – Internal microphone (mono), Output – Internal speaker (mono), headphone jack (stereo)

SOURCE: Star Trek The Next Generation Technical Manual by Rick Sternbach and Michael Okuda.
ISBN: 0-671-70427-3

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DISCUSS

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