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SMS corruptions, Windows Phone 10, Skype and Microsoft Messaging apps

It’s been a while…
 
I belong to the diminishing community of users of Windows Phone 10.  I still like it and although I have both android and iOS devices (not phones), I still prefer the WP interface by far.  But recently an update from Microsoft seemed to knacker the phone (well, specifically the Test Messaging database) and I was:
  • no longer receiving incoming text notifications (and missing some important stuff)
  • seeing corruption in the list of names in the messaging app (the wrong name and avatar).
  • And a few other oddities that I’ve since forgotten.
 
It reached the point after a few days of this; knowing the phone was out of support (both hardware and software); and that reporting a bug to Microsoft was unlikely to yield results I started to look at replacement handsets.
 
My initial thought was that the database of 2½ years of texts might have overloaded and set about deleting threads from unimportant sources (shipping confirmations I’d not deleted at the time, and that sort of thing).  It held the visual corruptions back a little, but notifications were still screwed up.
 
Then, I found it.  At some point an update from Microsoft (they are still coming through now), had updated Skype.  In hunting around through this path:
  • All settings
  • Messaging
  • Scroll down past SIM to Default Apps
Skype had installed itself as the default messaging app.  Reverting to Microsoft Messaging fixed all the problems.
 
It’s happened again since, but as I knew what to look for it took less time.  As much here for me the next time this happens, but hopefully if you’ve had this problem you found this fix quicker than I did!
 

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On the run up to Arnhem. A talk about these and then a lengthy description of the planning an lead up to Operation Market Garden

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Guild of battlefield guides talk at the initial British position in 1940 on the canal 10miles from Brussels

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It\’s that time again! #BBBR17

 

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Is 2016 an exceptional year for celebrity death?

As the year closes in these last few days it certainly feels like it, but I don’t think so. Celebrity on the scale we have in the 21st Century is new. Celebrity itself has existed in one form or another since time immemorial, but the current century has taken it to new levels – society can now make people famous for as little as being nothing more than being especially dim or ignorant.
So, what’s happening?
In my opinion we are reaping the inevitable outcome of the post war years. From the late 50’s to the late 70’s there was an explosion in popular culture – films, pop music, television and sport. This also coincided with a wider culture of “medicinal” products that were widely experienced and used (and indeed made a significant contribution to that explosion – Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds anyone?).
So, 60 to 40 years ago, there was a massive increase in celebrity. Although there was a wider age range, the bulk of the people coming through then were in their 20’s. Therefore, they are now in their 60’s-80’s. And guess what – they die. For those that abused their systems with drugs legal (and illegal) they may be dying younger, but even those who looked after themselves they are reaching the end of their natural lives. And that doesn’t even take into account reduced mortality due to cancer, heart disease etc. – which remains with us in significant quantities.
Therefore I think 2016 is perhaps the beginning of a new norm. Celebrities have always died, but with a growing pool of celebrity and the amplification of social media, 2016 is perhaps a pre-cursor of even “worse” years. For those of us who are 1st wave prog rock fans – the coming years are going to be miserable as band after band (who by now are nearly all in their 70’s) shuffle off this mortal coil.
We\’re going to have to get used to it.
Happy New Year!
 

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Are you tech support for your family & friends using #outlook with #outlook.com or #Hotmail? Watch out!

Especially if the Outlook version is not up to date (Outlook 2010 and older).  You may get a support call soon.

I got my support call earlier this week as email stopped working on both the laptop and desktop (although the phone was OK – in fact that’s how it was reported to me – My email’s not working anymore except on my phone – help!!)

Recalling the migration of the platforms to Microsoft Office 365 I wondered if that was the cause.  But first logged in remotely, checked things were broken as reported (there was some confusion between OneDrive and Outlook not working) – always check the problem is as described!

It was definitely broken, and reporting connection errors.  Inspecting the Account settings the accounts were connected by MAPI (the old method).
Anyway, creating a test outlook profile proved that this was the issue.  However, you cannot change the source of the account in the existing profile.  So for this support problem, I added the original accounts (there were two here, outlook and Hotmail .com) and then changed the default account, and then deleted the old ones.
Of course at this point the OST files with all the email go, and you are back to downloading the entire account history from the backend servers.  Fortunately in this case the connection was fast and took a couple of hours across both computers.
Conclusion 1:
It’s a bit of a shame that Microsoft didn’t email account holders with a notice to say that the underlying account was being migrated to say the least.  A warning email should really have been possible with (say) 4,2, and 1 week to go.  Instead it just suddenly breaks.
Conclusion 2:
It’s also worth checking the recovery account details – in one instance the recovery was to an old email account that was from a cancelled ISP account.  That was swiftly sorted !  Go to “account settings” (under the avatar for your account top right on the web page), “security & privacy” and “more security settings” and look for:
Observation 1:
Also – note that according to https://www.howto-outlook.com/howto/outlookcommigrationinfo.htm#outlook2013-2016 it is still advisable to change your email settings, even if you are on the latest and greatest (at least it carries on working though).

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One hundred years ago today

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Summary of the week

 
Oh and it reached the high 20’s with low winds so I’m a tad brown in places!
 

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Day 5 – The End

 

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Day 4 – Ceremony time

 

 

At the Chemin Des Dames memorial in the blistering heat after a 2 mile climb.

Aaaaaannnnnnnndddddd relax