Blackberry2Droid Version 1.0.2 Released

After a few months with no development I’m pleased to announce that BlackBerry2Droid has reached version 1.0.2. With the latest version comes support for messages encoded with UCS-2 (a way of converting readable characters to numbers that pre-dates UTF-16). This results in support for languages that use non-Latin alphabets such as Cyrillic, Greek etc.

A bug where the sender/receiver of messages has also been corrected.

Support for different languages has been a long standing feature request. If it’s something you’ve found useful, please encourage others to check it out by tweeting about it or sharing it on Facebook/G+.

Head on over to the Blackberry2Droid page to download the latest version.
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SAM Software

In two recent blog posts I’ve covered available licensing programs and what happens if you get audited by the Business Software Alliance. In this blog post I’m going to talk about keeping track of your software licensing through Software Asset Management and a basic overview of how the process work.

Software Asset Management (SAM) is the process of optimising the purchasing, management and recognition of software licenses. Software tools are available to assist with the process, which can be broken down into five or six categories:

  1. Inventory tools to identify what software is deployed across a network
  2. Management tools to manage license agreements and reconcile usage rights against data returned from inventory tools
  3. Metering tools to identify how frequently software is used, to allow you to remove software from computers where it is not used
  4. Policy tools to restrict installation of software can be installed, or who can use it
  5. Deployment and Patch management are usually part of the same system, and provide facilities to deploy new software packages and update already deployed software

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