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  • Blog Post: Christmas Webcasts: Working Across Different Timezones in Outlook

    Merry Christamas! Here is a webcast tip that will quickly show you how you can add a second timezone view to your Outlook 'Day' calendar. Hope this tip helps you out.
  • Blog Post: How To: Open All Office Applications in 0.5 Seconds!

    Did you ever wish you could defrag your workstation in 3 seconds?  Have you ever accidentally opened ALL the applications in your start menu *not really* ?  What about jump up and down with 24 running hard drives in your hand?  The boys at Samsung have and they have a pretty amazing story...
  • Blog Post: Tips: ‘Group Policy Preferences’ are a Better Alternative to Logon Scripts

    One great new feature in Windows Server 2008 is a feature called Group Policy Preferences .  Unlike Policies , Preferences are not enforced.  Before this feature was introduced, IT administrators would have to often write a whole bunch of logon scripts or tediously build the settings into an...
  • Blog Post: HOW TO: Removing Hidden Data From Office Documents

    Metadata is information within a document that provides indexing intelligence to other applications and subsystems. Metadata is what makes search engines and filters effective and almost every modern media file from a photo to an excel sheet has some. Metadata could be as simple as the "date created...
  • Blog Post: How To: Deploy Office Compatibility Pack with an MSI package

    KB 952273 The Office Compatibility Pack has been available for a long time as a free EXE download, but some IT administrators needed to deploy the pack centrally via MSI and AD.  The natural question for these people was, “where is the MSI download?” For one reason or another, an MSI download doesn...
  • Blog Post: How To Upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7 In-place

    There has been a lot of noise about the fact that Microsoft is not providing an in-place upgrade for Windows XP users to Windows 7.  This is ironic considering that during the Vista launch, I got laughed at every presentation for actually recommending an in-place upgrade to Vista.  No one believed...
  • Blog Post: How To: Use Google Calendar With Outlook

    Before joining the workforce, I never ever used calendaring software.  I didn't have a smartphone, and PDAs without internet access were a horrible value proposition for me.  I think life would have been a little different if I had Google Calendar when I was in high school.  Like many...
  • Blog Post: Christmas Webcasts:Adding Content to Search Server

    Here is the a quick blogcast showing how to index web sites, network file shares, Sharepoint sites, and Exchange Public Folders. This is very basic but will hopefully show you how easy the interface is. The parts will get increasingly complex in the coming days.
  • Blog Post: Create Hollywood Quality Music Videos Cheap

    It's been a really hectic month for me this last March, hence the utter lack of regular blog posts. For this I apologize. Even though I'm was on vacation at my home in Dallas, Texas, I wanted to let everyone know about a really cool site called Animoto . Animoto's goal is to create Hollywood quality...
  • Blog Post: Christmas Webcast Bugs

    I just wanted everyone to know that I've recently become aware of some audio glitches in my first two Christmas webcasts and I am trying to debug/resolve them.  If you try to get through some of the glitches, it eventually disappears.  The message of the webcasts still get across for the most...
  • Blog Post: Did You Know: Live Photo Gallery Does Panoramic Auto-Stitching?

    My cousin decided to get a new place and needed to post pictures of their apartment on Craigslist.  I suggested they try panoramic pics of their place to show the size of the apartment.  Being a lazy person, he didn't care, so I did it for him, mostly to satisfy my technical curiosity. The...
  • Blog Post: How To: Fix Outlook Data Corruption

    So I had a weird morning today.  My computer woke up from sleep a little grumpy, definitely not the typical experience which is usually smooth as a baby’s bottom.   Anyway, I fire up outlook and I’m greeted with an error that says Outlook can’t launch because the OST file is corrupted.  I sigh in annoyance...
  • Blog Post: How To: Create a Vista SP1 Image Using ImageX.exe and WIM Files

    My colleague James O'Neill has a really simple step by step blog post on how to use the new deployment tools that come with Vista to create an SP1 Vista image.  He makes it sound so easy!  * it actually is*  The coolest part of the entire image creation process was that it was done completely...
  • Blog Post: Christmas Webcasts: Clearing Your Inbox of Unread Junk - Step 2

    This tip covers how to discover what is eating up all of your inbox quota/disk space via "folder size" window. Also the webcast will show you how to clean out hidden folders that may not show up in Outlook due to sync corruption. Finally, learn about AutoArchive and setting appropriate archive policy...
  • Blog Post: Did You Know: You Can Tab “Backwards” with Shift+Tab?

    This is a very useful tip that most people who use Windows don’t know about.  In fact this tip is also useful on other operating systems.  I’ve found in my travels that only the 733|- keyboard users out there regularly use this shortcut.  So next time you hit “tab”...
  • Blog Post: How To: Join the Civil Disobedience Movement Against IE6

    On Friday, I wrote about how some of the top sites in Norway decided to notify users that they were using a legacy browser and suggesting that people upgrade to the latest version of IE or try alternative browsers. They accomplished this task by putting a really ugly green box on their screen offering...
  • Blog Post: Christmas Webcasts: Clearing Your Inbox of Unread Junk - Step 1

    We all do it. We all let email pile up in our inbox until we have unread emails in the triple digits. Whether it is Hotmail, GMail, or Outlook, it happens to the best of us. We are all in a continuous state of information overload cause us to ignore or put up with the frustration of keeping a clean inbox...
  • Blog Post: Did You Know: Vista Also Has A 'Run' Command?

    While I continue to write part 2 of " Death to the Start Menu ," I wanted to give a few more tips around Vista because with the holiday shopping season, I couldn't tell you how many corrections and demos I had to give around Vista.  I never hide the fact that I think Vista, with all its...
  • Blog Post: A Partner’s Objection Handling Guide for Exchange 2010

    In my previous post , you read about the challenges and solutions that Exchange 2003 customers value. Now, that you understand the Exchange 2003 customer challenges and the way Exchange 2010 addresses these challenges, let's look at the common objections you might hear and how to handle these objections...
  • Blog Post: Death to the Start Menu – Part I

    So I have been playing around with Vista SP1 RC and so far it has been a much more enjoyable experience from a usability perspective. The number UAC prompts are down, network performance regarding file sharing is now what it should have been at release time and stability is much better. I always thought...
  • Blog Post: How To: Capture Perfect Screenshots

    I was reading the an article about the IE8 Blocker Toolkit and when reading the comments, someone was flaming about how bad the screenshots were because of the rough edges.  I personally use the OneNote 2007 Screen Grabber that allows me to capture any size window from the screen.  Sometimes, however...