Using asserts to help find bugs in OneNote

  Of the many different types of bugs testers find in products, “asserts” seem to be the most obvious.  Vastly simplified, an “assert” is a piece of code that checks for some unexpexted condition before continuing, and pops up a dialog if those conditions are not met.  A simple example would be checking for a…

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Top 5 OneNote tips, and a nice little win

  A request I get face to face is “What is a way to get more out of OneNote?”  I don’t think I’ve ever gotten this in email – must be something about the way people interact.  So after a year of using it far more than I ever did before, though, I want to…

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Calendar templates for OneNote

I found another blog here which showcases templates for different applications in Office.  It’s called (in the most straightforward naming manner I can imagine) the Template Blog and they posted some updated for year 2008 calendars at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/results.aspx?qu=CT102633041033&av=TPL000&ofcresset=1. The OneNote team in general gets frequent request for templates for calendars, and this update should be useful.  Also…

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Some soon to be updated documentation for napkin math

  I had an old machine give out on me earlier this week.  The memory on it had started giving parity errors, and the hard drive finally went out completely – fdisk simply would not even run any more.  This particular machine had been the machine I use to write automation scripts, so I had…

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Automation tasks for the OneNote test team

  Right now we have a little bit of spare “bandwidth” to complete some automation tasks which have been building up over the last few months.  The lingo around here never lets us refer to spare time: we always call someone who has a few free hours to spare as having “extra bandwidth.”  Like every…

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Some initial results from the "Week of OneNote Powertoys"

  I’ve heard from quite a few people already via email and comments and seen indirectly some great feedback via other blogs on the “Week of OneNote Powertoys.”    And as usual, I was surprised by the most popular addin: the Task Request from Meeting Notes!  I think time will show the template manager will be the…

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Notebook cleaner and privatizer powertoy

  People that publish shared notebooks in some environments have a couple of requests which need to be addressed.  First, suppose you are an administrator creating a section or some pages in a “New Employee Orientation” notebook which will be shared with all new employees at your company.  OneNote keeps track of who modifies information…

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Task Requests from OneNote Meeting Notes powertoy

  The “Week of OneNote 2007 Powertoys” continues…    One of the most frequent requests we hear for new OneNote functionality is “more integration with Outlook Tasks.”  Frustratingly, it always seems like no two people agree on what this means.  A few users have wanted a method to assign tasks to others during meetings.  The…

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Powertoys in development

  I dropped a few hints last week about what we (the test team) has been doing recently.  And one other hint was my lack of entries for a week in mid-November – I was on vacation.  Vacation typically means long travel times, and what better way is there to fill the hours crammed onto…

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Sharepoint notebook problems and another hint

  One bug report we’ve been trying to track down has to do with sections from Notebooks on Sharepoint servers getting marked read only.  One cause has been isolated, and David Rasmussen has the details here.  It involves how your computer is set up to use a proxy server to make an internet connection, and…

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