Do Not Deliver Before

My buddy Reeves just pointed me to a sweet Outlook feature that I never knew about called Do not deliver before. In a recent post I commented on how I’m trying to get in the habit of not doing work email on weekends, vacations etc. Well one problem with this is I could be on a plane…

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Windows XP File Association Fixes

The other day I was unable to open a .cab file on my PC. I had no idea how the file association got messed up. At the same time my .zip file associates were bad. I stumbled onto this great site that has some registry entries you can download to fix some of these common…

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USB Devices

I have always wondered why Windows treats a USB device plugged into one port as a brand new usb device when plugged into another port. My Mac never did this, or at least it was never apparent. However, the fact of the matter is, Windows makes it very obvious to you when you’ve added new…

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RSS in Outlook and Newsgator

I’ve been using Newsgator Outlook Edition for over a year now and generally think it’s a rock solid piece of software. However, today I installed it from all my computers. I’ve come to the conclusion that RSS in Outlook is not what *I* want. Dare Obasajo and Dan Crevier both discuss this recently. I’ve had some real problems…

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Outlook Folder List Weirdness

Sometimes software just baffles me. A few days ago, my Outlook 2003 decided to quit remembering the collapsed state of my mail folders in the folder list. Just like that. Sometime last week. Basically, no matter how I change the folder expand/collapse state, whenever I quit and launch Outlook they are exactly where they were when…

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dasBlog 1.7 progress

Well I plan on spending the next few days getting together a beta of dasBlog 1.7. I’ve been slowly doing some work on dasBlog the past few months (emphasis on slowly). To be honest I was pretty close to closing up shop on dasBlog and eventually writing something new from scratch, mostly because I felt…

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Outlook Wish List

Since it’s almost Christmas, here is what I want from Santa. A button that will prevent people from including me in the reply to an email (I call this the remove me from thread button) Here in Hotmail you get these ridiculously long threads that you get added to for no good reason, or you…

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Microsoft DigitalPersona (Biometric Fingerprint Reader)

Who ever said Microsoft doesn’t innovate is just full of it. I just picked up the Microsoft Fingerprint Reader. This thing is so utterly cool. The software it comes with is awesome. Basically it works like this. You install some software, reboot, plug in the reader and train it on any of your fingers. Now…

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When ReleaseComObject is necessary in Outlook

Some might tell you that you never need to call Marhal.ReleaseComObject when writing managed code in Outlook. Well there are two very specific situations in which you must call RCO or else you will encounter problems. They are: You create toolbar buttons in new Inspector windows You use the Explorer.ActiveExplorer() method. This is also a…

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CD/DVD Burning in XP

<rant> I really want to know why the top two windows CD/DVD burning programs as such big fat junky programs. For many years I used Roxio Easy CD Creator. In fact, I used Toast on the Mac for many years (same company) and was super pleased with it. For a while Easy CD Creator annoyed…

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