Sunday, January 21, 2007

Blank emails in Outlook 2007

I have experienced blank emails in Outlook 2007 on 2 separate machines with 2 different email accounts. My brother has had the same problem. Technically this is a rendering issue with HTML format emails, the most common format. After a bit of looking around on the net I discovered that it is an AVG Virus scanner issue. After disabling the AVG email plugin I was able to see the emails!

Hopefully AVG will fix this before Office 2007 is release at the end of the month.


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Friday, January 12, 2007

Finding the macro names and short cuts for toolbar icons in Microsoft Office applications

Doug Klippert has revealed how to locate the hidden shortcuts for toolbar icons in the Microsoft Office applications including Office 2007.

Word has built in macros to perform routine actions such as using the Format Painter to copy formatting.

Rather than trying to guess the name or look up the shortcut keys, use this seldom mentioned trick to find toolbar macro names.

Press the three key combination of Ctrl, Alt, and + (the plus sign on the Numbers keypad).

The mouse pointer changes to a 4-leaf clover.

Click on a toolbar icon. Word will display a form revealing the macro name and the assigned shortcuts.
Check his post out for screenshots..


Friday, January 05, 2007

Killer PC

This is the specs for the new PC I am getting next week.

Intel S775 Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Quad-Core CPU
BFG nForce 680i SLi Motherboard
DDR2 2GB Corsair 800MHz PC6400 RAM TwinX Kit
DDR2 2GB Corsair 800MHz PC6400 RAM TwinX Kit
Internal All-in-1 Memory Card Reader Black
74GB WD Raptor 10000rpm 16MB serial ATA HDD
74GB WD Raptor 10000rpm 16MB serial ATA HDD
500GB Seagate 7200rpm 16M Serial ATA HDD Nearline
500GB Seagate 7200rpm 16M Serial ATA HDD Nearline
500GB Seagate 7200rpm 16M Serial ATA HDD Nearline
BFG GeForce 8800GTX 768M PCIe Video Card
22" (55cm) Viewsonic VX2235WM Wide Screen LCD monitor
22" (55cm) Viewsonic VX2235WM Wide Screen LCD monitor
Gigabyte 3D Aurora Aluminum Case Black (No PS)
Tagan 1100 Watt Power Supply
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard
Logitech G7 Cordless Laser Mouse
ASUS 16x 1608P DVD Burner Black
Integrated Sound Card
Integrated Gigabit Network Connection
Powerware 5110/1000VA Line Interactive UPS

I will post pics once its built.


Meebo - IM in a browser

Meebo is a fantastic application! Simply open a browser to and if you want sign in for all your saved instant messaging (IM) accounts or just open them from the front page. All your IM clients can be opened in here.

I have been using Trillian for over a year now as my IM client containing my MSN, Yahoo and ICQ clients. However Trillian is an app so it needs to be downloaded and installed and it uses ports that are generally locked by IT administrators, so if you are behind a corporate firewall with restrictions on what you can install then this is no good. I have been using the gmail chat feature to bypass this but this is only any good with other gmail account users.

Meebo is my new answer. I am now reconnected with all my IM contacts from behind corporate firewalls at clients premises.

Here is a great review of Meebo by Miguel's tip of the day blog

Meebo is an AJAX-heavy, Web-based app that currently supports the top six instant messaging clients—it's a bit like the ever-popular Trillian software but without all the pesky downloading, meaning that you can access your chats on any PC with a compatible Web browser (the app works with both IE and Firefox—Opera users are currently out of luck). Logging in to Meebo, users are prompted to enter their username and password for either AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, Google Talk, ICQ, or Jabber. A seventh option is the creation of a free Meebo account, allowing users to sign in to any combination of those six services simultaneously.


Thursday, January 04, 2007

Devil wears Prada ... and does unified comms!

Microsoft has gone to town with this advertising spoof on the Devil wears Prada ... and does unified comms!

Video: The Devil wears prada .. and does Unified Comms!

Courtesy of Johann Kruse