Going offline until November

I’ll be OOF, spending Halloween with my family, and won’t be blogging in that time. Jared will be a leopard. See you next week.

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Find out what Microsoft’s IT department is doing

Did you know that our IT department publishes white papers on how they operate? http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/itsolutions/msit/Default.asp. Two exchange related papers were published in August.

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Raging fires in California…

Some friends of mine in the San Diego area have posted some pictures and commentary: http://www.declan.net/images/2003/031026/ http://web.figure1.net/~jlindqui/photos/fire031026/ Some of the more striking ones: http://www.declan.net/images/2003/031026/imagepages/image9.htm http://web.figure1.net/~jlindqui/photos/fire031026/img_3358.jpg.html http://web.figure1.net/~jlindqui/photos/fire031026/img_3330.jpg.html, then http://web.figure1.net/~jlindqui/photos/fire031026/img_3332.jpg.html, then http://web.figure1.net/~jlindqui/photos/fire031026/img_3333.jpg.html, all taken within the span of a couple of minutes. Yikes.

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Plus an Excel tip for today…

This is something I use in Excel all the time, that I only found out about a year or so ago, so I thought I’d mention it here. Unfortunately, I don’t know what version of Excel this first became available in. Get a quick count of the number of cells selected: 1. Open a spreadsheet…

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Intellimouse navigation within Outlook

If you have an Intellimouse, you can use the buttons on the side of the mouse to navigate between folders you’ve already selected (they act like a forward/back button in Internet Explorer as well as Outlook): 1. Click on the Inbox 2. Click on the Calendar 3. Click on the Contacts folder 4. Click on…

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Minimize Outlook 2003 to the system tray (er, taskbar notification area)

I’ve noticed that a bunch of the referrers I get from google/msn/yahoo search to this blog are interested in terms such as “Email Notification Icon”. So in response to that, today’s blog entry is about two tricks related to the system tray, one of which is about the email notification icon. Tip #1: How to minimize…

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Top ten tasks for new Exchange administrators

Huzzah, huzzah, my list of the top ten tasks for new Exchange admins has been published on the Exchange web site: http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/techinfo/administration/beginner.asp. It was fun to write, because I only came up with the idea in the first week of October. I like seeing small pieces of content go live so quickly (perhaps one of…

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Make Newsgator and Outlook work even better together

My aggregator of choice is Newsgator, as it pulls my RSS feeds into Outlook which is where I’m already spending most of my day. If I didn’t have Newsgator and has to use another program, I probably wouldn’t read my feeds nearly as frequently as I do. Scoble mentioned over the weekend that he tracks hundreds…

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My son rolled over!

I try to keep this blog mostly technical, but I just need to say in public that my son rolled over for the first time a couple of days ago, at 4 months 1 week old. Way to go Jared! Of course, he hasn’t entertained us with this trick again, but I’m sure he will…

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Prevent Reply All/Forward in mail to other Outlook users

Much has been made of Information Rights Management in Outlook/Windows 2003. But for years, organizations with 100% Outlook users have been capable of achieving a small level of the same functionality with custom Outlook forms. First, create the custom form: 1. Create a new message 2. Tools | Forms | Design This Form 3. Click…

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