Ideas for new Outlook macros?

An email with a coworker who was recently acquired and is getting accustomed to Outlook after years with PINE reminded me that it’s been a while since I wrote any Outlook macros. Plus, I just need an excuse to write some code, I haven’t written any in several months and that part of my brain is congealing…

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Rain-->Pour

OK I realize how much it sucks to average one post a month for six months and then do several in one day, but I’ve got a bunch of things on my mind today and I wanted to blog them. Shoot me. I’m going to start writing a column for TechNet Magazine.[1] The first month I’m…

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Silence equals adoration?

Evan blogged today asking for feedback on the posts about systems management that have gone up on EHLO recently. Anecdotally, it looks like the “# of comments per post” has gone down over time on EHLO and we’re trying to figure out if this is a leading indicator of a problem we should be worried about….

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wiki-wiki-waaoowww

We threw up a wiki for beta 2 to experiment with the format (hooray for slaveintern labor!): http://www.exchangeninjas.com (it’s named after the e12 icon, which we call “the ninja star”) Or if you insist on being boring, http://www.theexchangewiki.com If it ends up being a useful resource for the community, we’ll see if we can keep it…

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I wish we were this cool

Vista is doing some really sweet stuff, visually… there’s http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista which is just stunning, and now this ad on the front of microsoft.com which just kicks ass: How cool is that? The answer: very. I wrote an article for TechNet a few years ago called “Top Ten Tasks for New Exchange Administrators”. I originally had…

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Surprise your users with an April Fool's Day OWA 2003 theme

Customizing OWA themes is quite simple to do. Here’s an example of a theme I just put together, I call it “MOOWA”: The fun part about this theme isn’t so much the graphics as the sounds: included are a “mooooooooo” for the new mail sound as well as a cowbell[1] for the reminder sound. For…

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Where are all the women bloggers at?

(Just kiddin’ 🙂 I just bought a ticket to BlogHer ’06. Are any other softie bloggers or readers of softie blogs going? Leave a comment or trackback here if you want to get in touch. I’m also thinking about proposing a “Room of Her Own” topic – women tech bloggers? Creating & running a blog like…

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A free CHM compiler

I was pointed at this by the MSHelp MVP Lead, it’s a sweet little freeware app, works great. Within about 90 seconds of starting it, I had compiled my first CHM: http://www.vizacc.com/ And they also have a blog, pretty nifty.

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The Three Dastardly D's: Derailing a Discussion on a Distribution list

Over the last three or four years I’ve seen an increasing trend here at MS: complaints about off-topic discussions on DLs. A thread will start out on a DL and (since we’re all human), at some point (if the thread is interesting and complex enough), someone will reply with a thought that veers off in…

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Those microsoft bloggers talk about the future too much!

I’m so tired of hearing that “microsoft bloggers talk about the future too much.” There’s a whole bunch of people blogging about current technologies right now – so let’s stop disrespecting them by pretending that they are a meaningless minority, and instead figure out ways to promote them. Obviously that work is already in progress…

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