Windows Vista installation rant

I wonder if I’m the only person who finds this annoying. Whenever I install Windows Vista (or XP or any previous version for that matter) I have to set the date and time. And the default time zone is always USA Pacific (GMT-8hrs). It’s easy to change the setting, but it really bugs me that…

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Append a post to an email in Outlook

Sometimes even the most disciplined time management gurus cannot cope with sheer volume of emails flooding into their Outlook Inbox. And while it’s good practice to keep your Inbox as empty as possible (converting all those ‘things to do’ into tasks) there are some smaller jobs that are best left in the Inbox until they are completed. To…


Achieving your career goals with Outlook

Here at Microsoft, all full time employees have to sign up to personal commitments for their job. At the end of each financial year these are reviewed in a Performance Review on which all sorts of things depend including bonuses and promotion prospects. Some companies have similar schemes called MBOs (Management By Objectives), Personal Goals or simply Job Descriptions…

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To flag or not to flag in Outlook

Outlook has always provided an amazing amount of customisation, and it’s never been better than in Outlook 2007. One area that I’ve personally chosen to customise is the default Inbox view. The default view now shows both the new colour category and the flag status fields against each item in the Inbox. And things can get…

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Instant search in Outlook 2007

[POST UPDATED – SEE COMMENTS FOR THE LATEST!] Those with ageing memories have long enjoyed the powerful search capabilities in Outlook using add-ons like Lookout or Windows Desktop Search. I’m loving the latest beta of Outlook 2007 (I’m running the Beta 2 Technical Refresh) and the search seems quicker than ever. In fact I’d describe it as…

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Windows Live Local – now even better

My regular reader will know how much of a fan I have become of Windows Live Local. While Google Earth was very quick out of the blocks in 2004 after they acquired Keyhole Corp, it’s now looking a bit creaky in comparison to the much improved, if absurdly named, Windows Live Local. The thing I love…

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Office 2007 – new look icons

While I sit waiting for the 2007 Office system Beta 2 Technical Refresh to finish installing, I thought I’d share this blog posting of some of the new icon sets included in Build 4228 of the Beta. Of course, there’s no guarantee that these icons will make it into the final build 😉 but it’s…

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Software: it’s everywhere you know – even in Frinton

I’m just back from a short break at everyone’s favourite sunshine destination: the North-East Essex coast! I was amused by the continued mass hysteria raging over the planned replacement of the famous railway gates at Frinton-on-Sea with automated barriers. Here, in the unlikely event that you’ve never seen them, are what the town’s mayor claims to be Frinton’s…


Teasippers, Limeys and Rosbifs

I am all of the above. And if you’re English you are too. I’ve just discovered this fascinating list of colloquial ways to address your fellow citizens of the world. And before you start using any of these and upset someone, bear in mind that they probably have a special word for you too 😉

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