Archive for May, 2007

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Back from Maine

May 28, 2007

I’m back from Maine. I might be able to get some quick blogs in while I’m in Buffalo. Anyways, the Maine trip was fantastic. My wife and I had a great time. Here are a couple pictures from one of the most beautiful places on earth. I had to borrow our cousins’ 4.0 Mega pixel Canon PowerShot A520 (not a bad little camera) while ours was away at Canon getting fixed (defective LCD). I am used to higher quality, but I am grateful we were able to use the camera.

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Off To Maine, then to Buffalo

May 26, 2007

I’ll be gone for a week and a half, pretty much. I leave for Maine this morning, come back on Monday. On Tuesday morning I leave for Buffalo, NY and stay til Sunday. I come back on Sunday and start my new gig on Monday.

The next time you hear from me will probably be after my first day of work.

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Speed Up Adobe Reader 8

May 26, 2007

Originally on Lifehacker… quite possibly the greatest blog EVER.

All you want to do is view that PDF, but Adobe Reader takes forever to load, especially on an older PC. If an Adobe Reader alternative isn’t a possibility for you, the Arsgeek weblog’s got a quick speedup tip for Adobe Reader 8’s excruciatingly slow load time. Just remove the “accessability.api” file.

To remove this ‘feature’ simply navigate to your %Program Files%\Adobe\Reader 8.0\reader\plug_ins folder, and rename (delete, copy elsewhere) the ‘accessability.api’ file. The same file exists, but in slightly different locations, in older version of Acrobat Reader.

Arsgeek warns that removing the accessability.api file will take with it Adobe’s ability to read documents out-loud. I’m willing to trade Adobe reading my documents out-loud like Ben Stein for the increase in speed. Goodbye, accessability.api!

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Can notebooks get any thinner? Apparently… even Razr thin…

May 25, 2007

Wow. I saw this and my jaw almost hit the floor. It’s the world’s thinnest notebook right now. As thin as a Razr phone. The code-named Intel “Metro” notebook is a 2.25 lb and 0.7″ thin. Holy crap. Can you even imagine?

Check out this article from Business Week profiling the coolest (IMHO), thinnest notebook ever developed. I don’t have any technical specs of this notebook really, but I do know there is a screen that is protected from scratches on the outside (it kind of looks like a diary) and it also has a carrying strap. Pretty amazing if you ask me. This WILL be a big seller.

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Outlook PST’s… Back them up locally, or disable them completely! Here’s how

May 25, 2007

It’s been an ongoing debate.

Some people keep archive PSTs or backup PSTs to store their old email. We’ve all seen PSTs grow too big that are stored on servers causing Outlook slowdowns and/or crashes, which result in client complaints. In fact, Microsoft frowns down on doing this. It is an unsupported practice.

Or, if the PST is stored locally, and there is a hard drive crash with no backup, the user is left with no emails.

Nick over at Addicted to IT recently blogged about this same topic and recommended checking out the Outlook Add-in Personal Folders Backup Tool. The Personal Folders Backup download creates backup copies of your .PST files at regular intervals, in Outlook 2002 and later versions, making it easy to keep all of your Outlook folders safely backed up. So, if your PC does crash, you’re not down the creek without a paddle.

However, Sean Daniel has recommended the obvious, stop PST usage all-together, so backing up PST’s isn’t even an issue anymore. It can be a pain in the arse to set up. Plus if PSTs get to big, it causes Outlook performance issues anyway. And it’s now easy to implement this to all the users in your environment with a little GPO to prevent PST usage.

Check out his blog for easy directions setting this up. If you’ve done GPO work before, it’s a cinch. This policy prevents the PST files from growing (hence writing to PST files) It does not prevent the user from loading up any PST file and reading mail out of it.

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Exchange 2007, 32-bit, in Production? What? Huh?

May 24, 2007

Apparently, it can be done. However, with a few caveats.

Read the full article here.

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Google is now offering FREE 411 Services

May 23, 2007

Google is now offering “Goog 411” – an experimental, beta local voice search. So, instead of dialing 411 on your cell when you’re looking to be connected to a business (and paying way too much money), just dial 1-800-GOOG-411 and be connected for FREE. Also, you don’t even have to know the name of the business. Here is all the info, courtesy of the Google Voice Local Search site:

Google Voice Local Search is Google’s experimental service to make local-business search accessible over the phone.

To try this service, just dial 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411) from any phone.

Using this service, you can:

  • search for a local business by name or category.
    You can say “Giovanni’s Pizzeria” or just “pizza”.
  • get connected to the business, free of charge.
  • get the details by SMS if you’re using a mobile phone.
    Just say “text message”.

And it’s free. Google doesn’t charge you a thing for the call or for connecting you to the business. Regular phone charges may apply, based on your telephone service provider.

Note: Google Voice Local Search is still in its experimental stage. It may not be available at all times and may not work for all users. We’re fine-tuning the service to get better at recognizing your requests. It’s currently only available in English, in the US, for US business listings.

I tried this and got connected right away to the company I used to work for in Arizona. It’s pretty neat. Check it out. Hey, it beats paying money! Google does it again!