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TIP: Introducing people who already know each other

Posted on April 29, 2008. Filed under: Community, Tip |

No doubt you’ve done this at some point:

You’re at an event or user group and find yourself chatting with someone new. A friend of yours strolls over and joins the conversation. Being the polite person you are you introduce your friend to the new person. They reply with ‘oh yes, we already know each other – Bob here is my brother…’

Easy to feel embarrassed right?

You shouldn’t – in a healthy group or event this should be happening all the time.

These days I make a point of introducing people whenever I can. I’d estimate that on 20% of those occasions they already know each other.

Far from being embarrassing it is actually a good thing.

Don’t apologise, instead follow on with something like this: ‘Oh good, just checking. Have you known each other for a while?’ etc – use it is a conversation starter. (Of course, if they are brothers, you may want to use a different line… )

Why? Because it really is embarrassing if you chat for a while and then the third person takes it upon them self to make the introductions. Or worse, they part ways never having been introduced.

Some caveats

Obviously you should use a bit of common sense.

  • Introductions are best via a question: ‘John, do you know Cathy here…?’
  • Don’t go introducing people who clearly recognise each other (eg they are already chatting :-)).
  • And don’t go out of your way to introduce people who are in a hurry eg they may be just passing by to quickly mention something to you.
  • Oh, and be careful introducing people if one of them is very well known (eg ‘Tim, let me introduce you to Bono…’). Famous people – at least those worth being introduced to – are usually gracious and take the initiative of introducing themselves. Which is why you’ll hear things like this at a developer user group: ‘Hi, I’m Scott Guthrie, pleased to meet you…’

 

Forgetting people’s names

We all do it. Don’t try to hide it.

If you obviously recognise them, and think the chat is going to be more than a passing hello, then bite the bullet and ‘fess up. A simple ‘I’m sorry, I’ve completely forgotten your name…’ is better than dancing around the ‘good to see you mate‘ routine.

And if like me you’ve been in situations where you chat with them later at the same event and you’ve forgotten their name again, just ‘fess up again: ‘I’m so sorry, this is embarrassing, but I’ve forgotten your name again…’ – they may be a little peeved, but that is still better than them realising via your use of ‘mate’.

 

What’s the point?

User groups, events and other community gatherings are about getting to know each other better.

So, focus on the good of ensuring everyone is included, and less on the etiquette and social dance that can otherwise detract.

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TIP: Hiding the Office 2007 Ribbon

Posted on April 7, 2008. Filed under: Tip |

A simple one. Sorry if you all know this already – but I keep coming across people who’ve missed it – so please read on.

You can easily hide the ribbon in any of the Office 2007 programs simply by double clicking on the tabs.

Thus

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becomes

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with just a double-click on the Home tab (or any tab).

Oh, and I assume you know you can customise the Quick Access toolbar easily enough:

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As usual this Tip is covered under my ‘well duh’ Disclaimer.

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TIP: Dates in Outlook

Posted on April 3, 2008. Filed under: Tip |

I don’t know if you read the Outlook Team Blog, but if not I recommend it – there’s stacks of goodies over there.

Take this one for example, on entering dates in Outlook. I didn’t realise you could enter a date as easily as ‘next tue’ and Outlook would work it out for you automatically:

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Gets converted to

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As Kristel explains, there’s a bunch of terms that work, including ‘tomorrow’, ‘Christmas day’ and ‘in 6 days’.

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TIP: Fixing IE so it doesn’t go mental with lots of tabs open

Posted on March 27, 2008. Filed under: Microsoft, Tip |

This one has bugged me for ages – you open up stacks of tabs in IE and after a while weird things start happening. Perhaps its the menu not appearing on some tabs, another tab has missing toolbars, etc.

And it affects other programs as well including File Explorer, shortcuts, and in my case SharePoint Designer (and even Live Writer – with which I am currently writing this post).

Well, thanks to Jon Galloway we now have a (Microsoft non-supported) solution. Jon points to posts by Ed Bott and Kevin Dente, the latter being almost 4 years old. Some things never change huh?

Warning: All registry changes are ‘do at your own risk’ affairs, so be careful as always with this one.

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TIP: Repairing Outlook .ost and .pst files

Posted on March 25, 2008. Filed under: Tip |

I’ve had issues recently with Outlook crashing when I shut it down. Initially I thought this was due to a rogue Outlook Addin (eg I’ve got Xobni, ClearContext, OutTwit and others installed). So I went through systematically getting rid of them. Put the problem persisted.

Finally I found the issue was to do with the actual .ost file being corrupted. The way I discovered this was by chance when trying to clear my Deleted items. Outlook gave me a message informing that the file was corrupt, and even better recommended using scanpst.exe to fix it.

I’d never heard of scanpst.exe but a quick Google check shows it has been around since the dark ages, and has been a regular in the Sys Admin’s toolbox for years.

If you are looking for it you can find it in your c:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office 12\ folder or equivalent.

Everything Outlook related needs to be closed down (eg Mobile Device Sync) and then you run it up. It’ll prompt for the ost file and away you go.

Since repairing my file I’ve had no further issues with Outlook.

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TIP: How to uninstall IE8

Posted on March 10, 2008. Filed under: Tip |

If, like me, you rushed out and installed Internet Explorer 8 last week, then you may, like me again, be regretting it.

IE8 has been slow, unstable and ugly. By ugly I mean that most of the sites I viewed looked really bad (or didn’t render at all). The price of progress you may say? After all, the push is on for better standards compliance right? Unfortunately, the IE8 Beta 1 release seems to have been rushed out the door without proper testing, and more importantly, without the proper user preparation – users need to be informed of the potential issues and in effect, properly change managed.

When is a Beta a Beta?

Short answer: it’s never a beta anymore.

Ever since Microsoft (and others) started pushing out Beta versions of products to everyone (think Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 and onwards) we’ve all grown accustomed to using Beta software in production settings. Previously the domain of die-hard testers only, now everyone runs them. They are not Betas anymore. The real Betas are now called CTPs and come with explicit this-may-not-work doco (sometimes that is their only doco) – although many people still end up putting CTPs on production machines as well (example :-).

So when IE8 was announced with such fanfare at MIX last week – it was pretty much a public event (I mean why else would you have it noted on the Microsoft home page?). Everyone was being invited to download and uninstall it.

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It’s a shame really

I’ve had nothing but nice words to say about Microsoft over the last few months. Their releases have been continuous, innovative and of high quality. But this IE8 release is an unwelcome exception. Now, it may turn out to be my machine that’s playing up given I have so much junk installed on it (it’s due for a reformat actually), but even in that state it runs Safari Betas, Firefox Betas and a host of other Beta software fine. IE8 is the only thing I’ve had problems with.

The real shame for me is that I won’t be getting to play with all the new features any time soon. And there’s a stack of them.

I gave it my best shot. I spent Thursday in IE8 mode, and then on Friday when I couldn’t stand it anymore I shifted to IE7 compatibility mode. That didn’t change things (although sites did look fine again). It crashed repeatedly and was slow. Slow to start, slow to open a new tab, slow to render a page. Slow. Saturday morning was the end. Off it came.

The sad part about this – Microsoft had a chance to win over a lot of people with this release. And they definitely need to in the browser game, with so many people favouring non IE options. But if others have suffered the way I have (and from my Twitter reading many have), then Microsoft has a lot of work to do to win them back.

Back to the uninstall

Oh yes, so how do you uninstall IE8? If you are on XP it is in the same place – Add and Remove programs. But on Vista it is hidden away in the View Installed Updates section. You still get to it via Control Panel -> Uninstall a program. But then it is sitting over on the left panel.

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Click on View installed updates.

Find IE8 in the list and click Uninstall from the top bar.

In fairness to Microsoft I have to say the uninstall process was very smooth and after rebooting I had IE7 back and working fine. I’ve had no problems with missing links, components or saved settings. So at least they got the uninstall part right.

I’m looking forward to Beta 2.

Am I over-reacting? What’s been your experience with IE8?

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TIP: How to create a Microsoft LiveID with your own domain name

Posted on March 7, 2008. Filed under: Tip |

This one crops up from time to time. You need a Microsoft LiveID for use with say Windows Messenger. But when you go through the sign up process, you only have options for a .hotmail.com or .live.com domain on your alias.

If you have registered your own domain name, then ideally you want your LiveID profile to be somehow linked to that as well.

Turns out it is pretty simple. There are many ways to get to the right place, here’s one:

Go to Microsoft.com

Scroll down to the bottom of the page

Click on Manage my profile

Click on Sign In up the top right

Click on Create new LiveID

And there you are – you can add your own email address.

Use this with Windows Messenger and all the other Microsoft Live services.

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TIP: The Top Mistake of public speaking

Posted on March 6, 2008. Filed under: Tip |

I mentioned in a previous post that I was really nervous when I presented at the Microsoft Launch last week.

This actually caught me by surprise, because I am usually pretty comfortable presenting in front of groups.

At home that night I was wondering why I had suddenly tensed up. Was it the large crowd (the room was packed – probably more than 300 people)? Unlikely. I’ve done that before. Was it the fact that I was coming in half way through someone else’s session (and thus  wasn’t in control)? No, I don’t think so – although that is always difficult. Was it because I had come running over from presenting at another event? No, not that either.

No, the reason I got nervous is because I suddenly relapsed into making the fundamental public speaking mistake: I thought it was about me!

Lesson reminder: It’s never about you – it’s about them.

Some background

Like most people I used to be scared of speaking in public. What if I stuff up? Forget my presentation? A demo doesn’t work? etc.

But I remember distinctly the day I lost all fear of pubic speaking. It was when I realised that presenting is not about me, it’s about them. That was approximately 3 years ago.

Here’s the deal: People are giving up their time and attention to listen to you and gain benefit. It is about them being helped. They want to get maximum benefit from their time, and they are hoping you help them. They actually don’t care much about you. You’re just some guy (or girl) up the front yabbering away*. They only care about themselves. [But, I might add, with themselves in mind, they are usually on your side, willing you to do well.]

So, the realisation comes, and the nerves go, when you discover you just need to focus on helping your audience. In fact, even if you completely stuff up, forget content, break demos, present with a quivering voice, whatever – if your audience sees you’ve put in effort, and they feel they’ve been helped they’ll appreciate it. So just focus on them and how you can best help them benefit. That’s all.

(Of course, if you haven’t bothered to put in any effort – that’s a different story – audiences can get a little reticent about that).

So back to the Microsoft launch

Where did I go wrong?

Standing on the side waiting to go on I was fine. But the minute I was introduced and went on I suddenly had a panic attack and worried about me. I fell into the trap of worrying about how well I would speak. What if I stuff up? What if I let Microsoft down? What if I’m not polished enough. All about me.

Instead I should have just made a quick mental check – is what I’m presenting useful and relevant to the audience? If yes, then fine – no nerves.

As it turned out I think the presentation went OK (but I’ll be checking with a few honest friends for feedback in the coming days). Fortunately I had prepared thoroughly, and practiced the presentation more than 20 times, so that even in that completely unexpected weird moment, with my mind gone blank, and struggling to breathe, I could get through on autopilot.

Anyway, enough about me – it was a good reminder, and perhaps it might help a few others out there.

Your thoughts

Please leave me a comment with your thoughts, advice or suggestions – I’m keen to hear other’s experiences.

 

* Note that this applies to most people. Some presenters of course get to be so good at speaking that people attend their sessions simply to hear them. And when you are at that point, a post like this one is irrelevant – nerves is not likely to be a problem 🙂

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TIP: Fixing the annoying Vista Windows Explorer View quirk

Posted on March 6, 2008. Filed under: Tip |

Like many people I was hoping that Vista SP1 would fix the issue with Views in Windows Explorer changing randomly. But alas, it didn’t. Gee, must be a big bug.

Anyway, there is a registry hack that fixes it – sort of. It doesn’t actually fix it, rather it just sets all the folders undefined, which in effect will keep them at the current view.

To enable it you’ll need to add a registry key, amongst other things. 

The full instructions are here on the Vistax64 forum, and includes details on deleting all the existing settings first. (BTW despite the x64 name, this works on both 32 and 64 bit versions of Vista)

And as usual, any registry changes are all on your own head.

(I was alerted to this by someone, but I can’t remember who. So I can’t link to them here… sorry)

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TIP: How to access SQL Server Developer edition over a network

Posted on March 1, 2008. Filed under: Tip |

This one has caught out people for ages, so I thought I’d clarify that it IS possible to connect to SQL Server 2005 Developer edition over a network.

The problem is that the Express and Developer versions of SQL Server 2005 turn OFF remote access by default (Standard and Enterprise have it ON by default). That’s why out-of-the-box you can’t connect over a network to it. But it’s easy to turn on.

Now, you might think that using the SQL Server Configuration Manager is where it all happens. Turns out you need to use the SQL Server Surface Area Configuration tool.

It should be available from:

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 > Configuration Tools >

Select the SQL Server Surface Area Configuration

Run it up and choose the configuration for Services and Connections

SQL Server Surface Area Configuration  Choose the Remote option tab

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and make sure you’ve allowed both Local and Remote connections.

Note: This works with SQL Server 2005. If you are playing with SQL Server 2008 CTPx then you’ll have discovered that the Surface Area Configuration tool is no longer available. I’ll update you on that front when I’ve investigated further…

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TIP: Using Jungle Disk and Amazon S3 for backups

Posted on February 14, 2008. Filed under: Tip |

You’ve all heard of Amazon’s Simple Storage Service by now. If not then check it out and sign up for own Web Services account.

Amazon S3 gives you access to scalable storage for 15c per GB per month, with a 10c per GB data transfer cost.

Assuming you just use the service to upload data for backup purposes you are getting high performance, scalable storage for 25c per GB per month. All charged to your existing Amazon account.

There are a bunch of utilities popping up to help with the transfer of data. One such program is Jungle Disk (cost $20). Once configured, it basically sets up a new drive mapping to your Amazon S3 storage.

Simply drag and drop files onto the drive (J drive on my machine) and it automatically copies them up to Amazon.

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It can be set to do backups automatically as well (eg I have set it to copy stuff up in the early morning hours).

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There are numerous other online backup services available, and some work out to be cheaper if you have very large data storage requirements (eg >20GB).

However I particularly like the simplicity of the Amazon/Jungle Disk combination. In particular I like that Michele and I both have J drive’s on our machines pointing to the one S3 account. I can pull down a backup of Michele’s files onto my machine if required (and vice versa).

It is also easy to share files using this method (although there are cheaper methods of achieving that requirement I must admit). But paying a few bucks a month to have the security and ease of Amazon is a small price to pay.

(Jungle Disk also offer add-on services such as Web based access, you can find out more here.)

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TIP: Problems with hidden Adobe download install files

Posted on February 8, 2008. Filed under: Tip |

PROBLEM: Adobe Download Manager hides files on your hard disk. As a result your install doesn’t work, and further you can’t find the hidden files to delete them.

SOLUTION: Find the hidden files underneath the \Temporary Internet Files\ directory

DETAILS:

If you’ve downloaded an Adobe product lately using their Download Manager you might have got frustrated because you suddenly found yourself with way less hard disk space than you thought you would.

This is because Adobe in their wisdom, hide the download files in a hidden virtualized directory underneath your Temporary Internet Files directory. The don’t tell you this of course, so whilst you think it’s downloading into:

c:\Users\craigb\Downloads\Abode\Premiere\

it is actually downloading into something like this:

\\localhost\C$\@GMT-2008.02.08-02.59.35\Users\craigb\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Virtualized\C\Users\craigb\Downloads\Adobe\Premiere\

I’m sure there is some well intentioned reason for this – most likely related to security privileges – but frankly, it is a crazy notion.

It quite often leads to a problem with installing (eg if you’re running UAC on Vista) because the <installer.exe> files don’t get the Administrator access they require. As a result, the installer extracts its files but then bombs out, and you end up getting all frustrated at how poor the user experience with Adobe products is.

Solving this one is easy enough – you just need to find where the hidden files are (that crazy directory path above), right click on the <installer.exe> and Run as Administrator. Or if the installer file needs to decompress, you can manually decompress it to a directory and run the installer from there.

For example, in my case I downloaded a Trial of Abode Premiere which came in at 2.74 GB. After downloading it, it wouldn’t launch the installer. I finally found the files:

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I then manually opened the .7z file using WinRAR, extracted it to a directory (costing me another 2.7GB+) and was able to install it.

If you’ve got this far then you know roughly where the files are. But here’s the problem: If you go and look at the Temporary Internet Files folder in Windows Explorer the directories are hidden. You’ll see below that Windows shows it as having 0 subdirectories and 81 files (and that is in fact all you can see) where as the Properties for the subdirectory shows 96 files and 71 folders.

Changing your Windows Explorer settings to ‘Show Hidden files’, and ‘Not hide System files’ will make no difference.

So how do you find them?

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To get access to the folders, go to the Previous Versions tab (on the Properties form above).

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Click on Temporary Internet Files and click Open. Windows will now magically open a view of the directory, complete with all the hidden directories showing.

Dig into the Virtualized directory, and you’re on your way to finding those pesky hidden files.

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Summary: Next time you find a big chunk of your hard drive mysteriously missing, go to:

C:\Users\craigb\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Virtualized\C\Users\

and start investigating (obviously you need to change the users directory to your own name (ie replace ‘craigb’). The path structure will be different if you’re using Windows XP.

[Note that in terms of terms of deleting the files you can actually achieve this by using the ‘Delete Browsing History…’ function in IE, but that will also wipe your Cookies, Form data, history, cached files etc – which you may not want to do.]

Is there an easier way of finding/showing these files? I hope so. If I’ve missed something obvious, please let me know in the comments.

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TIP: Changing Vista Desktop icon sizes

Posted on February 8, 2008. Filed under: Tip |

It’s easy to change the icons on your desktop in Vista if you have a mouse with a scroll wheel.

Simply hold down your CTRL key and scroll your mouse.

Forward to larger, back for smaller.

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TIP: Wikipedia Search from IE7

Posted on February 6, 2008. Filed under: Tip |

Another one I didn’t realise existed… IE7 has a simple way of adding other Search engines to the Search box.

Just choose the Find more providers… option.

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The one I use the most is the Wikipedia option – it’s very handy to search for a term on Google (my default engine) and the also check it out on Wikipedia just using the drop down.

(Firefox and other browsers have similar features as well.)

And as always, this Tip is covered under my ‘well duh’ Disclaimer.

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TIP: Compressing Virtual PC images

Posted on January 24, 2008. Filed under: Tip |

If you’ve got a stack of Virtual PC images clogging up your hard drive(and who doesn’t these days?), here’s how to compress (or compact) them.

1. With the Virtual PC image running, choose Capture ISO Image… from the CD Menu

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2. When the dialog opens, find the Virtual Disk Precompactor.iso image (it’ll be in your C:\Program Files\Microsoft Virtual PC\Virtual Machine Additions\ directory)

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3. When loaded the program will run automatically and prompt you as follows:

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4. Click Yes and the PRe-Compactor starts it’s magic.

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5. Once complete it’ll tell you to go look in the Help file. Cheers, thanks for that!

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6. Now close down the Virtual PC (ie shutdown the operating system and everything)

7. From the Virtual PC Console, File Menu, choose Virtual Disk Wizard. Select ‘Edit an existing Virtual disk’

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8. Find the existing image you want to compress

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9. Choose Compact it

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10. Choose to save a new copy (if possible) rather than replacing the existing copy. This is just safer in case something goes wrong (you could get your image corrupted).

I usually do this, then go and delete the original once the new one (compacted) is complete.

But since we are probably doing this because we need the extra space, chances are you won’t have room to save a new file. I’ll let you decided how to best cater for this…

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11. You are ready to go! Click Finish and the process will go through and compact the image. It can take a while, so don’t do this during a busy coding session.

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12. All going well you should have a significantly reduce image when complete. Most of mine reduce by 20-30% if I haven’t compacted them for a while. On a 20GB image that can be 5GB or more!

13. Finally, you now need to find more stuff to download and fill up all the extra room you’ve got 🙂

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TIP: Selecting multiple items in Outlook

Posted on January 22, 2008. Filed under: Tip |

Outlook allows you to select multiple items with just your mouse.

The trick is to position your cursor in the very left part of the first column so that the cursor changes from pointing North-West to pointing N-E.

Here’s how it is normally:

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Now position it a little more to the left and your cursor will change to be pointing up to the right (ie North-East):

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Now simply hold down the left mouse button and drag and all the items you cover will be selected. No need to use the Shift or Ctrl key while selecting.

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This works in other areas too. For example if you view your Contacts in Phone List view it will also allow multiple selections using this method.

[See my Disclaimer if you’ve known about this tip for ages.]

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TIP: Using GMail +

Posted on January 20, 2008. Filed under: Tip |

GMail (and some other email providers) supports the ‘+’ directive in email addresses.

Thus, if your GMail address is:

barackobama@gmail.com

Then, emails sent to the following address will reach you as well:

barackobama+temp@gmail.com

Based on the email address sent to, you can set automatic spam filtering or other rules.

This is handy for signing up on web sites, since you can choose a new email address for each, and then if you are being spammed deal with it (and know who it was that handed out your details).

barackobama+oprahclubsignup@gmail.com

It’s also handy for creating multiple test accounts when testing your web site as different users.

(Note: unfortunately a few web site validators don’t like the ‘+’ character, so this won’t always be an option)

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TIP: Vista performance tools

Posted on January 17, 2008. Filed under: Tip |

I can’t always remember where I learn my favourite tips, but I think this one came from Adam Cogan at a recent .Net User Group meeting. In any case, it is covered via my usual Disclaimer.

Here’s how to run a quick performance monitor check on your Vista machine.

Go to the orb, and type in perf in the Search box

Vista Start menu

Choose the Reliability and Performance Monitor application. When it opens, click the Reliability Monitor option.

Reliability and Performance Monitor

In the timeline on the right you can now click on any of the events to see what happened on your machine, be it a software update, application crash, etc.

Great for working out what may have changed recently on your machine, if it suddenly starts playing up.

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TIP: Using IE7 Quick Tabs

Posted on January 16, 2008. Filed under: Tip |

IE7 has a nice thumb view list of all your currently open tabs.

That’s it there, right next to the first tab. Click on it or type Ctrl + Q

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to give you this – a thumbnail of each of the sites you have open. Simply click on the thumbnail you wish to switch to.

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To obvious you say? Yep, but after using IE7 for ages, I only just noticed it a little while back. So, as usual it sits under the ‘well duh’ terms of my Disclaimer.

On a related topic – IE7 – I liked Jeff’s post today on browser shortcuts. The only thing I’d add is that using IE7Pro allows you to open a new tab from the address bar when you press Enter – ie you don’t have to use Alt + Enter.image

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TIP: Saving Tab Groups in IE7

Posted on January 15, 2008. Filed under: Tip |

A feature I like in IE7 and use all the time is the Save as Tab Group function.

If you have a bunch of sites open and want to save them for later review, simply Add the whole set of Tabs as a Group in your favourites.

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Later when you want to open the sites again, simply go to Favourites, choose the Tab group, right click and Open as a Tab Group

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I usually save a whole bunch of open links to a Favourites Tab Group names with a date.

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TIP: CTRL + TAB in VS2008

Posted on January 13, 2008. Filed under: Tip |

Another simple one you may already know.

When working in Visual Studio 2008 you can use CTRL + TAB to switch through your open windows (similar to how you use ALT + TAB to switch between applications).

It brings up a window as shown below. Simply keep Ctrl + Tabbing through them until you get the one you want (complete with thumbnail).

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Thanks to Angus for alerting me to this one.

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TIP: Resetting Visual Studio environment

Posted on January 11, 2008. Filed under: Tip |

If you’ve installed Visual Studio with a specific environment (eg Visual C#, Web development) and want to change it something else, you can simply reset it from the Tools > Import and Export Settings menu option

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Just choose the third option

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You can save your current settings before the reset is enabled.

As usual, this tip is covered under my ‘well duh’ Disclaimer.

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TIP: Sending free time details in Outlook

Posted on January 7, 2008. Filed under: Tip |

Here’s how to send someone a list of your available time slots from Outlook 2007.

Create a new email item as per below example, then click the Calendar button:

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The following form will appear:

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Choose the Calendar (if you have multiple) and Date (or range) you want. I usually tick the box to limit it to just work hours.

Click OK and it inserts the list of available times into your email (note it requires the email to be in HTML format).

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Click Send.

Already know this tip? Yep, you’re probably not alone. That’s why this post is covered under the ‘well duh’ item in my Disclaimer.

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