indulgences into my geek side

MVP Summit Schedule Sync without Outlook

Hey fellow MVPs, I’m sure most of you have downloaded your itinerary from the schedule builder and probably added the events to Outlook. For those of you that either don’t have Exchange Active Sync capabilities or wish to keep these events off their Outlook Calendar, you can still sync your schedule with your smart phone using subscriptions in the cloud (such as Hotmail or Google Calendars).  Unlike importing the downloaded .ics file, the method below will allow your phone to…

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SharePoint URL reflecting filter choices

Create personalized bookmarks in SharePoint

You might already be familiar with the filter bar, the gray headers at the top of most SharePoint lists. This interactive header allows you to sort and filter your view to drill down to the information you’re seeking. Sure, you could set your filter every time you visit the page, but that’s tedius if you need the same information each day. Here’s the ninja way: First, visit the list once and set your filters as you normally do one last…

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Sprint users, enable Google Voice services!

Do you have Sprint service?  If so, I would encourage you to take advantage of Google Voice services. Some might fear the ever-growing tech giant for permeating ever-increasing corners of our lives, but I for one welcome our all-knowing computing overlords at Google. Seriously though, have you heard of Google Voice?  The service was previously known as Grand Central and was purchased by Google back in 2007.  They’ve been making steady improvements, the latest of which is seamless integration for Sprint users.…

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comparison between Basic and Aero themes in Windows 7

Speed up your computer with eye candy?

Has your computer ever re-drawn the screen slowly? Or has a lagging program ever turned black or duplicated itself like this as you try to drag it around? You can alleviate these slow-downs and even prevent GDI driver-mode related crashes by using Windows Aero, available in Windows Home Premium and higher editions. You can tell if Aero is on by looking at the top of almost any window. If the window controls (known as caption buttons) are touching the edge,…

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The Outlook conversation view

Be more Conversational with your Email

Tip: Use Conversation view in Outlook to find related messages from other foldersYou save: About an hour a week Have you ever received a reply to an email and wanted to look at the other messages in the chain? What if the other messages were already moved into other folders? Or if you wanted to look at messages you sent? In the dark ages, finding all these related emails required digging though folder after folder, hoping you weren’t missing any. In the…

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User Experience Optimization

Users that have immediate, unfettered access to their resources and information are more reliable, better performing, and happier. When a workforce is more reliable, better performing, and happier, the entire business benefits with better SLAs, less turnover, and happier clients.  User Experience Optimization is taking steps to consolidate and simplify the user experience, and is proven to have a very real and direct impact on a business’s ability to function profitably. Before we look at what makes an optimal interface, let’s look at what…

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My Mobile Evolution

I’ve shared my favorite desktop apps and tools several times, now it’s time to discuss a device that is more intimate in nature. It’s hard to overstate the significance of the object that is so ubiquitous. For many, it is the first thing we see when we wake up, and the last thing we see when we go to sleep. It’s in our possion more than any other item.  It knows every person you communicate with, everywhere you go, and…

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Our Generation is Taking Over

A few months ago, a colleague of mine mentioned that our generation is taking over.  I thought it was a interesting comment, but didn’t think of it again until he mentioned months later on the popularity of Windows 7.  “Windows 7 is our generation’s answer to Windows being lame until now.” I don’t think Windows was ever lame, but it is true that Windows 7’s user experience was really re-thought with our generation’s ideas about productivity in mind. Today I…

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Windows 7 Flies Faster on Same Hardware

Why do I love Windows 7?  Today, because it lets me multitask like never before.  Right now, I have no less than 16 applications running.  One of those is a virtual PC of Windows 2000 that I use to connect to my workplace (they use a legacy VPN system).  So really, I’m running two full operating systems and dozens of applications… But you’d never know because the computer is as zippy as ever.  I can minimize, switch, resize, move, compute,…

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Google Chrome blocks ads the right way (for them and us)

Google Chrome’s popup blocker actually allows all popups to load, it just hides them from view.  The popup doesn’t even know, so to speak, that it has been blocked. Content is still downloaded and rendered, off screen.  If you choose to allow that popup instance, the window is drawn and you see the content that has already rendered: no refreshing or reloading. I actually prefer this behavior.  When Internet Explorer blocks a popup and you choose to allow it, the…

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