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May 2, 2009

Kindle Demographics

Filed under: Gadgets,Notes — Charles Engelke @ 4:26 pm
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Engadget pointed me to a post on the Kindle Culture blog that claims that most Kindle owners are over 40.  The research behind the claim is a bit informal, but it seems credible.

So (assuming this is true) why are Kindle owners older than other gadget owners?  The Kindle’s expensive, but I don’t think that’s it.  A lot of extremely expensive gadgets are very popular with teenagers and twenty-somethings.  The ability to change the font size may be a small factor, but I don’t think that’s behind this either.

I think it’s because lifelong readers tend to keep a lot of their books, and eventually there are so many they’ve become overwhelming.  I’m 53, and based on rough estimates from linear shelf space and overload factors, my wife and I have somewhere between 5000 and 10,000 books in our house.  It just seems natural to hold on to them, but we’ll only reread a tiny fraction of them.

The Kindle (well, Kindles, one for each of us) lets us keep reading new books without adding to the shelves, piles, and mounds of books we’ve got.  I was very slow to get one because of the DRM – I don’t really own any of the books I’m buying, and I don’t expect to be able to still read them a few years down the road.  But if I want to reread a book in a decade or two or three, I’ll just buy another copy then.  Thanks to electronic publishing, anything I want is likely to still be “in print”, and it’s less expensive to buy a few duplicate copies than to get a bigger house to save all that paper.  And the Kindle is just about as good a physical reading experience as a typical paper book.

I will still buy some paper books.  The Kindle’s screen isn’t big enough for most technical books (in my opinion).  And there are books I’ll want to have and keep for sentimental reasons.  But I’d be pretty happy if I could get the paper book count in the house down below 1000 some day.

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January 30, 2009

My first real Windows 7 glitch

Filed under: Notes — Charles Engelke @ 9:55 pm
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Today I tried to print a file in the office, and couldn’t.  I was able to search and find the print server and the right printer, but I couldn’t get it to connect.  Windows 7 just said “Connecting to…” for several minutes.  Trying another printer eventually got past that screen, but then Windows 7 immediately demanded that I provide an .INF file.  Which I didn’t have, of course.

I’d already printed to a network printer at home, so why didn’t it work at the office?  I don’t know, but I’ll spend some time fiddling with it next week.  I can’t see any reason for Windows 7 to have trouble with this.

On the good news front I now have a working VPN client.  NCP sent me a download link for the their beta Windows 7 VPN client, which is good for 30 days before I’ll have to purchase it.  I had a little trouble configuring it because there are a nearly infinite number of configuration options and it wasn’t clear to me which ones I should choose.  But then I remembered reading that it could import a saved Cisco VPN configuration file.  I imported the one I’d used in Windows XP, and it immediately connected and worked perfectly.  So I guess I’ll be buying a copy soon.

I’m annoyed with Cisco, though.  They sold us VPN concentrators and I feel they’re responsible for providing client software to connect to them.  It’s irresponsible for them to not support 64-bit versions of Windows.

January 29, 2009

A few more days with Windows 7

Filed under: Notes — Charles Engelke @ 10:37 pm
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I’m still using the 64-bit beta of Windows 7 as my primary operating system and it continues to impress me.  The only glitch I’d had before was the video driver crashing occasionally (and restarting seamlessly every time).  But even that’s stopped happening.  I don’t know why (there’s been no driver update related to it) but I’m sure not going to complain.

More software installed and working well for me:

When I tried to install Skype, Windows 7 popped up an alert that there were known compatibility issues with it, and gave me a link to another page at Skype with a specific beta version for Windows 7.  Handy.

And I’ve been in the office with my ThinkPad undocked, docked with an external monitor, and sometimes connected to a projector.  Windows 7 does a fantastic job of detecting all the changes to my video connections and adjusting the display configuration and resolution perfectly every time.  It remembers that I extend my display to the external monitor when docked, but duplicate it to the projector when that’s connected.  It just works.

I’m still waiting for something awful to happen, but things are sure going great so far.  There’s been tremendous attention to detail on Microsoft’s part.  That, more than slick new technology, is making Windows 7 a pleasure to use.

January 25, 2009

Trying out Windows 7

Filed under: Notes,Uncategorized — Charles Engelke @ 3:32 pm
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Last Tuesday I finally took the time to swap out hard drives on my laptop and install the new Windows 7 beta.  I was skeptical thanks to my Vista experiences (which I shared on this blog), but there was a lot of good buzz on this one.  I decided to go whole hog and install the 64 bit version to make it more challenging.

The buzz is right.  Windows 7 is much better than Vista was.  In fact, I’m having fewer problems with it in beta than I did with Vista after it had been out for a year.  It seems to be pretty much the same as Vista and the core, but Microsoft has paid a lot more attention to details this time, and it makes for a much better experience.

Windows 7 boots fast, and performs fast.  I don’t know if it would benchmark better than XP, but it in day to day use it’s been quicker for me than XP is.  The user interface changes are actual improvements, and enhance working with the PC.

The installation took well under half and hour, and went flawlessly.  Upon first boot, everything was working fine, but there were a couple of rough spots:

  • The eye candy (translucent title bars, et cetera) didn’t work
  • I couldn’t turn off the trackpad part of my ThinkPad TrackPoint
  • About four devices, including the fingerprint reader) showed problems in the device manager

Running Windows update solved most of the problems.  I downloaded a couple of drivers from Lenovo for the TrackPoint and fingerprint reader.  That fixed the TrackPoint, but not the fingerprint reader.  Then, about a day later, Windows popped up an alert telling me there was a problem with the fingerprint reader, and would I like to fix it?  I said yes, and it directed me to a site to download the right driver for it, and after that it worked fine.

So right now, everything is working, and working well.  The only operating system issue I’ve had has been the NVIDIA display driver locking up for a few seconds a couple of times.  Windows reports that it crashed and restarted, and after each restart, everything was fine.  I could actually live with that happening a few times a week if needed, but I’m sure NVIDIA will get it fixed long before general release of Windows 7.

Almost all the software I use installed and works fine, too.  No problems with:

Picasa 3 works fine, except that the screen saver doesn’t seem to actually trigger.  It says that it is set up to run, but Windows 7 doesn’t seem to know it exists.  Oracle web conferencing wouldn’t install automatically, but it did when I downloaded and ran the setup problem.  It seems to run okay now, though.

Windows actually suggested AVG as an antivirus solution, as well as Norton and Kaspersky.  Since I’ve been using AVG for a while, I first installed and used Kaspersky to make the test more challenging.  It worked, but it was often popping up alerts that an update was needed, and then when I manually ran an update, saying that it wasn’t needed.  It was too chatty and tried to do too many things (like being a network firewall, too), so I dumped it and went to AVG, which has been working well.  I guess.  I supposed I’d have to try to infect the PC with a virus to know for sure!

What didn’t work?  Just two programs: Google Chrome and Cisco VPN Client.  I really like Google Chrome, but the installer isn’t happy when it’s run.  I finally got it installed, but it won’t display any web pages.  There are suggestions online about ways to get it to run, but they involve telling it to operate in a less secure mode, so I’ll wait for an update from Google fixing the problem.

The lack of a VPN client is a much bigger problem for me.  I can’t really stay in Windows 7 without it (though I’ll use it for at least another week and live with the hassles that long).  Cisco apparently has no intent to ever support 64 bit windows clients.  Personally, I think Cisco does a lousy job supporting client systems, period, and would like to not use them.  NCP does have a compatible VPN client that runs under 64 bit Vista, but they warn it won’t work under Windows 7.  They have a Windows 7 version in beta, and I’ve requested a copy to test.  They’ve agreed, but I don’t have it yet.  I’m hopeful about it.

The way things have gone during my five day test (so far), I could see myself having this beta as my regular operating system while I wait for the real release.  If I can get a VPN client, and don’t run into major problems, I’ll probably do that.  Though I’m keeping my XP hard drive with me at all times, ready to swap back to it if I need to.

September 3, 2008

Google Chrome

Filed under: Notes — Charles Engelke @ 10:24 am
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I’m excited about Google Chrome.  It’s in Google’s best interests to make the Internet ever more usable, and when they do it through pure open source it helps everybody with similar interests (even Google’s competitors).  But I’m also pleased because it has three specific features that I’ve wanted a lot lately as I’ve been living more of my computing life online:

  • Minimal “chrome”.  That is, almost all of the web browser is given over to what’s inside the page I’m using, not to browser functions.  I’ve stripped Firefox’s chrome down as much as I could, but Google Chrome is even better than that.
  • Tear-away tabs.  I can grab a tab and drag it outside of my browser, and have it stand on its own.  I love tabbed browsing in general, but sometimes it gets in the way.  Just as I often want to have several command shells open and visible at the same time, sometimes I want browser pages set up the same way.
  • Application windows.  You can turn a tab into an “application” that can be started from a menu or shortcut like any other application, and which has even less browser elements around the page.  I’ve already done this for my Google Mail, Calendar, and Docs pages, and my blog administration page.
Professionally, I’m interested in building web applications, and Google Chrome is a great frame for them.  It doesn’t have a lot of features yet, but it’s definitely ready for solid use.

July 15, 2008

SlickEdit – and Brief

Filed under: Notes — Charles Engelke @ 10:46 am
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I finished my two-week trial of SlickEdit and decided to buy it.  $300 seems like a lot of money for a text editor, but the market for good ones is pretty small and those folks need to stay in business.  The Brief emulation is great, and it’s got a bunch of really nice additional features that I never knew I wanted.  There’s quite a learning curve, but if you’re writing code it’s worth spending a while to master it all.

In the process of using it, I realized my absolute requirements for an editor:

  1. Full screen editing.  Move the cursor with keyboard or mouse and add or delete text.  Even Notepad does this, but I started programming in 1972 so I still don’t take it for granted.
  2. Auto-indent.  It doesn’t have to be smart; so long as tab moves me in a level and each new line stays there until shift-tab takes me out, I’m happy.  Why have they never added this to Notepad?
  3. Line-oriented cut and paste.  The editor should have a mode for selecting, copying, cutting, and pasting text by line instead of by characters.  If there’s no selection, copying and cutting should operate on the current line.  Pasting a line selection should go above the current line.  Brief was the first editor I used that did this well.

Syntax coloring, smart indenting, even regular expressions, are nice but not absolutely essential.  (Maybe regular expression support is, come to think of it.)

Brief itself meets those three requirements, and is available for free in its basic mode.  It’s a faithful recreation of the original program but for Windows instead of MS-DOS.  However, it doesn’t do much (if anything) with the mouse, and I find I miss that.  I’ve installed it on my machines for quick and dirty editing, and I’m going to try it on a USB memory stick since it’s quite small.  But SlickEdit is my new editing home.

June 29, 2008

SlickEdit Selection Fix – and Book Recommendation

Filed under: How To,Notes — Charles Engelke @ 2:31 pm
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I’m trying out SlickEdit to see if I’ll be happy with it.  I really, really want an editor with good Brief emulation.  I used CodeWright at work; it’s good, but expensive and effectively orphaned, so I didn’t want to buy a copy for my personal machine.  Jed says it emulates Brief and it’s free; I tried it, couldn’t get it to behave like Brief, and found its documentation unhelpful.  I found Zeus: it’s inexpensive and mostly does a good job, so I bought it and use it, but it has some annoying minor glitches.  (Really minor; I’ve been using it for a year as my main editor.)

SlickEdit gets great press and has extensive documentation, so I’m giving it a try.  (For the third free trial; I never got deep enough into it to work on configuring it just right in the first two.)  One of the best things about SlickEdit is that it is nearly infinitely configurable.  One of the worst things about SlickEdit is that it is nearly infinitely configurable.  I don’t like investing all that startup time tweaking it to get it right.

But I’m still looking for an editor, so this time I’m really making the effort.  Just selecting Brief emulation made it work pretty well, but I read through the User Guide and changed a few settings.  And I got quite happy with it, except for one infuriating behavior: if I typed over selected text, what I typed was appended to the text instead of replacing it.

I figured that there had to be a way to change this, but I couldn’t find it in the User Guide.  Google didn’t turn anything up, either.  There’s a book just about SlickEdit, though; maybe it would help?  I don’t want to have to buy it to find out, though; I haven’t yet committed to this editor.  I checked for it on Safari, but it’s not there.

It is on Amazon, though.  And “Search Inside this Book” is available for it.  I searched for “typing replaces selection” and immediately found what I needed!  Right there on page 382, I saw some SlickEdit macro code commented with:

// CUA Style: typing replaces basic (not locked) selection

The code changed the value of a variable named def_persistent_select to a D.  I wasn’t about to learn how to write code to do this, but the SlickEdit User Guide did show how to change these variables through the menus.  I changed it (it was set to N in my installation), and now the editor works the way I want!

Needless to say I’m not going to remember how I did this, nor how I found this information, hence this post to remind me.  Here’s how to do it:

  1. Select the Macro menu, then Set Macro Variable…
  2. There’s a drop-down list named Variable.  Scroll through it to select def_persistent_select.
  3. Enter a D in the Value text box, and click OK.

I’m pretty sure this change is persistent.  If not, I’ll figure out how to save it later.

This greatly increases the chance that I’ll decide to buy a $300 copy of SlickEdit.  If I do I’ll also buy the $50 book (only $36.49 on Amazon).  Both in gratitude and because it’s likely to have a lot of other useful stuff.  My main qualm right now is that SlickEdit is much more complex than I want or need.  Doesn’t anybody just make a plain editor any more?

So why don’t I use Brief itself?  Because I didn’t know it existed!  I Googled it to see if there would be a good link about Brief I could put in this post, and found this.  It’s not the same Brief of old, but it’s trying to be just like it.  I’ll try it out, but it may emulate a console-mode editor too well for me today.

April 30, 2008

Outsourcing My Servers

Filed under: Notes — Charles Engelke @ 10:26 pm

I registered engelke.com in 1998, and have been running all my own infrastructure for it since then. It was a good learning experience to set up my own servers and provide DNS, web and e-mail, but I no longer feel like dealing with all that. And thanks to all the services now available I no longer have to. I just completed moving most of my domain’s infrastructure to free hosted services. I migrated my wife’s domain (lauriewhite.org) at the same time.

First up was DNS. Registrars now host name services for domains registered with them, and have pretty easy web interfaces to configure them. My domain is at Network Solutions, and it took no time at all to change my registration to point to their servers instead of mine, and to configure all the entries. Laurie’s domain
was registered with Nameboy, and their DNS control panel wasn’t as easy to use, but it still didn’t take much work.

Next, e-mail. This was my main motivation for the changeover. I was tired of worrying that my servers would crash when both of us were out of town, causing e-mail to be lost. Google Apps to the rescue. I registered each domain with them for free, and set them to handle all the e-mail for the domains. I then went back to the DNS servers and changed the MX (mail exchange) records according to the directions on Google Apps. I kept my old servers running for a few days, but in almost no time e-mail stopped being delivered to them and went to the Google accounts.

The only dynamic content on the sites was our blogs. They were run on Movable Type, and could be exported to a text file for loading on another host. My first thought was to host them on TypePad, which is owned by Movable Type and runs on essentially the same software. That would have been easy and free, but the blogs wouldn’t show up as being on our domains. Not a huge problem, and it could be solved by upgrading to a paid account for $90 per year (total for both blogs).

But I’d heard a lot about WordPress; mostly raves, and comments about how easy it was to migrated a blog over from Movable Type. And it was free to host, after which I could pay $10 per year per blog to have them showing as being on our own domains. Since it was free, I gave it a try. It loaded my exported blog perfectly, but the post addresses were different, as were the image addresses. So I edited the exported file, deleted the entries, and re-imported them. It looked perfect, so I paid the $10 to host it at blog.engelke.com (requiring another trip to the DNS control panel to point that address at the right place), and then did the same for Laurie’s blog.

The moves are all done, and I’m pleased with the results, and the fact that the whole thing only costs $20 per year. I’m also not locked in to any provider. I can move any component to any other host pretty easily; certainly as easily as this move from my own infrastructure.

We’re not totally off our own infrastructure. We each have regular web sites at engelke.com and lauriewhite.org. I’m looking at migrating them to other hosts (perhaps Amazon’s S3) but right now I’m using Apache and rewrite rules to redirect requests to the old blog address to the new ones. I’ll move the web sites sooner or later, but I’ll keep running my own web server for experiments and short-term solutions anyway. They just won’t be critical, so I don’t have to worry about them crashing.

October 16, 2007

Another Spam Milestone

Filed under: Notes — Charles Engelke @ 1:49 pm

Eight months ago, I posted a note about spam on my GMail account hitting 10,000 messages in 30 days. Well, that was nothing:

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That’s not only more than four times worse, it has now exceeded an average of more than one spam message per minute over the last 30 days!

May 15, 2007

Comment Spam Surprise

Filed under: Notes — Charles Engelke @ 4:26 pm

I never got comment and trackback spam on this blog, until about three weeks ago. Then I started getting swamped by it. What happened?

I switched the URL for MovableType CGI functions (used for searching, commenting, and managing the blog) from HTTPS (i.e., a “secure” page) to just plain HTTP. I did this because the older version of OpenSSL I had been using had a known insecurity, and I didn’t feel like rebuilding all the software. It was easier to just turn SSL off.

So these automated spambots don’t know how to spam sites using SSL? Or maybe they just don’t know they should try. Either way, it’s interesting. I may go to the trouble of rebuilding the software soon so I can go back to the old way. In the mean time, I’m trying to require TypeKey authentication for comments, which I don’t think I have working right.

June 6, 2006

Groove is Dead

Filed under: Notes — Charles Engelke @ 6:34 pm

Well, not quite yet, but it’s definitely terminal. When Microsoft bought the company, this seemed a likely outcome, and today they confirmed it by announcing Microsoft Office Groove 2007 BETA. From the FAQs, it’s clear that there will be a product with Groove in its name, but the Groove we’ve known will cease to exist.

Groove’s glory was its lack of infrastructure. For $50 you bought Groove and installed it on your PC. If someone you knew did the same, you could create and share a Groove space. No servers to manage, so services to subscribe to. Sure, there were servers “out in the cloud” on the Internet, but they were managed by Groove, not you, and your purchase entitled you to use them. And public key cryptography prevented any disclosure of your data to those servers, even as they relayed it to other, authorized, users. And users with different versions of Groove could still usually share workspaces with each other, or at least most of the contents of the workspaces.

It was beautiful. But Microsoft doesn’t work that way. So Groove will no longer work that way.

Buy Groove once and use it for good, paying for upgrades if you wanted them, or skipping them if you preferred? No more. Now you will “subscribe” to Groove, instead of buy it. After all, Microsoft says that, “In talking with customers, we found that the flexibility to purchase Groove on a subscription basis held strong appeal with small businesses and workgroups, primarily due to the lower up front cost and the ability to get software updates made available during the term of the subscription.” Sure, we all hated that one-time $50 cost! (To be fair, Groove raised the price repeatedly with each new version, but it never got to be high enough to impede getting external business partners to buy it and give it a try.)

Install the client and go? No infrastructure, just use those Groove servers out in the cloud? No, no, no. You’ll have to buy Office Groove Server 2007 or Office Groove Enterprise Services. And, though the FAQs don’t mention it, that software will have to run on a Windows server, and I’m sure you’ll need a separate CAL for each user. Oh, and you’ll either have to put them directly out on the Internet (which I don’t like to do with Windows servers) or else make sure everyone you connect with has a VPN connection to your Intranet.

Well, maybe I’ll just stay with my current version of Groove. Not if anyone you plan to share workspaces with moves to the new Groove. “Anyone you invite to a workspace created with Office Groove 2007 must upgrade in order to accept the invitation.” Although, if you create the workspace with an older version, you can invite people with the new versions to it. For now.

Despite all that, do you want to give it a try? “The most important thing to know about upgrading to Groove 2007 is that this is a one way trip.” So don’t expect to just try. Not even on a test PC. You have to upgrade not only your Groove software, but also your Groove license, after which every other PC you use Groove on has to also be updated. One way.

This is a real shame. Groove was a great product that did pretty much one thing (securely sharing files with anyone, anywhere), and did it superbly. But that’s not sexy, and it never sold well. Groove also had a lot of other capabilities, but I never saw any of them get used anywhere near as much as the file tool. I don’t think that the new Groove will have any real value. If you’re going to have everybody you collaborate with work on a single Microsoft server, you already have (more complicated) ways to share data.

December 2, 2005

Ubuntu!

Filed under: Notes — Charles Engelke @ 4:05 pm

Last weekend I setup up a server with Ubuntu Linux, and it has just blown me away! Not so much as a server operating system, but as a desktop.

I needed to get an Internet web server up for a demonstration of bid-based cost estimation. I was away from the office, so I didn’t have time to give IT any notice of the need. So I figured I’d use my own Internet server to host it. But there were problems. Really, just one problem: the demo needed to use MySql, and I couldn’t compile it on my OpenBSD server. There is a MySql binary package available that I could have installed… if I were on a more current version of OpenBSD. And I didn’t like to idea of upgrading the operating system on a public server that’s already in use.

I’d bought a really inexpensive Gateway server a couple of months ago ($199 plus shipping!) so I finally unpacked it and started to set it up. I burned an OpenBSD boot CD-ROM, since I’m comfortable with that OS, and its security, and started the installation. But OpenBSD couldn’t see my Serial ATA hard drive. I could have fiddled with the BIOS to make the drive look different to the OS, but after a few tries, I knew I wasn’t getting anywhere. So I decided to install Linux.

I’d read people raving about Ubuntu, so I downloaded and burned an installation CD, and fired it up on the new server. The installer asked me about three questions, then installed everything perfectly. Not only did I have the core OS, I had a really nice GUI and a full set of applications (Firefox web browser, Evolution e-mail, OpenOffice suite, and many others).

It’s really easy to use, and I think it’s suitable for non-technical users. And it runs my demonstration really well, even though the server has only 256MB of RAM. The application is faster than on my Windows PC with 1GB of RAM.

I highly recommend Ubuntu to anyone who wants to set up an easy to use, stable, and inexpensive PC.

July 19, 2005

The Most Beautiful Machine

Filed under: Notes — Charles Engelke @ 7:56 pm

In the Make magazine blog, Phillip Torrone talks about Claude Shannon’s “most beautiful machine” that has one function only. When you turn it on, it turns itself off.

When I was a kid, there was a mass-produced toy that did this. Flip the on switch, and a hand came out of the toy and flipped the switch off. I think it was based on “Thing” from the Addams Family. I couldn’t find any pictures of it via Google, but here’s a similar toy that’s a bank. Instead of turning it on with a switch, you put a penny in a cradle, and the hand comes out and snatches it.

Back in the late 80’s I often rented Fords with something similar to this machine. There was a lever in the center console. When you pulled the lever, a light flashed to tell you to push it back. (Imagine my disappointment to discover that the lever actually had another function, releasing automatic shoulder belts after a crash.)

March 15, 2005

Javascript – Threat or Menace? Neither, any more.

Filed under: Notes — Charles Engelke @ 1:22 am

I always hated Javascript, because it seemed like web pages that
made heavy use of it never worked. And they did things in
Javascript that could be done in straight HTML, more easily,
more portably, and more reliably.
So how come I’m so happy with Appia,
when it currently has 5826 lines of Javascript in it? (Compare that to
the only 22,611 lines of Perl in today’s Appia source for what I
always call a “Perl application”!)

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March 10, 2005

Keeping Spyware off Your PC

Filed under: Notes — Charles Engelke @ 4:51 pm

Some time ago, I posted a note about malicious
code, with lots of details on how to detect and avoid it. That
note is still accurate, but the biggest threat now is a bit different
from back then: spyware. So this note focuses
exactly on that, and how to deal with it. (Also, that note was
very long and detailed; this note is short.)

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November 19, 2004

Outlook is brain dead

Filed under: Notes — Charles Engelke @ 11:42 am

I said I’d skip trying Outlook 2003 for now because I couldn’t even
sync it with my Palm, due to Palm’s unwillingness to let me download
that capability from their web site. Well, I borrowed a Palm
install CD from someone so I could install the Outlook conduits
for use with my Palm, and am giving Outlook a try.

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November 17, 2004

Try Outlook?

Filed under: Notes — Charles Engelke @ 5:38 pm

Well, my PC acted up yesterday, so it was time to wipe the hard drive and start over. Our IT group got me a new disk image right away, and I started moving my data over. But, since it was a brand new PC, I decided to try some new things out. For example, I’m not going to install ZoneAlarm; I think the new XP SP 2 firewall will meet my needs. (It doesn’t do as much as ZoneAlarm, but I think it covers my vulnerabilities.) And I decided to try Outlook 2003.

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March 15, 2004

Faster Acrobat

Filed under: Notes — Charles Engelke @ 11:55 am

A while ago I
mentioned
that Adobe Acrobat 6.0 takes forever to start up,
but doesn’t do a single thing I care about better than earlier,
faster versions of Acrobat. I just upgraded to a new PC, and it
had Acrobat 5.0 on it.

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March 8, 2004

Back to Eudora

Filed under: Notes — Charles Engelke @ 4:52 pm

A few weeks ago I wrote about
Changing
Software Programs
, and said I liked
Mozilla
Thunderbird
and would stick with it over my old favorite,
Eudora. Well, I changed my
mind, and I’m back to Eudora.

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February 22, 2004

Well, okay…

Filed under: Notes — Charles Engelke @ 8:41 pm

How can I migrate my ” personal” (note the leading space) mailbox?
Just copy the Eudora ” personal.mbx” file to the Local Folders
directory in the proper Thunderbird profile directory. Rename it
to something without a file extension. Reopen Thunderbird.

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