Well, I tried to make Microsoft Outlook work for me, but it's giving me fits. On two separate occasions, I've received email from frustrated coworkers complaining that they are receiving unwanted or reminders.
The first thing I tried to do was set up a rule to automatically forward email from my company to my cell phone so I would know to check my account. Well, Outlook (or maybe Exchange) automatically notifies the meeting organizer when someone forwards a meeting request to someone else (or in this case, my phone?!). Every time someone sent me an invitation to a meeting, Exchange was, unbeknownst to me, tattling on me and displaying the private nickname for my cell phone's email address. Eventually, my manager complained to me about the messages. And for some reason, he didn't think my suggestion to "just delete them" was funny. So now, I can't be automatically notified when I receive mail.
Or so I thought!
This 3x5 index card folio from Mead is something I picked up from Wal-Mart's stationery department for under $3. The original cards that came with the folio were part of Mead's "Collections by Cambridge" product. Online it goes for $3.45, but I found it for about $2. I didn't like the flowery index cards it came with (not manly enough), so I swapped them out for a plainer-looking spiral bound set. Add another $1 for the replacement cards, and you're still coming out pretty cheap. The pen is a Pilot G2 mini.
Having it with me is great for jotting quick ideas. It's more robust and durable than a pack of Post-its, and besides, Post-its don't come in a spiral bound format with a cover and room for a pen!
Google continues on its "parallel-universe" path to (friendly--not evil) world domination (parallel to Microsoft's attempts, that is) by expanding its reach into the Enterprise application space. In a recent free seminar held in Columbus, Google demonstrated some of its offerings in the enterprise, including:
Some useful add-ons:
sp_defaultdb [ @loginame = ] 'login', [ @defdb = ] 'database'
Note: the above has been deprecated in favor of the ALTER LOGIN statement in SQL Server 2005.
SQL Server 2000 UDFs can't access temporary tables.
I use Microsoft development technologies in my day job, including the following:
Other Microsoft tools that I use:
Getting Things Done (often called GTD) is a time/life management approach descibed in a book by David Allen entitled "Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity."
Thoughts and Tips for the 5 Phases of Workflow
Since INSERT INTO...EXEC requires the use of a CREATE TABLE statement with an explicit column list, adding a column to the stored procedure called by the EXEC portion will break the calling procedure. Who knew?
It's neat to explore what you can do at home for entertainment and family organization purposes.
Ideas that might fit here:
This area of the site will allow me to share information that may be useful to others. While it is primarily a personal repository, the information contained may appeal to a wider audience.
I'm a geek, so a lot of this will deal with technology. Here are a few topics:
Here are some new topics I'm working on:
I have read (or at least purchased) a few books in my lifetime about managing time and being organized. Here's a partial list:
This "book" (in Drupal terms) includes content described by a number of phrases, all of which apply, at least in part:
I'm cataloging this content here as an experiment. Partly with Drupal and partly with a non-wiki publishing format.
I'm posting this entry through my MSN Messenger account via the IMified service (see http://www.imified.com/index.htm). They offer a lot of widgets that allow you to access functionality from many of your online services by using your IM client. Very cool, but isn't this old school terminal window interfaces all over again?