📖 Posts | 📎 General, Microsoft, Windows | 🔖None

A simple mail filer for Microsoft Outlook (VBA)

Like many people I receive an unmanageable amount of email each day. Many days I get through only around 1⁄3 of the email I receive. However, the role I am in professionally requires me to retain a large proportion of correspondence. Some because it relates to ongoing projects, other because of security, audit or compliance reasons. In addition, I work across many projects. It isn’t unusual for me to be involved in two dozen or so projects at any one time on top of my day-to-day management work.

Stay Secure! The Latest Recommendations for IT Security

Individuals and enterprises do not understand the value of their Information nor how to protect it. This article attempts to reveal simple and practical ways to protect IT assets and outlines some of the latest thinking and tools from industry experts.

📖 Posts | 📎 General | 🔖 dangerous journey, leeds, nhs, sheffield, weather

Not a good day to travel!

But a good day to work from home! Freezing fog reduces the M1 to a car park. Outside our house in Sheffield the pavements and roads are coated in layers of ice making it lethal to go anywhere until you get to the main roads. Thank goodness for the remote working facilities provided by the NHS Commissioning Board! Saves me a dangerous journey from Sheffield to Leeds.Freezing fog reduces M1 to a crawl–

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Recommended iPad Apps – 2012-10

Here is my list of recommended apps for business users on the iPad. The iPad is a great business tool but is certainly very limited without adding some additional tools. This is a list of the ones I recommend for day-to-day use. GoodReader – $4.99 This is the best all-rounder. It is a document viewer with good sync and connectivity options including the usual DropBox, etc. but also with SharePoint and custom servers.

📖 Posts | 📎 General, Linux, Networking | 🔖 dns, ssh, vps

SSH Error: "ssh_exchange_identification: Connection closed by remote host"

Fixing up an SSH login error after moving to a new ISP. “ssh_exchange_identification: Connection closed by remote host” is caused by the lack of a reverse DNS entry.

Low-cost Information Management, Communications and Collaberation Tools

Although much of the work I do is for very large organisations and extremely costly projects, being an adopted Yorkshire-man, I’ve always an eye open for a bargain! More seriously, there are many small to medium sized businesses and charities that cannot afford big IT budgets but that still are crying out for good information management, communications and collaboration tools. In this article, I’ve tried to highlight a few tools that I think are worth looking at. I’ve not included anything in this article that requires a monthly or annual cost. All the tools here are available for free at least with limited features. The feature lists given are for the free versions with paid-for key features noted where appropriate. I also note if any of the web sites are blocked by typical enterprise firewalls. There is a lot more than what I’ve shared here, I’ll try to update this article from time-to-time.

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HTML Semantic Markup – What should I use?

Please note that this article may be unfinished.

Over the years, HTML has gradually been pushed towards a place where machine-readable, meta-data vocabularies are given increased value and importance. This article takes a quick look at what vocabularies are available and which ones are worth using in a web application right now.

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REL attribute reference for HTML links

NOTE: This table may be incomplete Relation Name Description Reference Notes alternate Designates a substitute for the link’s context. [W3C.REC-html401-19991224] appendix Refers to an appendix. [W3C.REC-html401-19991224] bookmark Refers to a bookmark or entry point. [W3C.REC-html401-19991224] chapter Refers to a chapter in a collection of resources.

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New page added to blog: Privacy & Disclosure

Finally got round to properly publishing this page that declares the site’s privacy policies and disclosure of intent. This is also linked to from every page as per EU “Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003” and Google requirements. Also added an HTML 5 logo.

📖 Posts | 📎 Blogging, General | 🔖 atom, google, rss

Coping With Google Reader Changes

If you are a Google Reader user, you will have noticed the latest design change and probably been amazed at how poor the new layout is. What you may not have immediately noticed is just what you’ve lost. In this article I look at what has been lost and what you might be able to do about it, at least in the short term.

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New Blog Design Page

I’ve added a new page to this blog explaining the design of the site.

📖 Posts | 📎 General | 🔖 diigo, facebook, twitter

How to repost Blog entries and Diigo links

It can be hard to keep track of the various social networks that you want to post to. In particular I want to ensure that my Blog posts and Diigo saved links get reposted to Twitter and Facebook. I used to have some complex set-up that worked intermittently. Now however, I’ve started using TwitterFeed which is much simpler to manage and seems pretty robust. I have two feeds set up, one that reads the RSS feed from this blog and another that reads the RSS feed from my Diigo account.

📖 Posts | 📎 General, Microsoft | 🔖 facebook, fail, google, microsoft, office

Microsoft’s Facebook fails at the first hurdle

Had my first test for Microsoft’s new this week – and it failed badly. In case you don’t know, Microsoft recently announced a new beta Office Live link-up with Facebook. You can log in using your Facebook login instead of a Microsoft Live Id. So you would think that it would be possible to use as a collaborative document editor and I suspect that you are supposed to be able to – as long as your documents don’t contain anything complex – such as comments!

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I’m afraid that his is likely to be a pretty random collection. I will add stuff here that I come accross on the web that I think may be useful at some point. I will also add things that I discover as I’m writing stuff.

📖 Posts | 📎 General, Linux | 🔖 pdf, scanning

Mining the Paper Mountain

One of the biggest problems with trying to de-clutter my life is the “paper mountain”. This is all the stuff that comes through the front door on a depressingly regular basis. At least the majority of it is now from organisations that we actually do have legitimate dealings with as a family (bank, etc.) but it still piles up on the table by the front door and then adds to even bigger piles in the office.