📖 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. <dd class="wp-caption-dd"> Great visibility on the M1!

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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.

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REL attribute reference for HTML links

NOTE: This table may be incomplete <td valign="top" width="31%"> <strong><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Description</span></span></strong> </td> <td valign="top" width="19%"> <strong><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Reference</span></span></strong> </td> <td valign="top" width="33%"> <strong><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Notes</span></span></strong> </td> <td valign="top" width="31%"> <span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Designates a substitute for the link&#8217;s context.</span></span> </td> <td valign="top" width="19%"> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">[</span><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: #0000ff; font-size: x-small;">W3C.REC-html401-19991224</span></span></a><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">]</span></span> </td> <td valign="top" width="33%"> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;"> </span> </td> <td valign="top" width="31%"> <span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Refers to an appendix.

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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”][1] and Google requirements. Also added an HTML 5 logo. [1]: “External link to EU privacy requirements. Opens a new window.”

📖 Posts | 📎 General | 🔖None

New Blog Design Page

I’ve added a new page to this blog explaining the [design of the site][1]. [1]: /about/design-blog “Design for this Blog”

📖 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][1] get reposted to [Twitter][2] and Facebook. I used to have some complex set-up that worked intermittently. Now however, I’ve started using [TwitterFeed][3] 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][1].

📖 Posts | 📎 General, Microsoft | 🔖 Facebook, Fail, Google, Microsoft, Office

Microsoft’s Facebook fails at the first hurdle

Had my first test for Microsoft’s new [][1] this week – and it failed badly. In case you don’t know, Microsoft recently announced a new beta [Office Live link-up with Facebook][1]. You can log in using your [Facebook][2] login instead of a Microsoft Live Id. So you would think that it would be possible to use [][1] 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.