Sunday, February 13, 2005

So you got a hankerin' to build something eh? Well here's a great place to start. Personally it's kind of overwhelming me at the moment but I know if I start with a few easy ones I'll probably get confidence to take on some doozies. Call this the "Tim Taylor" recipe page. :-) Free Woodworking Plans List

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

The REAL solution to solving the Winmail.DAT and disappearing attachments problem with Outlook. Read on. This is a message primarily geared towards the Window's users but I thought you Mac types might like to understand it as well. After some heavy duty digging and decrypting I've found a solution to the problem. Here are the things you need to do first, second and on a global basis. First: Please check to see if the following is set. This won't solve the problem (though everyone on the Internet points to this as the total solution incorrectly) but it is part of it. In Outlook, go to Tools, Options, Mail Format. Make sure "Compose in this message format" is set to Plain Text and Microsoft Office Word is not checked for either editing e-mail messages or reading Rich Text messages. Click the Internet Format button and ensure Outlook Rich Text options is set to "Convert to Plain Text format". Second: And this is a real pain in the butt to remember but it's essential to do each time you send or forward on an email with an attachment (I wish there was a setting for it to set permanently but nothing exists). You can minimize the "pain-in-the-buttness" by using the global idea listed next if you wish. Ok, each time you send an email with an attachment rightclick on the email addresses you are sending to and select Outlook properties. One of three things will happen when you do this. If it's a new address you are entering then you won't see this option when right clicking (see Global idea listed next for solution to this.) If you selected one of the "auto listed emails from a list" then you will open up an Email properties box. Change the "Internet Format" to "Send Plain Text Only" and click OK. If you selected an address from the Address Book then you will first land on the Contact page. You will then need to right click again on the email address on this page and follow the same instructions as the previous example. The difference here is that when you Save and Close the contact page you will permanently change the attributes of this address (which is good.) This of course leads me to the global solution. Global Solution: Basically, this involves creating Contacts for all of your email addresses in the Contact address database in Outlook and using this functionality solely for sending messages and attachments going forward. You will need to change the Outlook properties Internet Format to "Send Plain Text Only" for all addresses in your Contact dbase to be safe. To ensure you don't get tempted to use the "auto listed email" functionality it's probably best that you turn it off by going to Outlook, Tools, Options, Preferences, E-mail Options, Advanced E-mail Options, and uncheck Suggest names while completing To, Cc, and Bcc fields and clicking OK.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Need to create a Gantt chart and can't afford Microsoft Project. Open source to the rescue again. Check it out. Gantt Project