Friday, October 31, 2008

DiskInternals - Mail Recovery Software

Occasionally I run into a corrupted Outlook PST file. Sometimes repairing or truncating the email database file just doesn't work. (see Help Desk Geek on )

DiskInternals the update of , its flagship product to recover and repair deleted and corrupted email databases by various mail clients. The new release supports Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Thunderbird, and recovers messages, attachments, contacts, tasks, calendars, and address books.

Hey, its worth a try if all else fails. ...

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Geek Tool Of The Day

System Explorer puts all the monitoring/administrative tools in one application. If you want to check start up items, disable IE Addons, go to Services, Tasks, installed software... these are just a few of the "all in one" features this tool has. Plus it comes in a FREE handy portable version. ...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hard To Find 800 Numbers

This site maintains an alphabetical list of hundreds of customer-care, tech-support, and other toll-free numbers. ...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

CrossOver Software for Free!

All of CodeWeavers products, which allow Mac and Linux users to run Windows applications, can be downloaded TODAY ONLY for free -- instead of $40 each -- at the company's website,

Monday, October 27, 2008

Outlook 2007 Add-Ins

Open Outlook 2007, on the Tools menu, click Trust Center, and then click Add-ins, then click on Go... where it says Manage: Com Add-ins.

Uncheck what you don't need, like iTunes Outlook Add-in, Exchange and Sharepoint add-ins and anything else you don't use. Leave the Windows Search Email Indexer, you might need that.

Notice a boost in performance? I thought you would. ...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

IObit SmartDefrag 1.01

If you are running Vista you already know there is no clue as to the progress of the defrag utility that it uses. It just reports that it can take hours. (and it does)

IObit SmartDefrag 1.01 at least gives you a screen to watch, if you haven't got paint to watch dry. ...

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Quick Parts - Outlook 2007

What is it? Well, it is just another reason why I really like Outlook 2007.

Not every email gets my full signature or the "privacy" email disclaimer. In some cases, I will reply to an email message with just "Roger that!"

Before I started using Quick Parts, I would copy and paste into my email messages any pertinent formal informational images and text, but I don't do that anymore. ...

Friday, October 24, 2008

10 Traits Entrepreneurs and Einstein Share

Entrepreneurs have more in common with Einstein than they think. Many of the traits that led him to be named Time magazine's Person of the Century--kind of an elite club--drive people to create businesses. Do you see a little of Einstein in you? ...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Bonus Tip Of The Week is a free online PDF to Word converter. It's real simple to use and doesn't require your email address or registration. You just upload your PDF document and when the conversion is complete, download your Word document. BONUS! ... (thanks go to

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Netgear Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit

If running a CAT-5 cable is not an option, or there is too many wireless networks available to give you a reliable, stable wireless connection or you may have a wireless dead spot, this is a must-have product if you need a fast and secure network for your small business. ...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ribbon Key Tips - Office 2007

I will file this under, "I did not know this" category.

Office 2007 has a hidden feature that lets you access all of the commands in the Ribbon using Key Tips. ...

Sunday, October 19, 2008

What Is ScrubIT?

If you run a small business or have small children surfing the internet, you'd probably prefer to keep your them and/or your employees from visiting x-rated and/or malicious Web sites, (regardless of whether it's intentional or not).

ScrubIT, a free service, simply configures your network router to use ScrubIT's domain-name servers (DNS) rather than those supplied by your ISP.

Once the configuration is complete, ScrubIT will automatically block any "adult" or potentially malicious sites--over 3 million in all, according to the site. ...

Saturday, October 18, 2008

iGoogle Isn't The Way I Want To Google!

Like the new iGoogle Home Page much? No, neither do I. It would be one thing if we had a choice to go to this new format and it would be another thing if we could customize it the way we want. I guess I really shouldn't complain because we aren't bombarded with crap advertisements and flashy little nuisances like My MSN Page.

However, a few tips for you:

1.  Click on Edit Tab and uncheck - "Show a short description for each feed article". There, that's better already.

2. There is a greasemonkey script that will allow you to collapse the annoying sidebar by clicking on an arrow. You first need to install for Firefox and once you restart Firefox, click here to run the "".

Thanks go to Lifehacker for the tip! ...

Friday, October 17, 2008

Buy Office 2003

You won't find Office 2003 in the stores and your system may not have the necessary RAM to run Office 2007 adequately.

So what do you do? Order it from Microsoft.

Thanks go to Ja for finding this little treasure.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Speakeasy - Test Your Internet Connection Speed!

Worked side by side the other day with a cable guy who was setting up a business network for one of my clients.

He went to this site a few times after tweaking the modem to make sure we were getting the correct connection speed. ...

Friday, October 10, 2008

Kingston 32GB Flash Drive

I remember my first flash drive. It was a give-away gift from HP and was only 64MBs. I used a 128MB flash drive, then 256MBs and so on until now I regularly carry a 4GB Kingston flash drive in my pocket.

Kingston just rolled out a 32GB DataTraveler 150, that will be in my toolkit (pocket) someday. ...

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Update Your Web Mail

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".

Take a moment to log into your web mail, and add an alternative email address. If you get hacked or locked out, you will be happy you did. ...

Wednesday, October 08, 2008


Crapware, spyware, adware, malware, OH MY!

The net is a buzz about the next .

In a nutshell, it’s when you visit a malicious website and the attacker is able to take control of the links that your browser visits. It’s a fundamental flaw with the way your browser works and cannot be fixed with a simple patch. With this exploit, once you’re on the malicious web page, the bad guy can make you click on any link, any button, or anything on the page without you even seeing it happening.

What the ?!

Just in time for Halloween! ...

Monday, October 06, 2008

Sunday, October 05, 2008

RealDice Texas Hold'em


If you have a Windows Mobile device and like to play poker, here's a freebie application for you. ...

Saturday, October 04, 2008

AT&T Prepaid Billing?

Looks like AT&T is looking for fast cash by changing their billing methodology. Get ready to get billed in advance for your monthly fee. That's right, time to pony up for your upcoming month of service. ...

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Virtual Safe Deposit Box

Wells Fargo now offers a virtual vault service called . You can upload your most important documents to this service for a small monthly fee. The services promises 256-bit encrypted storage and regular backups "with geographically diverse servers." ...

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

iTunes Library Updater

If your iTunes library is disheveled and unorganized after moving or deleting songs, grab this handy free tool. It can clean up duplicates and orphaned entries, as well as add new music from specified directories that iTunes doesn't yet know about. ...