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Outlook on Outlook

I woke up around 6 this morning and wasn’t even really tired. I think I’m getting back to normal, which I love. I kept myself busy at the office, which was good. It wasn’t too hectic and I was able to cross a lot of things off of my to do list or at least progress forward with them. Exchange is only showing 16 overdue tasks now, cut well over half from what it was this morning.

I discovered yesterday that Outlook has a few features that have really won me over. It almost pains me to say this, but Microsoft has really gotten their act together with Outlook and it is much improved from previous versions. What really won me over the other day was when I was adding flights to my calendar and I was able to set different starting and ending timezones! I can’t believe that no other device has let me do this before because it seems so natural. Apple’s iCal does this weird thing with floating timezones, but that doesn’t really accomplish the job, it just allows you to make your flight when your phone changes timezones.

Another thing I have just started playing with, but makes total sense in Outlook is the ability to have recurring tasks. There are so many tasks that have never made my to do list because they were things that needed to be done on a weekly basis. With the ability to actually have the task repeat I can actually keep better track of things that I need to do and it will help me budget my time more effectively.

Now, that isn’t to say that Outlook isn’t without it’s own fair share of problems, but I’m starting to think it really is the way to go. Windows Mobile needs some serious improvements, primarily in the speed department, but there is no debate that the way the device works is almost like a miracle compared with other devices that have to be manually synced on occasion. If the combination can help me work so much better I can only imagine how much more productive it could make someone with a busier schedule or who is on the road more than me.

I left work a bit early this afternoon to go help Don get his email setup on his laptop before he goes to Hawaii in a few months. The VPN just makes things so easy. I was literally done with his request in a matter of minutes and then worked on some other things that he had on his list. I almost went to Disneyland, but Christa and Batch backed out at the last minute – literally. I had my bags packed and computer basically shut down when they decided they no longer wanted to go. It was good that we didn’t go through because I’m sure with spring break it would have been busy and I thoroughly enjoyed my quiet evening at home.

i was able to get caught up with reading blogs and such, enjoyed a nutritious dinner (cake) and then watched The Da Vinci code. I was a bit worried at first, but the movie turned out really good and was quite interesting. I don’t think I have anything on the agenda for this weekend, but I’m hoping that I can be productive. There is a lot that needs to be done around the house, so hopefully I can put my time to good use.

Tara would be proud of me this week. I think I only went out to eat twice – lunch on Monday and dinner on Wednesday! That might possibly be a new record. I brought lunch on Tuesday (soup) after forgetting on Monday. On Wednesday, I was rushing to get out of the house to catch Alison before she got to work and forgot to get lunch as well, but I decided to stop at the grocery store on the way in and get stuff to make lunch, so I’m stocked for a few more days still. Not only have I been eating at the office, but I have been at work everyday since Tuesday before 9!

Windows Mobile Wins

I’ve just been spending way too much time at the office lately. I didn’t leave till 8:30 tonight, went to Sierra’s birthday dinner at BJ’s and then came home to keep working! I guess it’s keeping me out of trouble for the most part. Windows Mobile won. The final nail in the coffin was when Batch sent a message last night and it had the signature line “Sent from my Verizon Wireless Blackberry.” I figured that indicated it was time to be done. There were enough reason to go Windows, we certainly don’t need to be sending out email through Blackberry’s servers so they can tag it up with whatever they want.

Things seem to be working fairly well on that front. I continued to immerse myself in Windows today. When I started having problems with my Windows in Parallels at the office, I decided it was time for a clean install. Unfortunately I couldn’t get my XP iso disc (which I used to install it in the first place) to work, so I grabbed the Vista disk that was sitting in the cabinet and went to town! I actually somewhat like it. Things seem to be going well with it and the two things I use it for I got installed and working: Outlook and Quickbooks.

And on that note, I’m going to bed. Ryan and I are going riding in the morning so I need to get some rest.

Blackberry vs. Windows Mobile Round Two

Not too much to report from today either, so I’ll try and keep this short. We continued playing with some phones and I still think that Windows Mobile is the clear winner. We got a Treo 700wx today but discovered that it is running Windows Mobile 5 instead of 6 Pro which my VX6800 is running. I also realized that the lack of buttons on the treo could be somewhat limiting. Maybe the fact that I can’t text message while driving is honestly a good thing with the larger keypad and it will help keep me out of trouble. I’m thinking, today anyway, that I’m going to stick with this new phone and we’ll take it from there.

I went to institute tonight and then came home. I didn’t get to bed early and instead spent time talking, playing and eating cake. We had some great rain today and it is pretty darn cold outside. It got cold enough in fact that our heaters stopped working at the office and we had to pull out the space heaters. Well, everyone else has already had theirs out, I just had to pull mine out to keep warm.

Oh, for the record: The Blackberry still hasn’t gotten any data from Exchange. We’ve still been struggling to get any of their conduits to work without installing something directly on the Exchange server which I am reluctant to do.

Blackberry vs. Windows Mobile

We got our new phones from Verizon to test today. The big debate is between a Windows Mobile based device or a Blackberry. I went for the Windows while Batch chose the Blackberry. My device is working great – I mean as far as Windows can work great – while he is still relegated to having nothing. My number one complaint about the Blackberry still seems to be true. You can’t do anything with it unless you have their enterprise server running next to Exchange. I don’t think we’ll be looking into forking out the money for another server solution so that we can push our email to another server so it can go to mobile devices. We’ll have to manage a whole other batch of accounts and devices that I don’t really feel like putting up with. I realize at this point we’re only talking a few, but I’m looking at long term. I don’t know if Blackberry has something better to offer, but so far my vote is going for Windows because it works out of the box and doesn’t require another layer of complexity. I guess we’ll see if the boys can come up with another solution to buying the pricey Blackberry server just to try it.

Other than that fun I don’t have much big news to report. Aimee joined Batch and i for lunch today and showed off her new MacBook. Jim and I went and home taught Christina tonight and then I came home to pretty much continue working. It’s so hard to stop when you are fully connected 24/7! And, I think on that note, I’m going to bed. Good night!

Yahoo Email Servers

Today was going OK until Yahoo/SBC/AT&T decided to mess with their smtp server. It wasn’t bad enough that they made a bunch of changes recently requiring you to send mail to a different server name than before and then they required you to send it securely, today they decided that if you wanted to send from an address different than the one you are authenticating with, you would need to link these two accounts together. Of course, their instructions for doing this didn’t match what you actually had to do on Yahoo’s website and worse they didn’t work! I spent a good two hours or more working on this for a client at the office today and then came home to deal with it at home! I ended up getting everyone setup with accounts on our outside webserver to send mail from using an auxiliary port, but that introduces its own fair share of problems because now people have more than one account and so on.

Other than that fun, the day went fairly well. I had a few meetings today in the office, which required me to be there earlier than normal and also inspired me to clean up my desk/office. I basically found drawers in which to hide things or space on the floor. Lauren came by to eat some candy and get some music for her drive to San Diego and I got some admin stuff done. That’s pretty much the extent of my story for the day and I’m going to bed.