Posts Tagged ‘#2010’

HTML Email

News, Warnings | Posted by Dennis December 8th, 2011

The format of email has been a rocky road for several years now.  On one hand, it’s nice to keep it simple (and avoid spam blockers) and leave everything in Plain Text or Rich Text Format (RTF).   It doesn’t give you many options, but relays information just fine.  The problem is that a lot of people want fancier options, or they are making ads or newsletters for their customers.  The solution is HTML.  This is the  formatting language of the web, and many programs these days understand it.  The problem is that different programs may interpret in different ways, despite all efforts to standardize.  A prime example is Outlook.  It uses MS Word to do HTML, and the results aren’t always pretty.  A big group tried to change this a few years back, but Microsoft wouldn’t budge.  MS basically said “It ain’t broke, so we won’t fix it”.  So the world gets a half-baked email formatting solution that relies on a program that was never truly intended to render Web content.  Way to go Microsoft!  Meanwhile, in the 2010 edition of Outlook, they’ve reduced the functionality of RTF, and there are some VERY WEIRD glitches in the HTML rendering.  I’ve had complaints from several customers already.  If you’re seeing strange characters pop up in emails, this is probably why.  Hopefully the MS programming team are working on a fix.  In the meanwhile, if you ARE having issues with Outlook formatting, here’s a great article  that tells you how it all works, and some things you can change to help it. (Thanks Slipstick!)

Outlook 2010

Helpful Hints, Warnings | Posted by Dennis December 5th, 2011

If you made the jump to Outlook 2010, you may have been surprised at some of the new layout and features.  It looks much more like Word and Excel now, since they added tabbed menus to try and anticipate everone’s needs.  To me it feels a little more cluttered.  I’m starting to get used to it though.  One thing I HATE is the fact that they MOVED the Sent and Deleted Items folders.  They used to be mixed in with all the others, in alphabetical order.  Now they appear at the top of the folder list.  Grrrr.  I bet I’ve scrolled down the list 50 times already, only to realize it’s back up there where I started.  The other irritating thing I see is that the File Menu now completely wipes out your view of the current doument.  BUT it’s got a lot more utilities and options, so I think it’s a good trade-off.  For those of you who want to continue using the automated backup for Outlook (downloaded here), you have to make a change before it will work correctly.  See this page for details.  NOTE:  Microsoft claims it won’t work.  It will if you follow these directions.

Office 2010

Helpful Hints, News | Posted by Dennis October 22nd, 2011

The newest version of Office, the productivity software that includes Word, Excel, etc., is the 2010 edition.  It’s now safe to use.  As usual, there were glitches in the initial release so we warned our customers to stay away for awhile.  Now it seems stable, so I thought I’d let you know about some of the purchasing changes.  Unlike Office 2007, this new version only has 3 purchase options.  They’ve done away with the multitude of packages they offered previously, probably because it confused customers.  Now you can buy 1) Office Home and Student, 2) Office Home and Business, and 3) Office Professional.  The Pro version is the ONLY ONE that has Publisher and Access.  Here’s a chart that shows the options.  They also did away with the UPGRADE option, which used to be available for about $100 less than the full product.  I think these were bad moves on Microsoft’s part.  More options are better.  By the way, if you don’t like having to shell out $100-300 for a license, there’s an open-source freebie out there that a friend of mine just told me about called LibreOffice.  It has a lot of powerful features and is very similar to the newer Microsoft products.  This one replaces the old OpenOffice suite that I told you about earlier.  You can download it here.

Tulsa Economy

News | Posted by Dennis December 21st, 2010

The mid-west economy is ROCKIN’ from what we can see.  It’s great because we have a really broad cross-section of all types of businesses + residential clients.  From doctors and lawyers to trucking and tires – business is GOOD.   This December has absolutely SLAMMED last year, so it looks like consumer confidence is WAYYY up!  This is excellant news, since last year fell flat.  Go Green Country!