Posts Tagged ‘#rules’

Buying software

Helpful Hints, Warnings | Posted by Dennis June 2nd, 2012

Technology has changed a lot in the last couple of decades, and it has changed the way software is sold and delivered.  Nowadays it’s usually cheaper (and more convenient) to buy the DOWNLOAD version of any software you want.  But BUYER BEWARE there are some caveats to this method of purchase; 1)  Be certain it’s legitimate!   There are lots of fly-by-night pirate software companies out there that will sell you stolen or hacked licenses.  Rule of thumb: if the price is too good to be true, then something is wrong.  2) Make sure you keep a copy of the install file and the license key/code in a safe place!  That way you can reinstall if you have any problems or change computers.  3)  Be careful when buying locally at places like Best Buy or Sam’s Club, etc.  Lately the price for a CD/DVD version is grossly inflated.  Don’t get stabbed on price just ‘cuz you’re in a hurry or impulse buying.  A good example is Microsoft Office.  Most new PC’s come with a pre-installed version that will allow you to immediately go online and purchase the version you want.  The cost is less than ANY of the disk versions I’ve seen on the shelf.  If you want nice packaging, try online sellers like Amazon.  They’re more likely to have good deals. 

Outlook Rules

Helpful Hints | Posted by Dennis March 8th, 2012

Keeping your email organized and sorted can be a real challenge.  One thing that can REALLY help is setting up Rules.  In Outlook these are automatic commands to do something with an email.  For example, I have all my Microsoft newsletters go straight to a folder named Microsoft.  That way I can go read them when I want, but don’t have to waste time on them when I’m busy.  Outlook can do thousands of varieties of this, but by far the most common is to Move to Folder from Recipient.  Office 2010 makes this a snap…just right click the email and choose Rules–> Always Move…  Keep in mind you need to have your designated folder set up BEFORE you do this.  Older versions of Outlook have a New Rule Wizard that steps you through the process.  In this case you must click the Hyperlink that says Folder and Recipient to set where/who.   Another slick trick is to have it automatically delete emails with certain key words.  So if your email providor is marking messages with a SPAM tag, you can have it sent straight to the trash.   If you add auto-archiving to your folders (see previous post), your email will stay managable with much less effort.