Sunday, August 22, 2010

On Using Windows 7 in Conference Rooms

Here's a quick one: using Windows 7 for a presentation? Installing Windows 7 for someone with bad eyesight?
Make the screen actually readable by increasing the size of everything. I did this recently for a presentation about using Live Meeting, and I think it made a huge difference for the viewers, and for me as a presenter. Before Windows 7, I had to use the magnifier tool to magnify the screen; a clunky and awkward solution, but I have been using this new tool lately to great success...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Merging Categories in Outlook 2007 & 2010

Using Outlook Categories to tag emails and calendar items for things such as projects I'm working on, groups I am involved with, and script snippets I'm emailed is an extremely useful habit. It enables me to use Search Folders to their fullest, it helps me use regular search more effectively, and it makes my calendar go from a group of rectangles and text to a color-coded plan for the day. However, after over-enthusiastically using the Categories feature for some time now, I found I had begun creating, as Merlin Mann would say, "the most crazy, byzantine, taxonomically complete system that you can think of...'