Friday, October 29, 2004

Outlook 2003 Nicknames

Now I don't often rant about MS :-) but something like this really annoys me. I have spent the last 2 hours trying to find out how to remove the "Nicknames" feature from Outlook 2003. Nothing found anywhere. Then I found the Ol2kNick tool from MS, that doesn't work with 2002 or 2003. Then I found an updated article for a new tool for Outlook 2002, that has not been officially released, so I downloaded that (KB 318827). Fortunately, it also works with Outlook 2003, despite setting the wrong registry key. So why the rant, you ask? Well, why didn't Microsoft just tell us that you can create a key called NoNicknames and set it to 1 !!! And the key MaxNicknames which can be set to the maximum number of nicknames that you want stored in the .NK2 file if you want (default is 1000).

Somebody wrote about the MaxNicknames saying that it will not work with a value above a 1000. I haven't tested this, I wanted to change it to 0 so that no nicknames could be saved, sorry

Change 11.0 to 10.0 for Outlook 2002 (XP). You may have to create the AutoNameCheck registry hive yourself, and the key most definitely. They are both REG_DWORDs.

Friday, October 15, 2004

Marriage (not mine), Linux and other things
First things first, congratulations to two of my best friends, Elaine and Lee, on their marriage - 25th Sept 2004.

Second things second, Linux. Playing around with the Fedora Core 2, which is pretty amazing. Never really payed much attention to Linux before, and now I'm behaving like I did when I got my first ZX Spectrum :-) Late nights, sore back and hours of staring at the screen. Its a cracking system. I LIKE the way it takes ages to get some things working. I feel like I have achieved something when it works. So, I've got the CD Burner working with it, just need to get the NEXUS-S DVB-S card working with Freevo, and I'm there, Jim. I've probably said it before, bug check out they really do have the best amount of freeware, and you can even participate in some of the projects if you want.

Other things other, well done England! 1-0 and 2-0 in the last week. The game on Wednesday was pretty terrible from what I heard. (In Germany, they didn't broadcast it live, so we had to listen to BBC Radio 5 Live via digital sat) but its the points that count. Roll on March for the next round. Nice goal Beckham!

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