Directly accessing specific areas of Outlook Web Access (OWA) from the URL

Some people down the road might ask how to reference specific portions of the OWA interface. For example if you wanted to open another users Calendar, or open the browser right to the Calendar, with a specific view.

Here are some good links.

Customizing OWA and how the architecture works (its OWA 2000, but things work fairly close)

Custom URL's to display specific OWA information (email/calendar/contacts/tasks/views)

•To display the monthly view of a personal calendar:

•To display the weekly view that starts on Jan 1, 2000 of a personal calendar:

•To display a public folder named Company Contacts that is located in the root of the public folder tree:


What arcade character are you…

What Video Game Character Are You? I am a Light Cycle.I am a Light Cycle.

I drive fast, I turn fast, I do everything fast. I even breakfast. I tend to confuse people with my sudden changes of heart. Sometimes I even confuse myself, which tends to cause problems. What Video Game Character Are You?


How to use your CDMA phone as a modem

The following site explains how to you setup your CDMA based phone as a USB Modem to access the internet from your Laptop or Desktop from anywhere.

Travel plans about to take you beyond the land of broadband? Venturing far afield from the great kingdom of WiFi? You may have been born with 802.11b in your mouth, but you’re going to want to get prepared for that next trip to the sticks. This How-To will show you how to get a decent Internet connection for no cost other than the phone minutes you use while connected. It should also come in handy for you folks not located on the left or right coasts, and for those of us non-urbanites when the coffee shops are closed (stay tuned next week for Phillip Torrone’s USB coffee maker How-To…). And remember, the Motel 6 does not offer WiFi. Get prepared, scout!

Gather ye materials while ye may:

  • Laptop running Windows XP or Mac OS X 10.2 or higher
  • CDMA phone (If you have a GSM phone, see GSM USB modem for OS X on the Mac. Windows users, first configure your phone as a modem, then use a separate dial-up ISP or paid GPRS connection.)
  • Phone plan: You need to have Sprint PCS Vision enabled to access their 3G network, which gives you access speeds typically somewhere between a 56K modem and DSL/cable. If your carrier is Verizon, you don’t need to pay any extra fee for data transmission, and you have two connection options: the Quick Connect Network, zipping along at 14.4K but dead easy to set up, or the Express Network, which gets you into the same speed range as Sprint PCS but can be funkier to set up.
  • USB data cable for your phone model (Usually pretty cheap. More on this later.)
  • Possibly, drivers for your phone (Under OS X, you probably have a built-in driver already. Windows users, we’ll help you track yours down in a bit.)


Politics Test

Eeeek... and I've been voting Independent/Republican all these years... De-Nile ain't just a river in Africa.

You are a

Social Liberal
(75% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(33% permissive)

You are best described as a:


You exhibit a very well-developed sense of Right and Wrong and believe in economic fairness.

loc: (93, -63)
modscore: (20, 45)
raw: (2442)

The OkCupid Politics Test


I got a new cat!

I finally got a cat!

I've decided to call her Anubis, which is an Egyptian Diety, which I've always been fond of. Sadly Anubis is the one with a dog head, but the one with the Cat head isn't very interesting. 😛 And Anubis is an interesting Kitty.

She was originally Eartha Kitty when CATS rescued her from an RV park, where at the age of 15 months, had a litter of 5. Since then all of her kittens have found new homes, and she has been fixed. All of this in the period of 6 weeks. To say she's had a rough holiday is an understatement. But I can tell you her life is turning around, and is living the princess lifestyle at my house. She has the run of the place, and is a very well tempered cat. Now if I can just get her to stop clawing my expensive couch... more scratching posts are on their way.

This is a picture from the cat adoption web site... before I even went to see the cats on saturday, I had book marked this cat about a week ago! 🙂 And its my CAT!

More pictures to come, just haven't uploaded them.


How to customize your MySpace account page

Start by reading the Coders Group page on MySpace, they have lots of articles about how to do things, and you can't join the group, but you can read it to find lots of cool ways to modify your account.

The list of articles is here:

Things I want to have samples for:
- Changing background colors, and table colors
- Changing the default font
- Adding a graphic as the background for your page
- Adding pictures in your comments to other people
- adding video clips to your posts
- Adding music that starts when you visit a page
- Hiding text until you select it (see coders home page)

It would be real nice to figure out way to hide all the customization and annoying colors.


More silent PC Links

With minor technical skill, you can change the fans & hard drives to
quieter ones yourself.

Fill unused drive bays with foam rubber. Otherwise fan noise comes
out the front.
All fans on rubber fan isolation posts, not screws. They come with
Silenx fans or can be bought separately.
The most amazing thing I've learned recently is that Seagate
Barracuda drives are essentially silent. The difference is amazing. vendors selling the components you need to make a quiet computer:


What D&D Character are you?

I Am A: Chaotic Good Human Ranger Mage

Chaotic Good characters are independent types with a strong belief in the value of goodness. They have little use for governments and other forces of order, and will generally do their own things, without heed to such groups.

Humans are the 'average' race. They have the shortest life spans, and because of this, they tend to avoid the racial prejudices that other races are known for. They are also very curious and tend to live 'for the moment'.

Primary Class:
Rangers are the defenders of nature and the elements. They are in tune with the Earth, and work to keep it safe and healthy.

Secondary Class:
Mages harness the magical energies for their own use. Spells, spell books, and long hours in the library are their loves. While often not physically strong, their mental talents can make up for this.

Shaundakul is the Chaotic Good god of travel and exploration. He is also known as the Rider of the Winds. His followers are typically rangers, and work to protect the land. They typically wear leather armor, and carry long swords and short bows. Shaundakul's symbol is a white hand with the index finger raised.

Find out What D&D Character Are You?, courtesy ofNeppyMan (e-mail)


Microsoft(r) Windows AntiSpyware (Beta)

Microsoft offers free security program

CNN Article

Microsoft (r) Windows AntiSpyware (Beta)

Microsofts Spyware Site

Microsoft Anti-Spyware Software Info

I downloaded and installed the beta this morning, and it is interesting. I have attached a couple of screen shots. For those familiar with Ad-Aware and Spybot S&D there are a lot of similarities.

I was curious what this tool would find on my machine after recently running both of the tools mentioned above. It found four additional items, as the screen shot will show.

Some points of interest:

  1. When downloading the beta MS says they would like to offer this tool to "validated users of MS Windows" and asks if they can validate your OS. However, they do offer the option of saying no and still downloading the software. I said no thanks...

  2. When installing they ask if you would like to join "" or "Spyware.NET" which I suppose is a support group for people affected by
    spyware. 😉 Sure why not, if its like cloudmark's SpamNet, it might be cool. And its my work computer...

  3. After the scan if threats are discovered, they are assigned a "threat level" which is something that the other tools don't do. I thought that was kind of cool.

  4. One of the final steps after cleansing the machine of threats is to "restore IE settings" for browsers that have been hijacked. Another feature that is not available in the other tools I have used.

  5. It also gives you a "create a restore point" option which is a good way to roll back your system if you had the SpyNet software remove something that causes your system or applications to break

  6. In the advanced tools it goes through and investigates your startup files, registry settings, IE pluggins and more. The key thing I like is that it told me which of the executables in the start up process were known 'spy-free'. I submitted several of the ones it didn't know about to SpyNet, in hopes they get added as well.