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Friday 28th December 2012

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Yesterday

It took me a while to submit yesterday's blog post as unfortunately there was a bug in Blog2k, which caused it to be submitted to the October page! Anyway I've fixed that now - hopefully I correctly identified what caused it.

Contacts

At about midnight last night, I sorted out the contacts (as I mentioned yesterday, I needed to move them from Outlook 2007 to Windows Live Mail (WLM)). To do this, I logged on to http://contacts.live.com with my Hotmail username and password and imported the CSV file that I had generated with Outlook earlier. Unfortunately the result was not good at all - as my Windows Live Messenger contacts are also on there, I ended up with duplicated names and data that had not come through from the CSV file. So I gave up with that website.

Instead, I tried the Contacts section with the WLM program instead. WLM uses the same data as used by the Contacts website, but displayed in a more intuitive way. I was able to delete the import I had done earlier. I then created a new category and imported the contacts again straight into there - this kept them separate from the Windows Live Messenger contacts. However, it was still not that straightforward as some of the field names in Outlook differ from those in WLM. E.g. Outlook uses the word 'E-mail' and WLM uses 'Email'. So you have to be careful when using the CSV Import wizard.

CSV Import in WLM
CSV Import in WLM

After importing, it took me a while to ensure that all important data had come through properly. Fortunately I only had 44 to check. In theory, it is one less thing to have to worry about backing up as my contacts are now in the cloud. I just have to finish manually moving the signatures now...

I should have mentioned yesterday that if I had Outlook 2010, I probably wouldn't have had to move to WLM as apparently it has much better IMAP support. At least I would hope so for the 85 that it costs!

B&Q Sale

Finally, I was disappointed to find today that the B&Q sale that is currently on where you can get 15% off everything only applies if you spend 50 or more. Whereas I thought it applied to a purchase of any value. I am slowly replacing my 50w GU10 lightbulbs in our kitchen with 6.5w LED versions and had to pay full price (of about 13). Even if I wanted to spend 50, I couldn't as they only had one left in stock!

 

Thursday 27th December 2012

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Firstly, I can't believe that it's been over two months since my last post! The whole point of me creating Blog2k was that it was supposed to save me time when creating entries i.e. not having to manually edit the website files. So it seems that I don't even have the time to write into a text box and press a button! The main reasons for this is that on the 5th November, I began a new job, finally in the IT industry. So this in combination with my Open University degree and trying to sort out some tax issues with the HMRC have kept me pretty busy. Not to mention Christmas and trying to sort all that out. However Christmas has also given me a few days off and now that I've caught up with my OU studies, I have a few minutes to write this.

Windows Live Mail

I first wanted to mention that I've changed my e-mail client from Microsoft Outlook 2007 to Windows Live Mail (WLM) 2011. The main reason for this is that as I now use my iPhone to access my mail quite regularly, which means that I can no longer use Outlook to download the mail using POP (this of course results in the Inbox being cleared each time and all my mail can then only be accessed with Outlook on my laptop). Outlook 2007 does support IMAP, but not in the most elegant way e.g. deleting an item marks the item for deletion rather than just moving it to a Deleted Items folder. In WLM, you can specify which folders are to be used for which purpose:

Windows Live Mail Special Folder Settings
Windows Live Mail Special Folder Settings

Whereas Outlook only allows you to specify the Sent Items folder:

Outlook Folders Settings
Outlook Folders Settings

To begin the process, I set up the IMAP account in Outlook and then moved all the folders over from my Personal Folders (.pst) file. This process took several hours and a lot of the time, Outlook appeared to have stopped responding. In WLM, I also set up the account and then specified the special folders. As you cannot specify on an iPhone which folders are used for Sent Items, etc., I had to set WLM to the same ones that are used by it. The Spam folder is used by my mail provider where messages identified as junk (or spam) are moved there automatically. In WLM, nothing seems to move there unless you specifically identify senders or domains to be blocked - I'm unsure if this is supposed to happen as in Outlook, it did actually move messages that look like junk automatically without me having to get this done at the server end.

I have started to move the signatures over. Responding to messages sent via the website (and currently I have 441 outstanding since April 2011!), I often have to say the same thing over and over again e.g. VB6 cannot be downloaded! Therefore I have signatures for this purpose. Also the martin2k Web Directory has quite a few of its own for different reasons. The following link shows how to back these up either as files or from the registry (although I've not tried this yet myself): How to Backup and Restore Signatures in Windows Live Mail. I no longer have to worry about backing up my mail as it is now all stored on a remote server rather than on my HD in a .pst file. The last thing to move will be my contacts - I can also put these in 'the cloud' by uploading a CSV export from Outlook to Windows Live Contacts. Therefore backing up will consist of simply generating a registry file every now and then.

That's all for now - until tomorrow, perhaps.

 


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