SMS Link is definitely one of the coolest feature I’ve seen in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 so far.
With SMS Link, now you can set rules in Outlook 2007 that will forward important e-mails, tasks, ect. right to your cell phone via SMS text messages. You can also send SMS messages to other people from Outlook, even if you don’t know who their mobile carrier is.
Check out the Shockwave video demo of SMS Link for details. The video is a quick download, and it gives an excellent overview of the capabilities of SMS Link.
Once you’re done with the video, click the Getting Started link. They have a nice FAQ too.
Note: SMS Link is a free download and a free service, but remember that not everyone has free incoming SMS text messsaging. So be sure and touch base with your addressee before you run up their mobile phone bill.
Microsoft has released 15 ‘Step-by-Step Guides for IT Professionals‘ to assist in deploying or migrating to Windows Vista. Each whitepaper is available as an individual download in Microsoft Word 2003 .doc format, and WGA is not required to access the downloads.
Date Published: 9/11/2006
Document Format: Microsoft Word
Download Size: 118 – 748 KB, or 4.1 MB for all 15
Download URL: Click here
- Deploying Vista (19 pages, 195 KB)
- Managing Group Policy ADMX Files (13 pages, 150 KB)
- Managing Roaming User Data Deployment Guide (39 pages, 414 KB)
- Performance Monitoring and Tuning (23 pages, 209 KB)
- Print Management (25 pages, 260 KB)
- Controlling Device Installation and Usage with Group Policy (49 pages, 640 KB)
- Device Driver Signing and Staging (44 pages, 748 KB)
- Managing Multiple Local Group Policy (24 pages, 274 KB https://usabitcoincasino.io/)
- User Account Control (11 pages, 146 KB)
- Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption (16 pages, 169 KB)
- Windows Vista Beta 2 Migration (14 pages, 152 KB)
- Windows Vista Beta 2 Trusted Platform Module Services (14 pages, 157 KB)
- Windows Vista Multilingual User Interface (14 pages, 158 KB)
- Windows Vista Speech Recognition (9 pages, 118 KB)
- Windows Vista Windows Meeting Space (44 pages, 388 KB)
I purchased BlogJet ($39.95) a while back on the recommendation of Chris and Vlad. I’ve been pretty happy with BlogJet as a blogging tool, but today I downloaded a new (and FREE) blogging tool that I like even better.
Windows Live Writer (Beta)
Download: Writer.msi (4.75MB)
Windows Live Writer is actually easier to configure for use with my WordPress site than BlogJet. Unfortunately, it wanted to install the Windows Live Toolbar (I hate toolbars) but it was easy to opt out of that. And cool features like the ‘Insert Windows Live Map’ option are things BlogJet just doesn’t have.
For a tour of Windows Live Writer, check out their blog with screenshots or download the podcast interview (15 minutes / 14MB) with J.J. Allaire, the architect of Windows Live Writer.
You know, all this modern technology is supposed to save us time and make life more enjoyable. But it seems like everyday we just get busier in spite of (or possibly because of) technology. And you’ve heard that there are these great SMB podcasts that can keep you up to date so you don’t have to learn everything the hard way and bang your head against the wall. Still, you don’t have time or desire to learn about iTunes and can’t justify spending the cash on an iPod, right? Great news! Don’t need an iPod or iTunes or any of that stuff, thanks to Juice.
Here’s all you need:
- A computer
- Windows Media Player (FREE)
- Juice (FREE)
- The RSS feed of a podcast you’d like to listen to (FREE)
WHAT IS JUICE?
Juice is a program that lets you to select and download audio files from anywhere on the Internet to your desktop. Once you select a podcast feed or location, Juice will download your audio files automatically at times you specify and have the files waiting for you on your computer. You can schedule Juice to download your files at night and they’ll be waiting for you in the morning. Then you can play your podcasts using Windows Media Player (or iTunes) right on your computer.
MY RECOMENDED CONFIGURATION:
- Juice runs on my PC in the background
My podcasts are downloaded nightly to the folder:
\My Computer\My Received Podcasts
Windows Media Player is set to ‘monitor’ that podcast folder
(In WMP click Tools \ Options \ Library \ Monitor Folders)
When I get to my computer in the morning, the podcasts are already on the PC.
WHAT IF YOU ALREADY HAVE AN MP3 PLAYER?
Juice works with WMP & iTunes so (if you want to) you can synchronize your computer with your MP3 player and take your podcasts with you. I plug my MP3 player into my PC to charge overnight, and when i hit ‘power’ on the MP3 player in the morning it automatically syncs. By the time I grab my phone, keys and a bottle of water from the fridge the MP3 player is done and I’m out the door to the gym.
WHICH MP3 PLAYER?
I’ve had quite a few MP3 players over the years including a Pink iPod once (as Vlad can testify). And I always do a ton of research before I buy a new one. My current favorite is the 20GB iRiver H10 ($299 MSRP – I got mine from NewEgg for $184).
The H10 has killer sound, super-fast transfers, great radio reception, it records off of FM or through the built-in mic, and it stores photos and files too. Right now my iRiver has 6,000 songs plus every Inside SBS, SBS Show, Sky Is Falling & Security Now podcast on it, and it’s not even 1/2 full yet!
So make the most of that drive time or those server loads, and catch some podcasts to leverage the knowledge of the community (or learn this stuff the hard way – your call).