Friday, June 25, 2004

Word as a Mail Editor - Why?

I had taken a support call recently where a client had problems forwarding an HTML e-mail from Outlook XP.  I took a look at the settings for mail format and Outlook was using Word as the e-mail editor. I unchecked the box to use Word and had the client retry forwarding his HTML e-mail again and it worked fine.

Here’s my point. I never use Word to format e-mail. I really have found no redeeming value for Word as a e-mail editor. The native Outlook message client works just fine for me.  I can understand using WordMail in the past with the Exchange client but that seems like ages ago now. Outlook does such a good job with the built in editor I don’t understand why people still cling to using Word for this function.

All I know is anytime there is trouble sending an e-mail message the first place to look is in the Mail Format sections and un check Word as an e-mail editor. I know it’s a “feature” I just wonder if it hasn’t lasted beyond it’s useful life.


Posted by Stevereno on 06/25 at 07:30 PM
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Thursday, June 24, 2004

Awesome Radio Controlled B52

You have got to see this beautiful radio controlled B52. This article appeared in this week. You can see the pictures here which includes a shot of the 8 engines at a total of $24,000.00. Take a look at the video. These guys did a great job building this aircraft.


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Monday, June 21, 2004

The Small Business Server Weblog

Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 has to be one of Microsoft’s best products for small business. I wanted to do a weblog on Small Business Server to talk about my experiences with the product and provide a resource for the Small Business Server community in the process.

Small Business Server is an “enterprise in a box” and has everything that a small business could need to leverage information technology in a way that is easily managed. It incorporates a company intranet website, with network wide FAX, e-mail, database server and firewall on a single computer. It can make a business very productive.

I look forward to building this into a good resource for the Microsoft Small Business Server.

Stay tuned.

Posted by Stevereno on 06/21 at 09:59 PM
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SpaceShipOne Rockets Into History

SpaceShipOne made it to an altitude of 100.12 kilometers on Monday. There was a problem during flight when a trim actuator failed. The quick thinking of pilot Mike Melvill saved the day when he switched to a backup system and continued on. The plan was to reach an altitude of 110 kilometers so the system failure cost some altitude.

Spaceflight Now has all the details.


Posted by Stevereno on 06/21 at 08:25 PM
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Saturday, June 19, 2004

Monday - SpaceShipOne Makes Journey to Edge Of Space

I am a former NASA brat. I have had the privilege of living in Huntsville, Alabama a few miles from where they tested the Saturn V rocket engines and in Titusville, Florida which is right across the river from the Kennedy Space Center.  I have watched every manned launch of the Apollo program including the Apollo/Soyuz Mission, the first flight of the Space Shuttle, and the first flight of the Space Shuttle after it was reprocessed and flown again. I have watched NASA go from an organization run by engineers and rocket scientist to an organization run by managers and bureaucrats. The NASA logo changed from the Meatball, which to me represented the heyday of NASA where the engineers and rocket scientists ran the program, to the worm.

The worm logo for NASA just represented the worse that NASA had to offer. Non technical managers and bureaucrats making technical decisions against the engineers best advice. I truly believe that if the managers had relied on the engineers advice we would not have lost 2 Space Shuttle crews to tragic accidents.  I wonder where space exploration would be today if the “worm” of bureaucracy had not infected NASA.

Anyway, the “meatball” is back as a symbol of NASA but the bureaucracy remains. The only imagination NASA has is a space ship going round and round the earth for the last 30 years. I am not discounting the unmanned exploration of Mars which I think is great but where is the excitement for manned space travel.

Here comes Burt Rutan with a whole different idea for space travel.

On Monday, June 21, a privately funded spacecraft will place a man into the edge of space.

SpaceShipOne will fly to a height of 100 kilometers, a world record for a privately funded space craft. For the details has an entire section on their website devoted to the effort.

I love this. Private enterprise is going to step in and make space travel available to whoever wants to pay.  I wonder how soon private enterprise will build a space hotel for the space bound traveler? 

Finally someone has brought some excitement back to space exploration! A new era is about begin. Are you going to get a ticket?

Posted by Stevereno on 06/19 at 01:02 PM
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Friday, June 18, 2004

Free eTrust EZ Armor Security Suite for 1 year

I have been using CA Antivirus for the last 4 years and it has done a good job. Microsoft teams up with Computer Associates with a free firewall and antivirus offer.

The thing I like about their antivirus is that it has a small signature that doesn’t burden the system with overhead and CA updates the signature files almost every day. This is good stuff.

After a year the renewal fee is minimal.


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Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Private Space Plane Due for Suborbital Flight.

June 21st, Burt Ratan plans to fly to an altitude of 100 kilometers with SpaceShipOne, a privately built space plane. 100 kilometers is considered to be the edge of outer space. The flight will be unmanned but later they will fly 3 individuals to the same height.

The effort is sponsored by Paul Allen of Microsoft fame. For more details about this incredible effort MSNBC has the full story.

The space plane has already flown to an altitude of 200,000 feet. Bringing space travel to he masses, Burt Ratan may take his place next to Ford and Edison as another American pioneer.

Godspeed SpaceShipOne??

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George W. Bush Visits The Troops in Tampa Florida

President Bush visited MacDill Air Force in Tampa today. I was able to hear 30 minutes of his speech on a local radio station and was impressed by how much our troops love the Commander in Chief. The cheers were loud and went on for a long time and often during his speech which was broadcast to our troops all over the globe. Fox News has the story.

Some of the things that have not been covered by the media, ie the “Democratic National Committee Media Echo Chamber,” were the visits from the new leaders of Afghanistan and Iraq to Washington DC. Both leaders praised the United States and thanked us and our troops for making the sacrifice to bring freedom to their people.

From the President’s speech, “Yesterday, President Karzai of Afghanistan came to the White House and to the U.S. Capitol, and thanked the American people for helping to free his country and for being a friend to the Afghan people. The President of Iraq came to America last week and expressed his gratitude for the sacrifices of the American people and our troops. These two Presidents, and the nations they serve, know the character of the American Armed Forces, They’re seeing the nature of your mission, as well. We have come not to conquer, but to liberate people, and we will stand with them until their freedom is secure.”

One thing is for sure, even though our troops have hard and dangerous work in some very bad conditions they support their Commander in Chief and love him dearly.

America is fortunate to have a President that knows what is required to lead the Nation in this time of war.


Posted by Stevereno on 06/16 at 01:30 PM
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Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Free Weblogs Have Disappeared

According to blogger Greg Hughes, is pulling the plug on free weblogs. I wonder how this is going to affect the Blogosphere?

If you are really interested in blogging you have to pay for it if you aren’t company sponsored.

Blogging has become mainstream and it’s going to cost you to play. 

Posted by Stevereno on 06/15 at 02:51 PM
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Sunday, June 13, 2004

Microsoft Has a Free e-Security Guide For Small Biz

Are you sure that your small business is securing your computer systems like you should? Microsoft has a security guide just for you. 

Posted by Stevereno on 06/13 at 08:24 AM
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Sneak peek at a new aluminum Cinema Display from Apple.

Engadget has a sneek peek at a new Mac display. I’d love to have one of these on my desk. Wouldn’t you?

Posted by Stevereno on 06/13 at 07:59 AM
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New Dual G5 2.5GHz Liquid Cooling System

TheUnoficialAppleWeblog has a look at a water cooled dual G5 Mac. Apparently people don’t like listening to whirling fans and prefer the quiet sound of water pumps instead.

The PC Overclocking crowd has been doing this for years to get the most out of their systems. Water cooling is becoming more common in mainstream systems.

Posted by Stevereno on 06/13 at 07:51 AM
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Monday, June 07, 2004

Peggy Noonan Pays Tribute To Ronald Reagan

Peggy Noonan was a speech writer for Ronald Reagan and has tremendous respect for him. Her article is a good look into the character of the 40th President of the United States.

Note: This Wall Street Journal Article requires registration to view. It’s worth it.

Posted by Stevereno on 06/07 at 10:47 PM
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Atlantis Found?

With the help of Plato’s writings and satellite images a scientist claims that he has possibly located Atlantis in Spain.

Posted by Stevereno on 06/07 at 08:51 AM
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Sunday, June 06, 2004

Tragic French Offensive Stalled On Beaches

What if D-Day happened today? 

How would the news be reported in America by today’s media?

William A. Mayer, Editor & Publisher of has a great article reporting the events on D-Day as a modern American journalist. I have copied it in it’s entirety here.

Tragic French Offensive Stalled On Beaches

By William A. Mayer, Editor & Publisher -

Normandy, France - June 6, 1944

Pandemonium, shock and sheer terror predominate today?s events in Europe.

In an as yet unfolding apparent fiasco, Supreme Allied Commander, General Dwight David Eisenhower?s troops got a rude awakening this morning at Omaha Beach here in Normandy.

Due to insufficient planning and lack of a workable entrance strategy, soldiers of the 1st and 29th Infantry as well as Army Rangers are now bogged down and sustaining heavy casualties inflicted on them by dug-in insurgent positions located 170 feet above on cliffs overlooking the beaches; beaches which resemble blood soaked killing fields at the time of this mid-morning filing.

Bodies, parts of bodies and blood are the order of the day here, the screams of the dying and the stillness of the dead mingle in testament to this terrible event.

Morale can only be described as extremely poor - in some companies all the officers have been either killed or incapacitated, leaving only poorly trained privates to fend for themselves.

Things appear to be going so poorly that Lt. General Omar Bradley has been rumored to be considering breaking off the attack entirely. As we go to press embattled U.S. president Franklin Delano Roosevelt?s spokesman has not made himself available for comment at all, fueling fires that something has gone disastrously awry.

The government at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is in a distinct lock-down mode and the Vice President?s location is presently and officially undisclosed.

Whether the second in command should have gone into hiding during such a crisis will have to be answered at some future time, but many agree it does not send a good signal.

Miles behind the beaches and adding to the chaos, U.S. Naval gunships have inflicted many friendly fire casualties, as huge high explosive projectiles rain death and destruction on unsuspecting Allied positions. The lack of training of Naval gunners has been called into question numerous times before and today?s demonstration seems to underlie those concerns.

At Utah Beach the situation is also grim, elements of the 82nd and 101st Airborne seemed to be in disarray as they missed their primary drop zones behind the area believed to comprise the militant?s front lines. Errant paratroopers have been hung up in trees, breaking arms and legs, rendering themselves easy targets for those defending this territory.

On the beach front itself the landing area was missed, catapulting US forces nearly 2,000 yards South of the intended coordinates, thus placing them that much farther away from the German insurgents and unable to direct covering fire or materially add to the operation.

Casualties at day?s end are nothing short of horrific; at least 8,000 and possibly as many as 9,000 were wounded in the haphazardly coordinated attack, which seems to have no unifying purpose or intent. Of this number at least 3,000 have been estimated as having been killed, making June 6th by far, the worst single day of the war which has dragged on now - with no exit strategy in sight - as the American economy still struggles to recover from Herbert Hoover?s depression and its 25% unemployment.

Military spending has skyrocketed the national debt into uncharted regions, lending another cause for concern. When and if the current hostilities finally end it may take generations for the huge debt to be repaid.

On the planning end of things, experts wonder privately if enough troops were committed to the initial offensive and whether at least another 100,000 troops should have been added to the force structure before such an audacious undertaking. Communication problems also have made their presence felt making that an area for further investigation by the appropriate governmental committees.

On the home front, questions and concern have been voiced. A telephone poll has shown dwindling support for the wheel-chair bound Commander In Chief, which might indicate a further erosion of support for his now three year-old global war.

Of course the President?s precarious health has always been a question. He has just recently recovered from pneumonia and speculation persists whether or not he has sufficient stamina to properly sustain the war effort. This remains a topic of furious discussion among those questioning his competency.

Today?s costly and chaotic landing compounds the President?s already large credibility problem.

More darkly, this phase of the war, commencing less than six months before the next general election, gives some the impression that Roosevelt may be using this offensive simply as a means to secure re-election in the fall.

Underlining the less than effective Ally attack, German casualties - most of them innocent and hapless conscripts - seem not to be as severe as would be imagined. A German minister who requested anonymity stated categorically that ?the aggressors were being driven back into the sea amidst heavy casualties, the German people seek no wider war.”

“The news couldn’t be better,” Adolph Hitler said when he was first informed of the D-Day assault earlier this afternoon. “As long as they were in Britain we couldn’t get at them. Now we have them where we can destroy them.”

German minister Goebbels had been told of the Allied airborne landings at 0400 hours. “Thank God, at last,” he said. “This is the final round.”

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