8 Reasons you should use Microsoft OneDrive

1. It’s Free

Yes, there are lots of free cloud storage services out there. Why choose? Free is free. OneDrive is offering 15GB free storage (as of the time of this writing). Even if you don’t use it, sign up and get it. You can also get 15G more free if you turn on Camera Roll (mobile device picture backup).

2. It doesn’t bug you about sharing pictures from your Phone.

I absolutely hate how Google gives me a notification every time it backs up my photos and says “12 pictures ready to share”. It also carries this over to my Google account with a notification. OneDrive doesn’t do this. That’s reason enough.

3. Multiple backups are good

Why not back up your photos in more than one location? If you’re already using iCloud or Google, OneDrive can just be another haven for your precious memories.

4. Windows Users – You can sync files automatically across computers

That’s right, install the OneDrive desktop app, which is going to be standard on Windows clients, and documents / photos / music that you have in your OneDrive folders will be available across all of your computers.

5. Non Windows Users – It’s all available on the Web

Don’t use Windows? Well I’m sure you have a web browser. You can still get all of your files.

6. Make files available between your phone and your computers

OneDrive has a client for the major smart phone OSs, including iPhone and Android. If you install it, you’ll have access to your files in OneDrive, and you’ll be able to upload files to use on your Windows Desktop / Laptop.

7. OneNote can open / save / sync notebooks with OneDrive natively.

Let me just say, if you’re not using OneNote, then you really should. It’s been a life saver for me far too often to count. Use it!

If you do use it, OneNote opens Notebooks to, and syncs notebooks with, OneDrive. So if you save a notebook to OneDrive, and then open it on either your mobile device, or your other computers, you’ll be able to read / edit the contents, and changes will be synched between all of your devices.

8. Portable Apps

I’m going to have to post about Portable apps, and link it here, but until then, go to PortableApps, and any app you download and install to your OneDrive folders will be available across all of your computers. This is a life saver just for KeePass (a password manager).

Missing Internet Explorer in Windows 7?

I don’t know how it happens, but once in awhile you’ll run across a computer that doesn’t have any web browser. Where did Internet Explorer go? I don’t know why it happens, but sometimes IE just decides enough is enough, and disappears.

Microsoft has this really neat KB Article titled “How to repair or reinstall Internet Explorer in Windows” and although it’s wonderful, it doesn’t help you if you don’t have a web browser. The link for each version needs to be accessed with a web browser, and of course, you don’t have one. Also, if you try to download one of them using a working computer, it tells you that version of IE is already installed, or isn’t applicable to your system.

Download and Install Firefox

My advice is to download Firefox. It’s a great browser. Of course, you’re going to have to use another computer, then somehow get it over to your computer via flash drive or something. Once you get it there, install it.

Now you have to uninstall whatever version of Internet Explorer you already have. To do that:

1. Click the Start button, and enter Programs and features in the search box.

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2. Click Programs and Features in the list of results, and then click View installed updates.

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Once you’ve clicked it, wait for the progress bar up top to finish loading all of the results.

3. Find internet explorer.

The quickest way to find it is to type it in the “search updates” box, and hit enter.

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Once you find it, right click and choose “Uninstall”

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4. In the Uninstall an update dialog box, click Yes to uninstall.

This could take awhile.

5. Click Restart now to finish uninstalling.

If you want to continue with installing the new version, you’re going to want to reboot first. Of course, save any work before you do.

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Now that you have Internet Explorer uninstalled:

Go to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Site, and download the version you would like. Right now the easy one is Internet Explorer 11. It’s going to download and install the updates for that version, so that could take awhile too. It’s also going to want to reboot when it’s done. I know, such is life.

Hopefully, after everything is installed, you’ll be good to go.

How to Open a Shared Calendar in Outlook 2003

Using the Navigation Pane:

Step 1: Click on the Calendar Shortcut button

In Outlook, Click on the Calendar Button in the Navigation Pane. The button may look like this:

Or if the shortcut bar is not expanded, it may look like this:

Step 2: Click the Open a Shared Calendar Link

Scroll down to the Bottom of the pane, and there is a link titled “Open a Shared Calendar”.

Note: The “Open a Shared Calendar” Option only shows up if you are using a Microsoft Exchange Server.

After Clicking the link, the “Open Shared Calendar Dialog Box page will appear. Pressing “Name” will open up the Address book, and you will be able to select a specific user from the list.

After opening a user’s calendar once, their name should appear under the “Other Calendars” section of the Navigation Pane.

How to Check or Change the Default Reminder setting in Outlook 2003

Meeting invitations use the default reminder options of the person who creates the meeting, and ignore the default reminder settings of the recipient.

To Check or change this setting:

In Outlook, click on Tools | Options

On the tab titled “Preferences”, find the section titled “Calendar”

If the “Default Reminder” check box is not selected, then no reminder will be placed on appointments by default. If the check box is selected, then the time shown will be used for the default reminder.

How to Check or Change the Default Reminder time setting in Outlook 2007

Meeting invitations use the default reminder options of the person who creates the meeting, and ignore the default reminder settings of the recipient.

To Check or change this setting:

In Outlook, click on Tools | Options

On the tab titled “Preferences”, find the section titled “Calendar”

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If the “Default Reminder” check box is not selected, then no reminder will be placed on appointments by default. If the check box is selected, then the time shown will be used for the default reminder.

What does the Windows 10 (Technical Preview) Install look like?

I went ahead and Signed up for the Windows Insider Program, you can too, and downloaded the Technical Preview. The download weighed in at 3GB, and is listed as being “Windows Technical Preview Build 9841.

For those that don’t want to install it on their own (by the way, it seems to work perfectly fine in Virtual Box), there are some screenshots below.

I was pretty much expecting it to look and feel like the Windows 8 install, which no surprise, it does. The one thing I was really hoping for is that they removed the requirement to log on with a Microsoft Live ID. Well, they didn’t. It’s still required, although if you have no connection to the internet, you can in fact create a local account (Pictured Below). Continue reading What does the Windows 10 (Technical Preview) Install look like?