Outlook 2007 performance

Outlook 2007 is starting to choke my laptop again. I implemented some of the filtering tricks that you can find around the web, and that made it better for a while.. but perhaps my unfiltered folders got too big again. While re-researching the problem I came across the Microsoft KB on the issue. The interesting […]

A little Vista WTF

So far, I’ve actually been pretty OK with Vista. It probably has something to do with the fact that I didn’t touch it for the first 2 years. Maybe that was wise. Or maybe that’s just something you learn to do once you know how software is really made. Anyhow, due to some really unfortunate […]


I got fed up last week because of Linux’s I/O scheduler. Or so I thought. When I started a background I/O task (in my case, a large file being served up by samba), the responsiveness of the desktop would go to crap. Googling a bit led to a bunch of mention about the vm.swappiness sysctl […]

New smartquote releases

Got a chance to work on my outlook plain text quoting plugin again. It’s been just about 3 months since the last release. Finally had an opportunity to implement a couple features that have been requested for a while: A way to turn off smartquote temporarily. This is now done through a menu item in […]

MT Upgrade

I’m starting to think that all the weird problems I see with thick blogging clients has to do with my old version of movable type, so I bit the bullet and upgraded to 4.23 today. Their upgrade process is pretty simple, just copy new files over the old directory. Everything seems to have gone ok. […]

Testing ScribeFire

I spent a little time looking for blog clients for Linux. Turns out there’s a pretty good looking one called ScribeFire, so here’s my test post. It’s kinda weird that it’s built into Firefox as an extension, but I guess it makes sense since it’s going to be dealing with webpage-like material. Meh. It doesn’t […]

SyncBackSE and SyncToy

I’ve been looking for some backup apps lately… starting to worry about that 60 gig Lightroom catalog sitting un-backed up on my local drive. And I even have a NAS to boot, which I’m not really using for anything. First thing I tried was a trial version of SyncBackSE. While I see a lot of […]

Vista insomnia

Just thought I’d write down the result of some troubleshooting I did last night. My Vista box just stopped going to sleep. I first thought it might have to do with the fact that I installed SyncToy and set up a recurring Task in the Task scheduler that was also set to wake up the […]

More Linux Font retardedness

I found two examples of said retardedness today. Even with my freetype fir filter hack, fonts in open office writer look super fringy. WTF. Are they using a totally different rendering path? If you set the hinting level in the gnome appearance control applet to “slight”, but your xrdb says “Xft.hintstyle: hintfull”, then Firefox renders […]

Trying Windows Live Writer again

Apparently they have made some improvements. I always wanted a good desktop blogging client. This seems pretty good so far. It’s annoying that you have to install it with the annoying Windows Live installer though. Hasn’t Microsoft learn anything? Stop trying to change my default search provider! Also, the fact that Windows Messenger 2009 is […]