Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Address letters in a snap with Word's Insert Address toolbar button

A worthy tip for Microsoft Office users.


When writing letters in Word, stop interrupting yourself to look up and insert addresses from your Outlook address book. Mary Ann Richardson describes how you can add a button to your Word toolbar that will allow you to easily reference your addresses. View the whole story

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Virtual Headphones Offer Private Audio

This is a clever way to conduct business. It reminds me of the "Cone of Silence" from Get Smart in how it isolates sound. But now you don't have to be in the same room anymore.


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Virtual Headphones Offer Private Audio

A new multiple speaker system from Microsoft Research recreates the headphone experience without the cord -- or the headphones.


Things you can do from here:


Thursday, January 11, 2007

Setup VPN on Windows Server

Here's a pretty good website on configuration settings to set up a VPN on a Windows server.

svchost.exe 0x745f2780 Computer Freezes

I've seen this error twice now, so I thought I'd write about it.

3-5 minutes after logging onto a Windows XP computer with SP2 (it may appear on other versions) a message comes up stating that a Generic Host Service has failed and needs to close. Upon closing the window the computer is virtually unresponsive. This is a very generic message, to get a more specific message that helped, I had to reboot the computer and sit at the login screen for 3-5 minutes before the error containing the hexadecimal information 0x745f2780 and 0x00000000 appeared. To fix this problem simply:

1. Reboot the computer
2. During POST (the initial part of bootup) press F8 until the Windows Options Menu shows up
3. Select "Safe Mode" and press Enter
4. Log in with a local account
5. In the Start Menu open Control Panel
6. Open Security Center
7. Click Automatic Updates
8. Select Turn off Automatic Updates
9. Click OK
10. Reboot computer normally
11. Once logged in, open Internet Explorer
12. Click Tools > Windows Update
13. Perform Updates
14. Reboot computer again normally
15. Follow Steps 5-7 again
16. Select Automatic
17. Click OK and you're done!

Microsoft hasn't created a KnowledgeBase article about this issue. The closest I could find was kb818018