Monday, June 30, 2008

Cold

I have cold today, and I think I've used about half of a box of Kleenex. Sheesh. Every time I sneeze, I have to blow my nose, which is like every two minutes. Oh well, I'll get over it in time. Vitamin C and Echinacea, do your work!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

How to make URLs clickable in Office Communicator

Edit: This is the lame. All it does is make links that you send clickable. All incoming URLs are still plain text.

Source.

  1. Open registry editor and go to the following registry entry:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Communicator
  2. Add the following key to above mentioned entry
    EnableURL (Type:DWORD), value can be either 0 (URL will appear as plain text) or 1 (makes URL clickable)

Now close the registry editor and restart Microsoft Office Communicator 2007, URLs should now be clickable. Administrators can control values of this feature via group policy settings.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

WMP Keys

WMP Keys, a Media Player plugin to let you assign global keyboard shortcuts. Pretty handy to not have to alt-tab or jump to the mouse to perform common WMP functions.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Use an iPhone Headset for VoIP

Edit: ShowMeCables.com has started making this adapter commercially available. This came about as a result of a conversation between them and me.

The minimalist design of the iPhone headset appeals to me, and I wanted to try using it for VoIP applications on my PC. The iPhone uses a 4-connector 3.5mm headphone jack, but my laptop has two separate female jacks: one for the microphone and one for the headphones. So, I ordered a connector and busted out my soldering iron. The finished product is below—click through to see the pinout diagrams for reference. I cannibalized the male connectors from a previous headset (which was clunky and bulky, by comparison to the iPhone headset) and exercised quite a bit of trial-and-error to get it right (tested by holding the wires, soldered, realized my mistake, unsoldered, retested, soldered, tested). The jack in the pictures was purchased online, part 30-705.

iPhone to Standard adapter

Sideshow for Windows Mobile

I'm a few days late with this one, but Microsoft has released a Sideshow application for Windows Mobile. Download link for the Developer Preview.

Friday, June 06, 2008

OutSync - Sync Outlook Contacts with Facebook Pictures

The title says it all. OutSync: a little utility you run that logs into Facebook and syncs the profile pictures of your friends with their contact in Outlook. Fun!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Thoughts on Bluetooth Headsets

Bluetooth headsets are tools, not fashion accessories. Wear it when you are actually using it, and take it off when you are done.

That is all.