Excel Files No Longer Open from Windows Explorer

If you… 1. Have Office 2007 or 2010 installed on your computer and 2. Then install Office 365 and 3. Then uninstall the old version of Office… You will probably discover that when you double-click on an Excel workbook (.xlsx, etc.) from within Windows Explorer, that Excel opens, but the spreadsheet doesn’t. You have to open the workbook from within the Excel application. Fortunately, there’s […]

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Free Kindle Books for Windows Sys Admins

All of these books look very informative and useful, and they are all free on Kindle right now. Tell ’em I sent you. They’ll give you a great deal! Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals Office 365: Migrating and Managing Your Business in the Cloud Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Beginner Database Design & SQL Programming Using Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Microsoft System Center: Building […]

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New Domain Name: exchangetips.us

This weekend, I’ll be moving jaycarper.com to exchangetips.us. The old url will still work, and anyone who uses a link pointing to jaycarper.com will be automatically redirected to the same page on exchangetips.us. That is, if everything goes according to plan. Update 2013-03-10: Site is moved to the new domain now and everything appears to be running smoothly accept for some slow response times. Please […]

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5 Second Skip in iTunes for Windows

To make iTunes skip ahead 5 seconds, hold the Ctrl and Alt keys down and press the right arrow. Ctrl-Alt-RtArrow Maybe this tip works in Windows XP, but in Windows 7 (and presumably Vista, 8, and 10, though I haven’t tried it on those OSes), Ctrl-Alt-RtArrow changes the orientation of your monitor to portrait instead of landscape.

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GoDaddy is Disgusting

I have never had a good experience with GoDaddy. They are pushy and obnoxious. Their fees are confusing. Deliberately so, I suspect. If all that wasn’t enough, their Super Bowl ad with Jesse Heiman noisily making out with Bar Refaeli in gruesome detail seals it: I will never do business with GoDaddy. I will never forgive them for subjecting me to that horror.

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Macs Are Not for Serious Business Use

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have a ton of experience with Macs, so it’s certainly possible I’m missing something important. But… The more experience I have with them, the more I am convinced that they just aren’t built for business use. Maybe that’s not Apple’s fault entirely. At the very least, software companies who cater to business aren’t interested in building […]

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Remanufactured Ink Cartridges

Inkjet ink cartridges can be expensive, especially if you buy directly from your printer manufacturers. You can get refilled or remanufactured ink cartridges from other sources for a fraction of the price. But should you? A few companies sell decent aftermarket ink cartridges for significantly less than you might pay HP or Epson, and sometimes they even use less ink, lasting longer than their name […]

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