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Colors & Shapes

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Colors and Shapes

Here’s something I made while just having some fun with Adobe Illustrator.  Nothing fancy, I was just playing around and thought I’d share the results.

There’s still alot of things that I prefer Photoshop for but Illustrator is really growing on me.  If only I could merge my favorite features of both applications….


Lego Indiana Jones

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

So we’ve watched the new Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull movie (which I still say is an outrageuosly long title for a movie).  Before that we refreshed our Indy knowledge rewatching Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  [Have you noticed that the first move now has “Indiana Jones and” prepended to the title on the newer releases?  It wasn’t like that when it released.]

So you would think I’d be all work out at this point of anything with a fedora and a whip.  But I really want to play the new Lego Indiana Jones game.  Muse and I played the Lego Star Wars II game on Playstation 2 for a bit but we never really got very far.  I thought it was a lot of fun though and I can see how the Indiana Jones franchise could really take advantage of the Lego game formula.

I just need to add it to the ever growing list of games I want to buy before I leave Hong Kong.  XBox360 and PS3 games are quite a bit cheaper here since the market won’t support the ridiculous $60 USD per title price that is charged in the United States.  Most games releasing in Hong Kong start at or around $39 USD per title when they come out and you can always find some older/cheaper ones too.  I will definitely miss that when I’m gone.

Microsoft Office problem

Monday, June 4th, 2007

I am writing this post, not to get help, but to give help. I came across a problem with Microsoft Outlook today and when I searched and searched for the answers, I found the only ones who gave them were asking for up to $13USD per month to get them. This my friends is highway robbery and I will not stand for it. So, since I spent my time figuring this out myself, I will give you the situation, trial-and-error and eventual solution that I came up with. Free of charge.

We received a new Dell Optiplex 745SFF computer recently and I decided to set it up with all the newest programs since it was the newest PC we had. I installed Internet Explorer 7 and Microsoft Office 2007 on this and explained that the file extensions were different in this version of Office. I then got a call a day later asking for the Microsoft Proofing Tools for the Chinese translator. Unfortunately the version of Office 2007 I received does not have this and so I had to revert back to Office 2003. I fully uninstalled Office 2007, rebooted and installed Office 2003 followed by the Office 2003 Proofing Tools. This is when I found the error.

In Outlook 2003 the user would try and Reply to All and get the following error:
The messaging interface has returned an unknown error. If the problem persists, please restart Outlook.

Reply and Forward worked just fine. This only affected Reply to All. Needless to say that restarting Outlook had no effect on the problem. I uninstalled Office 2003, restarted and installed once more. I noticed that when I went to setup the Outlook profile that it was already setup from before. And when I went in and tried Reply to All, it still gave the same error. I remembered that the Outlook profile was the same one that was created in Outlook 2007 so I deleted the profile and created a new one. Once I did that the problem went away.

Now I have done this same thing many times just using Office 2003, but this was the first time that Office 2007 was involved. This seems to be an issue with removing Office 2007 and installing the older 2003 version. This is also probably why I had such a hard time finding a simple answer to this problem without blackmail.

Hopefully someone else will find this information useful. If so, leave a comment and let me know.