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Microsoft Outlook 2007 – Missing HTML Signatures?

So you’ve upgraded to Microsoft Office 2007 but have the urge to modify your HTML signature in your Outlook?

Unfortunately you cannot seem to find any option in the editor tools to be able to “hand-modify” your signature. All that’s available is just the default signature creator :(

Microsoft Outlook 2007

Well, there’s a solution handy :)

Create a dummy signature using the signature editor available in Outlook. Once done, hit save and simply browse to:
C:\Documents & settings\[your username]\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures

(In Vista business your can find it under: C:\Users\[your username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Signatures)

and voila – you can see your signature file there ;)

Fire up your favourite HTML editor and modify it.

Save it, shut it, fire up your Outlook, create a new email message and adore your new, custom signature you just created.

:)

Fall in love with your desktop again

When was the last time you caught yourself “staring” at your desktop wallpaper?

Have you realised, despite the numerous “desktop wallpaper” websites that are out there, we hardly spend any time looking at the desktop while we are on the PC!

Well, if you have a knack for eye-candy, I assure you, you’ll get addicted to this nifty lil application that aspires to bring you by far the best designed wallpapers – yes, the ones that make you go “whoaaa… look at that!”

Enter “Desktoptopia”!

This small application sits in your system tray and refreshes your desktop on demand (or automatically if you set it to).

Quoting them:

Let Desktoptopia automatically update your monitor with fresh designer desktops like this one from our ever-growing master collection.

Why?

Because who has time to keep up with emerging design trends and fresh illustration styles? Let us do the work, and deliver inspiring desktops to you, as often as you wish. Go on, get inspired.

All you have to do to be amazed for a minute is right click on the icon, and hit “next background” and voila! You will be amazed :)

One of my all time favourite desktops from their library is this one:

Try it! You won’t regret it, trust me. And yes it’s free!

Head over to http://desktoptopia.com and start “loving” your desktop again :)

Here’s what my current desktop looks like:

Get more from that stick!

  • Have you ever been over to a mate’s place and got stuck opening up a PDF/Word/Excel file just because they don’t have the appropriate Adobe PDF Reader or MS Office?
  • Do you carry your laptop just because it contains all your programs, settings and data as you’ve set it up?
  • Do you miss your bookmarks on your browser, firefox extensions you’ve gotten used to, Or your offline email reader when you’re on your work computer?

Enter PortableApps :)

PortableApps, it is a collection of portable software designed for use from a flash drive or external hard drive. Usually, when you install software on your computer, it can only be used on that particular computer even if you install it on a portable drive because the system registry is utilised. The difference with PortableApps is that it stores all the files on the portable drive, letting you take your favorite software and its settings with you. Just install it on a portable drive and then plug it into any computer you like and you’re ready to go. (It really has nothing to do with backing up or transporting your personal files.)

Get yourself a decent size USB stick and you can have a plethora of your regular applications, conveniently packaged in! Next time you are sitting in front of a computer that doesn’t have your favourite software, simply plugin your USB stick and fire it up. Best part – it doesn’t leave any trace whatsoever on the host machine – whatever you do, works only from and through your USB!

According to their website:
A portable app is a computer program that you can carry around with you on a portable device and use on any Windows computer. When your USB flash drive, portable hard drive, iPod or other portable device is plugged in, you have access to your software and personal data just as you would on your own PC. And when you unplug, none of your personal data is left behind.

Consider the Possibilities:

  • Carry your web browser with all your favorite bookmarks
  • Carry your calendar with all your appointments
  • Carry your email client with all your contacts and settings
  • Carry your instant messenger and your buddy list
  • Carry your whole office suite along with your documents and presentations
  • Carry your antivirus program and other computer utilities
  • Carry all your important passwords and account information securely

Consider the Convenience:

  • Have your favorite websites handy to recommend to a friend or colleague
  • Have your presentation AND the required software ready to go for that big meeting
  • Have your password with you if you want to bank online while traveling
  • Have utilities handy when visiting family or friends that are having PC problems

Head over to http://www.portableapps.com to get started.

You can get more portable software from other places (start off with http://www.portablefreeware.com) – And yes, there are ways to get the whole gamut of Adobe CS3 suite of applications, Nero burning suite, heck you could have a whole operating system in your USB stick – just plug it in and boot from your USB!

However, you will have to rely on your Google-search skills to dig deeper on that ;)

On a second note, I recently came across http://www.mojopac.com – which claims to do something similar, yet different. It creates something like a Virtual Private Machine – your own customisable “Windows” that runs as a shell from a host machine (the computer you plug it into). Apparently, When you plug it into either one of your machines, you can use whatever printers you already have installed on them. You can install the productivity software you commonly use like Microsoft Office etc.

However, I’m yet to try this one out.