How to sync Mac Address Book with Exchange Contacts

In Leopard, it is possible to sync your Microsoft Exchange Contacts with the Address Book app. Here's how.

Outlook Error 0x8004011D when trying to send/receive, and Outlook will not connect to Exchange Server


When Outlook is opened, it will not connect to the Exchange server. Instead, Outlook says "disconnected" in the lower right corner, and clicking "Send/Receive" shows error 0x8004011D in the Outlook Send/Receive window. One possible cause of this is if your Exchange/IIS server (both of mine are on the same machine) is using a self-signed SSL certificate.

Remove redeye when the automatic tools don't work


Sometimes, a photo editing program (I use Corel's Paint Shop Pro) can not remove all of the red around a person's eye with the built-in red eye remover tool. You may end up with a red ring around the pupil of the eye. Here's how to remove all of the red eye.

Use the automatic tool to remove what you can. Then, switch to the pain brush tool, and set the blend mode to color. Use the eyedropper tool on the good, dark part of the eye, then use a small brush size and paint around the edge of the eye. Your eyes are beautiful! :)

Quickly find the current time in all US timezones


If you want to know the current time in another city in the US, just google "time". At the top of the results, you will see the current time in a major city for each US timezone.


You receive "Cannot create a connection to data source" when opening a report on SQL Server Reporting Services


This error may be caused because of insufficient permissions to open the data source. Check the properties of the data source in the Reporting Services web interface. If it is set to use Windows Authentication, it is possible that the user does not have sufficient privileges to open the data source.

To resolve this problem, either grant the users permission to connect to the data source, or set a default username and password to connect to the data source.

This is the error that you may see:

Error 401 Accessing the Report Website

If you have Reporting Services, SQL and IIS installed on the same server, you may receive an HTTP error 401 that says, "The request failed with HTTP status 401: Unauthorized." The solution is to "Disable the loopback check" using regedit. Instructions are found on Microsoft KB 896861.

Importantly, you may receive this error regardless of which computer you are using to browse the report website.

Online Banking with Charles Schwab, Moneydance and OFX

To connect Moneydance to a Charles Schwab Bank account or Charles Schwab investment account, choose the respective institution name in the online setup, then enter the username that you use to log in to the website ( and the first eight characters of the password. It is important to enter only the first eight characters of your password to connect. If you enter the full password, it will not work. Also, note that you are not providing your account number, but rather your website username.

Visual Studio will not deploy report to SQL Server Reporting Services


If Visual Studio will not deploy your report to the Windows Server, and you have not deployed to it before, check the security (SSL) settings for the server. If the server requires an SSL connection, and your workstation does not trust the SSL certificate, Visual Studio will create an error about "couldn't establish trust relationship". This is a problem when the server is using a self-signed certificate. The solution is to visit the Reporting Service's website with Internet Explorer, and install the Server's certificate to your machine locally.

RSS Blog reader for Smartphone/PDA

If you need an RSS or blog reader for your Smartphone, don't buy one. Google Reader is free and there is a mobile version just for smartphones and PDAs with internet access (Windows Mobile, for example). Google reader aggregates your RSS feeds so you don't have to visit individual sites. If you read a cool story and want to look at it on your desktop, just "star" it on your phone, then look at your starred items back at your PC.

Google Reader for mobile is slick!

A long, sad story

This is a story about a man who was sent to prison for 10 years because he sold heat lamps and hydroponic equipment. The DEA prosecuted him for "conspiracy" to produce marijuana even though he didn't ever grow any. Take a few minutes to read the whole story and tell me if you think our "war on drugs" is doing more harm than good.


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