EppsNet Archive: Microsoft

A Matter of Low Importance

It’s funny that Microsoft Outlook gives you the option to send email and flag it as “Low Importance.” If it’s low importance, why send it at all? Read more →


I work at an educational non-profit. Whenever I type the abbreviation HSI (High School Intervention), Microsoft Word automatically “corrects” it to HIS. When I worked at a healthcare organization and typed EHR (Electronic Healthcare Record), Word helpfully “corrected” it to HER. There’s a nice symmetry to that: HIS and HER. Read more →

More People I’m Sick Unto Death Of

If you don’t know me and I don’t know you, don’t call me up and shout, “Hey Paul! It’s Zach Flack with Equity Staffing!” as though I might have been sitting by the phone thinking “Wouldn’t it be a little slice of heaven if I got a call from Zach Flack over at Equity Staffing?” If I don’t know you,… Read more →

The Cure for Missing Attachments

I wrote an email in Outlook 2013, concluded by saying “Details are in the attached doc,” then clicked Send without attaching the aforesaid document. I must not be the only person who does this, because when I clicked Send, this dialog box appeared: Obviously, Outlook is looking for words like “attached” or “attachment” in emails that don’t contain an actual… Read more →

Agile, ALM, and Agile 2.0 — Putting the Cart Before the Horse?

Speaking of selling chickens still in shells, an august panel of industry giants laid out their recent improvements and plans for ALM products (Application Lifecycle Management, for those not in the know). These guys dazzled the audience with how they’ve moved far beyond simple source code repositories and testing tools to a complete integration of all modern software practices. Quite… Read more →

The Stupidest Thing

[Bill] Gates quickly became legendary for telling people that their idea was the stupidest he’d ever heard — so much so that [VP Paul] Maritz would assure them not to worry, “because they weren’t going to hold the record for long.” In an interview last week, Gates feigned disagreement when it was pointed out that he would often spice up… Read more →

Twitter: 2009-05-07

@ReporterHaley I love acai smoothies. Where do you get them? in reply to ReporterHaley # RT @MSFTResearch: Microsoft Research has updated the humble Post-it note .. http://tinyurl.com/dkn2bq # I am hearing reports that the Swine Flu can be cured by…SUSHI ! # @ReporterHaley Have U tried Juice It Up acai bowls (not smoothies)? I’m addicted! Aliso Viejo store makes ’em… Read more →

Best and Worst Software Features of the Week

I was typing in Microsoft Word and I started a bulleted list with an item like this: Topic1. A sentence about Topic1. And another one. Then I hit the Enter key. What do you think happened? Not only did I get another bulleted list item, Word set the font to bold! So I typed this: Topic2. And as soon as… Read more →

Like Father, Like Son?

The number of students majoring in computer science is falling, even at the elite universities. So [Bill] Gates went stumping at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, M.I.T. and Harvard, telling students that they could still make a good living in America, even as the nation’s industry is sending some jobs, like software programming, abroad. — The… Read more →

Profiles in Management: The Tank Commander

In the military, when I was in tank warfare and I was actually fighting in tanks, there was nothing more soothing than people constantly hearing their commander’s voice come across the airwaves. Somebody’s in charge, even though all shit is breaking loose. . . . When you don’t hear [the commander’s voice] for more than fifteen minutes to half an… Read more →