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Turn off Other Email Tab in Outlook

Microsoft is once again using their wisdom against its clients by enabling, by default, a ‘focused‘ inbox experience within Outlook.

In short, Microsoft Outlook attempts to determine what email messages are important, to help keep you ‘Focused‘ and what belongs in the ‘Other‘ email category.

For most of my clients, this results in ‘missing‘ emails or overlooking potentially important emails such as time sensitive ones.

This article will show you how to disable the Focused email inbox feature and remove the ‘Other‘ tab.

 

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THIS ARTICLE IS UNDER DEVELOPMENT

This article covers installing and setting up a Proxmox VE version 8.

Outdated yet informative video on Proxmox Setup ‘https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoZaMgEgrHw&t=148s

Associated (also outdated) write up on Proxmox Setup ‘https://technotim.live/posts/first-11-things-proxmox/

 

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S.M.A.R.T stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology and can provide a report on the health status of hard drives.

This article will show you how to check a drive via the Windows Command Prompt as well as Windows PowerShell.

Note, these built-in Windows tools will only display simple messages about the hard drive so if you need more details another solution would be required.

Personally, if I am questioning the integrity of a drive I simply replace it.

 

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Recently had a client who was signed into his computer using a Microsoft 365 Personal account. He wanted to convert his personal computer into his business computer and do so by signing into his Microsoft 365 Business account to join his office domain.

This article covers how I was able to get him setup so that his Microsoft 365 Personal account was replaced with his Microsoft 365 Business account.

 

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Uninstall AnyDesk Shell Association

When uninstalling AnyDesk on Windows you may be prompted with the following notice: AnyDesk has been removed. Some elements could not be deleted. You can try to delete them manually. Shell association (*.anydesk)

 

 

This article covers some residual locations where AnyDesk could be after uninstallation.

 

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This article will show you how to quickly and easily clear out your Open Network Stream history within the VLC Media Player on Windows as well as Ubuntu.

 

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To flush your DNS cache on a Mac we simply need to use the following command within a Terminal window. The command may very but the one below should handle Macs running macOS Big Sur and later operating system.

As stated, open Terminal and enter the following command: sudo dscacheutil -flushcache; sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder

You’ll need to enter your password and press Return to complete the process. It may even be advisable to restart / power cycle your Mac after this.

Conclusion

I hope my article on flushing the DNS Cache on your Mac has helped you. I welcome your thoughts, questions or suggestions regarding this article.

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Let me know if you found any errors within my article or if I may further assist you by answering any additional questions you may have.

 

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Apple devices switched to using HEIC formatted photos from JPG back when iOS 11 was released.

Overall, the HEIC format is better than the JPG because it takes up less space but yet provides better quality. But it is only convenient so long as you stay within the Apple ecosystem.

If you also use Windows or Android devices, you’ll want to switch back to JPG format as the default for new photos.

This article will show you how to convert HEIC photos to JPG as well as how to permanently save your photos as JPG on your iPhone.

 

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This article covers how to set the Windows version of Microsoft Outlook 365 so that it will automatically search ALL Mailboxes, rather than just the current mailbox.

 

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We all envision a future, some better life for ourselves. We strategize the moves needed to get there. The only problem is most people suck at it, using systems that are either way too basic or way too rigid.

To achieve literally anything, we will use a commonly talked about framework called the Eisenhower Matrix. Anything you do in life falls into one of these four Quadrants.

URGENT NON-URGENT
IMPORTANT Quadrant 1 Quadrant 2
NON-IMPORTANT Quadrant 3 Quadrant 4

Quadrant #1 is filled with stuff that’s both important and urgent. Sounds great, right? This is not where you want to be.

Most people start in Quadrant #1 until tired, inevitably falling into Quadrant #4, mindlessly attending to the non-urgent and non-important stuff like cleaning out your e-mail inbox or binge-watching YouTube (even if it’s educational videos). You goof around here until you’re ready to go back to Quadrant #1.

“Is that a new e-mail in your inbox? Hooray, you’re saved.” Can’t help but look, right? In your moment of weakness, you make a detour into Quadrant #3, focusing on the not important but apparently urgent things. And just like this from Quadrant #1 to #4 to #3 back to #1. Around and around, you go like a hamster in a wheel of life, devoid of growth.

The reality is this Quadrant #1 is just the bare minimum. Quadrant #1 is where you go put out fires, but if you’re constantly holding the fire extinguisher, when do you hold the hammer? Guess where the fires of Quadrant #1 come from? They come from the ignored dreams of Quadrant #2.

You see examples of this all the time.

  • Ignore that big project and reap the consequences when it’s due.
  • Ignore quality time with friends and family and they soon become decent strangers.
  • Ignore the gym long enough and you’ll wake up one day and suffer a heart attack.

Quadrant #2 is where dreams are built. It’s the stuff that’s good for you, but because it’s not urgent, you never make time for it.

Imagine yourself as a box factory worker. A day’s worth of work is 50 boxes. Little did you know that tomorrow the boss says he needs 100 boxes. Uh, sounds important and urgent, right? You don’t want to get fired. Will you grit your teeth and force it to happen.

From simple to-dos, phone reminder systems to micromanaged hour by hour planners your mindset is always the same; Learn another productivity hack to squeeze more juice from each day.

What if instead of being a better worker, you became a better factory? Instead of just putting out fires every day you spend one day making everything fireproof and thus freeing up the rest of your life.

 

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