Painlessly switch from Google Apps to Microsoft Live.com. Part 1:Email with Outlook.com

Just a back story: I did attempt to move my custom domain to Microsoft’s service awhile back and it was not friendly nor did it look like it was actively supported at the time, so I decided to stick with Google until now. Microsoft uses a service called domains.live.com to handle custom domains routed to live services, such as Hotmail.com(outlook.com), profiles, calendars, etc. Instead of using a live.com or hotmail.com or outlook.com, msn.com or passport¬†email address, you can use your own purchased domain to utilize their services. Since I am using all MS products now (laptop, phone, surface and xbox), Continue reading

Import contacts in CSV format to Windows Hotmail

Now-a-days everyone is linking accounts and data, rather than keeping them in sync. So if you have multiple accounts with an addressbook or contact list, it makes it hard to keep them up-to-date, especially once you unlink them. 1. First export your contacts from your program or web app of choice. For me it was Google’s Gmail. 2. Then from Hotmail, click on Contacts, Manage, then Import. 3. Remember, clicking on an app will link the contacts, not sync. We must choose ‘Outlook’, which will take you to an upload form. 4. Browse and attach your csv and upload. 5. Continue reading

Upgrading Redmine 1.2.1 to 1.3.0 fails on Windows, Mongrel

I previously upgraded my Redmine install from 1.1.0 to 1.2.1 an needed to supply a mongrel.rb file in the config/initialization folder. This was needed because of special requirements for use with Mongrel 1.1.5. After upgrading to 1.3.0, I copied my normal configuration.yml and database.yml to the config folder following the upgrade instructions, as well as the mongrel.rb to the config/initialization folder. I also updated Rails per the requirements for Redmine 1.3.0 to 2.3.14 I restarted the Redmine service and got a blank white screen. After doing a little digging, I realized that the mongrel.rb was missing the entry for Rails Continue reading

Outlook crashes with ispConfig hosted mail

I had a problem for over a year now with a mail account hosted on my ispconfig server. The first thing I noticed was that there was a phantom folder with no name under my email account. Then after it performed a Send and Receive, Outlook would crash. It turns out that there was a bug in ispConfig 3.0.2.2 that inserted a extra line break in the Mail Subscription file. Even though I was running 3.0.3.3, my email was created while in the previous version. Locate and edit your subscription file at: vi /var/vmail/iborgelt.com/steve/Maildir/subscriptions Remove the first line and save. Continue reading