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iPad – Wow, I want one

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Image: Francesco Marino / FreeDigitalPhotos.netiPad - I want one

Having spent the day at the InfoSecurity Conference and Internet World on Wednesday, where every second stand had a “Win an iPad” competition, I bumped into an former collegue in Heathrow on Wednesday and what was he sporting – a new iPad! I must say, what a lovely piece of technology. I had been hankering after one since the were announced but the first reviews of them had me a bit concerned. In particular, PC Pro magazine had discussed at length how heavy it was. Having now handled one, I’m not taking the concern too seriously.

I can really see this product taking off. In particular, it passes the “mum” test – ie would my mother be afraid to use it? The answer, I think, is no. With the same beautiful interface as on the iPhone, but with a screen big enough to read webpages, I can see this being a big hit with all you technophobes out there. Ideal for surfing and emailing in front of the TV. What more do you want (apart from Flash, of course)….

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Speeding up Outlook by compacting your email

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Outlook folders can get fat over time, so it’s good to compact them occasionally. Depending how bad your email database file has become, this can really speed up Outlook and it was certainly save you some file space.

The instructions for compacting vary very slightly depending on whether your outlook is connected to an Exchange server or not. For today’s blog, I’ll show you how to compact if you are connected to Exchange.

In order to compact your email database, right click on the mailbox that you want to compact and click on properties

Outlook Mailbox Properties


This will bring up a properties window where you should click on the “Advanced” button.Outlook Properties Window

In the Advanced Tab, click Offline Folder File Settings…

A new Offline Folder Settings windows will open. Click Compact Now.

The compacting window will open. Leave Outlook to do it’s compacting until it’s finished. It’s not unusual to achieve a saving of 25% in your file size. Given that Outlook files can be large, that can save a lot of search time later on.

Outlook Compacting

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