Changing Default Message Views in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007

I deal with a reasonable amount of e-mail, I suppose. I like to keep most of the (somewhat useful) e-mail that I get, but up until now, I’ve been pretty lazy with it, keeping a folder in Outlook called “Message Archive” and just dragging all of the mail there. With approaching 20,000 e-mails in this one folder, I decided it was past time to start keeping it more organized. So, I made a nice mail folder structure, new mail gets sorted as it arrives, and I’ve been going back and sorting my old mail bit by bit.

I mostly like the default Outlook message layout, but I don’t really have any use for the “Categories” or “Flag Status” things that it wants to display next to every message by default. You can remove these columns, sure, and doing this manually on each folder in a small set of folders is not too much trouble, but it starts getting annoying to make changes to each folder once you have a lot of them. And then there’s the thought of, if I ever migrate this to another machine, will I have to do this all again?

So, I investigated how to modify the default Outlook view. It’s not very hard, but it’s not very obvious either.

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Windows Vista: Cannot connect to System Event Notification Service

This is a problem I’ve been having for several months: Sometimes, upon booting my 64-bit Vista desktop machine and logging in, I get one of those taskbar balloons that tells me that “Windows could not connect to the System Event Notification Service,” and some other stuff about because of this, non-admin users will not be able to log in, and I should check the event log for details. This seems to happen to me almost without fail after I had installed some Vista software updates and rebooted from that installation (I guess since that seems to jog up the order that things happen in at boot time), but anyway, it was not exclusive to that, although it would almost always be fine after I rebooted again.

Since I’m an administrative user (and there’s only one account on my machine), there seemed to be nothing else wrong after the notification went away. The System Event Notification Service is running, even. Still, errors like this are somewhat disturbing.

Anyway, I Googled around a little and found little useful information; however, I believe I have fixed it on my machine.

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Building a DLL in Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition

For class, I need to take some C++ code and compile it to a .dll file to use with JNI. I have MS Visual C++ 2005 Express (hey, it was free!). Searching around online, I found plenty of things that implied that it was possible to build a DLL with this version of Visual C++, but no specific instructions on how to do it. I actually found some forum posts by other people who were confused like me. Thus this post.

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