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November 23, 2009

Look out, Outlook! (, )

by fluffy at 10:52 AM
I had been having trouble with Outlook at work, where I'd been getting messages like "As the meeting organizer, you do not need to respond to the meeting" when someone else sent an update for a meeting I was on. Outlook had somehow gotten the notion that I was the meeting organizer, even going so far as to make it so I couldn't change my own reminder time without it trying to send out notifications to everyone about a "change in meeting time." Of course, the meeting itself on the calendar showed the actual originator as the organizer, but apparently Outlook's messaging and calendar components were out of sync with each other. It was probably caused because I originally accepted the meetings from Thunderbird+Lightning, and then later switched back to Outlook. It didn't help that both affected meetings had been updated since their original receipt.

There were plenty of results on a Google search for the key phrase, but none of them provided a solution (plenty of them blamed everything but Outlook, though). Fortunately, I found a workaround which seems to work for now, but it relies on still having the original meeting request messages available and an external IMAP client (so obviously you need to be able to talk to Exchange via IMAP).

Basically, I just deleted the meetings from my calendar, and then found the original request messages. They still showed me as being the organizer with the added wrinkle that the items were "no longer on the calendar," BUT if I used a different email client (i.e. Thunderbird over IMAP) and moved the items back into my inbox, then Outlook finally saw them as they originally were, and I was able to accept the meetings appropriately.

It's fortunate that both of these long-term recurring meetings happened to have been originated recently, though. If I didn't still have the original meeting request emails, I'd have been out of luck.

An open letter to Sir Paul McCartney (, , )

by fluffy at 8:42 AM
Dear Sir McCartney:

While you think you may be speaking in your own interest, anyone who has wanted to download pirated versions of the Beatles catalog has likely already done so, as there are many avenues by which to do that which don't involve an official EMI release. All you are doing by insisting that EMI recompense you for any pirated "leaks" of an official EMI downloadable version is preventing the people who want to buy them legally from doing so.

Love,
A fan

November 17, 2009

A problem with the eBay/PayPal linkup (, )

by fluffy at 7:30 AM
So, about a month ago I ordered a game from eBay, which is the first eBay purchase I'd made in over a year. I never received the game. I went back to the eBay transaction, and noticed to my horror that they had provided an old shipping address to the seller. I had long ago updated my PayPal shipping address, but eBay had also overridden my (newer) PayPal address with the (much older) eBay address on the PayPal transaction as well, and in my haste I didn't notice this.

So, it's pretty unlikely I'll ever get the item. I guess I could try calling the apartment building and see if the package was left with the front desk or something. (Of course it's possible whoever is at that apartment now may have just opened the package instead, but being a Beatmania import I doubt they'd have any use for it.)

Still, screw you, eBay.