How to import your Gmail contacts into Outlook 2007

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Googles emailing service Gmail has become popular around the world and therefore, wanting to import your own Gmail contacts into a robust contact manager such as the one included with Outlook 2007 becomes a common desire. This simple tutorial will show you how to do just that. …

How to send email from the Linux command line

The Linux command line can be very powerful once you know how to use it. You can parse data, monitor processes, automate backups and do a lot of other useful and cool things using it. There often comes a need to generate a report and mail it out. It could be as simple a requirement as a notification that the day’s backup went through fine, or did not. I’ll help you get started with sending mails from the Linux command line and in shell scripts. We will also cover sending attachments from the command line. We will begin with the “mail” command. …

How to transfer Outlook auto-complete addresses to a new computer

I’m very pleased to introduce the 2nd guest blogger at Simple Help, Aseem Kishore. Aseem is a technology enthusiast and lead blogger for Online-Tech-Tips, a terrific how-to site I’d strongly suggest you subscribe to.


If you’re one of the millions of people using Microsoft Outlook, either at home or at the office, you’ve probably had to move your email from one computer to another at some point in time. Transferring Outlook emails, calendar, contacts and tasks is a fairly simple procedure, but it would also be nice to transfer the autocomplete addresses we’ve come to depend on.

In case you’re not sure what I am talking about, autocomplete is when you open a new email form and begin typing in an address into the To: box:

outlook autocomplete

Notice that I typed the letter c and several Outlook contacts automatically appeared below. These are addresses that I have previously sent emails to and that’s why they show up. This is extremely useful if someones email address is very different from their name because all you have to remember is there name instead of “”! …

The Windows Key keyboard shortcuts for Vista

Quite some time ago, I wrote a post titled Wow… The Windows Key is useful after all. That post attracted some attention – apparently I wasn’t the only one who really overlooked that key on my keyboard. As it turns out, Vista has decided to include a few extra “Windows Key” keyboard shortcuts too. The majority of the previous Windows Key shortcuts still work in Vista, but here are some new ones:

Windows logo Windows Key + G: Cycle through the Sidebar Gadgets
Windows logo Windows Key + T: Cycle through programs on the Taskbar
Windows logo Windows Key + U: Open the Ease of Access Center
Windows logo Windows Key + X: Open the Windows Mobile Center

How to set Thunderbird to leave mail on the server

This very brief tutorial will guide you through the steps to set Thunderbird to leave mail on the server. Leaving your mail on the server can be helpful if you use Thunderbird on a portable USB drive to check your email while away from your main computer. That way when you return to your main desktop/laptop, you can still download all of your email. …

How to install the iPhone applications Mail, Notes, Stocks, Weather, and Maps on your iPod Touch

Update – May 1st 2008: The original method I outlined in this tutorial no longer works. But don’t worry, I’ve figured out a new one! What I’m getting at is that this tutorial has been completely re-written.

This tutorial will guide you through installing the iPhone apps Apple MobileMail, Apple Google Maps, Stocks, Weather and/or Notes on your iPod Touch. Note: this tutorial assumes you have a jailbroken iPod Touch using the 1.1.3 or 1.1.4 firmware, and are *cough* legally allowed to install these applications on your iPod Touch. …