Manually Update Transactions in Microsoft Accounting

Did you know that it is actually possible to update a transaction in Microsoft Office Accounting (also known as Small Business Accounting)? It is!

While I’m still not sure if I like the product, I have to say that it’s actually not bad. It is more of a true ledger system than something like Quicken. In Quicken, for example, you can go in and edit to your heart’s content – even after posting. Not so in Microsoft. You post it, you’ll have to void and re-enter. That’s more of a true accounting product. It’s a pain, but it means you can’t just go and change stuff after you have posted it. I respect the decision, but there are times I want to get around it, you know?

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Can Dell's Automatic Updates Get Any Worse?

I know that everyone complains about Microsoft, and I’ve certainly done my share of Redmond-bashing, but I have to say that their automatic updates do a pretty darn good job. They can get awfully annoying, and from time to time there is one that goes awry, but overall they offer a well-integrated experience that runs smoothly and I give them a thumbs-up.

Compare that to other companies like Dell and you might just see what I mean. You have to go to their site, download them individually, unpack them individually, try to find where they unpacked to (assuming you didn’t make a note of all of them), watch as they may or may not overwrite each other. It’s horrible.

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Installing PerlMagick in Windows IIS

You would think that when an application installation offers to install a component for you, it would do what it is suggesting. Unfortunately, if the application in question is ImageMagick – and more specifically if we are talking about the PerlMagick component of ImageMagick for Windows, then the answer is absolutely not.

At first I thought perhaps the problem is that the files were in use, as we all know that if Windows has files in use, the won’t be updated. So I rebooted. No luck. Then I uninstalled the prior version and tried again. Nothing. I rebooted, to make sure the prior version was gone. I removed the old files manually. I rebooted. I deleted registry entries. I got rid of every scrap I could find from the old version. I rebooted. Still nothing. The fact is that it just wasn’t installing.

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Populate Slimbox with a List of Photos

Now that you have Slimbox up and running, you don’t really want to manually create a bunch of links to it, do you? I mean you can, simply by adding the standard rel=”lightbox” tag to your photos. But what if you have a bunch of photos? Or more specifically, what if you have a bunch of photos?

At that point, you have a couple of options. You can list them individually, which is certainly an option, but it gets messy very quickly, or you can use MT-SmugMug to fill in the blanks for you. That makes it a whole lot nicer.

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Installing Image::Magick on a Media Temple (dv)

I recently ran into an issue where a (dv) server hosted on Media Temple didn’t seem to have Image::Magick installed. That makes some tasks in Movable Type more difficult (or downright impossible), so that in turn means that it’s time to figure out how to make it happen!

Luckily, Anu has put together a great set of instructions. The only downside is that they don’t work quite right for Media Temple. There are just a few changes that need to be made so that we can get everything working. But still, they get us awfully close.

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Make the Most of Your Email at Pair Networks

I have used Pair Networks as a host for my sites for some time. It’s been so long that I actually had to look it up to see how long. It turns out that it’s been more than two years already. In all that time, I have had hardly a hiccup. I like that. It means that I don’t have to worry about much when it comes to the sites I run on their servers.

When it comes to email, however, it takes a bit more work. It isn’t that it’s difficult, it just isn’t as simple a process. This is because email can quickly become a burden. However, there are some really simple processes you can put in place to deal with it and make it much simpler to handle.

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Improve Performance with Dynamic and Static Pages

The debate between dynamic and static pages is probably one that will go on for all time. If you are a fan of Douglas Adams, and believe that his work represents a possible outcome to the universe, perhaps it will even go on beyond time. If so, order me something if you happen to be dining at the end of the universe.

Nonetheless, it is quite possible that the best possible performance for Movable Type users is actually not dynamic or static, but a combination of the two. The reason being is, quite simply, because there are places that you can make use of both to maximize the benefits that both technologies offer.

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The DNS Client Service Failed to Start

Thanks Microsoft! Another present. At least this one has an answer (of sorts) in the knowledge base. Unfortunately if you read that article, you might be more confused than when you started.

First, the problem will generally manifest with a more detailed message in the log like “The account specified for this service is different from the account specified for other services running in the same process.” What that means in a nutshell is that the login credentials have a problem.

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Can't Find Template 'Styles'

Have you been publishing something in Movable Type and received an error that included this message or one like it? Maybe instead of “styles”, your message was “feed_recent” or “javascript”. What in the world does it mean? Luckily, the answer is really simple, it’s just a matter of figuring out where to find the answer.

The details are all in your error message. It will tell you what was being published: Usually a particular tag within a specific template. That’s the template you need to go to, and in that template, you need to check for the missing value, to determine what you need to do next.

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Your Feed Appears to be Encoded as UTF-8

If you receive this message, it means that the feed headers are being sent as one encoding, but the feed itself is likely declaring another one. This can be problematic for the contents of the feed.

Generally within an XML document you will see the first line read something like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

This means that the feed is being declared as UTF-8. But if the headers of your feed don’t match, then the contents might be scrambled when received on the other end. Luckily, this can be a simple fix.

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