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How to Create an Outlook Forward Rule

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Note: These steps were written using Outlook 2003. Though most if not all versions should support this functionality, it may take slightly different steps in different versions.

These steps will describe how to forward an email that contains a specific Subject, e.g. “the subject,” from a specific email address, e.g. "foo@foo.com," to another Outlook user, e.g. "Outlook User."

1. Within Outlook go to Tools >> Rules and Alerts…
2. Click New Rule… This will start the Rules Wizard
3. Select the “Start from a blank rule” option
4. Select “Check messages when they arrive”
5. Click Next
6. Select the two check boxes “from people or distribution list” and “with specific words in the subject.” This puts both phrases in the lower “Step 2” text box.
7. Click on the “people or distribution list” text in the lower box. This will open a new Rule Address dialog box, similar to the standard Address Book dialog box.8. In the From - > field (at the bottom of…

Displaying special characters in your HTML and JavaScript

Occasionally I have the need to display umlauts or other non-standard Latin and Kanji characters in my HTML, JavaScript, and as a URL parameter. Each form have their own rules for encoding the characters to display correctly.
HTML: Use the HTML name or HTML number. For example & and " for ampersand and quote, respectively.
JavaScript: Use the Unicode equivalent. For example \u00E4 and \u00FC to add an umlaut over an 'a' or 'u', respectively.
URL Parameter: Use HEX codes. For example, %20 and %2F for a space and forward slash, respectively.Here's a great reference from ascii.cl for the necessary codes.

Office Ribbon Frustrations: Repeat Rows and/or Columns When Printing in Excel

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Excel can be rather confusing. If you try a Print Preview, and then Page Setup, you are unable to set either "Rows to repeat at top" or "Columns to repeat at left". Yet you can set other Page Setup items from this dialog box.

To set your row(s) and/or column(s), you need to select Print Titles from the Page Layout ribbon. This will bring up the same dialog box, but now you can choose the row(s) and/or column(s).

Wavee -- not worth the money

Dec 17, 2010: I finally received the email to claim my gift card -- it took 7 emails to Wavee in all before this occurred. On the 7th email, a representative who had not previously responded provided all the necessary information. This was the service I expected with my first email. As far as the gift card itself, many are electronic only. I did order one that had to be mailed -- I'm still waiting for it to arrive.

Some of you may be familiar with a new service, Wavee. You bid on items of interest, $0.01 at a time. The highest bidder wins, and gets to purchase the product for the bid price. Sounds good? Well, each bid you make costs $0.75. But consider, an item that sells for $300 took in $22,500 (30000 * $0.75) -- there's 30,000 bids at $0.75 each on an item that sells for $300.

So while you spend your money to be the single winner, Wavee's raking in the dough.

You can also buy items that are up for auction. In some cases, they offer a discount based on the money already spe…