Microsoft Outlook uses vCalendar files to exchange information about meetings and appointments with others in your home or organization. With vCalendar files, you can easily schedule appointments with others even if they’re not using Outlook as their primary calendar. What Is a VCS File? A vCalendar file, which has the .vcs file extension, lets you exchange calendar events with other people. You can save an Outlook calendar event inside a VCS file and send it to someone to share those event details—even if the recipient is outside your organization. Some other email applications support VCS files, too, so this also works to exchange files with people who don’t use Outlook. How to Create vCalendar Files Click the “Outlook Calendar” icon in the bottom left of the screen to open your calendar. Right-click any date on the calendar and select “New Appointment” to create a new entry. Add the appointment information, including the date, time, and any pertinent details. … [Read more...] about How to Use vCalendar Files in Outlook
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There’s one font that is almost universally reviled. Just the sight of it causes people to cringe in disgust. You know exactly what font I’m talking about (even if you ignore the title.) Why does everyone hate Comic Sans? Comic Sans is one of those fonts that seem to have been around forever. It’s as iconic as Times New Roman and Arial in the font world. Who created Comic Sans? Was it always as hated as it is today? Let’s learn about the ugly duckling of fonts. Who Created Comic Sans? The origin of Comic Sans is intertwined with another much-maligned Microsoft product: Microsoft Bob . While Microsoft Bob failed so quickly that many people don’t even remember it, Comic Sans has lived on. Microsoft Bob was a wildly re-imagined desktop interface made for Windows 95 . People could create their own virtual “rooms” that acted as desktops, and guiding them through everything were cartoon companions. RELATED: Why I Loved Microsoft Bob, Microsoft's Strangest Creation … [Read more...] about The Origin of Comic Sans: Why Do So Many People Hate It?
You’ve probably been annoyed at one time or another when visiting a website that requires a specific browser. Luckily, you can fool a website into thinking you’re using a different browser and you can do this with most, including Safari. User agent “spoofing” is not a new thing. It was sometimes necessary when there was a so-called browser war. Website designers would often design pages to render and deliver different content depending on the user’s browser. The solution to this was often to send a false “user agent string,” which would fool the web server into delivering you the preferred content. Today, users are less likely to have a problem since websites and browsers are better at adhering to web standards. That’s not to say you won’t still encounter one every now and then. If you use Apple OS X’s Safari, here’s how you change the user agent, and even create custom ones as well. What is a User Agent Anyway? When Safari visits a website, it will send a string of text such … [Read more...] about How to Change Safari’s User Agent on OS X
Déjà Dup is a simple — yet powerful — backup tool included with Ubuntu. It offers the power of rsync with incremental backups, encryption, scheduling, and support for remote services. With Déjà Dup, you can quickly revert files to previous versions or restore missing files from a file manager window. It’s a graphical frontend to Duplicity, which itself uses rsync . It offers the power of rsync with a simple interface. Getting Started Déjà Dup is located in the System Settings window, which you can access from the gear-shaped menu on the panel. You’ll find it named “Backup” in the System group of icons. You can also launch it by searching for “Backup” from the Dash. Setup Déjà Dup’s main screen summarizes your backup settings. By default, Déjà Dup backs up your Home directory, ignoring the Trash and Downloads folders. It puts the backup in your Ubuntu One account. If you want to enable automatic backups, don’t do it yet – customize your backup settings … [Read more...] about How to Back Up Ubuntu the Easy Way with Déjà Dup
If you use Windows, you might have wondered about the small key with the Windows logo on your keyboard. It opens the Start menu and performs useful shortcuts, but where did it come from? Why is it there? Let’s take a look. The Origin of the Windows Key It might seem like the Windows key has always been with us, but it hasn’t. It first appeared in September 1994 on the Microsoft Natural Keyboard . This ergonomic keyboard was in the same vein as the earlier Apple Adjustable Keyboard , which split the standard QWERTY keyboard in half. Unlike Apple’s keyboard, though, Microsoft’s tilted each half at gentle angles to reduce wrist strain. By this point, Microsoft had already created other hardware products , including its widely acclaimed mice. When it was time to create its first keyboard, someone at Microsoft had the brilliant idea of including a permanent piece of Windows branding on it. This resulted in two Windows keys, located between the Control and Alt keys to the … [Read more...] about Why Do Keyboards Have a Windows Key? Here’s Where It Started
A while back we showed you how to customize your OS X Dock with themes and other kinds of changes with a small, free program. Today we want to take that a step further and create unique custom themes using that same application. If you’re not familiar already with cDock, we suggest you read our article so you know what it can do . It’s best to relocate the tiny cDock executable to somewhere like the Applications folder so it’s always there if you want to use it, plus it can automatically check for updates so you’re always using the latest version. With cDock open, go ahead and play around with it if you like. Today we want to familiarize ourselves with the custom options, so click the menu next to “Dock theme” and select “Custom” and “Apply.” Your Dock will reload plain white and semi-transparent (50%). Two text documents will also open, “settings info.rtf” and “settings.txt”. It is recommended you place these docs side-by-side to facilitate easier … [Read more...] about How to Create Custom Dock Themes in OS X