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Custom Number Format Codes in Office

I've struggled many times to remember the custom format codes in Office.  For example, I was creating a chart and wanted to show 1.2M instead of $1,200,000.    Finally, I found this wonderful resource.

Posted On Tuesday, May 3, 2011 6:41 AM

Plugged in Not Charging.
Suggested steps to fix the nasty Windows power management issue of plugged in not charging. Option 1: Disconnect AC Shutdown Remove battery Connect AC Startup Under the Batteries category, right-click all of the Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery listings, and select Uninstall (it’s ok if you only have 1). Shutdown Disconnect AC Insert battery Connect AC Startup Option 2: Turn off laptop. Unplug AC power. Remove battery. Replace AC power. Turn on laptop, allow OS to boot. Once logged ......

Posted On Monday, February 28, 2011 2:21 PM

Manual Uninstall Adobe Reader 9.2

Lately, I've been having issues with Adobe Reader and noticed that I had multiple versions installed.  Unfortunately I was unable to remove Reader 9.2 through add/remove programs.  However, I found this handy msi command that manually removed it from my machine.

msiexec /x {AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-A92000000001} /qn

Posted On Thursday, June 10, 2010 9:11 PM

Xbox 3 flashing red lights... Again!
My son informed me yesterday that we have the notorious 3 flashing red lights on our Xbox 360. This is the third time in three years that we've had this problem. I called Xbox support, initiated a repair order, and will be waiting another month before my son can play it again. I'm amazed by the lack of quality hardware in the Xbox. Fortunately they keep repairng it at no cost to me, but I'm getting tired of annual repairs ......

Posted On Saturday, October 11, 2008 5:29 AM

Google thinks I'm a virus
I was searching for information on SAAS and ASP on goolge tonight. For some reason google thinks I'm a virus... I think they need to double check their logic. Google Error We're sorry... ... but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can't process your request right now. We'll restore your access as quickly as possible, so try again soon. In the meantime, if you suspect that your computer or network has been infected, ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 27, 2008 5:12 PM

Pesky SharePoint and Office Integration
My Office and SharePoint integration keeps breaking, causing my browser to crash every time I open an office document through SharePoint v2. I suspect a patch or something related to Office 2003 was recently installed on my machine. I'm posting my SharePoint/Office Integration fix here, so that I'm prepared the next time it breaks. :) [Fix] Unfortunately MSFT's out of the box resolution from the KB article didn't help ( However, I didn't find a resolution to ......

Posted On Monday, August 25, 2008 2:27 AM

My new MSDN blog
I finally got around to creating my blog on MSDN. It can be found at, but it's currently empty. I plan to migrate this blog there once I get some free time. Also, I will be posting there from now on ......

Posted On Sunday, September 10, 2006 11:29 PM

Microsoft recommends using VBisms!?
A customer recently requested that I provide them with Microsoft's VB.NET coding standard for their developers to use on our project. To prepare my document I referenced the Visual Basic Coding Conventions located on MSDN. While reading this article I found some surprising recommendations that I very much disagree with. Naming Conventions “Use namespace qualifications rather than adding Imports statements. If a namespace is imported by default in a project, you do not have to fully qualify ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 21, 2005 3:48 PM

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