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The laptop rebuild continues

Not done yet, but I have been slowly patching and installing software over the last few evenings, stuck at my desk most days. It’s amazing how little software I have on DVD, and how little I need. Once I got Win 7 installed, I needed to grab the wireless driver from Lenovo, and since then I have been installing from the HDD.

I mentioned on Twitter the other day that I didn’t like Office 2010, and was going to go with 2007 again, but I then realized that I should install SQL 2008 R2 since I’ll demo stuff. Then I realized that I need Office 2010 for Powerpivot.


It’s mostly Outlook, and I should blog about that separately.

In any case, most of the software I need is back on the machine. I did decide to try Chrome (haven’t installed FF at all). However I have my Edit Plus, Password Safe, and Live Mesh working.

Once SQL finishes installing, I should be good to go.

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Posted by Glenn Berry on 10 January 2011

What is so terrible about Outlook 2010? I have been using it for quite a while at work, and it seems to work fine.

Posted by Steve Jones on 10 January 2011

You, and most people, are looking at Outlook in the trees, not seeing that there is more to the forest.

For those people using Exchange, I'm sure it works fine. However for non-exchange people, using IMAP, it is fairly flaky at times and it becomes hard to manage the server-side email. It's just not smooth.

I'll blog about it more.

Posted by Rafael Salas on 12 January 2011

I am interested to see eyour take on Outlook for managing no Exchange accounts. I tried Thunderbird and Outlook 2010 to manage all my accounts in one place and Outlook worked for me - with few caveats though.

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