Wow – how things change

Posted in Uncategorized on April 4, 2014 by nzdave

I’ve been away from this blog forever. A discussion with fellow team mates at work yesterday retouched on wordpress and blogging, so today I looked up the old blog. What an angry set of posts it was a few years ago on here!

Some might say that I should be angry now with recent happenings at work and the closure of our team. Initially there was anger, that has since become sadness and soon will become fond memories of a great team. I’ve been given another great opportunity at work to extend myself and continue with the success I have found with my latest employer.

A big work reset will come with a much needed vacation to be spent on the Disney Fantasy soon.  




I hope anyone who finds this post is happy and enjoying their their current situation!

BBC / Discovery Life :: Oprah? Really?!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 21, 2010 by nzdave

Having just seen the premiere of “Life” on Discovery Channel – I don’t understand why Oprah Winfrey was swapped in to narrate the version seen in the USA. I stated the same on Facebook and got a great response from Lesley, one of my contacts who quotes a NPR reviewer

I think the excerpt from one of the NPR reviewers captures it perfectly:

“From the tiniest frogs to the largest mammals, Life captures one fascinating creature and activity after another, and definitely qualifies as must-see television.

But … there’s a big but: Life wasn’t produced and directed by the same people who masterminded Planet Earth (though some of the auxiliary producers of individual Life segments were involved in the earlier project). And the major difference between the two is that Planet Earth was written at a higher level, assuming more intelligence on the part of the viewer. Planet Earth talked to us. Life tends to talk down to us — and that’s annoying. … See More

So is Discovery’s decision, once again, to replace the original narration by David Attenborough, the most reputable nature-TV expert on the planet. With Planet Earth, Sigourney Weaver subbed the narration. This time it’s Oprah Winfrey — and while she may be the Queen of All Media, being a captivating narrator is not one of her strengths. Add to that the simplistic writing, and while Life looks great, parts of it sound like the nature-documentary equivalent of the closing narration to Desperate Housewives. My advice regarding this new look at Life: Wait for the DVD with Attenborough, or watch with slightly lowered expectations.”

Frank Sommerville & My Photo from Orion Alternative’s Day of Action

Posted in education, flickr, news, photos with tags , , , , , , , on March 4, 2010 by nzdave

Managed to be featured in the local news today with photos showing a local protest walk.

My photos are also referenced on another news broadcast, the first 2 shown here:…

And to top it all off, I managed to have a CNN iReport run on the US homepage for a day +. The iReport is viewable here. I really liked the sense of personal journalism this all invoked.

News locations I saw my work referenced:
KTVU Channel 2 TV News
KRON4 News
San Jose Mercury News website
Contra Costa Times website

The power of shooting RAW

Posted in flickr, photos with tags , , , , , on July 10, 2009 by nzdave

Recently a user posted a photo of a Turtle beneath the surface of some water that was producing a very bad glare of the overcast sky. Here’s the jpg version of the RAW image that was posted:

A flickr user provided the RAW version of this image as a challenge to see what could be extracted.

A flickr user provided the RAW version of this image as a challenge to see what could be extracted.

The photo was taken with a Nikon D90 and the challenge was to take the original RAW image and see how much of the turtle you could reveal by processing the image using Nikon’s CaptureNX software.

With somewhere between 5-10mins of work here is the result that I achieved:

Processed image from CaptureNX2

Processed image from CaptureNX2

Not that I tried it, but I don’t think anywhere near as good a result would be possible with such ease if the original image had been just a .jpg. This is also a great example of how the U-Point technology in CaptureNX2 makes quick and easy localized edits possible, rather than having to build intricate masks in other types of software.

For anyone wanting to see the flickr discussion thread, it’s viewable here:

Uninstall eBuddy from your mobile phone

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on March 11, 2009 by nzdave

Try searching for this and you’ll see it’s barely mentioned.

Here’s the instructions for an HTC-81xx device.

Tap: Start->Programs->Tools->Java

You should now see a list off all the Java Applications on your device – hold the stylus on the eBuddy entry until the contextual menu pops up.

Choose Uninstall, Confirm it and you are done.

Outlook Command Line switches –

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on February 26, 2009 by nzdave

This was useful information for clearing an error in my work Outlook client.  If you see the error:

“This meeting is not in the Calendar; It may have been moved or deleted”

Follow the steps below and use the /cleanreminders switch.

To use switches, at the Start menu, Run command type:

Outlook /switch

Occasionally you’ll need to use the full path to Outlook, so the command line looks like:

“C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office11\Outlook.exe ” /switch


Before using a command line switch, you need to close Outlook and verify it’s closed in Task Manager’s Processes tab.

Paths that include spaces between words must be enclosed in quotation marks (“) and are case sensitive. You’ll need the full path if you create desktop shortcuts.

If you use Vista, you can type the command line in the Start Search field on the Start menu or type Run to open the Run dialog. The Windows key+R will also open the Run dialog in both Windows XP and Vista.


Creates an item with the specified file as an attachment.


Outlook /a “C:\My Documents\labels.doc”

If no item type is specified, IPM.Note form is assumed. This switch cannot be used with message classes that aren’t based on Outlook.

/altvba otmfilename

Opens the VBA program specified in otmfilename, rather than %appdata%\Microsoft\Outlook\VbaProject.OTM. Use this switch when you need to run macros not in your VBAProject file.

/autorun macroname

Opens Outlook and immediately runs the macro specified in macroname.

/c messageclass

Creates a new item of the specified message class, works for any valid MAPI form.


* /c ipm.activity creates a Journal entry
* /c ipm.appointment creates an appointment
* /c creates a contact
* /c ipm.note creates an e-mail message
* /c ipm.stickynote creates a note
* /c ipm.task creates a task


Prompts for the default manager of e-mail, news, and contacts.


Starts Outlook and deletes client-based rules. Used by non-Exchange account users.


Deletes the logging records saved when a manager or a delegate declines a meeting. Used by Exchange Server accounts.


Removes Search Folders from the Microsoft Exchange server store.


Clears and regenerates free/busy information. This switch can only be used when you are able to connect to your Microsoft Exchange server.


Removes invalid profile keys and recreates default registry keys where applicable.


Launches Outlook with a clean Personal Folders file (.pst)


Clears and regenerates reminders.


Starts Outlook and deletes client- and server-based rules.


Deletes all Schedule+ data (free/busy, permissions, and .cal file) from the server and enables the free/busy information from the Outlook Calendar to be used and viewed by all Schedule+ 1.0 users.


Starts Outlook and deletes server-based rules. Used only with Exchange server accounts.


Overrides the programmatic lockout that determines which of your computers (when running Outlook simultaneously) processes meeting items. The lockout process helps prevent duplicate reminder messages. This switch clears the lockout on the computer it is used, enabling Outlook to process meeting items.


Deletes the subscription messages and properties for subscription features. Used with SharePoint alerts.


Restores default views. Use with care as all custom views you created are lost.


Starts Outlook without figuring out if Outlook should be the default client in the first run.


Opens the specified message file (.msg) as an OLE embedding. Also used without command-line parameters for standard OLE co-create.


Opens the new window in “explorer” mode (link bar on).

/f msgfilename

Opens the specified message file (.msg) or Microsoft Office saved search (.oss).


Starts Outlook as if it were run for the first time.


Opens a new window in “folder” mode (Navigation Pane off).

/hol holfilename

Opens the specified .hol file.

/ical icsfilename

Opens the specified .ics file.

/importprf prffilename

Launches Outlook and opens/imports the defined MAPI profile (*.prf). If Outlook is already open, queues the profile to be imported on the next clean launch.

/l olkfilename

Opens the specified .olk file.

/launchtraininghelp assetid

Opens a Help window with the Help topic specified in assetid.

/m emailname

Provides a way for the user to add an e-mail name to the item. Use either the full address or let alias resolve. Only works in conjunction with the /c command-line parameter.


Outlook.exe /c ipm.note /m

Outlook.exe /c ipm.note /m dianep


Starts Outlook without loading outcmd.dat (customized toolbars). With older versions of Outlook the *.fav file doesn’t load.


Starts Outlook with extensions turned off, but listed in the Add-In Manager.


Starts Outlook without checking mail at startup.


Starts Outlook with the Reading Pane off and removes the option from the View menu.

/p msgfilename

Prints the specified message (.msg). Does not work with HTML.

/profile profilename

Loads the specified profile. If your profile name contains a space, enclose the profile name in quotation marks.


Opens the Choose Profile dialog box regardless of the Options setting on the Tools menu.


Starts Outlook using an existing Outlook window, if one exists. Can be used in combination with /explorer or /folder. The Outlook shortcut in the Quick Launch bar uses the /recycle switch.


Resets default folder names (such as Inbox or Sent Items) to default names in the current Office user interface language.

For example, if you first connect to your mailbox Outlook using a Russian user interface, the Russian default folder names cannot be renamed. To change the default folder names to another language such as Japanese or English, you can use this switch to reset the default folder names after changing the user interface language or installing a different language version of Outlook.


Restores missing folders for the default delivery location.


Clears and regenerates the Navigation Pane for the current profile. Removes all Shortcuts and Favorite Folders. Has the same effect as deleting profilename.xml in your user directory.


Opens Outlook and displays the remote procedure call (RPC) connection status dialog.

/s filename

Loads the specified shortcuts file (.fav). Use to load *.fav files created in older versions of Outlook.


Starts Outlook without extensions, Reading Pane, or toolbar customization.


Starts Outlook with the Reading Pane off. New to Outlook 2003.


Starts Outlook without checking mail at startup. New to Outlook 2003.


Starts Outlook with extensions turned off, but listed in the Add-In Manager.


Starts Outlook without loading Outcmd.dat (customized toolbars) and *.fav file.

/select foldername

Starts Outlook and opens the specified folder in a new window.


“C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office11\Outlook.exe” /select outlook:calendar

outlook /select “outlook:Inbox\Old Messages”


Starts Outlook and forces a detection of new meeting requests in the Inbox, and then adds them to the calendar.

/t oftfilename

Opens the specified .oft file.

/v vcffilename

Opens the specified .vcf file.

/vcal vcsfilename

Opens the specified .vcs file.

/x xnkfilename

Opens the specified .xnk file