April 2, 2004
Here in Washington, DC, the unmistakable signs of spring have appeared,
seemingly overnight. The weather, recently cold and blustery, has turned
(relatively) mild. Blossoms have appeared on trees that were bare just
yesterday. Restaurants up and down the street have started to put their tables and chairs out on the
sidewalk, and down along the Tidal Basin the annual Cherry Blossom Festival is
underway. Renewal is everywhere.
High above it all, in the offices of DDM Computing, we're about to embark on the
biggest renewal in our history. More about that in a moment. First we want to
tell you that we've cut the ribbon on our new, expanded Links area. We hope you
like it. Second, we have a
tip this week. And watch for those Outlook 2003 tips we promised last week.
They're on the way.
Now for the big news. In a matter of days, DDM's Microsoft Office Tips and Tricks will
end its relationship with tripod.com and move to
a new permanent home at www.ddmcomputing.com. We're looking forward to it, and we can't wait to
welcome you to our new, ad-free (for now), popup-free home. So check back soon.
We'll be right here when you come.
March 26, 2004
On Thursday, March 25, DDM received notice that he has been awarded his
Microsoft Office Specialist Master Instructor certification. The Web Team
congratulates him and reminds him that tomorrow, lunch is on him.
Microsoft Office 2003: Like at First Sight
We didn't say "love." We upgraded to Microsoft Office 2003 recently, and so
far we like what we see. We like the cool, wintry colors and the way the
toolbars are shaded. We like the new toolbar button icons; we like the way the
buttons light up when we point at them. Same for the menus. We like how they
light up, and how they unfurl from the Menu bar when we click them. Of course,
much of this is carried over from Office XP, but we like it anyway. As before,
we're grateful that Microsoft didn't change any file formats.
So far as the applications are concerned, we like what we see, even though we
don't see any new features to die for. Interestingly, Outlook seemed to get the
lion's share of the changes and enhancements this time around. The program has a
significantly new "look and feel" to it. Watch these pages for new Outlook
tips in the next few weeks.
Our Links page has expanded into a Links area, with separate
pages for links to Office-related
And finally: Our Webmaster thanks everyone who has left feedback recently.
Please keep it coming. We appreciate hearing from you very much.
March 19, 2004
All Good Things...
An old professor friend of ours (we called him the "Old Prof") passed away
recently. DDM swears that late at night he can hear the ghost of the Old Prof
walking the halls of DDM Computing, and who knows but that that may be so.
We mention the professor because he was fond of spouting such trite clichés
as "All good things must come to an end." That phrase occurred to us more than a
few times this week as we continued to update our two-and-a-half-year old Links
page. So many fine Websites have folded; so many free daily tips services have
Then we took a second look and found that for practically every site that
had folded, another just as good had appeared to take its place. Just take a
look at our Links page and see how many great
So R.I.P., Old Prof. We'll miss you. But rest assured that for every end, there's a new
Next time: DDM takes a first look at Microsoft Office 2003.
March 12, 2004
After a two-and-a-half-year hiatus, we're back with new material. We want to
thank all those faithful visitors who kept coming back, who searched our pages,
and who left us feedback. We appreciate it all.
This month, we're going to concentrate on updating our
Links page. Pardon our dust while the work is in progress. And we hope you
like our new layout.
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