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September 11, 2001

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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 new Access 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 and move to a new permanent home at 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

Late-Breaking News

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 Websites, Office Communities, Newsletters, and Books.

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 been discontinued...

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 resources we've found.

So R.I.P., Old Prof. We'll miss you. But rest assured that for every end, there's a new beginning.

Next time: DDM takes a first look at Microsoft Office 2003.

March 12, 2004

We're Back!

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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