Archive for May, 2009

Problems sending large attachments from Outlook

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

When I started my business, I purchased a brand new computer system with a Quad processor, 4 GB of RAM and 500 GB of storage as well as a wide screen Crystal Brite monitor. I wanted, to put it bluntly, a kick-ass operating system that would allow me to work with multiple design applications without losing speed, memory or crashing from over-exertion.

I also paid what I thought were considerable dollars for graphic design, web design and layout software as well as the latest full version of Microsoft Office. Now, bear in mind this was January 2008 and at that time, Windows Vista was the latest Windows operating system and I detested it vehemently, so I requested my computer be installed with XP Professional. The system also came pre-installed with anti-virus software. Great I thought. I was all set.

However, towards the end of last year, my “kick-ass computer” was already showing signs of not performing as well as I had hoped. Then early this year, shortly after my anti-virus software was renewed, I started experiencing numerous other issues, which I won’t go into here. The biggest annoyance that I endured for several weeks though was an issue with Microsoft Outlook 2007…

Emails with large attachments (around 2 MB) were getting stuck in my Outbox but were repeatedly being sent to the recipient.

Feel my pain or scroll down for the solution


How to change Outlook 2007’s Server Timeout Settings

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Having problems with emails getting stuck in your Outlook outbox but sending repeatedly?

Try changing Outlook’s Server Timeout Settings.

Don’t know how?

Can’t find the answer when you search Outlook’s help menu?

It’s strange but for some reason, when you search Outlook’s help menu for “Server Timeout Settings”, these instructions are nowhere to be found.

Thank goodness for the internet. I found some instructions online and was able to change my settings.

Here’s how:

  1. With Outlook open, click “Tools” followed by “Account Settings”
  2. If it’s not already displaying, click the “E-mail” tab to display the list of email accounts
  3. Double click the email account you wish to change or click the “Change” button to open the “change Email Account” window
  4. Click the “More Settings…” button
  5. Click the “Advanced” tab and, using the “Server Timeouts” slider, increase to 7 minutes or higher.
  6. Click OK, Next, and Finish.
  7. Repeat for each email account listed.

Disabling and re-activating your Trend Micro internet protection

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

If you’re having problems sending large attachments from Outlook, you may need to temporarily disable your Trend Micro internet security.

Here’s how:

  1. Locate and right click your Trend Micro icon (usually found on the right hand side of the task bar)
  2. Click the “Protection Against Viruses and Spyware” option
  3. A pop-up will appear asking you how soon you want to automatically reactivate your protection. If necessary, change the time to the shortest time period available (15 minutes).
  4. Send your email.
  5. To reactivate your protection before the reactivation time, right click your Trend Micro icon, and click the “Protection Against Viruses and Spyware” option again.

What’s all the Twittering about?

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

There’s been an awful lot of twittering recently about the benefits of using online social networks to advertise your business: as long as you, and your staff members, use it with common sense and you keep your personal social networking separate.

So, I thought perhaps it was about time Kaz Design Works followed the flock and finally joined Twitter. We were in fact already LinkedIn, although that was only a mere few weeks ago, after receiving an invite from a networking buddy, but apart from inviting a few networking buddies to join me, I haven’t done anything else with it since. I don’t even think I’ve logged in since.

However, I got a bit further with Twitter; added my website address, started following a few groups, and posted a couple of comments. I even have one follower, but have no idea who he is. I wasn’t planning to invite anyone until I’d figured everything out, and then I got busy with this blog.

To be honest, I’m a bit sceptical. Won’t I end up receiving lots of spam as a result? I guess time will tell. For awhile I think I’ll just be a follower until I’ve done a bit more research and learnt more about the benefits and best practices. Once I do, I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, if you’ve been twittering or your business is LinkedIn, let me know what you think of them both. Has your business benefitted from online social networking?

KWBWA Mardi Gras Celebration

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

I recently received a forward from my networking buddy, Sarah, that included an invitation flyer to a networking event in Kitchener. Sounds great, I thought, I’ll register for that in a couple of days.

But as my work week got busier the email worked its way further down my inbox, only to re-emerge today during my bi-weekly archiving. (I really must do it more frequently! And, that reminds me, I do have a useful email on that topic somewhere, too.)

Anyhow, I re-read the invitation, and immediately registered, and saved myself $5 in the process. Bonus, I thought!

The event is the K-W Business Women’s Association’s annual celebration, to be held on Thursday, June 4th, from noon till 2 pm at the Walper Terrace Hotel in Kitchener. Advance ticket price is $20 if purchased before May 29 (so only one week away) or $25 at the door.

If you’re interested, visit the KWBWA website, or contact Leigh Grant at 519-748-0141 or for more information or to register.

Thanks Sarah. I’ll see you there!

Welcome to Kaz Talk

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Today, we are launching our new blog, “Kaz Talk”, where we will post tips and information that we learn or discover during our day-to-day business exploits. This came about after receiving a hoax email yesterday. We wanted to share the information we learnt with our clients and visitors to our website.

Our posts will not necessarily relate to graphic design or website design; you’ll find those in our resources section. Instead, we’ll post anything we learn that we feel you might also benefit from knowing about. Topics we may cover will include internet or computer related tips, small business information, networking events and trade shows, marketing seminars (or webinars) and interesting video clips.

We’ll even mention new contacts we meet who we think you may benefit from knowing; small business owners, entrepreneurs, consultants and sales reps who may be able to help you achieve your business goals.

We’re actually fairly new to blogging, and will have to learn to make it part of our daily routine, so bear with us, but check back often to see what’s new.

Please feel free to leave a comment about any of our posts or contact us if there’s something specific you’d like us to write about.

Check for Scams before Forwarding Emails

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Today, I received a great offer. A free Ericsson T18 Laptop. All I had to do was forward the email to 8 people and I would receive the laptop. As long as I cc’d the original sender. AND, if I forwarded the email to 20 people, my free laptop would be upgraded to an Ericsson R320.

Wow, I thought. I wouldn’t mind receiving a new laptop. Who do I know who would also benefit from this great offer? So, I immediately hit the forward button (something I don’t usually do) and started adding contacts.

I got as far as the third name and then realization hit me… how old was this email and how do they keep track? There must be a catch… I couldn’t be that lucky! They surely couldn’t make money from giving away so many laptops. Clearly this was an offer too good to be true!