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Evolution in Gnome 2.26

I’ve just noticed this in the Gnome 2.26 Release Notes

2.3. Evolution Evolves its Migration from Windows

GNOME’s e-mail and groupware suite, Evolution, has gained two important features for helping users who are migrating to GNOME from Microsoft Windows environments.

First is the ability to import Microsoft Outlook Personal Folders (PST files) directly in Evolution. E-mail, contacts, appointments, tasks and journal entries are supported. Previously, the files had to be imported via a third-party utility, such as Thunderbird on Windows.

Second is support for Microsoft Exchange’s MAPI protocol. This is the protocol that Microsoft Outlook uses to communicate with Exchange. Previously, Evolution only supported Exchange’s SOAP protocol, which is not available on all Exchange servers. This support significantly improves Evolution’s integration with Exchange servers.

All I can say is WOW!

Linux users will have known that MAPI support into gnome has been on the cards for a while, but .pst access is just brilliant!!

Cisco ASA Syntax Highlighting with Notepad++

When using windows, Notepad++ is my editor of choice. When editing PHP files, it’s nice to see coloured highlighting confirming your syntax is correct.

As I regularly have to review & build Cisco ASA Firewall configs I thought it would be nice to add a little colour :)

Notepad++ supports a user defined language system whereby users can create their own syntax highlighting. As google couldn’t find anyone else who’d had a go at this before I thought I’d have a crack at being the 1st.

Attached to this post you’ll find userDefineLang_ASA.xml, what you need to do is..

1. Download the user-defined language to your computer
2. Open the file with your favourite text editor (such as notepad++ or notepad)
3. Click start, run, type (or paste in) %APPDATA%\Notepad++ then click ok
4. Open userDefineLang.xml with a text editor
5. If this is the first userdefined language you are adding, copy/paste the entire first file (which you downloaded) into the userDefineLang.xml, replacing all that was there. If this is the second or more language you add, simply copy everything from the first file starting at to and paste it at the end of the userDefineLang.xml right before
6. Save the newly improved userDefineLang.xml

Reference: http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/download.php

Now my implementation is quite simple at this stage, I’ve copied all the top level commands, i.e. anything from an initial “?” such as “show”, but I haven’t gone thru grabbing level two such as “run” as in “show run”. I have however added the most common level two commands so you should see something useful.

Comments or improvements welcome :cool:

LINICKX is now a word!

Whilst trying to find something of mine via google I’ve noticed something new. LINICKX has now been accepted by google as a word, not back considering I made it up!

In the past if you googled for linickx – www.google.com/search?q=linickx – google would suggest “Did you mean links?“, but today I’ve noticed that is gone!

So it appears that my continued internet activity has made an impact on the wold wide web, Very cool!