avelsieve Updates…

I was using SquirrelMail and the Sieve plugin avelsieve for quite a while. And I once made the commitment on the mailing list to do some further development on avelsieve to make it work with newer PHP versions and fix other problems. The result was my own little update and some not yet released stuff that I only used myself.

But things changed and I moved on to Roundcube. And more importantly the spare time that I could spend on this project got less and less. I am really sorry, but I won’t be doing any further development on avelsieve. For anybody who wants to use my patched version, it is still and will be up there for download.

Outlook Monthly Calendar View Foo

MS Outlook is in itself already a very annoying and not very pleasant piece of software. But sometimes you have to use it, no matter what. I will live.

But running again and again into the problem that Outlook conveniently forgets the correct calendar view really became a problem. Especially when it happens to everybody and they come to me to fix it.

At least it is easy to fix, but let me describe the problem first. It happens quite frequently that Outlook simply forgets the saved calender view. In our case that was usually the monthly view. It happens when you run a filter on your calendar. Outlook assumes the filtered view to be the new default. Well, that is just wrong.

Depending on the version of Outlook you have to perform one of the following steps.

Outlook 2007
Menu bar > View > Arrange By > Current View > Day/Week/Month

Outlook 2010
Menu bar > View > Change View > Manage Views > Select view name "Calendar" in the list Click "Apply View"

Mac OS Re-Install With New Apple ID Foo

Re-installing MacOS should be a piece of cake. Just go into recovery mode by pressing Command+R during boot and start recovering. It should be…

But that is only true for the common case. If you perform the internet recovery and you are using a brand new Apple ID, then you are screwed. In that case you will see a message like this:

This Apple ID has not purchased Lion. You must sign in with an Apple ID that was used to purchase OS X Mavericks.

This happened to me, when I purchased a Mac online with a new Apple ID and tried to activate it. Well, it simply doesn’t work out of the box.

But fear not, there is quite simple fix, although it requires an activated Mac.

On that activated Mac log into the Mac App Store with your fresh Apple ID. Then find the MacOS version that you want to install, in this case Mavericks. Click download and it will give you some hard time, because it is already installed. But simply ignore that. Click continue to download the installer. You will see the download process in purchase area. You can go there and pause the download, because you don’t really want to install it. Now you should log out of the Mac App Store, if this is not your machine. And now, as a last step restart the Mac. Of course the one that you want to re-install. You can now use your fresh Apple ID that just “bought” MacOS.