Microsoft Error of the Day

So at my place of work we use Microsoft Outlook 2010 and Skype For Business (which is Microsoft Lync 2013).  Earlier this week I started having issues with meeting requests.  For certain people when I would add them to a meeting and try to submit/update the meeting I would get the following error popup:

“The request failed.  Please try again.  Make sure that you are signed into Skype for Business.”

I had never had this error happen before.  I checked and I was clearly logged into Skype for Business.  I could add my local team to meetings fine but it seemed that those outside of my realm were having the issue.

Today, I started googling to see if I could find a solution to this annoying problem.  Fortunately I found an obscure post on the Skype community forum here.

What I found is that there is an auto-complete cache in Outlook.  Auto-complete kicks in when you start typing an email address in an email or meeting request and if that email address is “known” then it will go ahead and complete that email address for you with you having to type the entire text.

A person that was having this same issue said that they cleared their auto-complete cache and then the problem went away.  So off into the Outlook options I went to see if this might work for me.  If you go into your Outlook options screen and then click on the Mail section you will find under the “Send Messages” section a little button that says “Empty Auto-Complete List”:

Microsoft Outlook Skype Error

So I clicked this button.  Crossed my fingers and then closed Outlook. Next I reopened Outlook and went back to one of the meeting requests that I was having issues with.  I added the person that was causing the error and this time it worked fine.  Problem solved!

The moral of the story is if you start having weird problems in Outlook with Skype then try clearing your auto-complete cache.  Also just because Microsoft says the issue is because of one thing doesn’t necessarily mean it has anything to do with that thing.

Hopefully this will help someone else out there that might have the same issue.  Have a splendid day!

What About The Angriest Whopper?

So I was scrolling my Facebook feed today and I just saw that Burger King posted they will be offering The Angriest Whopper starting March 31.  It has hot sauce baked into the bun which makes the bun red (or is it really some food coloring?).  According to their commercial “the only way to handle the heat is to embrace it”.  With photos of volcanic eruptions it implies this is one hot burger but is it really so?  What do you think?  I’m about about spicy food and I really want to give this a taste to see if it really is all that spicy.  Maybe I’ll give it a shot.  We’ll see.  Until then have a nice day folks and watch out for angry whoppers appearing soon.

Giving Blue Apron A Try

So the big thing these days seem to be a service that ships all the ingredients to cook your own meal right to your door.  I’ve been hearing Blue Apron advertised quite a bit lately and so I’ve decided to give it a try.  One of my recent goals is to really work on eating better and adding some exercise to my lifestyle.  I’ve gained a lot of weight over the last year and have probably peaked to the highest I’ve ever been in my life.

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I like the idea of having everything I need to cook a meal sent right to my door.  I love cooking but stay so busy with work that I’ve done very little cooking over the last year.  I’m hoping this will force me to do more cooking and less eating out.  We’ll see how it goes.

I’m supposed to receive my first shipment in about 1.5 weeks so after my first experience I’ll post to let you know how it goes.

Do you have any experience with places like Blue Apron?  If so then I would love to hear about it.  Take care and have an amazing day!

I’m Back!

I'm Back

Well…it’s been since July 2014 since I’ve posted to my blog.  I’ve decided it’s time to start making periodic posts again.  My plan is to blog about topics of interest and things I think might be helpful to others.  Most of my time these days is spent at the daily work grind and outside of that it’s working at church or at home watching TV.

I have to admit I’ve been watching more TV this year than in years past.  My favorite TV shows right now are:

I’m excited for the return of Heroes in the new remake Heroes:Reborn.  It’s going to be staring one of my favorite actors, Zach Levi.  I hope it’s as good as the first make.

So what shows do you like to watch?  Drop me a comment and tell me.

Spring is arriving here in Greensboro.  I turned on my AC for the first time today.  I’m not liking these hot temperatures but it’s better than the cold weather.

With that I’ll say goodbye for now.  Have an awesome day!

 

First Impressions of Saladworks

 

 

Saladworks Logo

I’m all about trying to eat healthy these days and recently we had a new chain restaurant open up here in my town called Saladworks.  It’s a franchise concept that focuses on fresh salads.  Yesterday I was able to give them a try for the first time.

When I walked in, the restaurant had a nice atmosphere and the workers were all very nice.  They asked me if this was my first time and I told them “Yes.”.  The lady began to explain to me all the food items they offer.  They have salads, sandwiches, paninis, wraps, and soups.

They have a nice deli-like counter where you can see all of the fresh made salad toppings as well as a sample salad of each of their featured salads so you can see what they look like and what toppings they have.  It was really a nice concept and I was very impressed.  If you don’t want one of their signature salads then you can “build your own”.  Since I have gluten and dairy restrictions I decided to build my own salad.

I chose to start off with spring mix, then added some chicken and ham.  Next I topped it off with bacon bits, grapes, and carrots.  With the custom salads you get your base greens (i.e. lettuce, spring mix, spinach, etc.)  and then you get five toppings.

My first meal at Saladworks
My first salad from Saladworks with a small cup of vegetarian chili.

I also opted to get a small bowl of soup.  They had a vegetarian chili so I decided to try that.  They do offer combos where you can get half of salad and a soup.  I don’t recall the price of this but it would probably be a bit more economical.  You do various combinations such as half of sandwich and soup or sandwich and salad.

As I moved on down the line they told me that I also get a roll with my meal.  I could choose from white or wheat.  I choose a white roll.

The total for my meal was just over $12 and this did not include a drink.  I was getting my meal to go so I didn’t need a drink.  I thought this was a bit pricey but I needed to see how good the food was and if it was really worth it.

The salad that was made for me certainly looked beautiful.  The photo above was the one I took at home of the  salad before I consumed it.  I don’t know if they train their workers on how to make a “good looking” salad but I was really impressed on how well it turned out.  Especially since it  freshly made right in front-of me.

Everything in the salad I had tasted fresh.  I had the fat-free balsamic vinaigrette dressing.  It was pretty good.  The chicken and ham tasted good as well as the other ingredients.  The only thing I don’t know is how “organic” their salad items are but I didn’t seem to have any major reactions after eating it so that’s a good sign.

The vegetarian chili was more along the lines of a vegetable soup.  When I think chili I think of something a bit less “soupy” and a little more thick and meaty.  It was still okay.  Not the best I ever had, but for a basic soup it was fine.  I’m anxious to try their fiesta tortilla soup.  They didn’t have that one on tap when I was there but I will try it next time they have it.  I always get the fire roasted tortilla soup at Jason’s Deli (another one of my favorite places to eat because they are gluten friendly) and so I’m thinking the fiesta tortilla soup will be similar.

The white roll was your average dinner roll.  I don’t eat regular bread often anymore since I have a sensitivity to gluten, but I ate this one and it was good.  There was nothing special about the roll, but nothing bad about it either.

My first impression of Saladworks was a good one.  The food was very fresh and the presentation of the food superb in my opinion.  One thing I failed to mention is they use these plastic “fancy” looking salad plates for your salad.  It certainly made the salad look more premium like you had ordered it at some fancy restaurant.

The prices are a bit high, but at many other places where you buy “premium” salads I believe you will pay a similar price. I was very impressed by the freshness of the food.  My entire visit was a great experience and then the meal was a pleasure to enjoy.

Saladworks also offers a rewards card called their “Fresh Fan Club”.  Each time you make a purchase you earn points that you can redeem for food later on.  I got 94 points for my meal and 200 for registering my card on their website.  With only 200 points you can get a free item such as a brownie or a cookie.  You’ll need 1000 points for a free salad.

Some other perks of Saladworks is that you can order online and they also deliver (or at least mine does).  The next time I want food delivered at home It will be great to be able to have one of these fresh salads.   It certainly beats the pizza option.

In summary, my first experience with Saladworks was a good one.  I will definitely be going back and would recommend them as a healthier choice in “fast” food.

Happy 4th of July!

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I had a great 4th of July and I’m thankful to have this day off.  My day was filled with getting some things done around the house and then I enjoyed an evening with the parents.  We finished it off by watching some local fireworks.  I’ve always enjoyed watching fireworks since I was a kid.  Once of these days I would love to go see a huge display somewhere like New York or Washington D. C.  That would be so cool.

So I thought it would be interesting to share some fun facts about related to the 4th of July that have found:

  • You can thank China for the American Flag.  Nearly 87.5% ($2.8 million) of all U.S. flags are imported to China.
  • You can also thank China for fireworks.  97% ($190.7 million) of fireworks imported into the U.S. are from China.
  • You can thank Iowa for HotDogs.  One out of ever four pork hot dogs consumed in the U.S. comes from Iowa.  If not Iowa, then most likely from North Carolina (who knew?) or Minnesota.
  • Enjoy your unpaid holiday.  Independence Day was made an official unpaid federal holiday by Congress in 1870.  It wasn’t until 1938 that Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.
  • A salute of one gun for each state in the United States, called a “salute to the union,” is fired on Independence Day at noon by any capable military base. 

So what did you do on this 4th of July?  Leave me a comment below.  I would love to hear about it.

I hope that you had a safe and fun holiday.  Now it’s time to enjoy the weekend.

Effective Video Marketing Can Help Grow Your Business

The Value of Video Marketing

If you want to grow your business online, one way to do that is through effective video marketing.  By creating and uploading videos to a site like YouTube you can rapidly increase the exposure that your business or online entity is receiving.    The infographic above (created by Animoto) gives you an idea of how much videos can help your business.

My company, ILN (Internet Lifestyle Network) is currently teaching us how to do effective video marketing through a 90-day video challenge.  The goal is to make one video for your business every day for 90 days.   This challenge will serve to help you get into the habit of creating and posting videos every day.  It will also help those of us who are not that comfortable speaking to overcome the fear and shyness that keeps most people from doing any video marketing at all.

If you need help getting started with video marketing of need guidance in how to fine-tine your current marketing efforts then I encourage you to contact me.  I would love to help you grow your business and help you to reach a higher level of success.  Please connect with me on Facebook by sending me a message or friend request.  We can setup a time to chat and find out how we might help on another.

Working Out With The Internet Lifestyle Network

Recently, my company, the Internet Lifestyle Network, has started a 90-day video challenge among its members.  The purpose of this challenge is to get everyone in the habit of consistently making videos which is key to effective video marketing.  I have accepted the challenge and this is my first video of ninety.

In addition to this video challenge I have also decided to challenge myself in the area of fitness.  It’s been a long time since I’ve been on a regular exercise schedule so I’ve decided to also be consistent with a daily workout routine.  Completing the video challenge will help grow my business and completing my fitness goals will help improve my health.  I believe being consistent in multiple areas of my life will make me a better person in the end.

You can watch my first video below.  Let me know what you think.  If you want to know more about the Internet Lifestyle Network visit my website here: www.FastSuccess.net

Leave me a comment and tell me what things you are changing in your life to make you a better person.  I look forward to reading what you have to say.  Until next post…have a great day!

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

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I’m not a huge reader but one thing I’ve learned is that most successfull people tend to read one or more books per month. I’m trying to get in the habit of reading more. Currently I’m reading the book Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen. It’s all about how to organize things in such a way that you can always get stuff done.

I currently have this book in my Kindle app. which makes it easy for me to read from my smartphone or tablet. I find is a great way to get reading in since anytime I have a free moment I can just pick up my device and read. The Kindle app is great because you can stop on one device and pick up where you left off on another. I’m about 35% into this book and so far is been really good. If you need help getting things organized them check it out.

One thing I find is that’s it’s very difficult to focus on my online business while maintaining a full-time job at the same time. My hope is that once I can get some better habits in place I will be able to increase my productivity which will aid in my path to my success.

If you want to learn how to be successful sign up with my team at ILN. We will train you how to be successful online. Check out my website for details:

www.FastSuccess.net

Premiere Date Set For 4th Season of Person Of Interest

Person of InterestCBS has just announced its fall premier schedule and my favorite TV show, Person of Interest,  is scheduled to return on Tuesday, September 23 at 10:00pm EDT.  I am anxious to see where they will take the show this season after the big ending of season 3.

Now that the main characters are on the run from Decima it will be interesting to see how the show will be now that those who are normally on the hunt are now the ones being hunted.  Will Finch, Reese, Shaw, and Root be able to stay under Samaritan’s radar?  I can’t wait to find out.

The way the show mixes technology, government, and rouge vigilantes keeps it very exciting for me.  I also enjoy the various characters and how each of them are unique but come together in various ways.  I think the writers do an excellent job with this show.

You can catch clips and some of the full episodes here:  http://www.cbs.com/shows/person_of_interest/video/

Does anyone else out there enjoy this show as much as I do?  Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

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