Archiving By 365

If you are a Microsoft 365 customer be aware that your email will be archived from time to time. While I understand why Microsoft does this it can be confusing, especially the first time this happens.

What Does This Mean?

  • Any (old) email that you have received, even if it was deleted or moved into a special folder will be moved (by Microsoft) to your “Online Archive”.
  • You can access this ‘archived mail’ on the left  pane of your microsoft Outlook client. You will find this near the bottom of the left pane. Look for “Online Archive —-your email address”.
  • Click the arrow to the right side of this and your archived email will be here. The first time you do this – it may take a minute or two depending on how much email is in your archive.

More to Know

  • Unfortunately Microsoft cannot recreate any folders you made. Theerefore all of your old email will simply be in the archive inbox. To me this is the biggest problem here. I for one am crazy for organizing everything in my life, even my inbox and to see all of this taken away is somewhat frustrating.
  • If you move any of your archived email back to its original folder it will simply revert back to the online archive. So don’t do this.
  • If you want to re-organize the archived email you will have to recreate the folders again, inside the online archive.
  • You can search the online archive in the same manner as your regular inbox.
  • You can also access your “online archive” through your Outlook client or on the Microsoft 365 Portal.
  • The online archive cannot be accessed via mobile devides (smartphones) and most tablets.

Star Trek Into Darkness & More

It seems wherever I go these days someone is asking me what I thought of the latest Star Trek film. Well I am not a film critic but I took a few moments to write a little bit about the Trek film which is now shining at the box office.

The future is still bright despite the ominous title, Star Trek Into Darkness. For example even in moments of great crisis, Simon Pegg’s Montgomery Scott can be counted on for a witty quip. Even when the U.S.S. Enterprise is facing immense peril, director J.J. Abrams keeps the action fun and graceful, and provides generous room for each of our characters to take part in the story. In its best scenes– and there are plenty of them– Star Trek Into Darkness is even more fluid and energetic then Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek. This new Trek has a more powerful villain and the crew’s relationships are expanded in ways that honor the original series.The stakes are high in Star Trek Into Darkness, with death and global destruction all around. With crisis after crisis inflicting near disaster Kirk and Spock learn to work together and each crew member gets a moment to shine in the spotlight. Just like last time, Abrams makes the whole thing exceedingly fun, if not stressful and emotional.

The movie is off like a rocket from the opening scene, with the Enterprise crew attempting to halt an exploding volcano on a faraway planet but without violating the prime directive– that Starfleet members not interfere with the development of alien civilizations. Kirk (Chris Pine)– still brash and overly confident– violates it to save Spock (Zachary Quinto), and sets up a conflict between emotional Kirk and logical Spock that’s familiar to Trek. The first 15 minutes of this film are one of my favorite segments of the film but the events here lead to Captain Pike (Bruce Greenwood) being put back in charge of the Enterprise, until an explosion at a Starfleet archive in London is pinned on John Harrison.

Cumberbatch’s Harrison is deliciously malevolent and cunning and constantly indicating that he’s the smartest guy in the room (which he probably is). His role in the story had been closely guarded, and with good reason– it’s not just his true intentions that are a surprise, but the role he plays in the narrative, and it’s satisfying to be as unclear about him as Kirk and company clearly are. For me I made a conscious effort to know as little about the plot as possible. For the most part I was successful, which is difficult in this Facebook age. My lack of information paid off as I was shocked about 3 times watching this movie. Cumberbatch’s villain chews up each scene he is in but every key member of the Enterprise crew gets their major moment in the film, and even Alice Eve’s newly added Carol Marcus becomes integral to the story. Every scene in the film pulses with the same assurance that these beloved characters are once again in good hands.

I must admit there are moments in this film which as a 40+ year fan of Star Trek dance the line of going over the top with nostalgic moments but I am willing to accept it all because the film is so well made, the actors – every one – is perfect in capturing the heart of their characters and Roddenberry’s world.2009’s Star Trek was a wild gamble, a reboot that both wiped the slate clean and paid endless homage to the original. Watching it succeed was great fun for any open minded Trekkie. Star Trek Into Darkness lacks none of that marvel, and it’s nods to the original series feel is simply great fun.

There are countless moments of blockbuster bliss in this spectacular addition to the Trek film franchise. If you have not seen this latest Trek film yet – do yourself a favor and make sure you take the time to see in on the big screen. You will not be disappointed, even if you are not a life long fan of Star Trek.

Future Trek
Now what of the future for Star Trek? First, I hope it does not take 4 more years for the next movie. The 4 years in between movies is unnecessary and actually hurts performance at the box office.  A return to TV is where I really hope this Star Trek resurgence winds up. And if TV is the final destination please avoid the commercial networks. How about Trek on HBO, Showtime or perhaps Netflix? Gene Roddenberry had it right back in 1987 when he avoided networks with TNG and went straight to syndication. Roddenberry’s decison here led to the golden age of Star Trek when from 1987 through 2005 his wonderful universe shined on TV.
Where Does Into Darkness Rank?
Another question I am often asked is where does this latest film entry rank in the long Star Trek film franchise? While it may be a little too soon to accurately rank this one just yet, for those who have asked I will try. This is how I rank the 12 Star Trek films from worst to best.., as of… today.
12. Nemesis (2002)
11. Generations (1994)
10. Insurrection (1998)
9. The Final Frontier (1989)
8. The Motion Picture (1979)
7. The Search for Spock (1984)
6. Star Trek (2009)
5. The Undiscovered Country (1991)
4. The Voyage Home (1986)
3. First Contact (1996)
2. Into Darkness (2013)
1. The Wrath of Kahn (1982)
My Star Trek film rankings are now out in the open for all to see. Each and every entry here are enjoyable and fun for any Trekkie. Each have moments of greatness, however when you get to my top 5 or 6 you are talking about near perfect Trek films.

Hacker’s Using New Techniques

As cyber criminals put more effort into sophisticated attacks against specific firms, they are not just using email to get to company’s users. They are also making phone calls.

This is what has been happening recently, specifically in a recent phishing campaigns against European companies, according to security firm Symantec.

Several French companies reported receiving calls from scammers trying to get their employees to open malicious files.

The calls were made to finance and accounting staff in the companies. The scammers claimed to be employees from other departments or business partners and asked the employee to process an “invoice” that was on its way by email.

However, the “invoice” attached to those emails was actually a Remote Access Trojan that, if installed, let the criminals control the victim’s PC.

According to Symantec, this type of scam has a good chance of success. This is because employees process invoices all the time and may think nothing of the request.

In addition users are probably more likely to trust someone who makes a phone call instead of just an email.

However everyone should be aware of this new threat. Hackers are always looking for new ways in which to get in touch with employees including email, social networking and know phone calls.

Any suspicious or unusual communication should be considered and investigated before proceeding with the request for information or action.

Remember it is critical to:

  • Avoid opening attachments or URLs (websites) from unknown senders.
  • Verify a link’s address before clicking on it.
  • Never send any sensitive information in response to an email request.

Local Example of This Type of Scam

Probably related to this is the recent report of phone call scams being made to mobile phone numbers. For example I personally have received dozens of calls from someone “reporting to be from Verizon” on my mobile number. The “caller” leaves a message each time suggesting I return their call for “important information regarding your Verizon account”. These types of calls are almost always from some sort of cyber criminal. If you receive calls of this nature, simply call the “provider in question”  using a phone number you previously had on record.

Windows 8.1 Sneek Peak

Its no secreat that Microsoft has taken some heat from consumers for Windows 8. While I believe much of this is a little unfair to Microsoft perhaps they did move ahead a little too fast for many consumers. With this in mind Microsoft today offered a ‘first look’ at its upcoming Windows 8.1 operating system via a blog post by Antoine Leblond, Corporate Vice President, Windows Program Management.

You can read all about the new features below…


In Windows 8.1, you’ll be able to do more to personalize the experience on your device. As people started using Windows 8, we found that people were using their Locks screens to show pictures of their families. So in Windows 8.1, you can turn your PC or tablet into a picture frame by making your Lock screen a slide show of your pictures – either locally on the device or photos from the cloud in SkyDrive. We also added the ability to take pictures with the built-in camera right from the Lock screen without having to log in.

Windows 8.1 offers more colors and backgrounds for the Start screen – including ones with motion. You can even choose your desktop background as your Start screen background, creating a greater sense of unity and familiarity. And the Start screen in Windows 8.1 features a variety of tile sizes including a new large and new small tile, so you can organize your Start screen exactly the way you want it. It’s also even easier to name groups and rearrange tiles. You can now select multiple apps all at once, resize them, uninstall them, or rearrange them. We also found people were accidentally moving tiles on their Start screen so in Windows 8.1, you press and hold (or right click) to move things around.

You can view all apps just by swiping from the bottom to view all apps, and we’ve added the ability to filter your apps by name, date installed, most used, or by category. You want the Start screen to be about all the things you love. So when you install a new app from the Windows Store, we no longer put that app on your Start screen. Instead, you’ll find these apps under apps view as mentioned above and marked as “new” where you can choose to pin the apps you want to your Start screen.

In Windows 8.1, the Search charm will provide global search results powered by Bing in a rich, simple-to-read, aggregated view of many content sources (the web, apps, files, SkyDrive, actions you can take) to provide the best “answer” for your query. We think this will really change the way you interact with the Web and with windows making it quicker and easier to get things done. It is the modern version of the command line!

Quick actions include things you would want to do like play a song or video. Results from local files, apps, and settings are easily accessed in the same convenient view by scrolling to the left.

Apps and Windows Store:
We will be improving all our built in apps that come with Windows 8 for Windows 8.1. For example, the Photos app now has some new editing features that lets you quickly edit or adjust photos when you view them in the Photos app or open them from other places like the Mail, SkyDrive, and Camera apps. And our Music app has been completely redesigned to help pick and play music from your collection. We plan to talk more about updates to the built in apps in Windows 8.1 and some brand new apps we will be introducing in a future blog post.

We’re also making improvements for using multiple apps at once in Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 brings variable, continuous size of snap views. You will have more ways to see multiple apps on the screen at the same time. You can resize apps to any size you want, share the screen between two apps, or have up to three apps on each screen if you have a multiple displays connected, you can have different Windows Store apps running on all the displays at the same time and the Start Screen can stay open on one monitor. This makes multi-tasking even easier. Also in Windows 8.1, you can have multiple windows of the same app snapped together – such as two Internet Explorer windows.

The improved Windows Store in Windows 8.1 is designed to show more info than before in Windows 8 with detailed lists of top free apps, new releases, and picks for you on the homepage. The app listing is more descriptive and informative and includes an area for related apps to help with app discovery. Categories are listed with other app commands such as links to your apps and your account information. App updates install automatically in the background as well as they come through the Store. And search is available in the upper right hand corner for finding the apps you want.

Cloud Connectivity:
In Windows 8.1 your files can be saved directly to SkyDrive, so you can always have your files with you. The new SkyDrive app gives you access to your files that are on your device or in the cloud, and files are accessible even when offline.

Also, when you log on to your Windows 8.1 device with your Microsoft account ( by default), your device magically becomes personalized with your settings and apps, making switching or setting up a new device really easy.

PC Settings:
The updated PC Settings in Windows 8.1 gives you access to all your settings on your device without having to go to the Control Panel on the desktop. You can do things like change your display resolution, set power options, see the make and model of my PC, change the product key, let me do Windows Update, and even join a domain – all from PC Settings. You can even manage SkyDrive from PC Settings as well and see how much available storage you have (and buy more if needed).

Internet Explorer:

Web browsing continues to be one of the most popular activities on any device. That’s why with Windows 8.1, you also get Internet Explorer 11 (IE11). IE11 builds on the advancements in IE10 and is the only browser that is built for touch. IE11 will offer even better touch performance, faster page load times and several other new features we think you will enjoy. For example, you can now adjust the appearance of modern IE11 to always show the address bar and you can have as many open tabs as you like. And you can access your open tabs in sync across your other Windows 8.1 devices.

Better Mouse and Keyboard Options:

PCs today are evolving for a world of mobile computing where people interact with their devices through touch, and we designed Windows 8 for this. But we also recognize there are many non-touch devices in use today – especially in the commercial setting. As such we’ve focused on a number of improvements to ensure easier navigation for people using a mouse and keyboard.

We’ve improved the way you navigate to Start with the mouse by changing the Start “tip” to be the familiar Windows logo. The new tip appears anytime you move the mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen, and is always visible on the taskbar when on the desktop. There are also options to change what the corners do, and options to boot into alternate screens. For example, if you prefer to see the Apps view versus all the tiles, you can choose to have the Start screen go directly to Apps view.

Windows 8.1 will be available later this year as a free update to Windows 8 users via the Windows Store. Microsoft will release a preview of Windows 8.1 on June 26th, the start date of its Build developer conference.

Virus 101

Most infections take place on Windows machines, and even though many people think that Macs are immune to infections, they are not! Yes, Macs do a better job in the infection department and although you may not have to be as concerned about catching a bug as a Windows user, it’s always good to know what infections are and how they can put your data in jeopardy.
So what types of malware can your computer get? Well, just like diseases a person can catch, the list is a long one that can be broken up into categories. That is because each infection can have a unique strain or method of infection. Here are the 3 most common types of computer virus:
Backdoors – This type of malware creates a software hole in the computer which creates a sort of open door policy allowing an attacker to run anything they want on your computer without being stopped by your computer’s defenses.
Trojans – These types of infections act just as their name predicts. A seemingly harmless file when run unleashes nasty code that tears down your computer’s defenses from the ground up.
Rootkits – These are the worst infections out there. Not only does this malware infect your computer, but it fights back! If the infection gets stopped, a rootkit can restart itself, copy itself or even move itself. These are masters in the art of concealment, and often make removal next to impossible. Many times the only course of action is a complete format of the hard drive.
Generally, malware that infects your system combines any of the above 3 elements for specific purposes. For example, some malware installs a program called a keylogger, which records everything you type hoping to catch credit card numbers and personal information which could then be later sold and used against you.

Sometimes malware stays quiet on your computer until the attacker wants to activate it. Generally, the attacker will wait until he has infected a few hundred thousand computers, and then he essentially has enlisted your computer in an army of other infected computers without you even being aware!

Your sympoms in these cases will include a very slow running computer and various program errors or pop-up messages.

You may ask yourself, “Why would anyone want to do that?” Well if you are a bad guy triggering a an army of computers to visit a single website multiple times per second he can easily bring down entire websites just from the sheer number of connections. If you are a true “bad guy” this cause and effect is exactly what you desire.

Then there is the malware that appears to be an antivirus that will (for a small fee) gladly remove all of the nasty programs that it itself installed. This one is very popular and I have been asked to clean computers because of this hundreds of times. This is important – so pay attention. Never ever pay anything when prompted by one of these malware programs. That’s because once you pay, they will ask for more, and more and more to squeeze as much money as possible out of you with no intention of ever fixing the problem!

The problem with most malware is that the moment it runs on your computer, it will disable almost all of your protection which makes identifying it incredibly difficult.

So here are 4 easy tips for identifying malware on your computer:

  1. If a message pops up on tour screen asking for personal information – do not provide it.
  2. If your computr has been infected bya computer virus, shut it down without delay.
  3. Do not troubleshoot the problem with the infected computer.
  4. If you are unable to remove the virus yourself, contact a technology professional.

“Star Trek Continues”

What a year to be a Star Trek fan. Last week “Star Trek Into Darkness” premiered to amazing reviews and box office records. Also this year at least 15 Star Trek books are being published. If that was not enough for the average Trekkie, “Star Trek Continues” a new live action web-based series from Vic Mignogna’s Farragut Films premiered this past weekend. “Star Trek Conitnues” is considered a “fan film” which is nothing new in the history of Star Trek. However what is new is the quality of its craftsminship.

Unlike “Star Trek Into Darkness”, “Star Trek Continues” does not even try to play to a “hipper” “cooler” audience. It does not have to because box office revenue is not their concern. You see “Star Trek Continues” only really has one goal which is to take the USS Enterprise on the fourth year of their five year mission. If you recall the original series was cancelled in 1969 after completing their third year. This has bothered fans ever since. “Star Trek Continues” is not the first “fan production” to attempt this. In fact “Star Trek Phase II” premiered in 2004 and has produced 7 quaility episodes to date.

I have been a fan of “Star Trek Phase II” sinice 2004 but I must say I was especially impressed by the production and quality of “Star Trek Continues”. Their first episode is titled, “Pilgrim of Eternity” and benefits from some very significant guest stars including Michael Forest who reprises his role of the god Apollo from the second season episode, “Who Morns for Adonis?” which originally aired on September 22, 1967. Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi from TNG) is the voice of the ship’s computer. James Doohan’s son, Chris Doohan reprises his father’s iconic role of “Scotty”. Chris Doohan is a major highlight here. Doohan has appeared in cameos of the 2 most recent Star Trek films. If that was not enough Jamie Bamber (Apollo from Battlestar Galactica) plays a red shirt.

If you are a fan of the original series check out the first episode of “Star Trek Continues”. The nostalgia you experience will be over whelming. May the adventures continue with “Star Trek Continues!”

Nokia’s Verizon Flagship Launches

I have been using a Windows Phone almost exclusively since October 2012. Other then the time I was at Disney World last December and switched back to my iPhone for the week I have been one – with my Windows Phone. Up until last week Verizon’s best Windows Phone was the Lumia 822. While the 822 is a very good phone – it is not a great phone. The form factor of the 822 is kind of boxy and has a plastic style which I was not a fan of. While OK, the camera of the 822 was also a little sluggish and poor in low light environments. Well enough about the 822 let’s move on to the 928.


The rectangular chassis is made of glossy white polycarbonate. Nokia has also squared off some of  the curves, leaving the 928 with a slicker, more angular look then it’s older sister phone the Lumia 920, available exclusively on ATT. The rear panel is rounded, which helps to somewhat mitigate the slippery plastic. Surprisingly the Lumia 928 is only available in white and black. I say this because almost every other Nokia Lumia phone has an assortment of colors to choose from.

The 4.5-inch Corning Gorilla Glass 2 display and its glossy black bezel extends to the edges of the device very nicely. Branding for Nokia and Verizon sit atop the display with a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. Capacitive buttons for Back, Home and Search are underneath the screen.

As with most Nokia Windows Phones, buttons for volume, power and camera are located on the right side of the device. A microUSB port, headphone jack and SIM card port line the top of the device. The 8.7-megapixel Carl Zeiss rear-facing camera is prominently positioned along the back of the 928 next to a large flash. A 4G LTE logo sits near the bottom of the panel above an oval-shaped speaker.

The 928’s 4.5-inch, 1280 x 768 AMOLED display delivers an abundance of vivid color coupled with superb contrast. Text remains sharp even when zoomed in.


I am very impressed with Nokia’s decision to place the 928’s speaker along the rear panel. As a result, there’s less of a risk of muffling the sound when holding the phone in landscape mode. The phone speaker fills a small room with rich, full audio better then any phone I have ever experienced.

Plugging in a pair of headphones lets you take advantage of the built-in equalizer, which lets you choose from custom audio profiles, such as Bass Boost or Vocal Boost. The Dolby Headphone setting boosts levels even more, making songs sound richer. My problem here is the music interface is much more complex then it needs to be and the software struggles with album art and often gets album/song and artist information wrong.

Windows 8 Interface

I really like the dynamic, customizable Live Tile interface of Windows Phone 8. There is always something happening on screen, which keeps things fresh. You can pin a variety of content on your Start screen, including people, apps, websites, photo albums, music albums, notes, directions and more.

Live Tiles can be resized using your choice of three options. Just long-press to make a tile smaller or as large as a rectangle that stretches across the screen. This gives users a lot of flexibility.


The Lumia 928 features an impressive 8.7-megapixel PureView camera with Carl Zeiss optics. The f/2.0 lens, combined with a new Xenon flash, promises superior low-light photography. I tested this is my darkened home office (below). As you can see, the photo is very bright.

The 928 also has a trio (yes 3) of high-audio-amplitude-capture (HAAC) microphones that will capture distortion-free audio even in noisy settings.

The 1.2MP front-facing camera shoots stills and video in 720p.


This is where many people will stop. Windows Phone 8 stills lacks the sheer number of apps available on both Apple and Android phones. That being said, the app store has grown a lot since October 2012 and many of the standard apps are available such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and FourSquare. Sure CNN, ESPN and Zite are there buy I really miss my TiVo, SiriusXM and LogMeIn apps.

On the plus side here most of the Windows Apps look much better then their Apple and Android counterparts. I am sure that the Windows Phone 8 app store will continue to grow. That being said, I really hope that by football season there is a Sunday Ticket app.


The Nokia Lumia 928’s 1.5-GHz dual-core CPU with 1GB of RAM was snappy when navigating menus and launching apps. The Calendar, CNN and ESPN apps took about a second to launch. The camera from time to time can be a little sluggish but in it’s defense I have found this to be true with almost every smartphone I have ever used, with the possible exception of the iPhone5.

The Nokia Lumia 928 comes with 32GB of storage. Unfortunately, the phone lacks a microSD slot for further storage expansion.

Battery Life

Normal use usually finds me needing a charge after about 8 hours which is comparable to most smartphones of it’s quality. Once nice advantage Nokia has here are wireless charging stations. With one of these you can charge your 928 by simply resting it on the charging station.


The Lumia 928 is a solid amd compelling Windows Phone option for Verizon shoppers who have been waiting to get their hands on Nokia’s PureView camera. While a little on the heavy side, the  design makes for a sleek, easy-to-manage device. The included camera apps and enhanced audio quality, as well as the brighter AMOLED display are major highlights. If you are getting tired of carrying around that same old iPhone and if you can live without some of the apps Verizon’s Lumia 928 may be the tight choice for you.

News & History

realize and I apologize that I have not written any tech articles during the past week or so but I have been really busy and there has not really been any tech news out there that would grab your interest. That’s not to say that there are not exciting things on the horizon. There certainly is!

Active Projects
Interactive projectors are scheduled to be installed in our municipal building next month and with any luck we will be launching “West Chester Connect” in early July.

Windows Phone
I continue using a Windows Phone and for the most part this has been my primary mobile device since October 2012. This operating system has continued to grow and improve in big ways since it’s launch. I am looking to make a decision this summer in respect to the mobile devices we use at the Borough. Since Blackberry’s departure as our primary mobile phone an assortment of Apple and Android devices have been issued. The problem here is that it can be challenging to support so many different mobile devices for the staff. This situation in addition to the seamless integration of Microsoft Office, Skydrive, SharePoint & Lync will probably lead us to adopting Windows Phone as the official phone for our staff this fall. Stay tuned.

Microsoft 365
Microsoft has scheduled our organization for a system upgrade on June 1, 2013. We covered the changes that are coming during our technology training this month. If you missed the training you can check out the slideshow here. The big improvements that many of you will see is the ability to upgrade from Office 2010 to Office 2013 and to access Microsoft Office anywhere through Microsoft’s new Office Web Apps.

In addition to all of this news I wanted to make available this great short video which goes through the history of Microsoft Windows. It is amazing that Windows has been with us so long (1985).