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Thoughts on Airtable from a Longtime Smartsheet User

After kicking the tires for ~72 hours or so on the recent funded Airtable here are some thoughts on it vs. my go-to for similar functions around project management and collaboration, Smartsheet. By no means is this comprehensive, but just some notes on some time with the tools. The Good about Airtable over Smartsheet: Airtable is more fun: Playing with data is much more of a pleasure in Airtable...

Blocking garbage gTLDs with postfix header_checks

In looking at my Postfix mail.logs, I only see the new ICANN vanity gTLDs really generating garbage spam. Lots of press on the mess this all is causing. I got kind of sick of even dealing with that, so here is the header_checks lines I use to block them via postfix if you want to do that on your setup. There are a lot of articles on the internet for this, but I here is what works for me. YMMV...

Fixing a damaged Jitterbit Agent setup on Windows

God knows what mess I made with all the updates and installs of Jitterbit on my main laptop running Windows 10 insider builds. But, whatever happened, things got pretty messed up. Jitterbit installers have not been kind to me so when updating the agent or studio, I’ve typically had to uninstall and reinstall. I hit a wall though recently and was stuck. The Jitterbit Agent would not install...

Microsoft Excel Trust Center and File Block Settings Craziness

Just spent far too long on an issue with a user on Excel. The Trust Center and File Block settings in Office 2013 can be quite confusing. No matter what we did we had issues saving an older excel file format and all alerts kept pointing us back to Trust Center and File Block Settings. The mistake that we kept making was around checkbox and leaving boxes unchecked in there.  If you restore...

Batch Inserting Pages into Multiple, Separate PDFs with Adobe Acrobat

We had a need recently to batch insert a pdf into hundreds of other PDFs prior to distribution. There are a lot of slimy PDF applications out there that seem to be able to help compile merged PDFs, but I wasn’t happy when I tried a bunch of them. The good news is Adobe Acrobat XI has the Action Wizard functionality that can do this pretty easily. Here is how we did it. 1. Put all the PDFs...

Strengths Finder 2.0 Results

I found taking the Gallup Press / Tom Rath / Clifton Strengths Finder 2.0 to be quite an interesting experience. The exercise was simple enough with the activation code you get from the book to complete via the website. I’ve done various personality tests and other misc executive typing drills, but this was different in that the results just returned a handful of strengths back. The...

Fixing thumbnail images problems in Salesforce with Google Chrome

If you are having issues with images showing inside Salesforce pages while viewing in Google Chrome, it might have to do with the third party cookies privacy check. Clearing the cache or resetting the browser will not help. It will eventually drive you crazy. The images that affected me most were user avatars and thumbnails. They show as broken image icons. Here is the fix: 1. In Google Chrome...

Avoid the disco ball trap in technology implementation projects

Having led more than my fair share of technology and software implementation projects in different types of organizations, I’ve often referred to the term “disco ball” as a way to capture a trap that can jeopardize your implementation. Leading a project from discovery to selection to implementation, I have always been aware and concerned with the trap that many before me have...

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