Archive | March, 2005

Mail Merge to Individual Documents

I came across a problem last week when a client wanted to use Microsoft Word to perform a mail merge to individual documents. By default Microsoft Word allows you to merge to a single Word document or merge directly to the printer. This works well if you’re working with Address labels or similar document structures. However, instead of saving 100 letters to 1 document what if you wanted to save 100 letters as 100 different documents?

Incase you’re looking for a similar solution try the following Microsoft knowledge base article.

Broadband in Zambia

iConnect, an ISP that is based in the UK but has offices in Tanzania, Ghana and Zambia has the priviledge of being able to call itself the first broadband providers in Zambia. I’m surprised that Coppernet or Zamtel have not jumped on this as they’ve been providing services in the region for the last couple of years. The question of cost, reliability and customer acceptance still remain.

Google Site Statistics

Google has just agreed to acquire Urchin, a web site analytics solution company. My hosting company, ServerIntellect, actually promotes Urchin as one of its features. It looks like Google is bringing a new set of free tools to the world. Any guesses as to what they’ll release on April 1st?

Either way, if you get a chance I definitely recommend Urchin, as it’s a well designed and very powerful site statistics package. If you’re looking for a free alternative, check out AWStats.

Think Week

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent article detailing Bill Gates annual Think Week.

With recent complaints about how R&D is being outsourced, I think it’s time that corporations started incorporating a similar ‘Think Week’ for employees. In the academic world, I always considered the sabatical to be a time when professors enjoyed a nice extended paid vacation. But this view soon changed when each professor who returned from a sabatical came back with renewed energy for further academic challenges. Similarly, the last time I had a vacation, I definitely was much more enthusiastic about returning to work.

Currently taking votes to try and turn this into reality.

President Levy Mwanawasa

The President of Zambia, Levy Mwanawasa, was recently baptized after accepting and committing his life to Christ.

You may or may not know that Zambia is the only country in the world whose constitution actually declares the country as a Christian nation. Will President Mwanawasa continue his mission of ridding Zambia of corruption based on his new spiritual foundation?