Outlook Add-in for Skype meeting always gets disabled after restarting Outlook 2013

Submitted by Jochus on Thu, 04/01/2018 - 19:49 | Posted in: Windows
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To avoid having the Skype Add-in disable after restarting Outlook, I had to execute the following steps:

  • Start Outlook 2013 as an Administrator (this step is important, otherwise, it will NOT work)
  • File > Options > Add-ins
  • Under Manage: Com Add-Ins and click on Go
  • On COM Add-Ins page. Check Skype meeting Add-in for Microsoft Office 2013
  • Click Remove
  • Press OK
  • Close Outlook
  • Start Outlook 2013 as an Administrator
  • File > Options > Add-ins
  • Under Manage: Com Add-Ins and click on Go
  • Press Add...
  • Browse to: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\UCAddin.dll
  • Press OK
  • Close Outlook and start it as a normal user. The add-in is now activated.

How to resolve DNS requests using host DNS settings when in virtual Windows guest machine (VirtualBox)

Submitted by Jochus on Thu, 04/01/2018 - 19:43 | Posted in: Linux
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My host system is an Ubuntu 17.04 installation. I'm running a Windows virtual machine using VirtualBox. My network adapter is configured to use NAT. I was facing issues in which DNS resolving in the guest system was not equal to DNS resolving in the host system. To enforce this, I had the run the following configuration setting in the host system:

$ VBoxManage modifyvm "VM name" --natdnshostresolver1 on

--natdnshostresolver<1-N> on|off: This setting makes the NAT engine use the host's resolver mechanisms to handle DNS requests. Please see Section 9.11.5, “Enabling DNS proxy in NAT mode” for detailsx).

iOS forwarding meeting requests (on behalf of) automatically to different colleagues

Submitted by Jochus on Fri, 16/06/2017 - 11:02 | Posted in: Mac
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Last couple of weeks, I was having the issue my phone started to automatically forward meeting requests to some of my colleagues. Nothing changed to me phone. We are using Office 365.

After some research, I came upon the following problem statement send out by Microsoft: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3108249/attendees-receive-a-meeting-update-after-the-event-reminder-is-triggered

An interesting link to a community thread: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/e6cbcf55-6d96-4b15-9386-b8713fd168d0/exchange-recurring-meetings-got-forwarded-automatically-to-attendees?forum=Exch2016CM

Playing around with responsive templates

Submitted by Jochus on Fri, 16/06/2017 - 10:42 | Posted in: Website
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In my free time, I was playing around with responsive templates. I just played around with this small example in which you can easily play with the different div elements:

.container div {
    width: 100px;
    height: 50px;
    display: inline-block;
.one { background: red; }
.two { background: orange; }
.three { background: yellow; }
.four { background: green; }
.five { background: blue; }
@media screen and (max-width: 531px) {
    .container { display: flex; flex-flow: column; }
    .five { order: 1; }
    .four { order: 2;  }
    .three { order: 3; }
    .two { order: 4; }
    .one { order: 5 }

<div class="container">
    <div class="one">I'm first</div>
    <div class="two">I'm second</div>
    <div class="three">I'm third</div>
    <div class="four">I'm fourth</div>
    <div class="five">I'm fifth</div>

Dell Inspirion 5510 failing dual monitor screen in combination with Dell WD 15 docking station on Ubuntu 16.04.LTS

Submitted by Jochus on Fri, 16/06/2017 - 10:27 | Posted in: Linux
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At work, I'm using a Dell Inspirion 5510 in combination with a Dell WD15 docking station. All my hardware/cables (mouse, keyboard, earphones, screens, network) are attached to the docking station. This is very handy, as the only thing I have to do to go home (or arrive at work) is to attach/detach the USB-C cable between the Inspirion and the WD15.

My operation system is Ubuntu 16.04.LTS. I was struggling a lot with the setup of my 2 external monitors. I use the mini-display port and the HDMI port. Whenever I attached my laptop to the WD15, screens turned blacked. The only solution was to restart my laptop. And then sometimes, I even had to reattach the cables (unplug, plug, unplug, plug, ...)

After some investigation, I found out I was using a kernel version which was too old. I did an upgrade to 16.10 by executing the following command:

$ sudo do-release-upgrade -d

After the upgrade, attaching screens goes very smoothly. Even when I go to a meetingroom with an external TV screen, the system knows how to recognize the correct hardware and restores the correct configuration set.

Copying a directory from a S3 bucket A in account X to a S3 bucket B in account Y on AWS

Submitted by Jochus on Fri, 17/02/2017 - 09:16 | Posted in: Java
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I had some issues copying data from bucket A to bucket B. Both of the buckets were in different AWS accounts. Copying of data was going fine, but on the target side, I never had the permissions to read the copied data.

I forgot to include the --acl property in my copy command

--acl (string) Sets the ACL for the object when the command is performed. If you use this parameter you must have the "s3:PutObjectAcl" permission included in the 
list of actions for your IAM policy. Only accepts values of private, public-read, public-read-write, authenticated-read, aws-exec-read, bucket-owner-read, bucket-
owner-full-control and log-delivery-write. See Canned ACL for details

So the command I've executed:

$ aws s3 cp --recursive --acl authenticated-read s3://#BUCKET_A#/#PATH_TO_DIR# s3://#BUCKET_B/#PATH_TO_DIR#