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Mac Outlook NK2 File

Previously I wrote an article, located here, about the NK2 file on Windows that stores the email addresses you type into the “To Field” when sending emails. The NK2 file stores the history of what you type or paste into the To field so it can auto complete for you in the future. This is a great feature however deleting old entries is not always the easiest and that makes it a bit unfortunate. You can typically turn off auto complete however you could also modify the files that store the contact cache that is used for auto complete. Follow the directions below to locate email addresses stored in the To Field Outlook for Mac cache to either modify or delete.

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Transfer Contacts From T-Mobile SIM Card To iPhone

This past weekend my wife’s T-Mobile phone broke and I had an old iPhone 3G that I decided to jailbreak for her to use on T-Mobile’s network. After finally getting the iPhone baseband correct and on the version of the iPhone iOS that I wanted to use I had a couple loose ends to resolve which included transferring her contacts to the iPhone. Luckily most of the contacts had been saved onto her T-Mobile SIM card and after a bit of research I realized it was really easy to transfer contacts from the T-Mobile SIM card to the iPhone by using the instructions below.

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SkypeIn Call Blocking: Block Incoming Calls From Specific Numbers In Skype

It is really easy to block unwanted calls to your SkypeIn number using your Skype client. There are numerous ways to block calls into Skype such as blocking one specific number, blocking all hidden numbers, or even not allowing any calls except for people in your contact list. I use my Skype number for business so the last method is not an option for me since I receive calls from numbers I don’t recognize all the time so I personally use a combination of the first two methods. By default I block all hidden numbers and then when I receive more than one call from an unwanted number I block that specific number. Below I describe how to perform all three methods so you can choose how you want to block calls into your SkypeIn number or if you don’t want to block any calls.

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How to View Your Personal Skype Profile As Other Skype Users See It

Earlier I was playing around with my Skype profile and I realized there wasn’t a link that was obvious to view my own Skype profile. I wanted to make sure profile items that I was allowing only contacts to see were only seen by contacts.

Finally I thought of a way to view the profile without the link actually being provided. While you cannot add the contact your are signed in with to your contact list you can actually still search for that user and view the profile. First lets make any necessary modifications to your personal Skype profile.

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Outlook Contacts Not Showing Up In Skype

Outlook contacts not showing up in Skype has been a problem bugging me for a couple weeks but I have not had the time to look into it until tonight. I figured that it might be a bug or something with Skype since I recently upgraded however I was incorrect. For some reason when I turned on “Show Outlook Contacts” in Skype only two of my contacts were showing up. Luckily this was the case or it would have taken a lot longer to figure out.

The issue is that in my Skype setup (not sure if it is this way for all configurations) the numbers require a +1 to be in front of the area code. So for instance if you have a contact and the number is 502-123-1234 it will not show up in Skype unless you add a plus one for the number to show as +1502-123-1234. Below I describe a couple tips to convert all of your numbers a bit easier. There is probably a VB script out there that will do this easier but it  was much easier to convert all of your Outlook contact numbers as I discuss below than manually editing each one.