11 July 2013

Tax on web bugs

In Belgium you can enter your tax form on the web.
Take care to save regurarly: the program is buggy and you can get disconnected unexpectedly (under heavy load, after a timeout...), losing all data you entered.
Not that it seems to matter much for the government: I have not found any way to pass a bug report to development. Well.... there is a phone number.  you can call if you have problems. More a helpdesk than a way to report bugs, but tried that just out of curiosity. After the classical phone menu trail you get into a waiting queue. I was number nine in the queue, so I gave up there.

Country menu bug

  1. The country menu is not sorted alfabetically, but by region. Hence entry completion does not work properly. I wanted to enter Verenigd Koninkrijk (United Kingdom). Entering V takes you to Vaticaanstad, entering VE takes you to Venezuela, but no UK. I'm using firefox 22 here.
  2. If you type a backspace in this field once or twice to correct, you loose your connection and all data you entered.

8 July 2013

Outlook: keep email addresses when forwarding

Outlook 2010 tends to show user names, not email addresses when you look at mails. I guess they want to make mails more user friendly, by automatically converting user names to and from email addresses. You can always retrieve the real email address in the original mail, although it's a bit annoying to do: to see the entire mail header

  1. open the mail in separate window
  2. click the File Tab
  3. click on the Properties button in the central window pane

When you forward the mail, the receiver can do this on the mail you sent, but not on the original, included mail. Outlook strips out header information for the To: and Cc: fields in the included mail, this time mainly out of privacy concerns. When I forward a mail to a project group, I often want to forward the email addresses on the original mail as well. To do this select Forward as attachment. This will include the original mail with all header info and send it to your recipient.