2002-04-21 – Another good reason to avoid micro$haft

Wearing my colours on my sleeves? Well, you would too, if you just spend several hours working on a database, then emailed it to another machine, running office 2002. Outlook has decided that it is a “potentially dangerous item” and so has used 1 meg of disk space to “block” it FROM ME! As anyone knows, Outlook is pretty good at sending on every bit of virus or mal-ware that exists, so, as a stupid, sick joke, MS (a bad disease) has decided that we, the users, are not to be trusted to open anything, EVEN IF WE REALLY WANT TO!
Fortunately, there is a way to hack around it. I found this to be the way ahead:

  1. Hit \”Start\” and \”Run\” -> Regedit, and go to this key:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Microsoft\\Office\\10.0\\Outlook\\Security
  2. Under that key, add \”New\” -> \”String value\” and call it \”Level1Remove\”.
  3. Now edit the value for Level1Remove, and enter a semicolon-delimited list of those file extensions you want Outlook and Billy Gates to dein to allow you to open. For example, entering this:mdb;exe;mdewould unblock Microsoft Access databases, and exe’s.

Needless to say, this means that you still have to save them to disk, and you get yet another stupid warning, but at least you have some control over your own interlectual property again!
Yet another reason to go over to Linux!

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