Sunday, January 22, 2006

Installing Business Contact Manager...

Can't be done.

Just kidding. I am sure it can, but I gave up. The Microsoft Business Contact Manager is a COM Add-In for Outlook 2003. I used the original BCM for a while in the summer of 2004 and I kinda liked it. It is a nice way to manage your customers and your correspondence with them. However, Tim had built some add-ins for Outlook also and they conflicted with BCM and BCM uses MSDE and was fairly slow. The Beta 2.0 Framework also caused it to barf often, so I uninstalled it.

Anyway, Microsoft has recently released an update to the BCM so I figured I would give it a try to see the new features and hoped it was faster. Here is what happened...
  • Downloaded the BCM update and installed it.
  • Seemed to go pretty smooth until I restarted Outlook. The BCM wizard took me through creating a new database etc. Then, Outlook started and I could not see the BCM add-in anywhere, so I shut down Outlook and restarted it. I think my Google search in Outlook conflicted with it somehow, but that was the error I got, so I uninstalled Google Search. Upon re-opening Outlook, I received an error that Outlook could not start without disabling the BCM add-in? What the heck?
  • So I called Tim to ask if uninstalling Outlook would be a good idea and he said 'why not, just make sure you save you Office settings'. So he showed me how to save my OPS file and I continued on.
  • The next phase of my quest continues every possible installation/uninstallation of the following products: Outlook 2003, BCM Update, MSDE, and the original BCM which I have on CD. Each time changing the order of installation etc. But I never saw the BCM menu or tools in Outlook.
  • I then looked for help online and discovered others have had trouble with it too, mainly involving the presence of 2.0 Beta, but I had already uninstalled that a while back.
  • So then I thought that SQL Express 2005 may have been causing a problem so I get rid of that too, still BCM didn't work.
So I have got my computer exactly the way it was before I started. If you are planning to install the BCM Update...good luck. If you need help, Alexander Gorlach knows his stuff.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Tim Hibbard Podcast

Tim was recently featured on the latest podcast on GeeksWithBlogs. He was selected because of his work with EnGraph, .NET, GPS and the international popularity of Where's Tim. GeeksWithBlogs is where Tim hosts his blog and was started by Jeff Julian right here in Kansas City. They have over 700 bloggers and have become a leading technology reference.

To listen to the show click here and Tim talks about it here.