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Set Visio 2010 for an Instance per Document

Multiple Window VisioEditing multiple Visio diagrams at the same time leaves something to be desired with the default installation of Visio. Though the View ribbon can help to a small degree, hot keys to move to another Visio document would be ideal.  One simple way to increase usability in this scenario is to have Visio 2010 open each document in a new instance so that you can rely on Alt-Tab and Shit-Alt-Tab keystrokes.

Change Visio 2010′s Options

First, go into Visio 2010′s Advanced Options  (File -> Options -> Advanced) and select “Put all settings in the Windows registry” as seen below.  


Modify Registry

Then launch regedit (Start -> Run -> regedit) and disable SingleInstanceFileOpen by changing the value of its key from a 1 (one) to 0 (zero) . Navigate in regedit by the following:

  • Software
  • Microsoft
  • Office
  • 14.0
  • Visio
  • Application
Once there, double-click SingleInstanceFileOpen to modify its value.

Storing Phone Extensions in Gmail/Google Apps/Android

Appending a semi-colon (;) and an extension to any phone number in the Google address book allows one to be prompted to complete the dialing with the remaining digits. This is a great help rather than trying to store a series of commas (,) or letter p’s or w’s.

Since the prompt is a yes/no, it’s useful to dial the company line and break to the main operator by selecting ‘no’ when prompted.


New Offline Gmail Additions Welcome

Google’s Offline Chrome extension is a wonderful addition for any Google Apps user application with this latest update.

Key points for me:

  • All attachments within a user-selected period (1-week, 2-week, month) are downloaded for offline access/use
  • The performance is notably faster, more responsive
  • Better support for multiple-signin (imo)
Install the Gmail offline app from the Chrome Web Store.

Stuck Windows Public Networks

Windows 7 offers three types of networks as managed within the Network and Sharing Center: Home, Work, Public. Each type allows for customization of security policies such as what services are allowed through the Windows Firewall.

While the Home and Work types are relatively straight forward, what is Public is not always so. Sure, I have a string of thirty Starbucks and other Wifi hotspots that are obviously Public (as I set them to be upon connection), but you may encounter Public networks defined within your system that you were never given the choice to select in which category it fell. This special case of Public in fact is a network to which you connect that does not have a defined default gateway attribute. Microsoft further decided that these “unknown” Public networks cannot be made “known” with a reassignment to another class such as Work. So what’s the best way to handle this situation should you encounter it?

There is no single answer to the best means of addressing this Windows quirk, but there are common sense approaches that will allow consistent and predictable results. I outline the here one such avenue.

One of my typical use cases is creating special networks for my clientele. For example, in the graphic above I needed to demonstrate accessing a public static NAT through a next-generation firewall from a system within the same zone and interface upon which the “public” server resided. As the demonstration system is running virtual servers which are multi-homed, firewalled with true Internet access via another interface, adding a generic default gateway is never an option. So how can you have your cake and eat it too?

The answer is simple, add a weighted gateway to the interface then assign the connection to the zone in which you want it. :-)

IPsec has nothing to do with intrusion prevention…

…per se.

The Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) suite secures (the “sec”) Internet Protocol (the “IP”) communications by authenticating and encrypting each IP packet in a session.  Medial capitals do not apply so “sec” is all lowercase. I assume instances where the incorrect spelling of IPSec has been used are due to:

  1. The desire to create a more powerful or imposing word (IPSec being “bigger”).
  2. Confusion as to whether a relation exists between IPsec and IPS (’tis a suite after all).
  3. Human propensity to camel- or Pascal-casing even where acronym confusion can occur.

I admit the third can be the source of great amusement at times but not here.

I hope my tongue-in-cheek summary serves as a meme for any future communications and papers.  So, update your spellcheckers and let the smaller truth live on.