I work at islandhosting.com and had this challenge from a customer with 2000+ contacts in Outlook Express in Groups that they needed to move to Outlook 2013 and stay in groups,  here is how I did it.

– On the XP machine create a folder on the desktop to match the name of each group in the Outlook Express Address Book

– In the Outlook Express Address book select the first group and press CTRL-A to select all.

– Drag and drop the contacts from the right of the address book that are all now highlighted onto the folder you created on the desktop.

– All the .vcf entries are individual files,  You want to get them into one big file so Start > Run > cmd and press enter.  Your now in the DOS command prompt and by default it puts you on level below the Desktop folder so you should be able to just type: cd Desktop and press enter.

– The type cd space and the beginning few letters of the folder you created and press tab,  it will auto complete with the name of the folder provided its unique and not like anything else on the desktop, press enter.

– You should be in the folder with all the vcards,  now type:

copy *.vcf all.vcf

And press enter,  you will see it copy all the files into one file called all.vcf

– Transport that all.vcf to the Windows 7 machine,  its probably a few hundred k so a thumb drive or attaching to an email should be the quickest ways to get it over.

Now to get that into a group in Outlook is not as simple as importing the file,  unfortunately!!

– On the Win7 machine click on the Start button and in Search Programs and Files at the bottom type Contacts and it should find an entry for the Windows Contacts folder.  Click it.

– A window will open up and it may already have contacts in it.  If it does,  create a group and just move them into it so they are out of the way,  you can move then back later.

– Click Import and select the all.vcf file you got from the XP computer

– Now select all the contacts and click Export creating a CSV file,  call it the name of the group so you can keep track,  we went with all the default mapping with the import and export and worked fine.

– In Outlook 2013 at the bottom click People to go into the contacts and create a group

– Now to import the CSV file, Click File > Open & Export > Import/Export.   This starts the Import and Export Wizard.

– Choose Import from another program or file, and then click Next.

Import and Export Wizard

– Under Select the file type to import, choose the CSV file and click next

– Under File to import, browse to the CSV file you exported and click Open.

– Under Options, choose whether to replace duplicates (existing contacts), create duplicate contacts, or not import duplicates, and click Next.

– Under Select the folder to import from, you should see the name of the Group you created,  select it and Click Finish.

– Your contacts in the groups should be transferred, Delete the contacts from the Windows 7 Contact folder

– rinse and repeat for each group you want transferred.

– Buy a 6 pack and enjoy it,  you deserve it.
– Buy me a beer/co sending a donation via paypal to [email protected]

Islandhosting.com has been through some iterations in its history, back in 2002 it was in its infancy and thanks to the Way Back When Machine I was able to find how it looked back in the day:

Islandhosting.com in 2002!

It then had a reinvention in its look and its toolset which was all bespoke grew:

Islandhosting.com in 2004!

It then merged into Islandnet.com around 2005 where it remained until recently when we wanted to be able to offer a cPanel solution for those who wanted it so we launched this service as Islandhosting.com, we opened it up officially in March 2015 and it looks like this:

Islandhosting.com returns but with cPanel Managed Web Hosting

Here is a little run down on the service:

 

 


 

 


WHY ISLANDHOSTING?

Back in 1992 when we first launched
Islandnet.com, the world wide web was just starting out and was virtually unheard of outside of academic circles. Our business was mainly in providing dial-up access to things like e-mail, newsgroups, FTP, and Gopher.

As the web emerged we started hosting web pages for customers. We had to design and program most of the software used to manage and maintain web sites ourselves. Years before PHP was conceived of, we even created our own custom programming language for generating and driving web pages called M-Script (still in use by some folks!)

As time went on we continued to use custom control panels that we designed and refined. Our focus shifted more and more towards web design and hosting and away from providing internet access. Today, we don’t provide any internet access at all.

We recently looked at all we’ve done and said to ourselves, “If we could start over now, how would we do it?” So we did. Using industry standard tools and software that are more familiar to folks who have used other web hosting services, we’ve built a completely separate service under the name “Islandhosting.com”.

Islandhosting runs on different hardware housed in a different data centre. It has faster connections to the rest of the Internet, a faster and simpler infrastructure design, built-in DDoS protection, more products and services to choose from, more resources for clients (like disk space and bandwidth), discounts for annual payment, an affiliate system that pays you cash, and on and on.

But one important thing remains the same. The people. Need help with your e-mail or web site?
You can still call and talk to the same people and get the same great service.

Amazing customer support

Our experienced staff have been in the internet business since 1992 and are always ready to help you in a friendly and professional manner.

We’re local

We support local businesses whenever possible, and we hope you do too. We’re based in
Victoria, just like you!

Free website transfers

We’ll transfer your website, databases, and e-mail to our servers at no cost to you.

Wide range of tools and software

Website builders, cPanel, PHP, MySQL, easy installation of hundreds of apps including WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and much more.

Fast, secure servers

We use dedicated hardware located in high security datacentres.

Money Back Guarantee

If you’re not happy with our service we’ll refund your money. What have you got to lose?

 

Early Autism detection in my opinion is very important to help a child with early intervention, some argue its a money grab as there are places setup to help with early intervention,  Indeed there are some large corporate groups that do use up the funding and may not produce the best results but on the flip there are probably large organisations that do work well,  my advice is be selective,  if you have the funding from the government then you are in essence the employer and you want the best for your child so do a interview process,  take a tour,  ask for references,  really get a feel for the “One Stop Autism Shops” (Its a term they use, not one I coined),   They have behaviorists, language specialist, occupational therapists all under one roof.

If you would rather you can build your own team of specialists buy picking individuals that fit the required criteria under the rule book,  this was not for us as it would require allot more admin and form filling and we just didn’t want that.

eWe just got Ethan in a local organisation called Stepping Stones and so far they have been great at helping him and we hope to do some parent courses too to learn how to better help Ethan once they have had some time to work with him and develop some strategies that we can use at home too,  consistency and routine are key.

Ethan is high functioning which means for him life is pretty much like mine, mums or his friends,  he does see things differently than us but we are better understanding how he sees things and what works best for him and how we as parents can better relate to him.    Every autistic child is different, unique in the needs, symptoms and what works best in helping them excel which is what all parents should want.

That’s just some insight into where we are,  and my little blurb to help in awareness of the Autism Spectrum Disorder this World Autism Awareness Day.

Wikipedia says ASD is:

The autism spectrum or autistic spectrum describes a range of conditions classified as neurodevelopmental disorders in the fifth revision of the American Psychiatric Association‘s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th edition (DSM-5). The DSM-5, published in 2013, redefined the autism spectrum to encompass the previous (DSM-IV-TR) diagnoses of autism, Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and childhood disintegrative disorder.[1] These disorders are characterized by social deficits and communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors and interests, sensory issues, and in some cases, cognitive delays.

Islandhosting.com launched,  I moved my sites over months ago but I work here….

Personally I think we are a great choice for anyone who is disheartened with BlueHost, GoDaddy, Network Solutions, JustHost etc… I think we not only can better the local Vancouver Island hosting companies but any out there today.

Staying true to the Islandnet.com we are maintaining the up front honest information about our plans,  nothing is hidden,  we tell you what you get and that’s what you get.

We are not hard nosed,  we won’t treat you badly if you treat us with respect and call us when something goes wrong,  only today we wrote off hundreds for an Islandnet.com customer as they had an issue where they configured IMAP and all the mail they POPped over the years got reuploaded to the servers.

We care about customers and realize we are all just trying to make it in the world,  be if running a business, a blog for fun,  a charity, church etc.

We also have discounts for different groups like teachers, military, churches etc,  see the FAQ:


 

 

WHY ISLANDHOSTING?

Back in 1992 when we first launched Islandnet.com, the world wide web was just starting out and was virtually unheard of outside of academic circles. Our business was mainly in providing dial-up access to things like e-mail, newsgroups, FTP, and Gopher.

As the web emerged we started hosting web pages for customers. We had to design and program most of the software used to manage and maintain web sites ourselves. Years before PHP was conceived of, we even created our own custom programming language for generating and driving web pages called M-Script (still in use by some folks!)

As time went on we continued to use custom control panels that we designed and refined. Our focus shifted more and more towards web design and hosting and away from providing internet access. Today, we don’t provide any internet access at all.

We recently looked at all we’ve done and said to ourselves, “If we could start over now, how would we do it?” So we did. Using industry standard tools and software that are more familiar to folks who have used other web hosting services, we’ve built a completely separate service under the name “Islandhosting.com”.

Islandhosting runs on different hardware housed in a different data centre. It has faster connections to the rest of the Internet, a faster and simpler infrastructure design, built-in DDoS protection, more products and services to choose from, more resources for clients (like disk space and bandwidth), discounts for annual payment, an affiliate system that pays you cash, and on and on.

But one important thing remains the same. The people. Need help with your e-mail or web site?
You can still call and talk to the same people and get the same great service.

Amazing customer support

Our experienced staff have been in the internet business since 1992 and are always ready to help you in a friendly and professional manner

Free website transfers

We’ll transfer your website, databases, and e-mail to our servers at no cost to you.

Wide range of tools and software

Website builders, cPanel, PHP, MySQL, easy installation of hundreds of apps including WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and much more.

Fast, secure servers

We use dedicated hardware located in high security datacentres.

Money Back Guarantee

If you’re not happy with our service we’ll refund your money. What have you got to lose?

 

Well, its now official. My awesome little boy Ethan has been diagnosed with ASD or Autism Spectrum Disorder. The spectrum is wide and Ethan is on the high functioning end so it means with intervention, education, caring and love Ethan can succeed and thrive which is what ever parent should want.

The diagnosis explains our frusfrations we had gone through and the things we deal with.  Its hard as a father to hear your son has a disability as men are natural fixers and there is for me some irrational blaming of oneself for something that I in no way caused.

Ethan however is still Ethan and I will continue to love, support and look out for him. The diagnosis just helps us help him.

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I was expressing how angry I am at God that a friend of mine is battling Cancer to John, a friend and lead pastor in Nelson,  It seems pointless and I ask where is God in all of this?  John gave me this:

Psalms 42–72

For the director of music. A maskil of the Sons of Korah.

As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food
day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”
These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
under the protection of the Mighty One
with shouts of joy and praise
among the festive throng.
Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.
My soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.
By day the Lord directs his love,
at night his song is with me—
a prayer to the God of my life.
I say to God my Rock,
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy?”
My bones suffer mortal agony
as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”
Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.
John said I should note David’s lament and heart break before the LORD. I think we all need that same posture. That cry out to God for Jordan and family.
Thank you John.

I posted an article Disney Finite becomes Disney Infinity article (here) recently.  Well we were able to upgrade with the help of a gift card and price matching a Target Flier at the Canadian Superstore!  Cost us under $5 for the Marvel Starter pack.

I will say now,  totally worth the upgrade.  The Pirates / Monsters U /Incredibles Crystal from the 1.0 is not compatible with 2.0 in the sense that you can use it to play those scenarios but if you put it on the 2.0 base it will unlock all related toys to those scenarios in the toybox.

Also in 2.0 there are planters and quick builder options,  not sure what term they use in game but for example,  the is an Mini Eva (character from Wall-E) that is a planter,  she will zip around planting trees and flowers.  There are also city builders,  Pirate village builders,  you can also allocate areas that you want the build to occur so its not everywhere on the map.

There is also allot more depth to the building,  the change in controls took a little getting used to and I have not installed the PC version to see if that is easier for building,  I found the 1.0 PC version which was a free download to be clunky and hard to build on,  I would rather they take out the play on the free PC download and concentrate on making that the construction kit for people really wanting to build worlds.

Use my Shopping Site,  MonkeyShoppa.com to locate Disney Infinity 2.0

 

A funny title for a post regarding a tough few days for me and my wife.  Have you had times in your life where you say the same word again and again,  no not the F Word, well not in my case.  The word of the week for us is PENIS! …. you are speechless? , well let me explain and its G Rated.

My 3 yr old son Ethan has just had a medically required Circumcision because he was getting regular infections and fevers due to urine being caught under his foreskin.  We decided at the start we would not use silly names like pee pee when talking to Ethan about his anatomy so he knows his penis is just that and now its been a word that has been said with such regularity its holds no titillation value.

Ethan’s Manhood,  … sorry I mean Penis has been through a tough procedure and looks like it had been through a mangle presently and instead of saying I have a soar Penis he say Penis Sore and so I find myself wanting to draw a dinosaur penis caricature but I don’t have any paper big enough.  Okay so I am having some fun with something that is traumatic and I learned today that I had the same procedure at age 2 and I have a memory of being in hospital and it not being nice but remember having ice cream,  If I remember it happening at age 2 I am really saddened that it had to happen at Age 3 for Ethan, We did decide not to have it done when he was born as that is now becoming the cultural trend it seems plus its about 3 to 4 hundred dollars!

The aftermath has been tough,  changing him has been an ordeal,  potty training has stopped and he is back in pull ups.  The emotional devastation on mum and I had been mammoth,  every time we have had to hold Ethan down,  sometimes having him bite a blanket which seems to help him but the most recent change tonight was much better,  we finally got the bandage off and seems its looking like a a regular circumcised male member.

This morning however was terrible,  Michelle was throwing stuff,  kicking doors,  banging,  she hates to have to do something that causes her kid pain as do I but I try to keep calm so not to scare Ethan and its not constructive but through the stress of it all and her expressing her feelings openly this morning I found myself roaring and pounding the mattress with my fists uncontrollably in a level that I can only describe as pure rage,  this quickly turned to tears and a rather quiet morning at work for me as I tried to compose myself and gather myself.

No one said being a father was going to be easy but its the most rewarding thing I have ever done and will most likely ever do in my life.  I thank God for blessing me and my family and for my wife’s understanding and I think we both appreciate how frustrating this whole time has been for both of us.  I think the coming days will be a big improvement and Christmas will be a time to be thankful and celebrate family.

So we have had Disney Infinity for the XBOX 360 (Not the Disney Infinity 2.0 unfortunately),  we have been playing for about 10 months and was I kinda getting bored with it,  seemed limited,  more like Disney Finite than Disney Infinity.

Michelle, my wife, happened to go through the cupboards and clear stuff out, she was going to throw out the box when she discovers a piece in the box that we never unpacked!

A clear piece that has 3 logos on it, Incredibles, Monsters inc and Pirates or the Caribbean,  We placed it on the game station and suddenly we discovered Infinity!!! It has the 3 game scenarios on it for the starter pack figures!

I wondered why the game felt a little limited!! Its like getting a new add-on that you didn’t know you had.  I do remember this piece so why it got overlooked in the initial unpack I will never know!

If your thinking of getting it then its definitely a worthwhile purchase.

Get it here: http://www.amazon.ca/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=disney+infinity+2+0

 

disney infinity characters

disney infinity characters

Before I say any more. To those who quiz any of my mother in law about Ethan because of these posts. Stop. It is causing conflict and resulted in my wife closing Facebook. If you want to know what’s going on talk to us directly.

Ethan has been off his game the last few days but he doesn’t communicate directly instead intensifies his bad behavior. He gets more erratic. Has completely reverted from going to potty.  Feel thati am questioning my parenting methods when things stop working that worked before and become demoralized. He was begging me not to go to work this morning which was really hard to hear.

Having tough times. Just want to find out what’s happening with my Lil guy!