Archive | October, 2010

How to open Winmail.dat on a Mac

If, like me, you are a Mac user, then you will probably understand the frustration that can be caused when having to deal with badly configured Windows software being used by your customers. One of the common problems encountered is that of winmail.dat attachments.

What the hell is a winmail.dat file and why does this happen?

These files usually emanate from organisations that use Microsoft Exchange server, along with it’s unfortunate client-side sidekick, Outlook.

When a rich text message is sent to Exchange from Outlook, and the recipient of the message is marked in the Outlook user’s address book as being able to receive rich text messages, then the message is encapsulated in TNEF format.

This is great if the whole world used Microsoft Outlook – but they don’t.

Enter TNF’s enough!

My prefered solution is to use an application called TNF’s enough! Although there are a number of websites that offer to decode your winmail.dat files, unless you trust the folks who run these websites implicitly, I prefer to keep my emails local to my machine (at least once they have taversed the pubilc internet).

TNEF’s enough has a simple interface, and allows you to decode these files with ease. It is now available as a Universal binary and is compatible with Snow Leopard. Get it now!

Google Malware Warnings are Bad for Business

In fact, it’s probably fairer to say that having your site pulled from Google’s index because of Malware is not just bad for you, it’s bad for everyone. Malware is software that has been installed in your website code that is intended to infringe people’s privacy, commit identity theft/fraud or to infect their computer with a virus or trojan. Hackers spend every waking hour working on ways to sneak their software into your website, and if google finds out, this is what you can expect (click on the image to see the next page that Google will give you):

So, if you have a website for your business, and you care about whether that website is going to be available in the next 24hrs, you really must read on! Read More…