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Friday, September 13, 2013

Can't Login to Outlook.com "This account can't be used to access Outlook.com " error

"This account can't be used to access Outlook.com

You're currently signed in with an Office 365 email account, which can't be used with Outlook.com. Please click here to sign out of your Office 365 account, then use another Microsoft account to sign in to Outlook.com (for example, your hotmail.com, live.com, or msn.com account). "
Most likely cause is the email address/account you're using belongs to a educational institution, work or other big institution who pays Microsoft for the services. What has happened is they've switched your account from Outlook to a Office365 account, possibly without telling you.

Microsoft has stupidly put the above error message which isn't immediately obvious what to do.


  1. Go to http://login.microsoftonline.com
  2. Login
  3. That's it
And no Microsoft can't put this URL in the error message above because it would make it too user friendly and easy to use/fix. It's more fun searching Google for a forum or blog like this right? .... 

An attempt to login to the mailbox via www.office365.com will result in a circle of purchase this and purchase that advertising instead.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

sudo: command not found

A possible reason for seeing the "sudo: command not found" error is that your admin hasn't given you sudo access or haven't applied them correctly for you to use sudo.

A work around could be to use this full path


How do I switch Excel from rows to columns or columns and rows? (Transpose)

1. Copy all the cells you wanted to switch/invert in Excel and copy them
2. Instead of pasting them, use the Paste Special button and select "Transpose" into the cells you want them in.

This might not be the most effective solution to do what you may be specifically wanting to do but please do give the Transpose feature a go and try to save some time.

You may also need to fiddle around with the space and cells in which you're copying or pasting to and from.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Outlook Loses Ability to drag and drop

Hit Esc key a few times and now try again.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Thunderbird: the current operation on "inbox" did not succeed. The mail server for account XXXX responded: [TRYCREATE] The requested item could not be found.

Thunderbird error:

The current operation on "inbox" did not succeed. The mail server for account XXXX responded: [TRYCREATE] The requested item could not be found.

Just tonight I've been having Sync issues with Thunderbird. This hasn't happened before but lately I have been using my mail on my mobile and webmail as well as Thunderbird and I have noticed unlike Gmail my Microsoft account seems to sync much slower between Thunderbird and Webmail than Gmail does.

Anyhow, restarting Thunderbird didn't seem to help and using my webmail was the only temporary solution I was able to find. Mail on the mobile seems to sync correctly.

Know of a solution? post it here so we can dot point a solution for future readers. Thanks!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Align/snap shapes to grid in Powerpoint

Drawing a simple flowchart in Powerpoint became frustrating when the flows/arrows were not straight and a snap to grid didn't work. Resulting in an angled and wonky flowchart.

Using the snap to grid feature didn't seem to help, even when adjusting the grid to be larger/smaller.

Tip: Holding down CTRL when using the arrows allows you to make smaller steps which helps align the arrows and shapes a bit more precisely when using a mouse is too tricky.

Have a solution too? why not share below in the comments.