Custom statuses, appear offline, and archiving too for Office Communicator

After coming across some hidden bits in Communicator I created a simple app to enable you get edit 4 custom statuses inside of Communicator, as well as enabling/disabling "Appear Offline" as a status, and finally turning on archiving conversations to the "Conversation History" folder in Outlook.

The custom statuses rely on downloading an XML file on startup, which has to be done over a secure connection. Basically, because I'm hosting it, it means it could disappear at anytime. Also, the settings are stored on the machine, and not tied to your user account!

The registry settings that this app writes can be overriden with active directory settings so it may not work in that particular circumstance.

Anyway! It should work, but ymmv! Download here!

(Requires .NET Framework 2.0!)


One of the most feared colors in the NT world is blue. The infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) will pop up on an NT system whenever something has gone terribly wrong. Bluescreen is a screen saver that not only authentically mimics a BSOD, but will simulate startup screens seen during a system boot.

Screensaver successfully fooled someone at work into thinking my laptop was crashing and dying.. at last! 😀

Streetview in the UK

Google StreetView has come to the UK. It’s been handy already, I finally get to see where I’ll be working next year.

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It’s had its share of privacy issues already, including a vomiting man and people walking out of “adult stores”.

You can see it in use in London, Edinburgh, Leeds, Bradford, Cambridge, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Oxford, Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby, Bristol, Coventry, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Swansea, York, Newcastle, Dundee, Southampton, Norwich and Scunthorpe.