How to open your existing OneNote Notebooks on Windows Phone 7

It wasn’t until the fourth day with my Windows Phone that I was ready to try to open an existing notebook residing on Skydrive; and it was the first time that I had to go outside the phone to figure something out.  Thanks to a blog by, it didn’t take long to get the job done.   Here’s a quick reference of what I found:
Quick Reference: Sync a OneNote Notebook from to your Windows Phone
    On the Phone:

  1. Start > pan right > Settings > Applications > Internet Explorer > Website preference > select Mobile version.
  2. Start > pan right > Internet Explorer > > Menu > Office (or just go to
  3. Tap My Documents > tap the notebook > tap the icon of the OneNote Notebook you want to sync to your phone.
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Participate In and Preserve the 23rd U.S. Federal Census: 1-April-2010

I have a special appreciation for this census as it marks the 23rd census to record eight generations of consanguineous Powells, from my granddaughter to her 5th great grandfather. We are fortunate in the U.S. to have this census record because it has the added benefit to aid in the research of family history. So participate, and encourage others to participate, because, besides being required by law, it may be a legacy to your descendents and cousins.

This is my granddaughter’s first census. Because they hold the census detail for 72 years, she won’t get to see herself listed in the 2010 census census until 2082. It’s conceivable that my granddaughter could view her detail of the 2020 census in 2092, or maybe even the 2030 census in 2102. My mother, born 1916, saw herself listed in two censuses — the 1920 and 1930.

In the First U.S. Federal Census, 1790,  we find Richard Powell, born about 1755, in Union County, South Carolina.  He has a wife, daughters, and sons, one of which is 3 year-old Benjamin Powell, born 1787. 


In the Second Census, 1800, we find Richard Powell again in Union, South Carolina.  He has a wife, daughters, and sons, including the teenaged Benjamin Powell.


In the Third Census, 1810, we find that Richard has passed away and his wife, Sally, is now the head of household. Daughters and sons remain on the farm, including Benjamin Powell, 23.


In the Fourth Census, 1820, we find Benjamin Powell, about 33, in Union, South Carolina, as head of household with wife Catherine, his mother Sally, and five young children.


In the Fifth Census, 1830, we find Benjamin Powell, together with several of his neighbors seen in the previous four censuses, have moved as early settlers to Lawrence County, Tennessee, about 1825.  He is in Lawrence, Tennessee with six young children.


In the Sixth Census, 1840, we find Benjamin Powell, about 53, in Lawrence, Tennessee with wife Catherine and four children, the youngest of which is 6 year old Jacob Marion Powell, born 1834.


In the Seventh Census, 1850, we find Benjamin Powell, 64, in Lawrence, Tennessee with wife Catherine and the two youngest children, including Jacob Marion Powell.  This is the first census where names are listed along with additional detail, a portion of which is shown here.


In the Eighth Census, 1860, we find Jacob Marion Powell, 24, in Lawrence, Tennessee in his own household with wife Mary Ann Elizabeth Pullen and three young children.


In the Ninth Census, 1870, we find Jacob Marion Powell, 35, in Lawrence, Tennessee, widower, with nine children.


In the Tenth Census, 1880, we find Jacob Marion Powell, 46, with wife Eliza Caroline Day and eight children now in the household, one of which is 5 year-old Guy Herion Powell, born 1875.  This is the first census where relationship to the head of household is recorded.


The Eleventh Census, 1890, was destroyed by a fire at the Commerce Department in Washington, DC on 10 January 1921. The tragic loss of the 1890 census is a reminder to all generations of the importance of participating in and preserving the record.

In the Twelfth Census, 1900, we find Guy Herion Powell, 24, born Dec 1875,  in the household of his half-brother, William M Powell.


In the Thirteenth Census, 1910, we find Guy Herion Powell, 34, in Lawrence, Tennessee, with his wife Olivia Zillie McMasters and five children.


In the Fourteenth Census, 1920, we find Guy Herion Powell, 44, in Lawrence, Tennessee, with wife Zillie and nine children, including 6 year-old Charles Theo Powell, born 1913.


In the Fifteenth Census, 1930, we find Guy Herion Powell in Lawrence, Tennessee with wife Zillie and seven children, including teenager Charles Theo Powell.  However, about 1923, Guy moved his family to Caddo County, Oklahoma for a short while.  One of Guy’s sons remained in Oklahoma when the family moved back to Lawrence, Tennessee.  But the depression era had begun at this Fifteenth Census, and 17 year-old Charles Theo Powell, is looking back toward Oklahoma where his brother is established.


In the Sixteenth Census, 1940, to be released in 2012, we should find Charles Theo Powell with wife Thelma Theda Venable in Anadarko, Caddo, Oklahoma or Elk City, Beckham, Oklahoma.

In the Seventeenth Census, 1950, available about 2022, we should find Charles Theo Powell with wife Thelma and two daughters in Carnegie, Caddo, Oklahoma.

In the Eighteenth Census, 1960, available about 2032, we should find Charles Theo Powell with wife Thelma and a daughter and a son that would be me, Charles Emmitt Powell, born 1953, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma.

In the Nineteenth Census, 1970, available about 2042, we should find Charles Theo Powell with wife and son, Charles Emmitt Powell in Oklahoma City.

In the Twentieth Census, 1980, available about 2052, we should find Charles Emmitt Powell, with wife and son Powell, born 1979, in Oklahoma City. 

In the Twenty-first Census, 1990, available about 2062, we should find Charles Emmitt Powell with wife and a son and a daughter in Dallas County, Texas.

In the Twenty-second Census, 2000, available about 2072, we should find my son Powell in Stillwater, Payne, Oklahoma.

In this, the Twenty-third Census, 2010, available about 2082, we should find my son Powell with his wife and my grand-daughter Powell, born 2008, in Collin County, Texas.  2010 then, marks the twenty-third census, 220 years after the first in 1790.

The census record gives a sense of continuity in place and time and history.  2010 is here. I hope you get to participate and preserve.



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Kanye, Red-headed Elinor Burkett: Shock and describing it

As we dealt with it all, we turned Kanye into an eponym.

Ben Zimmer eloquently explains the technical turns and terms in his blog at the Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus.

As a verb, Kanye has typically been used in the passive.

But Burkett was so brutal, Kanye’d is now understandably used in the active voice to describe her, uh, behavior. 

There are many interesting points in Zimmer’s blog:

"Kanye": Rebirth of an Eponym : Word Routes : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus

Willadean loves her new word, eponym.

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Moving on from XP

For my friends talking about buying a computer to replace an Windows XP computer, these are a few moving-on things you can do now, on XP, to help you configure your order for your Windows 7 machine.

Before you buy a new machine, try Microsoft Security Essentials, now, on your XP machine.  Uninstall your current anti-viru$ program and use Microsoft Security Essentials instead.  That will give you the confidence to resist sales pressure to buy anti-viru$ programs when you configure the order for your new machine.  If possible, try to order the machine without the trial software to avoid those scary messages about not being protected.  When you get your new machine, download and install, day 1,  Microsoft Security Essentials.

If you’ve been waiting on Office 2010 before buying your new machine, you have more options as of this week’s announcement.  You can go ahead and buy your new machine now with Office 2007 and upgrade it to 2010 for free when it is released June 2010.  Or, get office 2007 now on your XP machine and order the new computer without Office, then download it to your new machine in June 2010.  Learn how on the blog Microsoft Office 2010 Engineering : Get Office for Today or Tomorrow.

If you’re still using Outlook Express, then by all means get familiar with Windows Live Essentials at  Start now, for sure, by downloading Live Mail as it replaces Outlook Express, and Photo Gallery because that’s what you be using on Windows 7.  After you buy your new Windows 7 machine, come back to and download again, Mail and Photo Gallery, plus all the other free programs of your choice.   Moving on from XP means “Windows 7 Plus Windows Live Essentials.”

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Oklahoma City Hippopotamus For Christmas

Gayla Peevy [I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas]  gave a delightful interview on 103.7 FM in Dallas this morning. 

Gayla shared a story similar to this found at :

Here’s an interesting fact about the popular Christmas hippopotamus song – in 1953 a ten-year-old girl from Oklahoma, Gayla Peevey sang the song as a way to raise money for the Oklahoma City Zoo’s first hippopotamus. It became a nationwide hit after that, although John Rox wrote the song "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" in 1950! The song was not written specifically for the Oklahoma zoo, its just that when they needed the hippo the song came out so the Christmas hippopotamus song just fitted in.

Thank you, Gayla, for providing my childhood hippopotamus at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas Lyrics

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Microsoft Office 2010 Engineering : Minimizing the Ribbon: Exposed

The MS Office development group “exposes”  something that is not-so-obvious about the ribbon – something that might endear the ribbon to me:

Minimizing the Ribbon is great when I know I won’t be making many changes to the document and just want to focus on the content that’s already there. It’s helpful when I’m looking at a spreadsheet with lots of data to absorb, reading a very long document, or working on a laptop with a small screen size.

Those are all good examples where I’ve wished the ribbon to disappear.

Ways to Minimize (and Maximize) the ribbon:

  • CTRL + F1.
  • double-click the current tab
  • Right-click anywhere on the ribbon > check “Minimize the ribbon”
  • In Office 2010, there is a new ribbon button on the far right next to the help button.

Once minimized, to temporarily show the ribbon, just click the current tab.

So an example in MS-Word Print Layout (View > Print Layout) is to get rid of the clutter to concentrate on content:

  • Minimize the ribbon as shown above.
  • Hide margin white space: Hover between the pages  > double-click the icon that appears.
  • Maximize the window: Double-click the title bar of the window.

Microsoft Office 2010 Engineering : Minimizing the Ribbon: Exposed

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Strong Passwords; Unlocked Doors

Do you leave your doors unlocked?  Do you lay your wallet on the restaurant table?  … carry your social security card with you?  If not,  you might be interested in this little utility to help you create passwords. 

You’ve probably been admonished “Use strong passwords” but you wondered how.  Or even if you’ve been told how, the method is hard to remember. 

Some finer web sites provide help now, but if not, you can use the “Password Checker” to help protect yourself the next time you have to change a password.

Strong Passwords | Microsoft Security

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