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Why are My Emails Disappearing from Outlook when using Google Sync for Outlook?

Man, I ran into a real stumper. I had some customers that had been using Google Apps for email for quite awhile. They required Outlook instead of just using the web interface, so, inspite of the disadvantages of using it, we needed to use Google Sync for Outlook.

Everything worked great, until about 14 months into using it, a user reported that some of her emails were "missing". When I checked the web interface, the emails were still there, but they were definitely gone from Outlook.

None of the "helpful" auto-archive features were turned on in Outlook. Outlook will spin your older emails out to a separate PST file, if you let it--this makes it "easier" by putting things where they can't be searched for and you have to specifically go looking for them in a place you don't know exists...

Anyway, I tried a number of things like doing a resync in Google Sync, etc., but nothing helped.

Well, when I was making some changes because a user had left the organization, I discovered something pretty important about how Google Sync actually works...

How to use Google Analytics to Monitor Your Servers (or anything else!)

Most people in tech know that you can use Google Analytics to monitor website performance. App developers and website hackers are probably aware that you can monitor your users' use of your apps for your own custom events. However, very few people know that you can use Google Analytics to monitor your own Windows and Linux (and anything else) servers' disk space, performance, and any other metric you want!

One of the best sites I've found for monitoring uptime of my services is Up Time Robot. They do a great job monitoring access to my websites and critical services like SMTP for email and SSH or whatever you like. I can even make sure a certain phrase (like "user login") is appearing on a certain web page! But that only works for internet-facing services.

Many of my cloud service providers (like Rackspace and Amazon, and Digital Ocean) have monitoring services for my servers they are running, but that doesn't help for my client's servers behind the firewall.

After just a little fiddling around, I've come up with an easy way of monitoring key metrics on all of my servers using "Universal" Google Analytics...

I Want to Factory ROM Reset My Google IO Galaxy Tab 10.1, But Fastboot Device Isn't Recognized

I've posted another article about the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and having a problem with it locking up. I had that happen 3 times, but it always recovered.

Hopeful that the latest OTA (over the air) update would fix that issue, I set the Tab to automatically update. Within 24 hours, the tab was bricked and was stuck in a boot loop of displaying the samsung startup screen, the spinning space screen, then repeat.

I figured the best thing to do was start over. It being a tablet and me being cloud-based, there wasn't anything on the system that mattered, so I didn't do anything to try and save what was on the tab.

There are several ways to reset your tab and they are posted all over the place and easily googled.

However, I did run into a problem trying to get fastboot to communicate on my Windows 7 64-bit install. The tab would boot into download mode, but the device showed up as "fastboot", but no drivers. I tried installing the recommended Samsung USB drivers, but that didn't help. I tried several things until I found the ultimate solution...

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