Archive for February 28th, 2008

Ever wonder what an Embassy caution message looks like?

As a US citizen abroad, I get messages from the U.S. Embassy every once in awhile.  I thought for the Americans that are still living in the USA, they might find it interesting to see an example of a “caution” message that is sent out:

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Security Message from the United States Embassy

February 28, 2008

The United States Embassy in Singapore wishes to call to your attention the recent escape from detention in Singapore of known terrorist Mas Selamat Kastari. The Embassy notes that this escape has been widely reported in the media. The Embassy has no information concerning any specific threat to Americans or American interests in Singapore, but does remind Americans that the Department of State issued a Worldwide Caution on January 17, 2008 describing the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against Americans and interests throughout the world. American citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. Local authorities advise anyone who has information concerning Kastari’s whereabouts should call 999 in Singapore.

The full text of the World Wide Caution can be found at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_1161.html# . U.S. citizens living or traveling in Singapore are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s travel registration website at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Public Announcements, and Travel Warnings can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S., or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-317-472-2328. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Embassy in Singapore is located at 27 Napier Road, tel. (65)6476-9100. For after-hours emergencies, please call (65) 6476-9100 and listen to the instructions to reach a duty officer.

American Citizen Services
American Embassy Singapore
27 Napier Road
Singapore 258508
Tel: (65) 6476-9100
Fax: (65) 6476-9232
SingaporeACS@state.gov
http://singapore.usembassy.gov

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Re-synchronize Outlook with Exchange calendar

I checked my calendar in Outlook this morning and saw, to my horror, that my meetings and appointments were not showing up on my main work machine. The calendar appointments were still on my Exchange server as I could see them via Outlook Web Access, and I was also able to see it in the Entourage calendar on my iMac.  I was perplexed why the appointments weren’t showing up in Outlook.

Also worrying was whether this meant a lot of my other calendar appointments were out of sync – could I trust the calendar on that machine anymore?  Instead of trying to figure out what happened and how it got out of sync, I decided to just wipe out the calendar and have it resynchronize with Exchange.

The link below provided quick steps for how to do that:
Resynchronize Outlook with Exchange

I don’t know why the calendar appointments disappeared in Outlook on that machine.  I have a feeling it is related to syncing the Entourage calendar with iCal… there have been reports of losing contacts and calendar appointments when sync’ing on the Mac (but those have also involved sync’ing with .Mac, iPhone, and iCal all together…)