Monthly Archives: December 2011

Outlook integrated CRM free for single-person use

Yesterday we have released new version of our CRM system eWay-CRM free for single-person use. You can obtain it on our download page.
eWay-CRM is CRM system fully integrated into Microsoft Outlook 2003, 2007 and 2010. It works even with 64bit Office systems. All in one installation package!
You can see some basics of work with eWay-CRM in introduction video on youtube. We are planning to publish more learning videos in a few months.

Free version has some small limitations, but you can use it even for commercial use. If you want eWay-CRM for a company to be able to synchronize data between employees you have to purchase the system. Check out full price list for detail information.

Connecting to Microsoft Exchange from Linux

In our company we are all using Microsoft technologies. Working on Windows eight hours a day makes me a little sick, so when I work on PC at home I usually switch to Linux. But from time to time I need to access my work mail. We can use Outlook Web Access (OWA), but I don’t like the interface much.

I was looking for some alternative in Linux. The first I found is that Evolution has some package called evolution-mapi, but I was not able to make it work. It was probably caused by having old version of Evolution.

So I searched further and found a great tool called DavMail. It’s basically a gateway to OWA written in Java. It provides POP3, IMAP, SMTP and LDAP access to your Exchange. You can install it on your client computer and access it only from localhost, so there won’t be any security risks.

Object code signing with StartSSL

I have used code signing to sign our .NET assemblies, but you should be able to use the same steps to sign any dll, exe, cab or msi files.
Before you can start signing you need those prerequisites:

  1. The actual certificate downloaded from StartSSL.
  2. OpenSSL binaries for Windows.
  3. SignTool which is part of Windows SDK.

After you have your object code certificate request approved you can download it from Tool Box > Retrieve Certificate section in you StartSSL account page. Copy the contents in textbox and save it into some file for example cert.pem.
Now we have to convert the certificate into some format which is readable by SignTool. To do this you need file with private key (key.pem) which was used for certificate request.

openssl.exe pkcs12 -export -out cert.pfx -inkey key.pem -in cert.pem

You will have to provide pass phrase used when key.pem has been created and define password for pfx file, which will be used for signing. As soon as pfx file is created you can sign your first assembly.

signtool sign /d "PRODUCT_NAME" /du "PRODUCT_URL" /f cert.pfx /p "PFX_PASSWORD" /t "" /v "FILE_TO_SIGN"