Tip o’ the Week 448 – Sometimes, size does matter

Once upon a time, users had to deal with email quotas that meant they often had to shuffle messages around to stay within their allowed size limit, or else get limited functionality. The Outlook Thread Compressor tool* was written to help reduce the size of a user’s mailbox, and for a while, had thousands of…

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Tip o’ the Week 447 – October is usually boring

October is – in the northern hemisphere at least – a generally pretty unexciting month. The early blaze of autumnal foliage settles into a muted rusty colour before falling away; everyone’s used up their vacation allowance so the roads are clogged with traffic just as the weather starts to worsen and the mornings and evenings…

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Tip o’ the Week 446 – What’s brown and sticky?

Q: What *is* brown and sticky? A: A stick… Q: What’s yellow and sticky?A: One of the most successful product design failures in history. Yes, the Post-It note (which has gone on to spawn many imitators, sometimes known as just “stickies” or “sticky notes”) was essentially invented by accident almost 50 years ago, by a…

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Tip o’ the Week 445 – Finding Modern App names

As detailed in ToW #443, there are ways of running Modern Windows apps from a script, command line or maybe just from the WindowsKey+R Run prompt – so you don’t need to use the mouse or your finger to activate them. If you’re looking for the shortcut name for your favourite app, there’s a somewhat…

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Tip o’ the Week 444 – Computer! Computer!? Hello Computer?!?

Remember the time when talking to a computer seemed like science fiction? If you’re an Amazon Echo or Sonos One* user, you’ll already be familiar with barking orders at an inanimate object. If you’re tired of shouting ALEXA… ALEXA!!!, then you can even change the “Wake Word” on the Amazon devices – but not yet…

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Tip o’ the Week 443 – Starting modern apps

Power Users often like to start applications quickly, without recourse to grubbing around with a mouse or a trackpad. Super Users might even want to write scripts that automate all sorts of things that mere mortals with less time on their hands are happy to do manually. Regardless of your penchant for automation, here are…

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Tip o’ the Week 442 – Whose phone? Your phone…

Back at the May 2018 Build conference, an app for Windows was previewed, which would allow you to manage content from your phone, on your PC – “Your Phone”. If you’re an Android user, and a Windows Insider, then you can get a preview version of the Your Phone app for the PC; after starting…

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Tip o’ the Week 441 – OneNote updates again

As everyone knows… Tips talking about OneNote include coverage of the Modern App version, on ToW’s #320, #386, #427 among others. The tl;dr version is that OneNote 2016 = great desktop app, OneNote metro/store/modern/whatev = not so functional but simpler and getting better, with a consistent UI across Windows, Mac, mobile & web. The OneNote…

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Tip o’ the Week 440 – Break out the whiteboard

Teachers of any tenure will probably have used a blackboard, with the dusty chalk and the other paraphernalia that goes with it, and be thankful that whiteboards came along to make things easier. Many companies will have whiteboards in meeting rooms too, and most will have the good sense to never allow permanent marker pens…

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Tip o’ the Week 439 – Go! Go! Go!

The legendary Merry Talker made a big thing about his “Go” (quite apart from his Colemanballs). Public Service Broadcasting celebrated the iconic Gene Kranz (nearly 49 years ago) calling round all the flight controllers to get them to agree whether the Eagle should “Stay” or “Go”. And, of course, there’s an ancient board game. But…

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