Tip o’ the Week 412 – I Stream a Stream

Not to be confused with iStream, a manufacturing process dreamed up by legendary car and Formula 1 tech guru, Gordon Murray (and who also basically invented the pit stop as we know it… if you’re interested, watch this film… it’s fascinating, really). No, this stream is about Microsoft Stream, a video service first unveiled about…

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Tip o’ the Week 411 – Rip it up and start again

Despite the continuing rise in popularity of vinyl, the consumption of media-based audio and video has fallen off over recent years. Youngsters will have no memory of recorded media before long, if not already… A colleague decided to re-record all his CDs when moving to a new house (and on buying a new audio system…

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Tip o’ the Week 410 – Inbox Zero for New Year?

ToW has covered various strategies in dealing with email (189, 223, 310 and more), but this week’s tip is shamelessly lifted from a LinkedIn article by an erstwhile colleague and media industry leviathan, Tony Henderson. Tony, it turns out, authored a book a few years back which offered a slightly different-than-the-norm spin on productivity and…

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Tip o’ the Week 409 – Touchpad settings

Once upon a time, mice had balls, and there was even a joke field service bulletin telling customers how to manage them better. Microsoft has had a few funny KB articles over the years, too, though not necessarily intended to amuse. Barney sometimes plays on his own…, for example – who knew? Given that a…

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Tip o’ the Week 408 – sign up for email lists

The curse of email is that it’s too easy to send nonspecific content to large groups, meaning it’s generally in everyone’s interests to avoid getting any more. How often do you have to parse some online form where you need to leave the checked checkbox unchecked if you’d like to remain not signed up to…

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Tip o’ the Week 407 – e-books in Edge

Books have been an emotive subject for centuries; they further and represent knowledge, belief, culture and a whole lot more. Doing things to books has an impact, too – whether it’s the dramatic (like tomecide, the symbolic burning of books) or just the annoying (ever leant someone a book, then seen how they folded back…

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Tip o’ the Week 405 – Bye Bye, Bird’s Eye

The Bird’s Eye view is/was one of the nicest bits in Bing Maps (get there quickly, at www.bingmaps.com – did you know you can type simply bingmaps in the address bar of Edge or Chrome, and press CTRL-ENTER to add the www and .com bits?). The Eagle-eyed amongst you may have spotted that some changes…

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Tip o’ the Week 406 – A path! A path!

One issue that’s plagued the user experience of computer application design, is the traditional need to force the end user to understand the file system of their machine. In a nutshell, the hierarchy that operating system designers decided was a necessary way of storing or at least referencing files (and it is generally a Good…

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Tip o’ the Week 404 – [%subject%] not found %&

This CONTENT can’t be reached Tip o’ the week’s author could not be found. Did you mean http://www.typoweek.com/? Search bing for tipoweek ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED Just kidding! Time to celebrate the error page most people probably see the most, or at least that’s what you might think. In truth, some years back admittedly, Google suggested than 500…

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Tip o’ the Week 403 – Office Insiders and training

The Windows Insiders program is well known as an early-access scheme for Windows, with millions of users trialling out new versions regularly and getting new functionality ahead of general release. A new “fast ring” version of Windows 10 came out just the other day, in fact. Did you know that Office has a similar programme?…

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