Tip o’ the Week has a new home

I’m moving the tip o’ the week archive and this location will no longer be updated, and will eventually disappear. To keep following the weekly missives* please head to https://tipoweek.azurewebsites.net/ I may decide to buy a domain to hide the azurewebsites bit but that would involve spending money. thanks for your readership past & present,…

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Tip o’ the Week 471 – Buying stuff at auction

As the web turns 30 and its role in the End Of the World As We Know It starts to become more clear, it’s worth reflecting on how the technology has disrupted more traditional businesses, sometimes ironically turning them on their head before turning into them. One literally dusty and old-school business that is reinventing…

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Tip o’ the Week 470 – Chrome Activities on Time

As many of now know, the Edge browser in Windows 10 is going to change. In short, the browser application will be rewired to use the open-source Chromium rendering engine, meaning that Edge will be every bit as compatible as Chrome is in displaying web pages and apps. It doesn’t mean that Edge will look…

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Tip o’ the Week 469 – To-Do Files and Accounts

ToW has featured Wunderlist and To-Do on a number of occasions; it’s good to see new functionality being added to the To-Do app & service, and the hits just keep on coming. If you haven’t tried it out yet, get To-Do from the Store, or just play with it online. Install it on your phone,…

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Tip o’ the Week 468 – Get Office, My Office, Office app appears

For a while now, new PCs have been installed with an app that “encouraged” users to install and use Office. Even users with Office already installed sometimes complained that Get Office was nagging them to, er, Get Office. Get Office became “My Office”, which was a lot more useful in the sense that it was…

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Tip o’ the Week 467 – Gardyloo, It’s the News!

Edinburghers will know of the term, “Gardyloo” – perhaps a corruption of a French warning that “water” was about to need avoiding, like dodging the gutters in Blackadder. As well as regarding the loos, it’s in everyone’s interest to make sure your source of news is clean and fresh. Not fake. A startup called NewsGuard…

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Tip o’ the Week 466 – Mobile Teams Tips

Teams is more than just a replacement for Skype for Business on your PC, it’s also a consummate mobile app that functionally eclipses its predecessor in many ways, and even its desktop sibling in some. If you haven’t installed the Teams mobile app on your phone, go and get it (and other Office apps) for…

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Tip o’ the Week 465 – Cortana, remind me To-Do sync

The ongoing post-Wunderlist improvements to To-Do, continue apace. The app has been updated again recently, to include a bunch of additional functionality, like Cortana integration. In fact, the Store listing name for To-Do is now appended with some additional context of what it can now do, at least if your language is English and you’re…

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Tip o’ the Week 464 – Previewing PDFs

If you spend time handling files in Windows Explorer (or File Explorer, as its now called), you’ll likely be familiar with the various options for tweaking the views that you’re presented with. If dealing with photos, particularly, it’s great to show extra-large icons and switch on the Details pane, which will give you additional stats…

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Tip o’ the Week 463 – Photographs, eh (he asked him knowingly)?

Nudge Nudge! We’ve all taken photographs and wanted to manipulate them with better tools or on a better screen than presented by our smartphones, haven’t we? Pros might use Photoshop (and some less than Pro too), but for the mere mortals among us, the Photos app for Windows 10 can do a lot of the…

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