Tip o’ the Week 365 – Throttling applications’ network perf

If you ever wonder why your home network is apparently bogging down, the blame may not be just down to your broadband provider. As we increasingly use multiple devices on the home network, any one of them may be causing issues for all the others. If you’re using an ADSL connection, the Asymmetric nature means…

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Tip o’ the Week #294 – OneDrive sharing & syncing

OneDrive – the consumer-oriented file-sharing service, www.onedrive.com – has added a nice new feature which replicates functionality that used to be possible with other Microsoft file syncing technologies in days gone by, and is a key part of other services like DropBox. It’s been possible to share folders with people for a long time on…

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Tip o’ the Week #284 – Music on OneDrive

Did you know you can now put music on your OneDrive, and stream it to the Xbox music app on your phone, your PC, the web or even your Xbox Console? You don’t need an Xbox Music Pass to do it, either – though in time, you may find that having both XMP and music…

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Tip o’ the Week #276 – Reduce massive PowerPoint files

Windows Explorer has a search function which can filter found files, based on some attribute or other – so you return files that are only of a particular type or age, or maybe of a specific size. The problem is, the understanding of what is a big file has changed over the years. In the…

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Tip o’ the Week #269 – Clip to OneNote, once more

Time moves on. Things that are news soon turn into things in history: 20 years ago, Microsoft Bob came into the world. Bob was ahead of its time in some ways, foretelling some UI principles and ideas that later became more refined. It also indirectly gave us Comic Sans, too (though the font never shipped…

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Tip o’ the Week #267 – Synchronising Outlook Signatures again

Hot on the heels of last week’s missive about how to snaffle more storage space, once again we turn to OneDrive to solve a problem. First, let’s journey back in time to recall some previous tools. Once, there was a peer-2-peer (P2P) file sychronisation product called FolderShare which was acquired by Microsoft nearly a decade…

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Tip o’ the Week #266 – OneDrive – getting more storage

OneDrive has been quietly expanding its functionality over the last while, increasingly echoing the UI of Office365 (with the numerous apps shown as tiles on the upper left of the screen). As well as offering a tier of free storage (recently upped to 15Gb), it’s possible to buy additional space for your stuff – from…

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Tip o' the Week #260 – Scan cards to OneNote

Business cards are still a big part of business culture – even if many of us primarily communicate via email, the ceremony of handing over a little card with your name on it, at the start of a face-to-face meeting, is still quite important. Some countries, such as Japan, have very particular etiquette rules surrounding…

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Tip o' the Week #249 – Sync your Desktop

This week’s tip comes as a direct result of a conversation had over a glass of wine and a plate of food, with Content & Code’s supremo, Tim Wallis. Most of us who’ve been using PCs for years will have picked up or held onto habits that are probably not ideal, at least not as…

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Tip o’ the Week #225 – Surveys R Us

Have you noticed an increase in online surveys asking if you have a few minutes to complete them, when you visit web sites? Do you duck & dive when walking along the street and are confronted by a just-a-little-too-friendly student in high-vis and brandishing a clipboard? Surveys are undoubtedly useful to the people collecting the…

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