Tip o’ the Week 392 – distract with GIFs

We’re all used to file formats being associated with programs and the data they work with. Some, like .TXT, have been around for so long and are so cross-platform, they transcend association with any one application, whereas .PPT will always be PowerPoint – though that app has gained notoriety in such phrases as “Death by…

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Tip o’ the Week #198 – 22 minute meetings

Hot on the heels of last week’s “How 2 rite English proper” tip, and the previous extensive Outlook appointment duration code-a-thon, here comes a simple yet entertainingly effective idea to think about whilst you’re digesting all the over-indulgence of the Christmas period (Merry Christmas, by the way) – if you need to meet in person,…

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Tip o’ the Week #197 – When to use apostrophe’s

Grammar and punctuation fundamentalists (the Basterds!) will almost certainly have read Lynn Truss’ (or should that be Truss’s… discuss…) seminal book on why punctuation is so important. The title highlights the difference adding simple punctuation makes to a term said of a Giant Panda, that it “eats shoots & leaves”. Add a comma after the…

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Tip o’ the Week #187 – A Route for old times

Once upon a time, a company called NextBase wrote some software to help people plan routes across the road network, using a computer. It was expensive in the day (£130 in 1988 works out about £300 in today’s money), but if your job was to schedule travelling reps or delivery drivers, then time was money….

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Tip o’ the Week #120 – The colour of time

This week’s tip is a lovely little Windows app, recommended by Ceri Morris. It’s a little like the sunrise alarm clocks which start your day by gently lighting the room, or the sleep alarms which gradually fade out the radio instead of a sudden silence in place of music. This free application, called f.lux, changes…

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Tip o’ the Week #105 – Productivity? Learn to type!

Thinking about general productivity often leads one down the path of some methodology to get things done, or some great tools to try and silence the background noise. I’ve certainly featured plenty of both as Tips o’ the Week, but one thing we’ve never covered is simply making correct use of the keys in front…

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Snipping tool for OneNote users

Following on somewhat from my off-topic Walking in the Country post, I thought I’d recount one useful tip that helps in grabbing the maps (or any other screen content, for that matter . at least anything that isn’t rights-protected). If you have OneNote installed, press WindowsKey+S to initiate a snapshot, just like the Windows Snipping…

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Going for a walk in the country

I know it’s been a bit quiet in recent weeks here, but I figured I could chip in the now traditional New Year random post, which might of interest outside of the working day. Here’s last year’s post on how to wash you car. During the Christmas and New Year holidays, I’ve been doing a…

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Ferrari powered by Sharepoint

I noticed that the Sharepoint case study for Ferrari today, posted at the end of July – link here. The case study includes a cool video hosted in a nice Silverlight player – looks really slick and well worth a look, especially if you’re one of the Tifosi or just  like Ferrari road cars. On…

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The Emperor’s New Clothes

Firstly, apologies for the silence in recent weeks – it’s been a busy time and, well, y’know. Once you’re a week or two behind blog posting, you might as well be a month or two behind… Anyway. Lots has happened IT-wise in the last few months. Windows 7 press seems to be going well (shock,…

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