Tip o’ the Week 458 – Grabbing pictures from websites

There are plenty of reasons why you might want to get the URL of a picture that is embedded on a web page, and some of them don’t even risk breaching the copyright of the image’s owner or page author! Legitimate examples might include things like downloading a company logo from its website so you…

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Tip o’ the Week 457 – Clipboard improvements

Windows 10’s latest update – the October 2018 Update – has now started rolling out again, after a series of issues reported by some users about data going missing. Here’s how to get it if you don’t have it already and don’t want to wait until it trundles along via Windows Update.  One of the…

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Tip o’ the Week 456 – Alexa on PC

There’s no doubt that Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant has been hugely successful – and Black Friday will likely have a load more offers to tempt users. Despite Windows 10 closing in on being the most-used OS around, other commentators predict that in future more people will interact with a digital assistant than use a traditional…

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Tip o’ the Week 455 – Pin your PMAs

Progressive Web Apps were covered some months ago in ToW 426, and are seen by many as the next generation of mobile apps. They provide a handy way of meeting the needs of a website suitable for mobile browsers as well as a way of delivering an app-like experience to multiple devices of varying sizes,…

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Tip o’ the Week 454 – Time Zone Tumult Ahead

You may be affected by upcoming changes to time zones, as much of the northern hemisphere moves out of Daylight Saving Time and back to winter, which for is happening over the next couple of weeks. Many Southern Hemisphere nations have already moved into “summer time”, though a few will make the transition on 4th…

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Tip o’ the Week 449 – Snipping Tool gets the snip

As mentioned in ToW #447, there are some tweaks coming in the Windows 10 October 2018 update, which might be with us sooner than you think. The old Snipping Tool (not to be confused with the similar screen snipping utility that’s installed if you have OneNote 2016, activated by pressing WindowsKey+S) is going away, and…

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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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