Tip o’ the Week #172 – Dreaming of Apps

Clearly, the most obvious difference in Windows 8 compared to other operating systems (from inferior *NIX based desktops to fancy fondleslabs) is the Start Screen – the colourful, dynamic  and interactive tile-based view of apps available to you with just a click, touch or swipe. It’s also the most controversial aspect of the OS, with…


Tip o’ the Week #168 – Loving some Windows Phone 8 tips

At a recent “Love It” internal event hosted in Microsoft UK’s Reading campus, a whole series of tips and tricks were shared amongst other Microsofties. Did you know, for example, that with an application called ZipApp (www.zipapp.co.uk – check it out), you can build a Windows 8 app in a few minutes without writing any…


Tip o’ the Week #164 – Work Anywhere with Windows 8

Recruiter Nick Papé recommended this week’s topic. Escalation Engineer with spare time on his hands Ben Phillips wrote a cracking Windows 8 app to inspire Nick, and UC overlord Steve Tassell had this to say about it: “The app is another step in the consortium providing practical advice and guidance which our growing community so…


Tip o’ the Week #167 – Flash! Ah-Aaah!

Some big news for Windows 8 IE10 users this week (especially those using “Immersive IE”, aka modern/Metro IE): the way the browser handles Flash websites has changed. More details, here. In a nutshell, the Flash player which is built into IE10 has changed its default from not allowing Flash sites unless specifically allowed, to allowing…


Tip o’ the Week #152 – Zoom, Zoom!

If you ever see someone make a presentation or give a demonstration, who says “you can’t see this, but…” or “this is an eye test, but…” then you have to ask, well why are you showing it (or trying to)? Better still, throw things at them and make a jolly good scene. If you’re presenting,…


Tip o’ the Week #151 – dates, leaks, sides

First, an update on last week’s ToW. Both Daryl Gywn & Will Thompson pointed out a quicker way of displaying the date & time (past intern-ship in the STU must have developed a keen sense of observation that other roles don’t develop) – simply display the Charms by… swiping from the right if you’re a…


Tip o’ the Week #150 – It’s a date!

Some tweaks and tips are basically not all that exciting unless you find they solve a problem you’ve had to deal with directly, maybe on a number of occasions, at which point they’ll transform to being a miraculous time saver that you’ll continue using for years to come. One such example, is the Copy As…

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Tip o’ the Week #145 – Fun with Drag ‘N Drop

Some things in computing have been around for so long, that it’s hard to envisage or remember a time before them. Take the humble mouse – Mr Scott might not recognise what it’s for, but at least until touch and gestures take over the world, we are all familiar with its basic operation. Doug Engelbart…


Tip o’ the Week #149 – Take up thy Surface and Walk!

Far out, man! The Surface, maybe more correctly described as the Microsoft Surface with Windows RT, has finally landed and, despite the odd bump in the logistics road for some, it’s flying out of (the) store(s). In the UK, the Surface 32Gb with no cover keeps selling out – the only option if you want…


Tip o’ the Week #148 – Some top Windows 8 Apps

Ring out the bells, Windows 8 is here! The UPS and DHL fairies have been (eventually) making deliveries of the first Surface with Windows RT devices to lucky folk. If you’ve been waiting for yours, at least it meant you had time to biff off to the flicks to see that film instead of staying…