The Electric Wand

Thoughts of a technology enthusiast.

November, 2011

  • Tip o’ the Week #76 – Have you got the Lync effect?

    If you’re lucky enough to be using the Microsoft Lync IM & communications platform, it’s worth sharing a few tips on making the Lync client software a little more useful and productive. Let’s kick off with some shortcut keys you might like to try...
  • Tip o’ the Week #74 – The Age of the Train

    Now then, now then… Remember the old 1980’s Jimmy Savill advert for British Rail? RIP, Jingle Jangle Jim. Well, it  seem that National Rail Enquiries adopted the Age of IE9 to deliver one of their latest consumer-facing web applications. Head over...
  • Tip o’ the Week #73 – Using Bing Maps in London

    Here’s a quick but useful tip for Bing Maps (did you know, by the way, that you can jump straight to the maps by entering www.bingmaps.com as the URL? Or if you’ve super-efficient, just type bingmaps into the address bar on IE, and press CTRL...
  • Tip o’ the Week #71 - Formatting tips for Office apps

    In various Office applications, pressing the F4 key will repeat the last command (if possible). Examples could be applying formatting to document elements (like turning text in Word into a header, or the borders of a table), where you could do it once...
  • Tip o’ the Week #93 – Ring the changes with Mango

    Windows Phone 7.5 – aka Mango – is here ! ( Find out what’s new ). I’m publishing this tip out of sequence as I think it is relatively topical and rather than wait until the end of January 2012 – when it would be scheduled to go – I figured it would be...
  • Tip o’ the Week #94 – Have you been Mango'd?

    This is another out-of-sequence-because-it’s-topical Tip… normal service will resume soon… I’m glad so many people enjoyed last week’s tip on getting Windows Phone “Mango” and making your own ringtones for it. Yes, ringtone creation is something of a...