The Electric Wand

Thoughts of a technology enthusiast.

February, 2012

  • Tip o' the Week #99 - Is your hard disk just "on"?

    One frustrating aspect of a modern PC is when it seems to slow down inexplicably, even when it's not obviously busy. Sometimes that could be evidenced by the hard disk light flickering a lot of the time, or in extreme cases, solidly lit up. There are...
  • Tip o' the Week #98 - OneNote calendar front-end

    Here's a doozy of a little application that provides a great front-end to OneNote 2010, from Omer Atay of the OneNote development team. In short, it's a separate app which shows a calendar view of all the OneNote pages you've written, arranged by date...
  • Tip o’ the Week #96 – Reining back Outlook’s file size

    Outlook likes to cache lots of information on your PC – which is generally beneficial. All of the email in your mailbox, for example, is already on your hard disk, so when you open a message or an attachment, it can open it quickly. This is a Good Thing...
  • Tip o’ the Week #95 – the new Windows Phone lock screen

    One of the most immediately user-friendly aspects of Windows Phone 7.5, aka Mango , is also one that is not automatically enabled… Try this out, and I bet you’ll love it. Show to your friends who’ve upgraded: they’ll love it too. Windows Phone supports...