The UsefulTechnology Blog

Tips and Tactics for a Better Digital Life

July, 2006

  • Known Issues in Outlook 2007 Beta 2

    Slipstick features a comprehensive article detailing the latest known issues that people encounter while testing Outlook 2007 Beta 2. The most common problems I hear about are caused by incompatible add-ins which can be disabled in the new Tools >...
  • Presentation Zen from Canada

    As if by magic, my RSS feed in Outlook 2007 brings me another interesting perspective on how to give great presentations. Garr Reynolds' blog Presentation Zen is a must-read site for anyone interested in finding new ways to make their presentations punch...
  • Presentation Tips from the Master

    My colleague Darren (he's not as effeminate as his photo would suggest) has written up a great post with some really useful tips on how to give good presentations. So many people complain about 'Death by PowerPoint', yet so few take active steps to improve...
  • Start RSSing Around

    If you still don't know your RSS from your elbow it's about time you made use of this very useful techno gizmo. Eileen Brown tells all in this blog posting from many moons ago. And life's even simpler if you're using the shiny new Internet Explorer...
  • The Mysterious World of Extend Mode in Word and Outlook

    The Extend Mode in Microsoft Word is an artefact of the early computing era before the mouse was invented (and the natural evolution of that gunky stuff that builds up on your mouse's bottom ). Few computer users make use of this feature today because...
  • My Mouse has a Dirty Bottom

    What is that stuff that keeps building up on my mouse's bottom? No matter how many times I clean it off and scrub the surrounding desk area it keeps coming back. I don't use a mouse mat because the Health & Safety Police told me it's better to use...
  • Changing Meeting Attendees' Type

    That is, without doubt, the most boring and uninspiring title that I've ever come up with for a blog entry. Sorry. I just couldn't think of a better way of describing this fairly ordinary, but still rather useful, tip. As you may know, when inviting...
  • Publishing Your Calendar for the World to See

    Earlier this week I blogged about Outlook 2007's new 'Send a Calendar via Email' feature. An even more powerful calendar feature allows you to Publish your Calendar to the Microsoft Office Online Beta* service. After you first use this feature Outlook...
  • Deciphering the Gobbledegook

    I enjoy following Matthew Stibbe 's blog at badlanguage.net . Matthew used to run a computer gaming company and now flies planes. He's also a writer. His freelance writing company handles assignments from several big companies including Microsoft. It...
  • Send a Calendar via Email in Outlook 2007

    I'm busy testing the latest dogfood version of the new 2007 Microsoft Office system. As I journey ever deeper into the new applications in the system I'm uncovering some really neat features. One of my favourites is Outlook 2007's new Send a Calendar...
  • Genial Presentations by Genii

    If, like me, you regularly find yourself on your hind legs in front of an audience wondering how to make the next 30 minutes a pleasurable experience, check out this outstanding example of public speaking from the very brilliant Sir Ken Robinson . And...
  • Chunking up your time in Outlook

    The default calendar view in the Microsoft Outlook shows the day broken up into 30 minute chunks. This make is really easy to add appointments of 30, 60, 90 etc minutes duration but don't feel constrained by this convention. For example, it's good practice...
  • More on The Best Tip Ever...

    Jonny_Day has posted a great follow-up comment to my Best Tip Ever posting in which he suggests a neat way to use Search Folders in conjunction with the Conversation View. Check it out here . That's one of the things I love about Microsoft Outlook...
  • An Autoschediastic Posting

    Education Corner: Today's word is AUTOSCHEDIASTIC. This is an adjective used to describe something that is done on the spur of the moment or improvised. Much like this blog entry.
  • Showing two Timezones in Outlook

    If you travel a lot or work internationally it's very easily to tie your brain up in knots trying to make sense of different time zones. Outlook has a useful feature that allows you to show two different time zones on your calendar so you always know...
  • The End Of The World As We Know It

    Well, not quite. But I did just stumble completely by chance on a website that tells me that today is the last day of Microsoft support for Windows 98 and (everybody's favourite) Windows Me. Windows XP SP1 will also no longer be supported after today...
  • The Joys of International Working

    If you've ever had the "pleasure" of working for an international company the size of Microsoft, this short film parody will almost certainly raise a wry, if somewhat vexatious, smile. Enjoy!
  • Go on, see if you can make it bigger

    There are some things in life that we all wish would just be that little bit bigger. Now, I can't help you in every department but I know I can satisfy your text enlargement requirements with this natty little Microsoft Word keyboard shortcut. So, make...
  • Get back, get back to where you once belonged

    Every so often a tip comes along that you really want to memorise. And The Beatles would have called this tip the 'Get Back To Where You Once Belonged" Tip. While editing a document in Microsoft Word (or while composing an email using Word as your...
  • Are you ready for Vista?

    Want to know if your PC is up to the job of running Windows Vista? Or should you start saving your spare change to ensure you have enough pennies to buy a new PC when Vista reaches general availability early next year? Head to this website where you...