The UsefulTechnology Blog

Tips and Tactics for a Better Digital Life

August, 2006

  • Understanding Outlook Icons

    This isn't a new webpage, but a question from a colleague reminded me that I really should mention this on the UsefulTechnology blog. For the definitive view of every icon in Outlook 2003 check out this page . Now, what's the betting on Blake being the...
  • Dubious words emerging from Microsoft

    What's going on? We seem to have a swathe of dubious sounding product names emerging from Microsoft just recently. There's the legendarily bad "OneCare" (careful how you say that), we've "SmartArt" in the 2007 Office system, and IE7 is now "RC1" which...
  • Smile! You're on a Speed Camera!

    I'm fascinated by the human relationship with technology and how one helps shape the other. A recent example that got me thinking came after the Thames Valley Park Security team installed a speed camera on one of the roads approaching the UK Microsoft...
  • Internet Explorer 7 RC1 - get it now

    Straight from the oven: Internet Explorer 7 (Release Candidate 1) . Get it while it's hot.
  • Webcast: Survive Information Overload

    The Microsoft Office Online team has paired up with Laura Stack, President and CEO of The Productivity Pro, to deliver a webcast at 9am Pacific Time (that's 5pm UK time) on Wednesday 23rd August. The topic: Tips to Survive Information Overload. In...
  • [FRIDAY GAG] Britain's Favourite Joke

    This was recently voted Britain's funniest joke: A woman gets on a bus, carrying her baby. As she pays her fare, the driver says 'Urghh, that's the ugliest baby I've ever seen.' The woman goes to the back of the bus, fuming with indignation, and sits...
  • You Need to Get Out More

    It's Friday. And Steve Clayton writes today about how his Out of Office message has taken on a personality all of its own. Mine has too. We all get so many "OOFs" that the very least you can do is inject a little life into your own message. In the spirit...
  • Big Moon over Walton

    That was a big moon over the North Sea the other night. And it's amazing what you can do with a point and click camera these days. Thought I'd share this calming little photo as we enter another busy working day.
  • The quickest way to search

    Alfred 's been asking what's the quickest way to search for stuff online. Putting aside the debate of which search engine you prefer, there are some really neat shortcuts you can use to reduce the time from 'query to answers'. If you use IE7 there...
  • Save the Blog: Vote Now

    Contrary to one correspondent's theory, the lack of recent postings here is not evidence of my having been seized by British Anti-Terrorist Police. I agree that the liquids I carry onto aircraft may have a dangerously high alcoholic content that could...
  • Shameless Self Publicist Makes Useful Technology List

    Congratulations to Blake Handler (yes, that's his real name) for the most shameless self-publicity move ever in the history of blogs! Blake has been the victim of a regularly changing URL for his MSN Spaces (now Windows Live Spaces) Blog. Which has...
  • Installing Internet Explorer Beta 3 over Beta 2

    Is anyone else worried about whether to upgrade to the latest version (Beta 3) of Internet Explorer? I pondered (that's like thinking, but more posh) for a while then thought "what the heck, the worst that can happen is it destroys my PC and my life....
  • From Zero to Hero with Outlook

    I have my annual performance review in half an hour. This reminds me of a great little non-technical tip that may help you get even more value out of Microsoft Outlook. Every time you receive an email thanking or praising you for some work that you...