Notetaking in OneNote

I have been planning on writing a blog on notetaking and notetaking applications and in particular, how to take digital notes using handwriting. I find handwriting is kinesthetic and I am more likely to remember what I have handwritten than … Continue reading

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Windows 10 what is worth having and how to fix the start menu to the way you want it.

It will be a little while before Windows 10 hits the University (education and volume licensing is done differently to the home market). Though this weekend at home I was pleasantly surprised, the Windows 10 upgrade went without a hitch; all … Continue reading

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Things to know about Outlook 4: How to delete or archive mails older than…

I confess, I use my deleted items like a recycle bin. Delete and then leave for a few weeks (in case of error) and then delete for good. So how do you delete emails older than, say a month, automatically? … Continue reading

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Using OneNote by Daryl Theobalds

If you ever find it difficult to keep notes and documents synchronised across multiple devices and to collaborate on them with colleagues, then OneNote might be worth looking at.  The full application is a standard part of the Microsoft Office … Continue reading

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Are digital exams – just an accessibility requirement?

Last week JISC published a blog on the provision of digital exam papers for print-impaired learners. It states “Between 10-13% of people in the UK have a print impairment which means they have difficulty accessing text-based resources, varying from dyslexia through … Continue reading

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Stop procrastinating and eat up now

If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first. Mark Twain. [1] Procrastination is … Continue reading

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Email netiquette; 4 S’s subject, simplicity, short and sweet

The problem with email is there are too many and they take too long to read and process. There is a cost to the volume and length of emails and not just in the time taken to read and reply, … Continue reading

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Things to know about Outlook: 3 How to send email later.

Perhaps like me you prefer to something while you think of it or, have the time to do so. The time at which you write an email may not be the best time to send that email. For example, I … Continue reading

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Things to know about Outlook: 2 Categories and Calendaring

Using categories to calculate time spent on various activities: One or more categories can be assigned to an appointment in the outlook calendar. It is then possible to sort appointments by a number of criteria including categories. The latter is … Continue reading

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Things to know about Outlook:1 using rules to auto delete or move emails

Delete is often your friend, but what about persistent spam from which there is no escape, how often do you have two keep using the delete key when you could automate? Many of my systems administrator colleagues hold that if … Continue reading

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