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August 6th, 2007

Save all open documents and other easy tips for MS Word

Did you know you could save all open documents by just holding down the shift key when selecting the File menu?  Yeah, Save turns into Save All (okay not in Word 2007 it appears)!  Web Worker Daily has six more tips in their article:
Many of us writerly types spend a lot of time in Microsoft […]

By Tris Hussey -- 0 comments

August 5th, 2007

Is PowerPoint a required skill for business?

Just when you thought applying to college, university, grad school couldn’t get any worse:
Now talk about stereotypes. So are they now encouraging geeks to try business out? But I doubt if PowerPoint would be the geek’s primary weapon of choice. Perhaps a bit of Flash presentations should be in order. However, it is quite encouraging […]

By Tris Hussey -- 0 comments

August 1st, 2007

Even Free I don’t think MS Works is worth it

 Gee I guess MSFT is feeling the heat from all the free office options out there:
Microsoft has released the new version of Microsoft Works as a free, ad supported office package that will compete directly with Open Office and Google Docs & Spreadsheets.
The Works package offers word processing, spreadsheet and slide (powerpoint) functionality partially based […]

By Tris Hussey -- 2 comments

July 31st, 2007

Tweak Firefox for widescreens and make it stay in the background when you want it to

Have a widescreen monitor?  Chances are if you have a newer laptop you do.  Even lots of desktop users are jumping on the widescreen bandwagon.  Well, funny thing is that applications haven’t caught up with this change in monitor size.  Fear not, though, help is on its way.
I found this from GHacks a long while […]

By Tris Hussey -- 0 comments

July 31st, 2007

Outlook 2007 Sucks

Outlook continues to drive us all batty.  I’ve just upgraded to a newer machine and while it might not be the speediest beast on the planet, the 2 gigs of RAM makes everything run better including Outlook.  But I digress.  Outlook 2007 is trying to make our e-mail more secure, but it’s junk mail filtering […]

By Tris Hussey -- 0 comments

July 28th, 2007

Vista Battery Saver Goes Open-source

I talked about the Vista Battery Saver tool in May when it was first launched in beta.  I tried it for a little while, but I think something about my machine didn’t like it.  Doesn’t really matter though, because everyone else liked it so much so that it’s been release as an open-source app:
Project DescriptionThis […]

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July 27th, 2007

Want your question answered? Ask it last.

My friend Ben Yoskovitz laments a common problem we all have faced dealing with folks via e-mail…not getting a critical question answered:
And that’s frustrating. You can’t keep asking the same question over and over, and presumably you’re asking the question because you really want an answer.

Tip: The last question you ask in an email is […]

By Tris Hussey -- 0 comments

July 26th, 2007

Vista SP1 delayed for two years!

 This is not the news or rumour I wanted to read this week:
Valleywag reports that “Microsoft has apparently told executives at one of the world’s largest PC makers not to expect a formal release of Windows Vista SP1 — the first major set of upgrades and bug fixes to its Vista operating system — until […]

By Tris Hussey -- 0 comments

July 9th, 2007

Find open-source alternatives to commercial software

I like using open-source and commercial software.  Sometimes when you’re trying to get someone set up on a new machine and you just have to have something like Photoshop, what are you going to do?  If they are only going to use it once and a while (or just once) why buy it?
There are great […]

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July 5th, 2007

CTRL-shift-ESC to go straight to the Task Manager in Vista

 I figured enough of you might have been driven nuts by this new “feature” in Vista that I’d give you the meat of the article in the title.
Windows XP’s trusty CTRL + ALT + DEL key combination, which summonses the task manager, has a slightly different effect in Windows Vista: it brings up a selection […]

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