Unable to Allow Comments

Unfortunately I have had to disable comments on this blog, due to the large number of spam comments that have been hitting my website.  I will open then again at some later stage, but unfortunately for now, there is no longer any opportunity to post comments.  My apologies :-).

| April 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Uncategorized |

 

Acronyms Used Online Part 1

SLANG: Secret Language
slang

WHIPs: short for Women who are Hot, Intelligent and in their Prime.

Prancercise:  another one I came upon by accident, Prancerising is having its 5 minutes of fame on YouTube (go and do a search, I know you want to!). Wikipedia bills it as a holistic fitness method based on “a springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse’s gait and ideally induced by elation”.  It was created by an American woman, Joanna Rohrback and has been compared to the low-impact aerobics that were popularized by 1980s workout videos.

ELI5: Used when someone gives a complex explanation for an event and you need them to make it simpler, you ask them to “explain it like I’m 5 years old”, or ELI5.

PAW: used by teenagers to indicate that parents are watching.

TIL: When you come across some information that isn’t new but is new to you, so you share it then add the tag TIL – “today I learned”.

TIA:  thanks in advance.  Personally, I really dislike the use of this one as if you can’t be bothered to write it in full then you don’t come across as being thankful.

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| September 11th, 2018 | Posted in Internet Explorer, Internet search, Miscellaneous, social networking |

 

What is a Technology Roadmap?

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When businesses are planning how they will implement new technology, particularly larger programs of work that will take a number of years, they will generally go through the process of creating a Technology Roadmap. A Technology Roadmap is much like a traditional map in that it shows you where you are heading. But instead of showing you the road or streets to follow, it is a document outlining how to reach short-term and long-term goals through the use of technology solutions.

The creation of a Technology Roadmap is  a key tool in helping a business visualise their future through the effective use of technology.  This work is lead by experts from the organisation’s Technology team, (generally the Architecture and Strategy team or similar) who always work in in consultation with the overall business – by activities such as by holding workshops  to identify the capabilities and business functions of each team, department and business unit.  Doing this means they can capture a full inventory of applications and touchpoints across the organisation and come up with a full picture of it’s current technology landscape.  The result should be a Technology Roadmap which accurately represents a path which is in alignment with the needs and strategy of the overall business.  The organisation’s Technology Roadmap is usually a living document which is assessed and re-aligned every quarter to ensure it continues to match the needs and direction of the organisation.

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| July 31st, 2018 | Posted in Miscellaneous, Uncategorized |

 

Latest data on social media use

Latest research from the Pew Research Center shows that since the Center began surveying the use of different social media in 2012, Facebook remains the primary platform for most Americans. Roughly two-thirds of U.S. adults (68%) now report that they are Facebook users, and roughly three-quarters of those users access Facebook on a daily basis. With the exception of those 65 and older, a majority of Americans across a wide range of demographic groups now use Facebook.

But the social media story extends well beyond Facebook. The video-sharing site YouTube – which contains many social elements, even if it is not a traditional social media platform – is now used by nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults and 94% of 18- to 24-year-olds.
Read the full findings here: http://www.pewinternet.org/2018/03/01/social-media-use-in-2018/.

 

How safe are you being online?

It is easy to get carried away with sharing information online, particularly on sites such as Facebook, as we tend to think of this as an audience of friends not foes (as a side note, I am sure most of you would also have read some of the recent media reports in regard to the on-selling of private information that users have supplied to Facebook).

However…not all your friends may have positioned their security settings to within their circle of friends and may well be sharing their information publicly and/or with people who are strangers to you– which means that if you make comments or share something with a Facebook friend to their page and this person has set their privacy to ‘public’ for all posting, then whatever you posted to that page can automatically be seen by anyone, anywhere.  A good example of how privacy may be unwittingly breached is my ticket to Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (which was great by the way).

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When I shared a photo of my ticket with my Facebook friends I ensured that my thumb obscured both the seat allocation and which session I was attending – and I posted it after I had seen the show, not while I was there. Why? Because even though I generally trust my friends and my settings are secure, had I shared the version on the right, then potentially ‘the world’ would know what I was doing and when – because I have no way of knowing who of my friends is sharing information publicly and/or with others who I do not know personally – so this situation means I had no control around where these details ended up and with whom. So if I had shown the ticket freely while sitting at the theatre, I would have unwittingly made it known exactly where I was on that day and where to find me should someone feel like robbing or accosting me – and depending on who in my circle knows where I live, that ticket would be an open invitation to my home being empty given I was at the theatre.  The same goes for airline tickets, yes it is tempting to show off your ticket Europe, but as far as I’m concerned, you may as well leave your doors and windows open while you are away!

So, without being alarmist, I suggest you fully acquaint yourself with all the options around security when using Facebook, just go to Settings then locate the Privacy icon and ensure you are in control of your own privacy and security. If you are unsure of what to select and why, please do some homework and Google articles, tips and tricks around being safe online.

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| April 7th, 2018 | Posted in Facebook, social networking |

 

Social Media Explained

I am currently putting together a presentation on social media for seniors and along the way I came across this great graphic which explains things rather clearly:

 

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| March 13th, 2018 | Posted in Apps, social networking |

 

The Unrollme App for unsubscribing from mailing lists

I recently came across app  called Unrollme,  which helps manage subscription emails and facilitates unsubscribing from mailing lists you are no longer interested in or forgot subscribing to (that’s me!).

 

This app will also roll up all subscription emails so you get them all in one daily email or as digest.

 

Of course please do your own due diligence, as for this to work you need to give the app permission to read, send, delete and manage your email. I tried it on my Google account and it worked a treat, but I wasn’t comfortable giving the app those privileges on my primary account – much as I’d like to get rid of the pesky subscription emails!

 

Find it at https://unrollme or do a Google search for it and read some reviews.

 

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| February 8th, 2018 | Posted in Apps |

 

Get the most from Excel’s AutoComplete

The AutoComplete feature anticipates the value you might be entering in a list by comparing it with previous entries in a column.  Let’s say I am typing a list and it looks something like this:

apples
oranges
pears
lemons
oranges

Because I had previously typed the word ‘oranges’, as if I started typing ‘oranges’ again (in fact as soon as I type the ‘o’), it will prompt me with the entire word. This is courtesy of the AutoComplete feature which recognizes input based on what  was typed previously.  If you wish to accept the entry simply press the Enter key.  If you don’t want the AutoComplete value being offered, just keep typing the new value. This feature’s only requirement is that the values be contiguous (e.g. one after another in the list, there cannot be any breaks/empty cells).

AutoComplete Tip 2.

Instead of allowing AutoComplete to finish a value, you can choose to be offered a pick list which is based on the previous values in a single column. Using the same example as above of fruit, you would simply go to the next empty cell and then hold down the ALT key and press the down cursor arrow.  This will display a pick list of values (items) based on what you have previously typed.

Autocomplete

Simply click on the entry you would like to use and then press either the Tab or Enter key to move on and keep working.

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| December 6th, 2017 | Posted in Excel, Microsoft Office |

 

Wrangling MS PowerPoint Objects

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When you have many objects (e.g. shapes, text boxes, pictures, etc) on a PowerPoint slide it is easy to lose track of them, especially if they are layered or grouped. To quickly find one of your objects just press the tab key and keep pressing – this will cycle through all the objects on a slide and you simply stop when you reach the object you wish to select.

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| September 15th, 2017 | Posted in Microsoft Office, PowerPoint |

 

Google Chrome and Internet Handy Hints

zoomTip 1 Google Chrome only:
Pressing Ctrl, Shift and B keys will toggle the browser’s Bookmarks Bar in and out of view.  Any site you’ve saved into the Bookmarks Bar folder will appear along the top of the screen and when you repeat this key combination it will hide them.

Tip 2 Chrome and Internet Explorer: 
Did you know that pressing the F11 key will change Chrome into full-screen mode, hiding all the regular browser elements and everything else on your screen?  (useful to know if you’ve accidentally pressed the F11!!).  Extra tip – F11 works the same way in Internet Explorer ;-).

Tip 3 Chrome and Internet Explorer – I like to zoom it zoom it
  If you hold down the Ctrl  key and the plus + on the keyboard will zoom out (make the webpage and its elements grow bigger), while Ctrl key and minus – on the keyboard will zoom in (making the webpage and its elements smaller).

Need to go back to the default 100% size? Easy-peasy, just hold down the Ctrl key and press the zero (0) to snap you back to the default view.

 

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| August 18th, 2017 | Posted in Google, Internet Explorer |

 

Google Chrome Handy Hints

As many of us are now using Google Chrome , here’s a handful of hints that may be useful when using this internet browser:google chormeTip 1: Quickly open closed tabs
If you have closed one of your tabs (e.g. containing a website you have a visited) and then need to get back their quick, simply hold down the Ctrl & Shift keys and then press the letter T.
– Voila, the last closed tab re-opens!

Repeat the keystroke to re-open other tabs in the order they were closed.

Tip 2: New searches, new tabs
Try pressing Alt-Enter after you type a search term or URL into the Chrome search bar – that’ll cause your results to open in a new tab instead of in your current tab.

Tip 3: Easily moving around web pages
You may already know that pressing the spacebar will scroll down one screen length on any web page… but did you know that pressing the Shift key and spacebar together will scroll up in the same manner? Works in Google Chrome or Internet Explorer!

 

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| August 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Google |