Windows 8.1 unlikely to solve the OS’ problems

On August 23, 2013, in Uncategorized, by ShariMayo22

Don’t like Windows 8? Well, you might not like Windows 8.1 — Microsoft’s effort to tweak the operating system — either. That is because, as New York Times tech writer David Pogue writes, the new version of Windows 8 doesn’t solve the biggest weaknesses in the operating system.

Start still missing

First, Windows 8.1 doesn’t resurrect the Start menu. Users who want it will still have to install a third-party app that restores it.

Two worlds

Secondly, Windows 8.1 doesn’t split the TileWorld and desktop environments that have so confounded users. As Pogue writes, the TileWorld works well for touch screens. The desktop is designed for mouse and keyboard. In Windows 8, you do not have the choice to use one of these worlds and not the other.

Stick to Windows 7

Pogue’s advice? If you’re not much of a fan of Windows 8, the upgrade won’t do much to change your mind. Stick to the superior Windows 7.

 

Avoiding the e-mail crush following a vacation

On August 20, 2013, in Uncategorized, by rjdgfwn12

What’s the worst thing about going on a vacation? The thought of coming back to a packed e-mail inbox? Thankfully, you are able to make a plan to avoid this, and Jonathan Feldman, a contributing editor at InformationWeek tells you how.

The helper

Jonathan Feldman, a contributing editor at InformationWeek, recommends that you get a friend where you work that is willing to read through your e-mails while you’re out. This is a big job, so you’ll probably have to promise to do the same while that co-worker is on vacation. Nothing, after all, is free of charge.

Before your trip

Before you leave on vacation, inform your most frequent e-mailers that you’re taking a trip and that your associate will be handling your e-mail while you are gone. Feldman emphasizes that you need to make sure these senders understand that someone else will be reading their messages.

An organized inbox

When you come back to work, you should be returning to an orderly e-mail inbox. Your helper should have read your messages, placed them in labeled folders according to their importance and left you notes on any e-mails that need your prompt attention. Just don’t forget: When your co-workers go on vacation, you’ll need to do the same for your partner.

 

Why Office Mobile isn’t a good investment

On August 20, 2013, in Uncategorized, by o3r17ib

Should you invest $100 each year — what it will cost to have a required subscription — so you can get Microsoft’s Office Mobile on your iPhone? Quick answer? No, you should not. For an extended answer, you can check out Jill Duffy’s recent review of the app at PCMag.com.

Not free

Duffy writes that Office Mobile is an elegant piece of software, one that’s simple to use and understand. The drawback, though, is that getting the program requires that you get a subscription to Office 365. That will set you back a minimum of $99 a year. And that cost is way too high, Duffy writes.

The free route

Office Mobile is far from the only program that will let you edit reports, view spreadsheets and create documents on your iPhone. There are plenty of alternatives out there that are free. And Duffy recommends that users, instead of spending nearly $100 a year, use a collection of these free alternatives to handle their office-task needs.

Alternatives

Duffy recommends that users search the Internet for free apps that handle such tasks as word-processing and spreadsheets. Users could very well discover something interesting: The free apps are often just as effective as Office Mobile. And, of course, they come at the low, low price of nothing.

 

Google Reader was one of the more popular RSS readers available. That’s why there was such an outcry once Google proclaimed it was subsequently eliminating the service. The good news? Google Reader might be gone, however the new Digg Reader is a worthy replacement.

A worthy successor

Digg is a community news voting site which has a small development team. Yet, as Jill Duffy writes in her review on PCMag.com, this hasn’t stopped Digg Reader from becoming an easy-to-use and intuitive service for all those still mourning Google Reader.

Simple

With Digg Reader, your news feeds will show up on the left rail, and the settings are hidden under a button on the top menu bar. Duffy gives compliments to the design, saying it’s simple and intuitive.

Keeping abreast

Furthermore, Digg Reader gives business owners the chance to efficiently keep updated on the news that impacts their companies. This is why, the new reader should be celebrated.

 

Why tech-less meetings should be your goal

On August 2, 2013, in Uncategorized, by wirtaklapsikkomisjonal

Tired of your employees checking email during your meetings? Annoyed that your workers spend time logging onto twitter while you’re talking company strategies? You’re not alone. Laptops, smartphones and tablets are wonderful tools. But this technology can play havoc with your company meetings.

Going low-tech

Jake Knapp, though, has a answer for you. He’s a design partner with Google Ventures. And in a recent column for the Medium Web site, Knapp suggests bosses prohibit employees from dragging technology into meetings. Bosses who do this will greatly improve the actual amount of work that gets done within these meetings.

Bye-bye tablets

Knapp recommends that employees bid farewell to their laptops, smartphones and tablets before entering a meeting. This will make sure that they concentrate on what you’re saying and not a raunchy joke forwarded to them by their best buddy.

The timer is key

Of course, employers have to make concessions, too. Knapp suggests that bosses set up a timer everyone in the meeting can see. When the timer chimes, the meeting is over. This stands no matter what.