Two new Microsoft Excel features have a good chance of becoming the most celebrated innovations in Excel history. No, not the 3D models that Office now includes. Nor any new calculation functions, charting features, or modelling extravaganzas.As a matter of fact, nothing at all about the content of Excel workbooks. I’m merely talking GUI and usability….

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Dear web designers, Can you please STOP ADDING RESET BUTTONS to your forms? There hasn’t been a single user in the entire history of the interwebs who filled out a web form, and then went, “O wait, all of that isn’t right, I’ve entered the wrong information! What to do, what to do, but pull…

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Bofixier is the extra app that all Dropbox users have never know they’ve always needed. Dropbox is awesome. I assume you all know this. As a backup, data syncing, and sharing solution, they’ve got their competition whipped*. I’ve been a Dropbox user for years, and haven’t spent a single thought on backup since. Also, since…

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I tried. I really did. When Evernote decided last year to limit their free accounts to what amounts to trial use only, I abandoned the best note-taking tool on the planet, and out of sheer spite moved to Microsoft OneNote. I even ranted about Evernote’s evil corporate greed on Facebook. Evernote, I apologize from the…

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In fond remembrance of the countless instances of IT tech support I’ve exposed myself to over the years, I’d like to propose a neologism for the kind of responses that support technicians tend to provide. troppus /ˈtrɒppʌs/ noun the answers, advice and recommendations provided by IT support technicians, which are almost, but not quite, entirely unrelated…

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Starting today, I’m selling e-books of my short stories, with a revolutionary new twist: a personalized autograph, if you want one. It’s simple, really: order the e-book, select one of the autographed options (epub or mobi), complete your order, and let me know what kind of personalization you want. I’ll send you the file, with…

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Note: if this post is useful to you, please consider liking or sharing it, or otherwise making me, my blog and/or my website famous… Don’t you hate it when your WordPress theme makes a mess of your numbered and bulleted lists? I’m sure some themes do a good job by default, but a theme like…

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So last night, I went and killed this entire website. Without having any kind of backups available. To make my predicament clear: there are movie reviews going back to 1999 on this site, blog entries spanning a dozen years, and a few hundred posts all-in, not to mention some 50 pages, and a painstakingly configured…

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What to do if my on-train writing during my twice-daily 45-minute commute is frustrated by bad technology? Swiftkey, the app I embraced as God’s gift to writers, may on second glance not actually have been created by a Supreme Being after all, despite being all but worshipped by Android users around the globe. At first…

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We’re living in the future… Springsteen got it right on his Magic album. We are living in the future. Case in point: the proof is no longer in the pudding, but in the cloud, or rather, the Cloud. In preparation for the 10th Villa Diodati Writers Workshop, 21-24 April in Southern England, all participants are…

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