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Answers to (and winner of) our November 2021 logic puzzle

Posted by Andy Brown on 29 November 2021

This month's puzzle was won by Joanne Rushton of Durham County Council - you can see the answer to the logic puzzle set in this short blog.

An infographic celebrating 10 years of video tutorials on YouTube

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 November 2021

To celebrate the 10th birthday of our video channel we've created this infographic, showing for example that the number of hours spent watching our videos would have covered 2,949,152 views of the first episode of Squid Game.

Tags:   Training | Video training

The Microsoft Whiteboard is reverting to the old version

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 November 2021

In an almost unprecedented move, Microsoft are cancelling the new Whiteboard launched only last month and reverting back to the old version.

An update on Windows 11 after a month of use

Posted by Andy Brown on 18 November 2021

After using Windows 11 in anger on his laptop for a month now, Andy Brown takes a moment to sum up his impressions.

The great British beard-off - how Wise Owls lose weight

Posted by Andy Brown on 29 October 2021

Sam and Shaun want to lose weight, and have pledged to cut off their prized beards if they don't meet their targets. You can see the beards, the terms of the contest and updates on their progress (and even join in if you like!) at this blog.

A new Microsoft Whiteboard

Posted by Andy Brown on 29 October 2021

The Microsoft Whiteboard used for presenting during online meetings has been pretty much rewritten - see whether you like the results (we do).

November 2021 competition: a logic puzzle

Posted by Andy Brown on 29 October 2021

Five space entrepreneurs have missions to different planets scheduled for consecutive years - given the few clues, see if you can work out who is going where, and when!

First impressions of Windows 11

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 October 2021

Windows 11 has a nice clean interface, a few minor new features like snapped layouts, and above all seems to run appreciably faster than Windows 10.

October 2021 newsletter competition: answers and winner

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 October 2021

Last month's competition wsa to shade in a picture of a dinosaur using the numbers provided. Congratulations to Denzil Foakes for winning this month's fifty-pound Amazon voucher (out of the 13 entries submitted, Denzil's was the one picked out of the electronic random hat). You can see the answers here, together with a guide to how to solve this sort of puzzle.

International Keyboard Short-Cut Day 2021 - 10 Windows key short-cuts

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 October 2021

To commemorate the rather dubious International Keyboard Short-Cut Day 2021 (the first Wednesday in November of each year, apparently), we offer the 10 Windows key short-cuts which will save you the most time.

Need a short diversion? Here our 5 random sites to amuse, plus one bonus one

Posted by Andy Brown on 29 September 2021

Some of the sites on this page will make you laugh, and some make you shake your head, but they should all entertain you for a moment or two!

Looking back on the occasion of our 50th newsletter

Posted by Andy Brown on 29 September 2021

As we reach our 50th newsletter, here's a look back over the different versions of our websites, starting with the first oh-so-basic FrontPage version in 1998 and finishing with our prospective new site (early days yet, though, so your opinions on it would be welcome! Oh, and we celebrate our 30th anniversary on 1st May next year: any ideas for how to commemorate this welcome!

Tags:   Miscellaneous | Nostalgia

October 2021 Newsletter Competition - Colour by Numbers

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 September 2021

This month we're asking you to colour the squares in a picture black or white by following the numerical instructions.

Winner of (and stats for) the September 2021 newsletter quiz

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 September 2021

Congratulations to Susan Howard of Underscore Training for winning this month's competition (hers was the answer drawn by our calibrated, randomised Excel sorting hat). You can see some statistics on the quiz - and details of the calibration involved - at this blog.

What to do with your IKEA bags?

Posted by Andy Brown on 31 August 2021

The IKEA blue Frakta shopping bag is iconic, and everywhere. Here are 5 suggestions (not always totally serious) for how you can recycle your IKEA bags!

Review of a book on the Stuxnet worm

Posted by Andy Brown on 31 August 2021

The Stuxnet worm was one of the most sophisticated bits of software ever written. Find out exactly how the US and Israel used it to target Iranian uranium centrifuges, and see the implications this has for us all.

We have new venues for our classroom courses in both London and Manchester

Posted by Andy Brown on 30 August 2021

Following the upheaval of COVID, we've got new venues for our classroom training courses in London and Manchester (although as this blog explains, we'll continue to offer online training too for the foreseesable future).

August 2021 Word Search Competition: Winner and Answer

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 August 2021

Congratulations to AJ Morales for winning last month's word search competition, and winning a fifty-pound Amazon voucher: you can see the answers in this blog.

August 2021 Newsletter Competition

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 July 2021

For this month's competition we invite you to find the 47 famous singers in the word search grid - unused letters will spell out 3 songs by one of the singers.

Answer to (and winner of) our July 2021 competition

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 July 2021

Last month's puzzle asked you to locate 4 mountains, and then give the coordinates of a 5th (Mount Everest), although as many people pointed out the puzzle contained a small factual error (apparently Mont Blanc ISN'T t the tallest mountain in Europe!).

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