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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!).

A swear-word alternative to What 3 Words

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 July 2021

You may know about What 3 Words, which allows you to pinpoint your location in the world using just 3 words. Now there's Four King Words, which does the same for the UK and Ireland using just 4 swear words.

9 interesting facts about emojis to lighten your day

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 July 2021

Do you know why World Emoji Day is held on July 17th each year? Or how to see the world's emojis being tweeted in real time? Or that Microsft are trying to resurrect Clippy the paper-clip as an emoji? These are just 3 of the 9 fascinating facts explained in this blog!

You can now pay Wise Owl invoices online

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 July 2021

We've added a link to every invoice that we send out - clicking on this link will take you to an online payment form, so that you can pay invoices without having to call us.

Project yourself on your shared screen in Teams

Posted by Andy Brown on 01 July 2021

You can now share your screen in Teams, and have your floating head appearing on top of it (the effect is weird if you're the presenter).

June 2021 Newsletter Competition Winner and Answer

Posted by Andy Brown on 30 June 2021

We received 27 correct entries for last month's COVID-safe logic puzzle competition - you can see the winner and correct answers here.

July 2021 newsletter competition - search the globe!

Posted by Andy Brown on 30 June 2021

After a few challenging puzzles, this month's should be a nice easy one - just use the WHAT 3 WORDS website or app to find the four listed locations, and work out which one is missing!

The ridiculously wide Samsung CRG9 49" monitor

Posted by Andy Brown on 02 June 2021

How wide is too wide when it comes to a computer monitor? Perhaps the answer depends on the size of your desk, but you'll need plenty of space for this monster.

Answers and winner for our May 2021 film reviews competition

Posted by Andy Brown on 02 June 2021

Our film reviews competition was won by Andrew Kenyon of NICE, with his review of Die Hard, with runners-up reviewing Apollo 13, 2012, Skyfall and Avatar.

June 2021 Wise Owl Newsletter Competition

Posted by Andy Brown on 02 June 2021

For this month's competition you are invited to work out which work colleagues received which COVID vaccine on which days, using the grid supplied as an aide. The first correct answer picked out of our randomised sorting hat will receive a fifty-pound Amazon voucher!

Our experience of switching to Stripe payments

Posted by Andy Brown on 01 June 2021

This is the blog which I wish I could have read before starting to integrate Stripe payments on our website! It explains why I'm ultimately glad we went for Stripe, but also some of the things which are harder than they need to be.

Understanding our figure for outstanding reviews

Posted by Andy Brown on 10 May 2021

Our website quotes an impressive figure for our average feedback from courses given, but how is this calculated, and how can you know that it's accurate?

Easter Quiz 2021 - Competition Winner, Results and Analysis

Posted by Andy Brown on 03 May 2021

Congratulations to Pat Watt of Skills Development Scotland for winning the prize this month (and generously donating it to charity) - answers and winners here!

Use ZoomIt to zoom in and out in any application and to draw on screen

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 April 2021

ZoomIt allows you to use keystrokes to zoom in and out in any Windows program, and allows you to draw or write on screen.

A computer in a fish tank? Meet the Sea Drive

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 April 2021

What happens when you want an aquarium AND a laptop, but are short of space? Sadly, the answer is that you get a computer in a fish tank.

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