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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.

A fully-functioning modular laptop with plug-in ports and components

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 April 2021

Is this the next thing in laptops? Meet a laptop which you can break down into its component parts, each of which you can easily replace.

Answer and winner for the March 2021 newsletter competition

Posted by Andy Brown on 25 March 2021

This month's competition was one by Michelle Ashworth of Rochdale Borough Council (congratulatons to her): answers and details in this blog.

Free online training taster session

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 March 2021

We're on a mission to convince people that our our online training courses are every bit as good as our classroom courses - book a free half-hour taster session to see for yourself!

From one extreme to the other - a mini-PC anyone?

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 March 2021

Last month I blogged on a folding laptop with 7 screens; this week it's a five-inch fully-formed mini-computer.

Holoportation using Microsoft Mesh

Posted by Andy Brown on 22 March 2021

Microsoft Mesh will make it seem as if you're actually holoporting to another place, but you'll have to wear googles to change your reality.

Teams Together: gimmick, or productivity tool?

Posted by Andy Brown on 22 March 2021

The new preview Teams Together feature makes it look as if you and your team are sitting side-by-side at a bar - but there the illusion ends.

Who needs extra screens, when you can have 7 in one laptop?

Posted by Andy Brown on 01 March 2021

Not sure what to buy your loved ones for their birthday? How about a laptop which weighs 12 kilos and includes 7 screens?

February 2021 newsletter competition: answer and winner

Posted by Andy Brown on 01 March 2021

Congratulations to Corin Lee of Macquarie Energy Leasing for winning last month's word search competition: here is the answer!

March 2021 Newsletter Competition - Codeword

Posted by Andy Brown on 01 March 2021

In this month's competition, each number represents a different letter. Fill the grid with English words, and unscramble the shaded letters to solve the puzzle!

The view from the other end for an online training course

Posted by Andy Brown on 26 February 2021

You know what an online course looks like as a delegate, but what happens at the Wise Owl end? We thought we'd shed some light on what goes on from a trainer's point of view.

Microsoft seem to be planning a big upgrade to Windows in the second half of 202

Posted by Andy Brown on 23 February 2021

There's a minor update to Windows due in Spring 2021, but a much bigger one in the offing in the second half of the year

Microsoft Office 2021 should be released in the second half of 2021

Posted by Andy Brown on 23 February 2021

Microsoft have confirmed that they will release another standalone version of Office in the second half of 2021 - this should include dynamic arrays, the XLOOKUP function and a new dark mode, among other things.

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