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This parody of mistakes you can make building a website is surprisingly funny!

Posted by Andy Brown on 13 March 2020

A website which includes help messages which don't, a password with ridiculous rules, an unhelpful timer, annoying default options for almost everything - thoroughly recommended!

Tags:   Musings | General IT

The answers to our exercises are now published online (for personal use only)

Posted by Andy Brown on 13 March 2020

We receive a fair few requests asking us to publish the answers to our exercises. We have now decided to do this, on the understanding that they are for your personal use only.

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

Our March 2020 newsletter competition asks you to draw a picture!

Posted by Andy Brown on 12 March 2020

For the competition this month, follow the numerical instructions to draw a picture in a grid.

Tags:   Musings | Competitions

The answer to our February 2020 VBA competition (and its winner)

Posted by Andy Brown on 12 March 2020

We are pleased to announce that our February 2020 competition was won by Ken Warthen, whose name was the first chosen randomly out of our electronic sorting hat. This blog lists the 10 VBA mistakes Wally Owl made.

Tags:   Musings | Competitions

Seven apps to make my life run smoothly

Posted by Shaun Wantling on 12 March 2020

In this blog, Shaun explains the 7 apps he uses most often to manage his work and home life.

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

Meet Matthew, our newest owl

Posted by Karen Webber on 14 February 2020

Matthew Thirlwell joined Wise Owl as a Microsoft computer trainer in November. Find out more about this newest addition to our team!

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

Microsoft have rewritten their Edge browser to be based on the Chromium platform

Posted by Andy Brown on 06 February 2020

Microsoft have completely rewritten their Edge browser. The result is (by design) very similar to Chrome - you can even use Chrome extensions -but is probably even easier to use than Google's browser.

Tags:   Musings | General IT

Office 365 ProPlus users will soon be using Bing as their default search engine

Posted by Andy Brown on 06 February 2020

Whether you like it or not, if you're running Office 365 ProPlus you will soon have your default search engine set to Bing. This article explains why this is happening, and how to get round it.

Answers to and the winner of our January newsletter competition

Posted by Andy Brown on 06 February 2020

There were only 6 correct answers to our January 2020 newsletter competition - this blog shows the completed phrases, and reveals the name of our competition winner!

Tags:   Musings | Competitions

February 2020 newsletter competition - spot the VBA errors

Posted by Andy Brown on 06 February 2020

Wally Owl is at it again, this time managing to make no less than 10 coding mistakes in a simple Excel VBA macro. See how many you can find (if you can spot all 10, you may win a prize!).

Tags:   Musings | Competitions

Our a-maze-ing Christmas day out

Posted by Karen Webber on 17 January 2020

We ended 2019 with a fun day out in Manchester. Here's what we got up to!

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

Good news for geeks the world over - you no longer need to eject USB sticks!

Posted by Andy Brown on 16 January 2020

Microsoft have changed the default Windows policy for writing to USB sticks, which means that you no longer have to worry about safely ejecting them.

Tags:   Musings | General IT

How to enter the 2020 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship

Posted by Andy Brown on 10 January 2020

Think you know Excel (or Word/PowerPoint)? Put your skills to the test in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championships, held in California.

Our January 2020 newsletter competition asks you to complete the missing letters

Posted by Andy Brown on 10 January 2020

Somebody has missed out some of the letters in a series of phrases. Fill in the letters to spell out a hidden instruction!

Tags:   Musings | Competitions

The December 2019 Wise Owl Christmas Quiz - Analysis of Results

Posted by Andy Brown on 07 January 2020

Which were the hardest and easiest questions in our Quiz of the Year? And more importantly, who won the prize?

Tags:   Musings | Competitions

Wise Owl 2019 highlights in numbers

Posted by Karen Webber on 19 December 2019

It's been a busy year at the Owlery, and we've taken a look back at some of our highlights.

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

The Wise Owl November 2019 Newsletter Competition winner (and answer)

Posted by Andy Brown on 12 December 2019

November's competition was to use a set of instructions to colour in cells in a spreadsheet and create a picture. This blog shows one possible answer, and reveals the winner!

Tags:   Musings | Competitions

Both of the Wise Owl founders' kittens now have names!

Posted by Andy Brown on 12 December 2019

Andy and Jenny (the two original Wise Owls) have finally got round to naming their new kittens. Whether this deserves a blog post is another question ...

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

YouTube Silver Award - 100K + subscribers!

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 25 November 2019

We're proud to announce that YouTube have given us their coveted silver award, in recognition of the fact that our video channel has over 100,000 subscribers.

Tags:   Musings | General IT

We're getting two new kittens next week, but have no idea what to call them!

Posted by Andy Brown on 25 November 2019

Can anyone think of good names for our two new kittens? It was easier thinking of names for children!

Tags:   Musings | Random musings
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