As Ignorable As It Is Interesting: Increase Productivity With The Sounds You Won’t Hear

Ambient music - as ignorable as it is interesting

“Ambient music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting.“ – Brian Eno, liner notes for Ambient 1: Music for Airports (1978)

Ambient music and sounds can increase your productivity. Here are some apps and music selections that might be the best thing you’ve ever ignored while you’re getting work done. […] continued “As Ignorable As It Is Interesting: Increase Productivity With The Sounds You Won’t Hear”

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Microsoft, LinkedIn, And Identity Management

microsoft_linkedin

(Warning: this article gets pretty geeky by the end. Feel free to look away. I’ll try to make the next article about a Dancing Kitten app or something.)

Last week Microsoft agreed to pay $26.2 billion cash to acquire LinkedIn. It’s one of the largest technology industry deals in history. It dwarfs Microsoft’s previous big acquisitions of Skype, Nokia and aQuantive. […] continued “Microsoft, LinkedIn, And Identity Management”

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Outlook 2016 And The Mysterious Disappearing Folder Pane

Outlook 2016

Here’s the story of an odd Outlook 2016 bug that you might run into.

Microsoft has been urging everyone with an Office 365 license for the Office programs to update to Office 2016. It’s a modest upgrade at best, as the programs are virtually identical to the 2013 versions, but it feels good to get the latest version for free, right? […] continued “Outlook 2016 And The Mysterious Disappearing Folder Pane”

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How To Change The Login For Your Microsoft Account (And Why You Should)

Bring clarity to your Microsoft work and personal accounts

“I read your article about personal Microsoft accounts and business Office 365 accounts,” my wife said last week. “Well, I read parts of it. It was . . . dense.”

Dense? My article was a model of clarity. It was a light in the darkness. It was the map showing the way out of the maze. […] continued “How To Change The Login For Your Microsoft Account (And Why You Should)”

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Understanding Microsoft Work And Personal Accounts

Microsoft work and personal accounts - finding your way through the maze

Microsoft has two different types of accounts. Many of you have credentials – an email address and password – for both of them.

Years of marketing and branding blunders have made it very difficult to describe how Microsoft has organized these accounts. Many people are frustrated because they cannot understand what accounts they have or where each one is supposed to be used. […] continued “Understanding Microsoft Work And Personal Accounts”

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Shopping For A New PC? Look For Signature Edition

Microsoft Signature Edition PCs help avoid crapware

Here’s a shopping tip if you’re looking for a new desktop or laptop PC: check the Microsoft Store for Signature Edition PCs.

Signature Edition PCs are shipped with Windows 10 – and nothing else. The drivers are installed that match the specific hardware but Signature Edition PCs don’t have any unnecessary programs at all. […] continued “Shopping For A New PC? Look For Signature Edition”

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How To Improve Your Password Security

How to stay afloat in a sea of passwords

We’re drowning in passwords.

Slowly – slowly! – we are moving out of the Age Of Passwords. Better alternatives exist. Apple has integrated fingerprints deeply into iOS and fingerprint readers are turning up on many Android phones. Microsoft has built Windows Hello into  Windows 10 to authenticate you with fingerprints, iris scans, and facial recognition – right now to log into a computer, eventually to log into websites. […] continued “How To Improve Your Password Security”

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The Lesson You Need To Learn From The TeamViewer Hack

Don't use easy-to-guess passwords!

Don’t re-use the same password over and over.

TeamViewer is in the news this week because of a nasty ongoing security problem. It might not be TeamViewer’s fault, and with luck it won’t affect any of you, my loyal and much-loved readers. But the story illustrates an important basic security principle: Don’t re-use the same password over and over. […] continued “The Lesson You Need To Learn From The TeamViewer Hack”

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Windows 10 Tip: How To Change The Network Type From Public To Private

Windows 10 - how to switch network location from public to private

Everything is simple once you know how to do it.

Here’s a setting that’s been moved to a different place in Windows 10. It’s not necessary to check this setting or change it very often but it drove me crazy that I couldn’t figure out how to make this change easily. […] continued “Windows 10 Tip: How To Change The Network Type From Public To Private”

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