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Why I went back to using a 2012 ThinkPad

I’ve sworn by IBM and Lenovo Thinkpads for their reliability, build quality – and my users loved them. My daily-use laptop is a 12 year-old Thinkpad T410. While it’s heavier than a modern ultrabook, it’s got a traditional keyboard remimiscent of older desktop keyboards, and both a trackpoint and trackpad. With a simple set of […]

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Staying Productive

We’re living in interesting times, with those who are lucky able to perform some semblance of their work responsibilities from home. Working from home presents its own challenges, many of which I faced when working as a freelance consultant earlier in my career. I thought I’d summarize some of the things I’d learned here: 1. […]

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Back to Outlook

One the benefits of working for a company with a volume license agreement with Microsoft is Microsoft’s Home Use Program. My current employer is a rather large Microsoft 365 customer, and Microsoft offers a generous package – $69.99/year for up to 5 users with Microsoft 365 apps and 6 TB of OneDrive cloud storage. It’s […]

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In the beginning, there was Bare Metal

As a technology consultant, I need a network environment to evaluate, test and deploy a myriad of applications. In the Beginning, there was Bare Metal. I ran a stable of obsolete desktop PCs in a garage lab, each running an operating system I was working on. That meant running enterprise applications on marginal hardware and […]

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Outlook and Getting Things Done

Why Outlook? The key to an effective task management system is having a system that’s easy to use and available wherever and whenever you need it. Microsoft 365 and Outlook are used by many companies for communication and collaboration. and with a little tweaking, can replace separate project and task management apps and be available […]

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Amazfit Bip – First Impressions

Professionally, I work with teams supporting technology in fast-moving organizations. Personally, I’m focused on productivity and organization, regardless of platform. Over the years, I’ve used paper journals, Palm Pilots, standalone desktop programs and collaboration tools for group organization. The tool is just a tool, it’s the habits and disciplines that ensure productivity. I’ve resisted wearing […]

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Checking in, working from home

  I hope this post finds everyone productive and well. We’re coming up on 8 months since my office closed down and sent people to work remotely, and I wanted to share some of my experiences with working through 2020. Office Space I was lucky that I have a dedicated space with a well-worn, well-loved […]

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OneNote 2016 is back!

Microsoft stated in 2018 that OneNote 2016 would no longer be actively maintained, and that OneNote for Windows 10 would be the supported version moving forward. Users noted that installs of Office365 reportedly remove OneNote 2016. Microsoft has since reversed their stance, according to The Verge: “We are literally merging all of our modern code back into the […]

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FitBit Flex 2 – Just “enough” Smart

I’ve been a Fitbit user for several years. I started with the original Charge, and most recently a Flex 2. I liked the fact that they were just smart enough — I wear a traditional watch, so I don’t need a smartwatch. I have my phone with me most of the time, so I don’t need the […]

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Productivity Podcasts

Like many people, I spend too much time commuting to work – I’ve made a decision to focus on the quality of my family’s life, and that meant moving to a place where jobs in my field are over a hill. I choose to make the most of my time, and podcasts became my media […]

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