What’s e-new? How green is my computer?

For most of us our computer – be it a laptop or desktop, Mac or PC – will be one of our biggest purchases. This article by Andy Coulson looks at how we can make the best choice environmentally when making that purchasing decision. Clearly this is an absolute minefield, as it covers so many […]

What’s e-new? Technology terminology

Of bits, nerds and cookies Computing has added many words to our vernacular, as well as bending the meanings of others and repurposing them. This article explores the roots of some common terms we take for granted or might have been bemused by. Acronyms, abbreviations and portmanteaus Computer terminology loves acronyms, abbreviations and portmanteaus for […]

What’s e-new? How to be your own IT department

This article by Andy Coulson, for the regular What’s e-new? column in members’ newsletter The Edit, looks at how to cope when things go wrong with your technical set-up, from initial troubleshooting to simple fixes, and where to look for more help and advice. The article covers: Backing up before you start Being methodical The […]

What’s e-new? 21 for 2021

By Andy Coulson In keeping with the theme of ‘Practical tools to boost your business’, I’ve come up with a list of 21 tech tips for 2021. These are all things I’ve tried and tested myself. 1. Have a system This is the single most important tip of the lot. Find a system to organise […]

What’s e-new? Free and easy accounting

By Andy Coulson Accounts are a fundamental part of your business, but like many people, I loathe doing them. For a long time, I’ve used Excel and an accountant to deal with mine, but have been exploring accounting packages for some time. I experimented with FreeAgent, which offers a discount to CIEP members, and found […]

What’s e-new? The efficient guide to Word

By Andy Coulson This issue of The Edit has a theme of working efficiently, so let’s take a look at how we can persuade every editor’s favourite tech tool to work efficiently. 1. Keyboard shortcuts Keyboard shortcuts are a great little time saver. Think about what you do when you use a mouse – you […]

What’s e-new? Microsoft Editor

By Andy Coulson By now many of you who use Word 365 will have noticed the new Editor pane that handles spelling and grammar checking. Microsoft describes this as an ‘intelligent writing assistant’, as it also brings in ‘Refinements’ – looking at, and suggesting alternatives for, things such as conciseness and clarity. Editor uses artificial […]

What’s e-new?

By Andy Coulson At the time of writing this I am in lockdown at home and realising the changes and compromises this means. Thinking back to when I started, technology has evolved so much that it has helped with these challenges in a way I couldn’t have imagined 15 years ago. So, I’ve compiled a […]