Importance of computer backups

Anyone who is serious about improving their computer backups should read this article by David Sparks aka ‘MacSparky’.

He uses a ‘belt and braces’ approach which guarantees availability of data if the worst happens. I use a similar approach but not as well documented!

www.macsparky.com/blog/2021/1/backup-2021

Best places to work in the UK

Interesting results in this ‘best place to work’ survey from Glassdoor. Lots of tech companies mentioned. Culture, care and flexible working seem to be the key to success.

www.glassdoor.co.uk/Award/Best-Places-to-Work-UK-LST_KQ0,22.htm

Codecademy sees 350% growth in 2020

Codecademy, the online learning platform for teaching people to code, announced a 350% year-over-year increase in B2B sales. This follows the beta launch of ‘Codecademy for Teams’ last year.

Codecademy for Teams is the platform’s first B2B product, which empowers organisations to provide technical training and education opportunities for employees.

Codecademy for Teams provides full access to Codecademy’s interactive curriculum, and includes business features like progress reporting, making it engaging and accessible for workforces to unlock in-demand skills and reach their full potential.

https://www.codecademy.com/

 

How to master the Camera app on iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro

Really useful article and video on getting to grips with the new camera features on the iPhone 12 Pro.

Full article here:

Virtual working

WorkRamp raises $17M to ramp up its enterprise learning platform

LMS provider WorkRamp has raised more cash to expand its platform offerings.

See this TechCrunch article for more:

7 Reasons to Actually Start Using Google Keep

A lot of people forget about Google Keep, its competitor to Evernote, OneNote and Apple Notes.

Keep has actually been around for years but not well promoted by Google. This article is a quick reminder of its features.

COVID19 course now on CyberU

My course on Getting Back to Business after COVID19 is now available on the CyberU platform.

This short course contains over 140 actionable tips for business owners and managers to get your business up and running again after the pandemic.

Find out more here:

https://www.cyberu.com/course/getting-back-to-business-after-covid19

Rutland Water’s beauty

“Early morning starts make the most of Rutland’s beauty”

I really like getting up early to go fishing. In March, when the season opened, I resolved to have an early start at least once a week and get a couple of hours fishing in before work.

On the Sunday of opening weekend I was in Whitwell Creek at first light and enjoyed being the only one there… until a certain Iain Barr turned up and bagged the swim next to mine!

It turned out to be a good session with four nice Rainbows before breakfast beckoned. Well that worked for less than two weeks before the COVID-19 lockdown took place and we all had to find lots of DIY jobs at home to fill our weekends!

Since fishing re-started at Rutland I have been trying to keep to the same routine and 5am on a Sunday morning will usually find me on the peninsula bank trying to have a couple of hours on the water before the day starts.

While these early visits have been less than spectacular in terms of fishing results, somehow that has not mattered. The beauty of Rutland really shows up early in the morning. With only sheep and rabbits to keep me company, I have enjoyed the stunning views as the sun rises.

At a recent early visit to Carrot Creek a beautiful sunrise was the star of the show and somehow the tangled lines and my frustrating lack of casting ability did not seem to matter at all. Tim Lawson July 2020.

Spreadsheets

New XLOOKUP function in Excel

For those who geek out on Excel (myself included) the years of frustration with the limitations of the VLOOKUP function are nearly at an end. Microsoft is introducing a feature called XLOOKUP, which will bring new functions and make data lookup much easier. See link for the full story.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/01/microsoft-releases-excel-xlookup-feature-spreadsheet-jockeys-rejoice.html

Chernobyl

Photographing Chernobyl

The interest generated by the recent TV series on Chernobyl led me to this excellent article by the Polish photographer, Arkadiusz Podniesiński, who has visited the site many times including into the confinement arch.