Love-Hate Relationship with Clutter in Outlook

In such a fast-pace technology world, features are released quicker than anyone can afford to learn everything. Recently I am getting lots of feedback from co-workers or customers saying that they have dropped me an email but I have not responded in a manner that I used to. (P/S: I read mails everywhere, on my laptop, my iPad and my mobile phone. Email has become an integral part of me.)

So I had a thought on why emails are not falling into my “Inbox“? With a little searching around, I saw that my mails has been falling into:

“Junk Email” folder has been a pain too, but of course with certain help in mitigating spam mails from flowing through, but What is Clutter?!

Copying off the article:-

In Outlook 2016 for Windows, “Clutter” can help you filter low-priority email, saving time for your most important messages. If Clutter isn’t for you, you can TURN IT OFF.

So what are typically treated as “Low-Priority“?

Ooooo. So, notifications from Wunderlist is being treated as “Low-Priority”. So what’s the point of having an email reminder?

Like what is mentioned in the block quote above, there are means to toggle “on/off” for this feature depending on individual. All one have to do is to logon to the Office 365 Outlook Web Access (OWA) via https://outlook.office365.com/ and right-click on the “Inbox” to access to the “Clutter settings” as shown below.

You will arrive at the page similar to the image below.

If you love this feature, do nothing!

If you dislike this feature, un-check the highlighted checkbox and “save”!

Provide your feedback to me and let me know your thoughts on this feature!

Cheers,
Milton

Love-Hate Relationship with Clutter in Outlook

New PowerBank in da House!

Hooray! New gadget in the house! What is new this time? Lately, I have been relying a lot on my PowerBank or Battery Pack or Juicer as my ageing Apple iPhone 6S Plus is draining battery way faster than usual. However, I am holding on to this until the new iPhone 8 is released as there is totally no point in jumping on the iPhone 7 bandwagon at this point of time when we know the release date for the new iPhone 8 is imminent!

As I was doing some window-shopping at Suntec City last week, I walked past the “Mi” Store which is the store for XiaoMi line of products. Feeling curious what’s in store for me as it has been a real long time ago that I have used XiaoMi product. Still remember those days when XiaoMi do not have an official store front in Singapore, I went ahead to buy my first PowerBank (16000 mAh in capacity) and have to collect it from an industry area in Singapore. Time flies and now it is so easy to get this value-for-money line of products almost anywhere in Singapore. So, why the flagship store then? I don’t have the answer either but I am a fan of buying from the original store instead of going through re-sellers.

My old (16000 mAh) battery juicer suffered a damage when I was in Auckland last year where it slipped out of my jacket pocket and create a dent on the cover itself but since then I make do with it all the while. However, when I saw the newer series of the PowerBank, I am so in-love with the design as it looks so sleek! Without further ado, please see below:

Woot, the package is so much better than before. In the past, we do not even have any wording printed on the exterior of the box!

Look at the statistics being published and printed on the exterior of the box, this juicer (a.k.a. PowerBank) can fully charged 7.5x an Apple iPhone 7. *Roar*

More specifications of the specs as such “Fast-Charging” which is something that I can make do without in terms of bi-directional functionality. I need my PowerBank to quickly charged up my device as soon as possible else I will probably not be able to stay connected in this Internet-Enabled World! I definitely can make do without the fast charging of the PowerBank as I always leave it by the power socket for hours adoring the blinking lights on the PowerBank.

More wordings…

Man, artistic shot of my PowerBank. Although the material of the casing is Plastic compared to the older version which I suppose it should be made up of Aluminium. (*Wild Guessing*)

This PowerBank equips with 2 x USB port so that one can concurrent charged up two devices. It works flawlessly for the older version and I have yet to have this tested out on the newer version. The centre socket is the one used for charging the PowerBank which is uses the regular kind of cable used widely for Android devices before phasing out into using Type-C.

I really like the Pearlie White colour on this PowerBank, I wonder if XiaoMi is going to start producing more of different colours! If yes, I will be collecting them!

Cheers,
Milton

New PowerBank in da House!

Capturing Screen as GIF File

Last second day of the beautiful 2016 and while we are waiting to welcome 2017, we should not let loose in terms of learning. Therefore, while doing my SAPIEN PowerShell Studio learning, I found out that I will need a tool to capture some screen movement but I wouldn’t want to record it as a Video formatted file.

I remember that I have seen my idol Scott Hanselman using one of them on one of his many blog articles. I went on to Google a little and I found ScreenToGif. This is a pretty decent tool and I quickly download it. It is a single executable file that require zero installation which comes in handy as I can then put it on my DropBox / OneDrive and made it readily available on all my personal / workstation.

Once you launch the application, you will be presented with a simple layout with icons as shown below.

Click on “Recorder” and you are all set to select the screen area that you want to do the recording.

Remember to click on the record button which is at the bottom right hand corner represented with a red circle. Once you are done with your screen recording which generally in my opinion should not be more than 15 seconds for blog entry so that it will not create a huge file.

Once done, click on stop and you can choose to edit or save the GIF file. Below is an example that I have made as part of my learning of SAPIEN PowerShell Studio.

 

Thanks for reading and hope you will find this tool useful!

Cheers,
Milton

Capturing Screen as GIF File

Using iPad as a 2nd Monitor–Duet Display

Within this year, I see myself spending more time outside of my office than in the office which is rather something that I am looking for. There are times when I just needed one more monitor than just the laptop itself so that I can cross-reference some documents on Excel Spreadsheet along with what is being displayed on the main monitor especially when I am meddling with the system configurations of the customer systems.

Ideas have been storming into my mind all these while but every time a new idea emerged, I will start to think of the Pros and Cons. I did remember my good friend Matt Hitchcock has recommended to me the ASUS MB169+ which is an awesome piece of gadget! However, there are many constraints that prevented me from getting one of those external monitors that are powered by USB.

  1. I am using a HP Elitebook 840 G3 which comes with Two USB ports. I am generally happy with this machine as I have upgraded it to 16GB and it has built-in SSD which makes running a full lab that able to simulate the whole Condeco Enterprise suite of products.
  2. Although I am using a TUMI Alpha 2, it does have space limitation too although it is really huge! Moreover, I didn’t want to intentionally carry a truck full of loots with me each time I travel from place to place.
  3. Do I really need to lug around a 15” monitor with me all day long?

Therefore, I did a search online and chanced upon this software known as Duet Display. This generally fits into my use-case as I recently just upgrade my iPad Mini Generation 1 to a refurbished set of iPad Air 2 which I am really happy with till now.

Duet Display is free to download on your Mac OS X or Windows computer as the licensing is count towards the device you used as the additional screen. In terms of pricing, it is on the high side of an iOS application as it is priced at SGD 28.98.

Nevertheless, being productive at whatever one is doing is getting more and more important to me. I aimed to be able to improve and increase productivity for not just myself but for all the people around me who are keen to do so. On the flip side, the money spent on the App isn’t that significant anymore because I always believe that if one can splurge on good meals, they should be responsible for their own productivity. Therefore, one should invest in their well-beings. In the past, I have used other application which taps on the Wireless Network in order to connect as a secondary screen but the disadvantage of that would be it is always dependent on the wireless strength.

The setup of the application and have it connect to my Windows 10 laptop isn’t that difficult and can be done swiftly within 10 minutes including the time taken to download the application. Connect the iPad with the lightning cable and everything works like a charm. Here is a photo of the end result.

 

Below is the step of step setting up of the application on my iPad after downloading from the Apple App Store.

1. The Application is easily found in the Apple App Store.

 

2. Welcome screen

 

3. Guide you to install the necessary software on your Mac OS or Windows computer.

 

4. Typical application behaviour where they will ask you for permission to allow notifications to be shown. One thing that caught my eye is that it will keep track on how many hours that the software provides in terms of Productive Hours. This just co-relate with, how much frustrations has been saved and how much time was saved just by able to be more productive.

5. Next is the signing up of marketing mailers.

 

6. Now the most essential part where it is awaiting for the iPad to be connected.

 

Once the iOS powered device is connected, it will automatically launch iTunes (if you have it installed) and automatically it will connect and display as a secondary screen as shown earlier in this post.

Some of the highlights of this Application is the help screen which generally gives me a very neat feeling.

 

If you have an Apple iPad and wish to increase your productivity by having an additional screen, please go ahead and try out Duet Display.

Cheers,
Milton

Using iPad as a 2nd Monitor–Duet Display

Synology integrate with OneDrive

When I surfing through the web and I happened to chanced upon Synology website having some keyword of Cloud Storage Provider such as OneDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive. So I went to dived down deeper went I am home.

Upon logging into my Synology NAS (DS412+), I found Cloud Sync in the Package Center. Went ahead to install it and found the following.

Wow, look at what Synology have done for the consumer out there! We are able to synchronize so many different types of cloud provider via the NAS.

Please do note that this application is developed by Synology Inc itself and the file type for this package is (.spk). Yes, I do have the interests to see how this package is actually calling OneDrive. Is it the same as the way how OneDrive Client is doing? (Well, I am not sure how can I reversed engineer this just yet.)

After installation, this appear in the overlay of the Synology Dashboard. Nice looking icon there!

Now, the real action starts! Selected OneDrive and another pop-up appear to perform the authentication between OneDrive and Synology NAS.

The usual terms and condition that you will need to agree before proceeding, the kind that is similar to using 3rd-Party Developer Twitter Client to connect to your Twitter account via the API. Well, you have no choice but to agree since you are eager to use the APIs!

Select the place you would like to place the data (files and folders) that is synchronized between OneDrive and Synology.

You can even selective synchronization where you only synchronized certain folders from OneDrive.

After configuration, we can see the console actually starts searching the files and folders to be synchronized and process the synchronization. There is even an icon that is located at the task bar which shows the status of the OneDrive.

I am really happy that Synology is making effort to make sure that the consumer experience is being upgraded at their each major or minor release of the firmware.

Thumbs up to Synology Team!

Cheers.

Regards,
Milton Goh

Synology integrate with OneDrive

Is there something missing in #OneDrive ?

Just when I subscribed to the Office 365 Personal in order to get that 1 Terabyte (TB) of space so that I can start archiving some of the files that I do not required sitting in my home NAS that are filling almost up quickly since the total usable space is 1.5TB. (I know it sounds like it is time to upgrade but looking at schedule where I intend to do a home renovation, I think I will leave those new gadgets coming in after the renovation.)

The latest statistics of the amount of space that I have packed into my account is:

image

So during the course of the first few days into actively pushing some of the media files to OneDrive, I found out something that I feel missing out. So I started of using Google Chrome for all my surfing experience (yes, I do love Internet Explorer too) and started uploading files via the OneDrive web portal.

Google Chrome

The browser that offers two upload options as shown:

  1. Files
  2. Folder

OneDrive_Chrome_Upload_Options

Notice, it reads as “Files” and “Folder” where it is missing something!

Number 1 – *MISSING WHAT?*: Why can’t I have an option to upload multiple folders?

Then I went ahead to upload by single Folder at a time since each folder contains multiple huge files, it does not matter to me actually. So after uploading the 9th or 10th huge folder, I start to ponder upon something that is missing.

OneDrive_Chrome_Upload_5of22

OneDrive_Chrome_Upload_22of22

Do you all notice the difference? It caught my attention why when it was uploading 5th file out of the 22 files that I have, the amount it has progress in the blue bar is showing perhaps 5-8% of the total length. However, when it is already in the process of uploading the last file, it only show almost 25% taken up! So, what’s the big deal about the remaining 75%?

Number 2 – *MISSING WHAT?*: What happened to my progress bar?

OK, that’s all for Google Chrome. Next on the list… Internet Explorer!

 

Internet Explorer

So I wasn’t quite convinced with how Google Chrome works, so I went ahead and try out using Internet Explorer (IE) as always Microsoft line of products should all work almost seamlessly together.

Number 1 – *MISSING WHAT?*: Why can’t I upload by Folder??????

image

Notice that for the “Upload” portion, there isn’t any option for me to choose between a Single File or Multiple Files or Single Folder. It is just, go ahead and select something out of a single folder.

So by using Internet Explorer, users will have to first create the appropriate folder then upload the files into it as shown.

OneDrive_IE_Upload_20_Items

One thing for sure that is working is the progress bar… *Yayyy*

OneDrive_IE_Upload_20_Items_01

OneDrive_IE_Upload_20_Items_02

 

I don’t know who to reach out to but I hope that Microsoft will consider to allow uploading of multiple folders via the OneDrive web portal one day.

Do you have similar experience as me? If yes, why not share it with me by commenting below.

Cheers!

Regards,
Milton Goh

Is there something missing in #OneDrive ?

PowerShell Saturday #009 (Singapore) – Azure + PowerShell

In today PowerShell Saturday #009 in Singapore, I shared the following article about Microsoft Azure and PowerShell. In this presentation, I shared about how one should actually adopt PowerShell to help ease the amount of work that is needed to be spent on managing Microsoft Azure.

 

Thank you.

Regards,
Milton Goh

PowerShell Saturday #009 (Singapore) – Azure + PowerShell