2 × 4K = why not!

My desk

At the weekend, while I was having a bit of a spring clean around the house, I moved the AOC U32E2WG6 31.5-inch 4K monitor onto my desk, to replace a Dell P2419H 24-inch Full HD monitor (that Joshua now has his eye on!).

The AOC has been plugged into the Xbox One X, but since all three children have their own gaming laptops, the Xbox hasn’t been used very much. And so neither has the 4K monitor. (I’ll get the Xbox plugged in behind the AOC, so it’s still an option.)

It’s rather nice now having two 4K monitors on my desk. Because… why not!

The Fear Bubble

The Fear Bubble: Harness Fear and Live Without Limits eBook : Middleton,  Ant: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store
The Fear Bubble

Over the last few years I have read mostly business, productivity and agile-related books that have helped me at work. This year, I have made it a priority to try to read more and to read more widely, from a variety of genres.

Last night I finished reading The Fear Bubble by former Special Boat Service (SBS) operator Ant Middleton.

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Beware the Ides of March

My dad (right) with his colleague David Brown on the set of the 1982–1983 IEE Faraday Lecture

“Beware the Ides of March!” So, Shakespeare’s soothsayer warns Julius Caesar in his play. It is a phrase now etched into the history of my family.

Today marks the 39th anniversary of my late father, Keith John Saunders, collapsing with what turned out to be the first of three brain haemorrages, on Tuesday 15 March 1983.

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Repair a Microsoft Money 2005 file

Microsoft Money File Repair

I received an email today from someone who was having trouble upgrading from Microsoft Money 2004 to the last version, Microsoft Money 2005 (QFE2) UK. While opening his Money 2004 .MNY file in Money 2005, the program kept hanging.

Many Microsoft Money users are unaware there is a file repair tool bundled with the application.

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Microsoft Outlook category colours

Here’s something that bugs me every time I have to use Microsoft Outlook: the Categories colour picker:

Categories colours

Seriously, who a) chose those particular colours, and b) put them in that completely random order?!

Would it be too much to ask for a more colour-spectrum order? Something like this:

Category colours in a better order

A first world problem, I know. But it really bugs my sense of aesthetic and order every time I use it. Which is often.