Hurrah! Vertical tabs are coming to Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft has just announced a forthcoming change to OneNote that has made me very happy.

For the past 10 years or so, Microsoft OneNote has been an integral part of my personal organisation and productivity system.

I store almost all my life admin in OneNote. This can be everything from documentation to meal planning. It is really useful if you’re involved in a road traffic collision, for example, and quickly need access to your car insurance documents. Or you are in the supermarket and can’t remember what you’ve planned for dinner at the weekend.

Screenshot of my OneNote showing meal planning for December. Three vertical columns from left to right - categories, pages and then a table of information about food.
Screenshot of my OneNote showing meal planning for December.
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DevToys—an open-source Swiss army knife for developers

DevToys

DevToys is like a Swiss Army knife for software and web developers to help with everyday development tasks such as comparing and converting text and images, testing RegEx, formatting JSON and XML data, compressing images, etc.

It is available for free for Windows from the Microsoft Store.

I wish I’d had this years ago.

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Psion software archive

My old Psion Series 7 and accessories

For years I had on my project backlog an idea to create a website resource for Psion users that collated all the software that I had found and used for a wide range of Psion palmtop computers:

  • WorkAbout (SIBO)
  • Siena (SIBO)
  • Series 3 / 3a / 3mx (SIBO)
  • Series 5 / 5mx (EPOC)
  • Series 7 (EPOC)
  • netBook (EPOC)
  • Quartz
  • netPad

But my life took various unexpected twists and turns and other things took priority. Then in July 2017 I sold my Psion hardware.

While I have not been able to fulfil my original vision, as a minimal viable product, I have uploaded my entire collection of Psion software, images, documentation, code, etc. to Dropbox. If you are interested in Psion computers, have a poke around and help yourself.

Espanso text expander

Editing the default phrases file for espanso in Sublime Text 4.

If you are not already using a text expander application then I highly recommend that you start. It will save you hundreds, if not thousands, of keystrokes every month.

As the name suggests, a text expander application is a utility that runs in the background and looks out for you typing predefined phrases which it then replaces with usually a longer text version.

For example, when I type --@e, my text expander replaces this with my full email address: gareth@garethjmsaunders.co.uk, saving me 25 keystrokes.

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Microsoft To Do review

Screenshot of Microsoft To Do

As many may know, I am a big fan of Todoist and have written a few blog posts about Todoist. But a few weeks ago I installed Microsoft To Do and used it exclusively for a few days to see how it compared.

Within two days I returned to Todoist. I wanted to capture a few thoughts about why.

(Note: it would appear that either there was a significant update to Microsoft To Do in the last two weeks or my laptop was only able to install an older version because a few of the niggles I had with it appear to have been resolved in the latest version, which I installed on my desktop PC.)

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