GETTING A NEW WINDOWS 8 COMPUTER

Just when we thought we’d heard every complaint about Windows 8 computers, we heard a new one. A friend wondered where in the world she should save her files, because now she sees two choices: “Skydrive,” and “This PC.”

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NOW PRESENTING

Every time Joy picks someone to be a speaker at her woman’s club, they moan about the lack of a laser pointer for their PowerPoint presentation. We found one that’s so useful we may have to get it.

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PRESENT YOURSELF

“Present Yourself,” by Seeborg and Meyer, $25 from OReilly.com, is about SlideShare, a free program used by 60 million people. They call it “the Youtube of PowerPoint presentations.”

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LEARNING THROUGH PICTURES

InPics.net teaches with pictures. They have tutorials for Microsoft Office, web coding (PHP, MySQL, and so on), and OpenOffice.org.

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DESKTOP PUBLISHING

It seems like desktop publishing has been around since the Ten Commandments went viral. But we didn’t realize how sophisticated it has become until we tried the new “PagePlus x6” from Serif.com.

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ONLINE TRAINING MADE EASY

Mindflash.com is a web-based service that makes it easy to create online courses. It’s free if you have ten trainees or less.

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BULLET PROOF

Just two weeks before Joy was scheduled to give a PowerPoint presentation at a statewide convention for P.E.O. women’s clubs, she was sent a copy of the book, “Beyond Bullet Points” to review. Death by PowerPoint was narrowly averted! Most PowerPoint presentations are deadly. We have been the recipients of more than our fair share as public relations people stop by to present formal pitches. They take so long to get to the point that we’ve nodded off before they get there. Joy says this new book has changed her life. “It is terrific” she says. “It gets you to stop putting in the usual baloney that most people do when they create PowerPoint presentations, which are usually a series […]

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TABLE TOP MOVIE SCREEN

This movie projector can stand at the end of a conference table.

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A CHEAPER INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARD

If you get this gizmo, you don’t need an “interactive” whiteboard.

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POWERPOINT ON THE WEB

Put your PowerPoint presentation on the web for free.

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