These ARE the droids I’m looking for

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In time for the holidays, Sphero, makers of smartphone controlled toys like Ollie and BB-8, will have R2D2, zooming around your table top, complete with lights, chirps, and retractable third leg.

In case you were wondering what to get me.

 

Arianna Huffington deletes her employees emails when on vacation (and you can too)

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Enjoying your vacation? How can you, when you have that nagging urge to check your email, and the added anxiety of returning to a mountain of email upon your return?

Arianna Huffington’s wellness company, Thrive Global, adopted a simple solution: During the time an employee is on vacation, new emails are deleted and the sender is urged to callback later.  

“Thank you for your email. I am out of the office … please email me again when I return as this email will be deleted

Their tool, Thrive Away, takes the pressure off employees to respond to the emails received during vacation. But you don’t need to work at Thrive to employ this strategy. Here are instructions on how to set up your own Delete-and-Reply Vacation AutoResponder using Outlook.

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Creating a Delete-and-Reply Rule in Outlook

  1. Click File and select Automatic Replies.
  2. Check Send automatic replies.
  3. Check Only send during this time range and set vacation time.
  4. Leave Inside my organization field blank.
  5. Click Outside my organizatIon tab and enter a ‘.’
    (This field is required, but will be superseded by the rule template).
  6. Click Rules.
  7. Click Add Rules.
  8. Check Delete and Reply with, then click Template.
  9. Enter reply text (for example, “Sorry I’m not home right now, I’m walking on a spiderweb..in Ibizia. Your message has been shredded into less than nothingness. Please contact dmsnyder@moo.cow or re-email me when and if I return”).
  10. Close.
  11. Click OK, and click Yes to confirm ‘all senders’.
  12. OK. OK.

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Taking a (not so sneaky) Peek at iOS 11

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Multi-tasking made easy with Dock

iOS 11, released in BETA in June, promises many cool features for Mac fans to crow about. Including:

  • Improved multi-tasking with Dock
  • Better Apple Pen support
  • Document Scan

and more.

Click below to see quick video playlist highlighting 6 new enhancements.

DeLorean’s Comeback: Flying Cars

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“Roads? We don’t need roads!”

Paul DeLorean, nephew of the original DeLorean founder, is looking to make good on old Doc’ Brown’s words with DeLorean Aerospace’s DR-7 VTOL.

On the drawing board, this two-seater Vertical Take-off & Landing craft boasts an all‑electric twin engine propulsion system, a 19 foot wingspan, and a range of 120 miles on a single charge.

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what, no gull-wing doors?

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Midyear Roundup: My Best Dates

Some of my fave Excel Date Functions. Some old, some new; all designed to help track the passage of time.

Date Functions:

EOMONTH
returns the last day of the month
EOMONTH ( start_date , month )
EDATE
returns the date x number of months before/after a given date
 EDATE ( start_date , months )
NETWORKDAYS
calculates the number of working days
(see also NETWORKDAYS.INTL)
 NETWORKDAYS ( start_date , end_date , [holidays] )
TODAY
returns the current date
 TODAY( )
WEEKNUM
returns serial number for a given week
 WEEKNUM ( date , [week_start] )
WORKDAY
calculates the next valid work day
(see also WORKDAY.INTL)
WORKDAY( start_date, days, [holidays] )

 

YEARFRAC
returns the date as a fraction of the year
 YEARFRAC ( start_date , end_date , [basis])

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