O R G A N I C / F E R T I L I Z E R: 07.14

Jul 24, 2014

misc: flying with cortana

if you’re a windows phone 8.1 user, you’re probably in love with cortana already. she is a fantastic organizer! despite all that, sometimes, she fails to understand your flight itinerary, especially on multi-leg flights. she might capture just one leg of the flight. so how do you fix?

i looked for a way to do this but wasn’t able to find any well-documented procedures, so here’s my shot at it.

  • have cortana search for the flight information. in my test, i’m using aa1947 as an example.
  • click the Show AA 1947 updates link. this will add it to your itinerary.

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if the date isn’t right, don’t worry. you can change it.

  • switch over to the interests section.
  • under travel, you should be able to find your flight information. click on it.

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  • under the Flight date section, simply choose which date you’re interested in.

now cortana will track that flight for you.

Jul 23, 2014

misc: cool things about onenote

onenote has been my constant companion for many years now. between onenote and outlook, i can’t think of very many things that can’t be effectively managed, tasked, or tracked -- at least from a day-to-day perspective. i found some pretty cool things about onenote recently that i thought i’d share: subpages and onetastic.

 

SUBPAGES

Snagit screen capturefor those of that don’t know, i’m an avid pool player. naturally, since i use onenote, i’m a pool player that likes to keep a lot of notes about billiards as you can see in the screenshot.

the first thing i want to point out is onenote allows the use of subpages. i went for far too long without knowing that. if you look at #1, you can see how onenote looks when you collapse subpages. #2 is the expanded view.

once you collect your pages as subpages, it makes managing them easier since you can work with them in bulk (move, copy, delete, cut, etc.)

to create a subpage, right-click the page tab and choose make subpage. the shortcut trick to make or promote a subpage is to drag the page tab left or right with your mouse as shown below.

Snagit screen capture
http://screencast.com/t/l5mpZ4vy

 

ONETASTIC

i stumbled on this gem while i was looking for a tool to apply styles like you can in pretty much every other office product. enter onetastic. onetastic for microsoft onenote is an amazing collection of tools Snagit screen capturethat integrate directly with onenote. since most of the tools are macros, it’s as extensible as you want to make it. so far, i’ve found that their collection of macros is more than enough for me.

if you’re a heavy onenote user, it’s definitely worth checking. i found all kinds of other cool macros like sorting pages, creating a table of content, search & highlight, etc.

 

 

BONUS

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