Starr in the Community

It’s always good to give back to the community. Starr in the Community give opportunities for special school pupils to experience a surprise trip out to the circus. Circuses may not be your thing or you might not like clowns but some kids do so it’s a good thing to give some joy to one child to have this kind of event.

Dictate into Office Apps

As I opened up my Outlook this morning I was presented with this tip and link. It does contain useful information on how to use Dictate (Voice Input) into Word, Outlook, OneNote and PowerPoint, but not Excel.


Accessibility features in Windows 11

This article that my colleague Dave Goldsborough sent me is very useful to get a glimpse of what’s changing. The biggest change is gone has “Ease of Access” and in comes “ Accessibility”. The aim is to make things easier to find and use. Anyway, read what this article says:-

The above article goes into more detail and explains that technical changes will make the experience for say, blind users , more seamless with a wider range of Office applications it will work with. At the moment I have not had the opportunity to trial this out. I think my equipment is a little old for it. But it needs to be tried out before any recommendation. I hope that I will be able to do that one day soon.

Is your machine going to be compatible for Windows 11?

Windows 11 is on the horizon and in order to run this new operating system it needs something called TPM – Trusted Platform Module. This is causing some debate in technical circles. It’s a chip on your motherboard but if Windows 11 doesn’t find it compatible it won’t run. Microsoft have taken off their website the PC Health Check app with no explanation as far as I can see. I did find a version and ran it on an old Surface 3 device and then my 2 yr old laptop. Both failed compatibility! It may be because the app is giving false information or it’s Microsoft trying to convince us to buy compatible machines.

One thing we do know about the new operating system is that it will run Android apps. How well and how effectively we wait to see. A new start menu, and the use of Widgets feature . As far as accessbility features we wait to see. You can sign up for news of when this new operating system is released that is scheduled for the autumn but that could change based on previous release dates changing.

For more details go to:-

My Colleague suggested using this little app to see how your computer fares in the compatibility stakes:-

scroll down the page and “Download latest stable release”. 

Why Chile?

All of a sudden today I notice I have 35 views by people in Chile! How did that happen? If anyone can shed any light on that please let me know . Not that I am complaining. It’s a great honour to be popular in a place I know nobody or ever been there. In fact it’s the other side of the world.

Maybe, somebody could shed some light on it.