Daily Archives: August 22, 2022

  • Where to store your OneNote notebooks

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    ISSUE 19.34 • 2022-08-22


    Mary Branscombe

    By Mary Branscombe

    OneNote is meant to be one place for all your notes, but even though it’s great to have one location to look at all your notes, you might want to have a bit more control about where those notes are actually stored.

    For many users, it might seem as if you didn’t have a choice: unless you’re using the Windows desktop version of OneNote and you paid for a license, your notebooks must be stored in OneDrive. That’s what allows them to sync onto any device you use — PC, Mac, iPhone, Android, or anything with a suitable Web browser.

    But even though your notebooks must be stored in OneDrive, they don’t need to be stored in the same OneDrive account you use for other things on that device. You can even open notebooks that are stored in someone else’s account, if they share them with you.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (19.34.0, 2022-08-22).
    This story also appears in our public Newsletter.

  • Thunderbird: A worthy alternative to Microsoft Outlook


    Lance Whitney

    By Lance Whitney

    If you find the Outlook email client too cumbersome or complicated, Thunderbird is a simpler yet robust email program worth trying.

    I’ve used Microsoft Outlook as my desktop email client for many years. That’s partly because I come from a corporate IT background with a company that was a Microsoft shop. And it’s partly because I subscribe to Microsoft 365, so Outlook is part of the package and integrates with the other Office apps.

    But that doesn’t mean I’m a huge fan of the program.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (19.34.0, 2022-08-22).

  • Using PowerShell to manage Word documents


    Peter Deegan

    By Peter Deegan

    PowerShell for Word document management? Yes, of course. That’s something the plain old command prompt can’t handle.

    The more-complex and more-capable PowerShell can open Office apps (Word, Excel, or PowerPoint) to automate the making or editing of documents, sheets, or decks. Command prompt can do basic file management only. (As a little bonus, this article lists the DOS commands that still work in PowerShell.)

    The point of this article is to provide an “entry level” script for performing a basic document-management task. So let’s go through a PowerShell script that can deal with a Word document, while showing off some clever PowerShell commands.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (19.34.0, 2022-08-22).

  • The Ransomware Task Force’s advice needs work


    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    A few weeks ago, the Ransomware Task Force (RTF) released the Blueprint for Ransomware Defense.

    The RTF was created by the Institute for Security and Technology (IST) in April 2021 in response to the emerging national and economic security risk posed by ransomware.

    Unfortunately, I find the advice and information contained in the Blueprint centered too much on large enterprises and not enough on the broader audience it was supposedly targeting. Unquestionably, outages and stolen data for large enterprises can have a huge effect on large groups of people, but the Small Business Administration points out that there are 32 million small businesses — and we all can agree they have fewer resources to fend off attacks.

    From my perspective, something very big is missing: detection.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (19.34.0, 2022-08-22).