Category: Online Services

OneNote, I’m Done With You?

Long ago, I was using a Google Notebook that has since been killed by Google and migrated into Google Docs. Then, I switched to Evernote for tracking all manner of information. When Evernote decided to limit the number of devices you could use, I switched to OneNote. I was already paying for the Office 365 subscription so it just made sense to me rather than paying for another product from Evernote.

OneNote has never worked on Linux. The saving grace is that they have a webapp that works just fine. I simply pin my work notebook and my personal notebook tabs in Chrome. It gets the job done. Plus, I have the android app so that I can access the information from my phone while out and about.

What’s changed? I’ve gotten frustrated with sync errors. It’s at the point that OneNote is unreliable, and I can’t depend that it will actually save. I left a question mark on the title of this article because I want to change, but I’m unsure of what to change to. So, the decision isn’t quite made yet.

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Installing Zoom Client

Some of my co-workers have been using the Zoom Conferencing Service.  Unfortunately, they haven’t had a Linux client.  That means that I’ve had to start a Windows virtual machine for each meeting.  If I want to share anything on my desktop, I’ve got to get it on my VM.

Well, today, I was given access to the Linux beta client.  It took several emails.  Apparently, I’m not the only one wanting a conferencing solution for Linux.

I followed the directions from Zoom Support.

Here are my notes…

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Documenting Technically

Many times, I find that I need to create a document that includes either code or output from a command-line.  I haven’t found that either LibreOffice or Microsoft Word provide good styling to make that code or output look nice in a technical document.  Below is how I created some Paragraph styles in both programs to display the code.  I would love feed back on how I can improve the look.  Please Comment Below.

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Office Online Apps in Chrome

Recently, Microsoft’s Online applications have come to the rescue.  I’ve learned that I can edit Word documents on my Linux OS without needing Wine or a Windows VM.  I don’t have the full feature set, but it’s close enough for basic editing.  One big issue that I have is that I can’t create Styles.  I’m not sure that I can adjust tab stops either.

So, when I ran across the Chrome store apps for Office Online, I was excited.  Maybe Microsoft is showing Linux, or at least Web-based users a little more attention?

Here are the links to the Apps in the Chrome Web Store:

Unfortunately, these apps didn’t help me much.  Anytime I click on one of the apps, it requests my email address.  Then, it takes me to an Outlook page.  I’m not sure if it is because I am using my company account which is has a Sharepoint corporate account associated.

I was hoping that these apps might help me with some major bugs that I have been experiencing.  First, in Word documents, Chrome deletes my selection when I press Ctrl + C.  If I try to right click and ask it to copy, I just get a message saying the browser doesn’t have access to the clipboard.  Second, in Excel, Chrome seems to get in this mode where it deletes the contents of cells when I navigate to them with the arrows on the keyboard.

Both of those are serious issues, so I have taken to using Firefox for the time being.  At least this shows that Chrome is on the radar for supporting the online applications.

Resources

OMG Chrome: Microsoft Brings Office Online Apps to Chrome Web Store

Gmail Notifier

A couple of emails came through the other day that I didn’t catch right away.  This set me on a quest for a good notification system for my email.  I need something where if I step away from my computer for 30 seconds that I can see that I got an email during that time.  Or, if I am working on something that I can’t stop, I need something that will quietly sit and remind me that something needs attention when I have a chance.

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