What I did today, 22/2/17

Today I investigated the usefulness of adding multiple email addresses to an IMAP client email (Thunderbird) – so as to collate all incoming mail in one inbox, that can vied without needing to use an internet browser.

In addition to this I was given some insight into what is available to an administrator of a commercial email system; who and when someone logged-in, for instance.

This entire course was a welcome refresher to what I was taught on a similar course some little time ago.

Nowhere else, I’m sure, could I have learned and practiced so much of what is available and useful in an average email account; the file & folder filters will be especially important in my day to day usage.

Thank you Rick Crust and Age UK (East London)

What I learned today: 15/2/17

Today was a refresher for me. A re-run of Email filters, labels and archiving. All vital aspects of Email management.

The highlight was an introduction to password security, especially securing intricate/elaborate/long password creation and storing – using the KeePass software. A PC or portable Flash-Drive secure storage facility.

Harley Shaw

What I did and learned today, 1/2/17

On finding a new email in my gmail account which contained pictures of pubs in Hackney…

-I first uploaded each picture to ‘My Drive’.

-Next I downloaded each picture to the ‘Downloads’ folder on the course Flash Drive.

From here I practised attaching these same pictures to emails; from gmail and Thunderbird.

I was then taken on a walk-through of the email web-page;the various folders etc.

Things did indeed go swimmingly today, if this holds-up we should be able to cover all aspects of emailing and practise much, the better to get the hang of things.

And, it was all fun.

What I did today 25/1/2017

More practice in creating themes and saving them.

From a recent document I created a Template. I did this by selecting each element in turn and replacing the text within it with its theme designation; Title, Heading 2;4;4 etc. along with Emphasis and Bullet list. This Template 1 was saved both as a Theme and in document form on the flash-drive.

-I was given an un-formatted dummy CV as an email attachment which I downloaded to the flash-drive, from there, using Word 10, I formatted it;creating a title, headings, emphasis and bullet-lists. Once this was done, then redone, the class was given a run-through of the wider possibilities by the tutor.

What I learned today – 18/1/17

From the given un-formatted document I created a new ‘theme’ title, headings and body-text.

This new them I then saved within the Word-10 system;naming it Tom1

Then, calling-up a new document, I chose ‘Tom1’ as my theme and created an entirely new document.

This I then saved under ‘Session 3’ on the course Flash-Drive in ‘pdf’ format.

It was, again, rather a bother that the programs on the laptops we use were set-up differently from the one on which the course was originated – even though our Tutor Rick went to great lengths to use Word 2010, as this is the software in the IT suit Age UK hires for this purpose.

11/1/2017:What I learned today…

The day began in an unusual way;with a short talk from a representative of ‘Reed’, a company with a contract from the DWP to offer employability advice locally.

As part of their contract ‘Reed’ offer this help to people over 50 years of age – the age group Age UK (East London) is concerned with.

After this we had a short recap of the work we did last week;then we expanded upon that. With reformatting;changing themes etc.

Finally, I reformatted one ’emploability’ document in order to make it more readily accessible to someone with impaired eyesight;easier to read.

What I did on Wednesday the 4th of January:1st class of the new course.

After we were presented with two copies of the course introduction document;in slightly different formats.

We explored both versions electronically; using Word 2010.

Using ‘Styles’ and ‘Themes’:-

We explored the possibilities of altering the headline, sub-headline and topic-title lines. We altered each aspect of the texts – size, colour and font.

We spent some time on this exercise; changing it all to look rather worse than it did and eventually altering the whole document in a way to suited ourselves.

Penultimately, we explored our GCFLearnFree account.

Finally – as ever, this blog-comment was created.

What I did on Wednesday the 14th of December…

Quite a busy day:

We read through a table on laptop comparisons from Which! magazine, and investigated the information contained there.

We explored another (deeper) level of web search;using the various criteria available;All, Image etc.

Under the image search we worked to find images of at least a ‘given dimension’ that were free to use – and amend, in a non-commercial setting. These were of shop-fronts in the Hackney area. These (3) I then saved to to the Flash Drive ‘pictures’ folder and to my Google Drive cloud account.

I then returned to the Procurement Team Sheet to work with the screen-aspect tool. This gives figures on screen height and width for a given diameter, in a whole range of different screen-aspects

What I did on the 8th of December…

We continued to practice internet searches. Today we were tasked to answer a set of questions regarding the retail prices of Windows software and Apple hardware then to add these into our spreadsheet.

I discovered that the prices shown varied widely;this I was informed was because some versions of the software had been extracted from old equipment, then sold-on as refurbished.

Harley and the slide deck

I was part of the team that created the Showcase Slide Deck.

This project provided me with a depth of subject matter to explore and a breadth of source material which helped to display the illustrate the text.

We were engaged to produce a number of slides to add to the display linked to above.

While the theme was agreed beforehand it was up to each learner to create their own story, and illustrate it from the selection of images provided.

I’m sure that I now have sufficient skill and practice to do something similar for an employer.

Plenary session practical – email ‘label’ filtering…

Dear all,

This being a mixed session;coursework, sign-up for the next course and drop-in, the job at hand had to be fitted in between doing other things.

I was asked to repeat the label filtering exercise we did last week. This time to to filter incoming emails from ‘Future Learn’: A very useful online learning facility; open to all.

It all went quite well.

Roll on next week.

All for now,