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How to Maintain PMI Certifications with Free Webinar PDUs and Ensure PDUs Are Reported Correctly

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If you have earned your project management certification with PMI already, then you would know that satisfying PDUs (short for Professional Development Units) is required as part of maintaining and renewing your Project Management credentials.  PDUs are one hour blocks of time doing something "project management", by learning, teaching or volunteering.  Different certification requires different PDUs. For example, if you are PMP-certified, then you need to earn 60 hours of PDU over a 3 year period. More on what are PDUs here  and ways to earn them here . You probably would have also realized that your PMI membership automatically gives you free access to ProjectManagement.com which has lots of on-demand webinars that you can use to earn your PDUs. If not, now you know :) Both PMI.org and ProjectManagement.com uses the same credentials, so you do not need to register another account when using the latter. Thi

You Can PPT Too! (Part Two): Useful Shortcuts With SHIFT

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Well, the second part took longer than I thought it would. Hopefully with some down time now, I can get the other parts out sooner. So onto the main topic, in this article, I will talk about some useful and convenient ppt shortcut features, powered by a simple but useful key - the SHIFT key. Some of these may already be familiar to seasoned Powerpoint masters, but may not be immediately apparent to new users. If you know of any other tricks, I would love to hear from you in the comments :) Let's start off by running through the more well-known uses for SHIFT: Selecting Multiple Objects This should be quite straight forward. Hold down SHIFT key and select your objects, either one by one, or click and drag across the slide canvas to cover the objects you want. To finetune your selection, you can continue holding down SHIFT and click on individual objects that you want to add into or remove from your selection. Drawing Straight Lines Hold down SHIFT key and draw your

You Can PPT Too! (Part One): How to use Alignment in Powerpoint for Professional Looking Slides

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PowerPoint has many interesting and time saving features. I like to call them Quality of Life (QoL) features. For the most part, these QoL features make working with Powerpoint easier.  Unfortunately, some of these can be confusing for newcomers. At least, that was how I felt when I starting learning how to do better PPT presentations beyond the default templates. Why not do a mini-series to share some useful PPT tricks I have learnt, I thought. And so I bring to you the first part of my "You Can PPT Too!" series.  Let's start off with something simple. Simple and yet, I would often see neglected in presentations.  How many times have you sat through a presentation, only to have your attention drift away from the presenter because of untidy alignment, like the one on the left below? A little exaggeration on the alignment but it conveys my point. Not only do such minor details distract your audience, they also convey sloppiness and are generally bad for professio

How to Control Xiaomi Web Camera Sharing Permissions

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This post came about as a result of another earlier post on  How to share a Xiaomi webcam/video camera to multiple Mi accounts . A reader wanted more privacy control over his web camera after being shared with other accounts but could not find the necessary settings. After a few back and forth, it got apparent that even across Xiaomi products, the level of controls are not consistent and I thought this was worth a post by itself to show where to find the settings and get more feedback on the inconsistencies. Xiaomi is a big Chinese company selling various Smart Home devices and digital technology products. It is a very big brand in its home market, and has been rising internationally due to its aggressive marketing and pricing strategies.  In terms of webcam, Xiaomi has a few different series to cater to different market needs, so to set the context, I am using Xiaomi Home Security Camera 1080p (it's the China website because not all products are available in every market,

In Cloud Computing, What is the Difference Between Scalability and Elasticity

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In Cloud Computing, we often hear the terms 'Scalability' and 'Elasticity' being thrown around, often being used interchangeably. Recently, I was listening to an online course describing Cloud Computing concepts, and the way these two terms are described got me thinking about the differences. So far, there is no general consensus on how to draw the line. I have seen explanations which put Scalability as adding resources while Elasticity as adding AND removing resources. I have also seen descriptions that says Scalability is to be able to scale an instance's resources, while Elasticity is to be able to add/remove additional instances. I am of the opinion that demarcating the differences purely from the perspective of resource adding and removing is too simplified and a little ambiguous, while the latter view of instance resource vs new instances is really still talking about Scalability (Vertical Scaling vs Horizontal Scaling - explained at the end of this arti

Powerpoint File Size Does Not Reduce Even After Deleting Slides

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Updated 10 Jul 2018 - After some testing, I find that those "extra" template slides appear when you try to copy some slides and paste to another deck with "Keep Source Formatting". So if you frequently encounter this problem, you could be like me, often having to take content from different decks and piece together a customized deck for the work on hand. If so, then the solution below should help with your powerpoint file size. If you work with Powerpoint slides a lot, you may have seen some pretty big and bloated slide decks, especially if it contains lots of photo or video content. This presents an issue when sending over email with attachment size limits. Most of the time, deleting slides or compressing content should help to reduce the size.  If you had came upon this article after googling, you probably had just encountered a similar frustrating experience as me. Even after  removing most of the content, the Powerpoint file size remains mostly the same

How to Add Borders Around Images or Photos in Microsoft OneNote

Updated 10 Jul 2018 - Another quick tip, the steps below can be reversed, you can copy an image into OneNote first, select the image, and then choose to insert a 1x1 table, which will achieve the same result. Ever since I started using Microsoft OneNote in my work laptop, I have found it useful for taking quick notes or just jotting down random notes while working. One peeve I have is why Microsoft does not allow me to put borders around images. Sometimes, you just need the border around a picture to make the note readable, especially if it has the same white background as OneNote. You would have thought this is a simple and straight forward feature. Word has it, Powerpoint has it, Outlook has it. Even Excel has it. So it seems all the main buddies of OneNote in the Microsoft Office Suite have this, except OneNote itself. If you are like me and need the border, fear not - Tables to the rescue!