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How to create an advent calendar on your computer

23 November 2011


If you follow me on Twitter, you might have already seen this, but I've written an article explaining how you can create an advent calendar on your computer using PowerPoint. It's a simple project that uses a built-in template, which you can customise with your own pictures. The template features some nice PowerPoint animations and comes with some great default clip art, so even if you don't want to make your own calendar, you can use the default template to count down the days to Christmas.

PowerPoint is often overlooked in the Microsoft Office suite by home users, because people think it's only for business presentations. Together with the photo album project in Microsoft Office for the Older and Wiser, this project shows that PowerPoint can be used for fun projects too. What else have you used PowerPoint for?

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Choice Magazine recommends 'iPad for the Older and Wiser' as a Christmas gift

20 November 2011


The November 2011 issue of Choice Magazine includes a review of iPad for the Older and Wiser, which is the book of the month. The review concludes: "If you are wondering what to ask for next month for Christmas, then an iPad, together with this book, would keep you amused and entertained for hours, and prove a very useful resource to boot."

You can see the full review below, and read more about the book (including more excerpts from that review in text so they're easier to read) at my webpage for iPad for the Older and Wiser.

iPad for the Older and Wiser, Microsoft for the Older and Wiser, Social Networking for the Older and Wiser, and Web Design in Easy Steps are all out now and available on the shelf or to order from any bookshop. You can also find easy links to buy online in my shop.

Scan of review from Choice Magazine of iPad for the Older and Wiser

Review reproduced by kind permission of www.choicemag.co.uk

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Books by Sean McManus

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Scratch Programming in Easy Steps

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Raspberry Pi For Dummies

Learn to program with the Scratch programming language, widely used in schools and colleges.

Set up your Pi, master Linux, learn Scratch and Python, and create your own electronics projects.

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Cool Scratch Projects in Easy Steps

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