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Google Spreadsheets Holiday Art Template

Google Spreadsheets Holiday Art Template

This is pure fun! Few Googlers used the collaborative feature in Google Spreadsheets to create a holiday art template with snow flakes using 18 colors. Each of them added few colors on a blue canvas to create this massive template. The best part is they even made a time lapse video of the whole process […]

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The new Mac vs. PC web ad by Apple is really cool

Published on Nov 19, 2008 in advertising, technology
The new Mac vs. PC web ad by Apple is really cool

Did you checkout the new web based Mac vs. PC ads Apple is running on the CNN.com? They are totally cool. why? because, in that ad, the PC guy walks from one ad-block to another creating wow user experience for whoever seeing the ad. Here is a small animation I have created out of it […]

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Soon you can use Excel on the Web

Published on Oct 30, 2008 in technology
Soon you can use Excel on the Web

Yesterday Microsoft announced in PDC (professional developers conference) that it will be releasing a web based version office applications – Word, Excel, Power Point, One Note later this year. This is an exciting news since you can access the goodness of these powerful desktop apps inside a browser for free. No more hassles of upgrading […]

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Major Updates to Google Docs Spreadsheets App – Menus, Named Ranges, Toolbar

Published on Oct 6, 2008 in Learn Excel, technology

Google Docs – spreadsheet application has introduced some major upgrades to their editor today. Some of the key changes include: Introduction of menus to access all spreadsheet functions / features by category: Now the spreadsheet app menus look more like Excel 2003 menus. Looks like Google is trying hard to close gap between the two […]

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Google Maps Walking Directions Bug ?!?

Published on Sep 26, 2008 in technology, wonder why

I love google maps. No, wait, I really love google maps. I think it is a perfect example of passion, intelligence and wit coming together to create software. [trivia link: google maps tells you swim across the ocean], I have been using maps to find transit directions from my hotel to office and I have […]

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Gmail Labs 2 new useful features – Mark as Read, Label Auto Suggest

Published on Sep 23, 2008 in technology
Gmail Labs 2 new useful features – Mark as Read, Label Auto Suggest

Gmail Labs constantly introduces new features that make using Gmail much more productive. Recently they introduced 2 new features – Mark as Read button and Auto suggest for label search which I find extremely useful. Mark as read is really useful since I use it often to get to inbox zero. I am obsessed with […]

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SQL Queries from Excel

Published on Sep 22, 2008 in Learn Excel, technology
SQL Queries from Excel

Often when you are working on 2 incompatible systems and try to import data from one to another, excel can be a handy tool. I have used excel plenty of times to generate SQL insert / update statements which I could later execute on the database console. Here is a tutorial if you ever have […]

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Web Page Monitor using Google Docs

Published on Sep 16, 2008 in ideas, Learn Excel, technology
Web Page Monitor using Google Docs

My guest post on monitoring web page changes using google docs is posted in Digital Inspiration – one of the most popular technology blogs. Do read it to learn a little bit about using XPATH, RSS Feeds, Google Spreadsheet import() functions. Here is a summary of the technique: First go to the web page which […]

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Quickly process text using split() spreadsheet function in google docs

Published on Aug 25, 2008 in Analytics, Learn Excel, technology

Google docs spreadsheet app is going mainstream with each passing day. Recently they have introduced split() formula to divide text in to multiple cells using a user specified delimiter. The syntax for this function is =split(text value, delimeter), for eg. =split(“pointy haired dilbert”, ” “) would result in 3 individual cells with “pointy”, “haired” and […]

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Switch between firefox tabs using mouse scroll wheel

Published on Aug 19, 2008 in hacks, technology
Switch between firefox tabs using mouse scroll wheel

Firefox 3 has a ton of extremely useful productivity features and as I keep using it, I discover more and more of them. Here is one I found extremely useful and simple: When you have lots of tabs open, in order to switch between the tabs, place mouse pointer on any of the tab titles […]

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Search restaurants by cuisine – Google maps

Published on Aug 11, 2008 in food and drink, technology

This is another wow feature in Google maps that I started seeing last week. You can search restaurants by cuisine, how simple yet how effective .. 🙂 Click here to see all the Pizza places near Empire State Building in New York. Earlier on Gmaps: Get directions by public transport, See 3D building outlines in […]

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Excel Basics: How to add drop down list to validate data

Published on Aug 7, 2008 in Learn Excel

Validating your data as you type can prevent any surprises when you are doing analysis / follow-up on the data. Thankfully, excel has the right tools to do it. In-cell drop-down lists or combo boxes can assist you in picking up a value from a valid list to enter in a cell. Here is a […]

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Analyze your blog post’s readability with Google docs

Published on Aug 5, 2008 in blogging, ideas, technology

How can you ensure that your blog post, term report or business case is readable without spending a lot of time getting beta reviews from others? Thanks to google docs, you can do that with one click. Just upload your word document / txt file to google docs. Once inside, goto menu > tools > […]

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Excel can be Exciting – 15 fun things you can do with your spreadsheet in less than 5 seconds

Published on Aug 1, 2008 in All Time Hits, Featured, hacks, ideas, Learn Excel
Excel can be Exciting – 15 fun things you can do with your spreadsheet in less than 5 seconds

Who said Excel takes lot of time / steps do something? Here is a list of 15 incredibly fun things you can do to your spreadsheets and each takes no more than 5 seconds to do. Happy Friday 🙂 1. Change the shape / color of cell comments Just select the cell comment, go to […]

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Windows Mojave Experiment Kicks Ass

Published on Jul 30, 2008 in advertising, business, ideas, technology

Wow, this is totally cool. A great lesson in creating buzz. The folks at windows vista wanted to convince people that Vista is indeed a good operating system and upgradable from XP. But there are lot of bad opinions floating around and end users are more or less confused about it. Personally I have rarely […]

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