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Archive for February, 2007

PHD’s Regular Blah # 7

Published on Feb 28, 2007 in Movies-Books, personal

I have been reading Investment Biker, Freakonomics and No Comebacks. The last one by Frederick Fosyth, a short story collection. Investment Biker is a good books if you like travelogues, biking and investing in any order. I have seen a ton of good movies recently including Blood Diamond, American History X and Schindler’s List. I […]

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Is Monopoly Fair?

Published on Feb 25, 2007 in Learn Excel, simulation, wonder why

Ever since we have purchased the Monopoly board game, it has become a weekend ritual for us. Almost every Friday/Saturday night Jo would pull out the board, currency, wooden dice, small houses and deed cards and spread them. We are in for a surprise after playing the game for few weeks. As kids we thought […]

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Do you know that Excel cant …

Published on Feb 22, 2007 in hacks, Learn Excel, technology

Refer to other sheets in conditional formating. You can only refer to the sheet where conditional formating is being applied. Refer to closed workbooks using indirect() function. It will return #Ref error when you refer to other workbooks in indirect function. By the way if you want to refer to some other workbook in your […]

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Are fund managers poor marketers?

Published on Feb 20, 2007 in media, personal finance, wonder why

Come Ferbruary, every fund house worth its NAV comes up with a hoard of ELSS / Tax planning mutual fund offerings and promotions. These days you open any (business) magazine and you see atleast a dozen ads on how MFs can save you Rs. 33,360* or something on taxes. First up the claim that they […]

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Excel Charting Hacks #1

Published on Feb 15, 2007 in Charts and Graphs, hacks, Learn Excel

The other day I had to make some graphs about revenues and profits of a set of companies. While doing it I wanted to use bar chart with bars of profit and revenue overlapping. But when I mentioned the revenue as 3000 and profit as 1500, the graph would show up something like this. As […]

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Published on Feb 14, 2007 in media, wonder why

I think even on world sxx day also we dont see so much attention to the production process. Either every journo / news writer / news maker has woken up with the worst errections ever or all of them had some raunchy virus taking over their computers. How else can you explain this? All 3 […]

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Find out whether you need a house or not in 60 seconds

Published on Feb 12, 2007 in Learn Excel, personal finance

Most of my classmates and friends have started purchasing houses. This coupled with the fact that I am in coveted DINK (double income no kids) group now have prompted me to do some preliminary research on buying a house. In my quest few things became obvious, Any house worth its tiles costs more than a […]

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Welcome to Madhu2.0

Published on Feb 9, 2007 in personal, technology

That aint a new aJAX based web service or a community site for head_scratchers_with_left_hand_middle_fingerers or something. Be warned. My computer, Madhu as I call it got a major upgrade two days ago. The 6 year old marathon win2k, p3, 256mb, cd rw system is now a spanking new p4 3ghz, 512 mb ddr, 160 gb […]

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Musings of a Married Manager

Published on Feb 5, 2007 in personal

“One Kg tamarind is Rs. 69? What the heck…! Has it always been this costly?” raced my mind through the grocery stand in the neighbourhood supermarket. “Lets buy this 2kg surf excel no? we get a bucket free” urged my wife. I mused for a while trying to keep me afloat in the fmcg quicksand […]

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I am back…

Published on Feb 2, 2007 in personal

The blog is back. My wedding went really well, Will upload the photos in few days. Hoping to write something over the weekend.

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