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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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Mute conversations in Gmail to not follow a specific thread of mails

Published on Jul 24, 2008 in hacks, technology

Do you know that you can mute conversations in gmail if you are do not want to see that lengthy thread on single subjected that people wont give up. Just select the mail / conversation you want to mute Click on “More actions” and select “mute” Enjoy the bliss If you want search for muted […]

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Watch out if you are buying insurance online at GEICO – your password is not encrypted

Published on Jul 23, 2008 in america, business, technology, wonder why

I have noticed something totally strange while trying to get an auto insurance quote online at GEICO. See it for yourself. They are showing your password in the URL… OMG 😮 Make sure you don’t use the site for getting new quotes as it could be a potential privacy breach as anyone watching the URLs […]

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Extract URLs from an excel spreadsheet cell using UDFs

Published on Jul 23, 2008 in hacks, Learn Excel, technology

Often my work involves processing web page data in excel sheets. This includes extracting the hyperlinks from cell contents. There is no formula for extracting hyperlinks though, you can right click on cell and choose “edit hyperlink” to see which address the cell is linking to. But that is a tedious process especially if you […]

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Changing Sort Orientation in Excel – Sorting across columns instead of rows

Published on Jul 22, 2008 in hacks, Learn Excel, technology

change-sort-orientation-excel-columns You can sort data across columns instead of rows by changing sort options. If you ever had to sort across columns now you know a simple way to do this 🙂 Follow these steps for changing sort orientation: Select the table you want to sort (just the data, not the headers as when you […]

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Google Maps adds directions by Public Transport – Wow

Published on Jul 22, 2008 in ideas, technology

Wow, this is awesome. Google maps has added directions by public transport. Sometime back when they integrated public transport timings along with bus-stop / train station icons, it was pretty cool, but adding directions based on bus / train routes is totally awesome. Try it for yourself, click here to see a sample direction.

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Excel Bullet Graphs

Excel Bullet Graphs

Bullet graphs provide an effective way to dashboard target vs. actual performance data, the bread and butter of corporate analytics. Howmuchever effective they are, the sad truth is there is no one easy way to do them in excel. I have prepared a short tutorial that can make you a dashboard ninja without writing extensive […]

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Awesome folks at flickr introduce instant zoom for photos

Published on Jul 18, 2008 in pics, technology

Wow, this is one of the coolest features on flickr, you can use instant zoom to see finer details of pics (the ones which have all sizes allowed for anyone).

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Improve your in-cell charts with colors and negative values

Published on Jul 17, 2008 in Charts and Graphs, hacks, ideas, Learn Excel, technology
Improve your in-cell charts with colors and negative values

In response to Making Incell charts better article, reader Tony mailed me an excel sheet in which he has modified the charts to display colors and negative values. This is pretty cool. Take a look at the chart below: The trick lies in displaying the charts in 2 rows, one for positive values and another […]

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Bingo / Housie Ticket Generator in Excel

Published on Jul 16, 2008 in Analytics, hacks, ideas, Learn Excel, technology
Bingo / Housie Ticket Generator in Excel

I am fascinated by board games. They provide immense fun, anyone can enjoy them, they are unpredictable and best of all they are great value for money. That is why whenever I get sometime I experiment with simulating games to know them better [read Why Monopoly board game is not as random as it appears]. […]

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Incell Bar charts – Revisited

Published on Jul 15, 2008 in Charts and Graphs, hacks, ideas, Learn Excel, technology
Incell Bar charts – Revisited

I can never get tired of in-cell charts, whenever I get sometime, I try to experiment something on them. Here is an idea to design true incell column charts without using any add-ins or installing fonts. These charts can be fun to have on your project report or annual news letter or memos, they take […]

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Use Google docs to track your bucks – [spreadsheet forms idea]

Published on Jul 14, 2008 in hacks, ideas, Learn Excel, personal finance, technology

Each of us have our mechanisms to track how we spend money. We use Excel, various online sites and software like Quicken or Microsoft Money to track how we spend our bucks. The bottom line is to track where each penny / paisa / cent is going. So, how great would be it be, if […]

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myRoom.makeSuperCool()

Published on Jul 11, 2008 in Featured, hacks, Humor, ideas, technology

How geeky are you? Show off your geekness to others with this kickass room decor ideas, Just click the images to follow up. live geek, love geek 😀 1. Lets start with the door. You can experiment with the door locks to create your own puzzle: 2. Now that you are in how geeky would […]

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Yahoo hopes to create more apps than no. of atoms in observable universe

Published on Jul 10, 2008 in Humor, technology, wonder why

One of the latest news is that Yahoo has launched BOSS (Build your Own Search Service) using which you can build search based apps. Being a part geek who loves to show off my part knowledge to other part geeks during parties, I went to their website to register for my own app. The registration […]

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Partition Charts – Continuation – [More visualization fun]

Published on Jul 10, 2008 in Charts and Graphs, hacks, ideas, Learn Excel, technology

Jon @ Peltiertech has taken a critical look at the partition charts suggested yesterday. You can read his review of the partition charts here. One of the commenters on his site said, Jon, the partition chart is not that bad. It just needs to be defragmented… 🙂 So I de-fragmented my partition chart, this time […]

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