Posted on 31 January 2010
So you have been toiling away on a spreadsheet that must reach the CEO's desk before the end of the day. Your boss has been after your life to get this done as fast as possible with his frantic phone calls and a rather sharp pitchfork that he uses on special occasions like these. A gazillion formulas, allocations and calculations later, with your body screaming for some coffee, you allow yourself a break. As you return to your desk with ...
Posted on 27 November 2009
The remove background tool is one of the new features introduced in Office 2010. Ever since I downloaded the public beta, I've been itching to take it for a test drive and this weekend, I did just that. I tried my hands at two images - one with high and the other with low contrast. So let's look at the results
Remove Background from a High Contrast Image
We picked up an ...
Posted on 09 November 2009
Of all the mysteries in the world, one of the most profound is - why do women shop. A man can probably go through most of his adult career with a pair of conservatively stitched suits and matching ties. My old man still takes great pride in a dark, striped one that he got stitched when he had just been commissioned into the forces. I remember the time when he even had a slightly worn one handed over to me ...
Posted on 30 October 2009
I reckon that today would be the last working day before Halloween and it might be your only chance to get even. So here are a few Excel tricks especially for you this Halloween - each one getting progressively meaner.
Send somebody a Workbook that just doesn't Scroll the Right Way
This one is for your super boss (I mean boss's boss). Now wish as you may, you really can't do too many bad things to him, right - so this one's ...
Posted on 28 June 2009
What was meant to be a leisurely stroll with my more-expensive half along the beachfront yesterday, turned into half an hour of soaking in the rain followed by about 2 hours of journey back home.
While on the way back, I saw a man helping a blind old woman onto the train carriage. A few minutes into the journey, as the station approached, she began walking towards the exit door. Fearing that she could miss her step and hurt herself, I ...
Posted on 21 June 2009
A couple of funny graphics to get you over the weekend blues :-)
The right spot
Finding the right man can be quite a challenge.
Length of shorts
The world of 100
If the world were to consist of only 100 people:
Posted on 07 June 2009
Beards are not a topic that you'd think someone would typically write about leave aside holding yearly competitions for. Dyers.org
is Jon Dyer's site where he talk about life, leisure, movies and his experiments with beards. Sometimes its stuff like this that makes you realize that life is so much more fun when you're off the beaten path.
Here is a nice chart of various beard styles on his site that caught my fancy.
Posted on 14 May 2009
Bonavista systems, the makers of Microcharts, have invited entries for this years Excel Dashboard Competition. All you have to do is to present a dashboard which uses nothing more than Excel 2000 (or higher) and no other software other than Bonavista's Chart tamer and micro charts. The dashboards are going to be judged on 'the clarity and effectiveness of their design'. Entries can use any combination of tables, Excel charts, ...
Posted on 11 May 2009
This Sudoku solver in Excel will help you solve a sudoku puzzle with brute force. This Sudoku solver, has been written in VBA and incorporates a brute force algorithm which helps its solve some of the toughest sudoku puzzles using nothing more than an excel spreadsheet.
You can download the Sudoku Solver in Excel with Code, Logic and Algorithm
In this article we will talk about how to develop a Sudoku solver using code in Excel, discover the tips ...
Posted on 08 November 2008
I started learning Flex (Flash if you please) a few days back. (See Another step
Well here's my first app :-)
(File stored at Storewith.com)
Just one minor hitch though...can't get wordpress to correctly render large .swf files. Which means that I can't embed any of the examples that I'll make into my wordpress blog :-( Have tested a lot of pluggins but none of them seem to get over this problem. ...
Posted on 01 November 2008
A sure shot way of spreading some holiday cheer around the office is to send your colleagues regular excel workbooks/reports with a bit of mischievous vba code in it :-)
Here's my top 5 list:
1. Add a new menubar to excel. In my previous posts (Get each of your spreadsheets a customized menu
), I talked about how to add custom menus to your excel workbook. Well......let's say that with a ...
Posted on 18 October 2008
....I don't know what specific pleasure women derive out of decorating their hands :-) .....
After the damage was done (financially speaking) while she was busy admiring the result of a few hours of effort....I was thinking to myself...with that kind of money I could've added a bit more RAM to my box, changed the air filter,........
Posted on 15 October 2008
The Texas A&M University's department of entomology holds a yearly competition for images taken by their department followed by a public exhibition.
Check out the large size pic of a red worker fire ant
(Photographer: Freder Medina) and the Monarch Butterfly
(Photographer: Spence Behmer)
There are some good photographs at the microscopic level in the Photomicroscopy category
Posted on 04 October 2008
I confess that I am a big fan of animated movies. They make me laugh. Here is a list of the cartoon characters that I find the most amusing.
Character: The roach
Movie : Wall-E
Why: Just look at the roach! PIXAR has taken care to ensure that he does everything that roaches are known to do and yet make you laugh. Just look at his antenna curled backwards. Even the body is sloped ...
Posted on 11 September 2008
I wrote this small program that tracks the movement of the mouse in excel. The program uses an image to return the mouse X,Y coordinates. The shape that follows the mouse changes its attributes as it passes through various points in space.
You can download the file here
Posted on 10 September 2008
A programmer from a very large computer company went to a software conference and then returned to report to his manager, saying: ``What sort of programmers work for other companies? They behaved badly and were unconcerned with appearances. Their hair was long and unkempt and their clothes were wrinkled and old. They crashed our hospitality suite and they made rude noises during my presentation.''
The manager said: "I should have never sent ...
Posted on 10 September 2008
A novice asked the master: ``In the east there is a great tree-structure that men call `Corporate Headquarters'. It is bloated out of shape with vice presidents and accountants. It issues a multitude of memos, each saying `Go, Hence!' or `Go, Hither!' and nobody knows what is meant. Every year new names are put onto the branches, but all to no avail. How can such an unnatural entity be?"
The master replied: ...
Posted on 09 September 2008
This chart, appearing in an article titled Earth without humans
by Alan Weisman shows the time it'll take for nature to reclaim earth if humans vanish from the face of the planet today. Within 50 years, environment makes rapid progress towards recovery, in a 1000 years most man made structures will be gone and CO2 levels would be back to pre-industrial age levels. Nuclear waste however would remain upto ...
Posted on 06 September 2008
On a recent trip.........
captured a masterpeice.......