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Which Power BI course should you take - Excel Power BI or Power BI Desktop?

Posted by Andy Brown on 22 July 2016 | no comments

Microsoft are pursuing two separate BI lines at the moment: one for the Power BI tools which run within Excel, and another for the standalone application called Desktop Power BI. This blog attempts to explain the differences between two applications with such confusingly similar names!

Tags:   Excel | PowerPivot    |    Power BI - Excel 2013 | General    |    Power BI Desktop | General

A nostalgic look at training courses whose time has passed

Posted by Andy Brown on 14 September 2015 | no comments

Although the software industry - including ourselves - normally trumpet what's new, we thought we'd have a one-off look at what definitely isn't new, by listing our deprecated courses.

Tags:   Musings | Nostalgia

What's new in Microsoft Office 2016 (including Excel 2016 changes)

Posted by Andy Brown on 07 September 2015 | no comments

The latest incarnation of Microsoft Office (2016) should be released on 22nd September 2015 (Microsoft are always a bit ahead of themselves with versions). This blog gives a detailed guide to what's new, the biggest changes being in Excel and Outlook.

Tags:   Outlook | General topics    |    Excel | General    |    Musings | Microsoft Office

An under-the-hood look at how the new Wise Owl website works

Posted by Andy Brown on 08 October 2014 | no comments

This blog summarises the technology used to make this website appear on your screen, including ASP.NET MVC, SCSS, responsive website design and entity data models.

Tags:   Musings | Random musings    |    ASP.NET MVC | General

Addiction to the 2048 mobile phone app

Posted by Andy Brown on 08 October 2014 | no comments

One owl's sad story of addiction to a simple computer game: a tale of lost time and lost sanity.

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

Teacher training: learning how to code at school

Posted by Andy Brown on 08 October 2014 | no comments

How Wise Owl training courses can help teachers to fulfil the new UK National Curriculum requirement to teach all schoolchildren how to program.

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

Revealing how Excel workbooks are actually stored as zipped XML files

Posted by Andy Brown on 16 May 2014 | no comments

Did you know that Excel workbooks are really just a collection of XML files, all zipped together? We didn’t either, so we thought we'd tell the world.

Tags:   Musings | Random musings    |    Excel | General

How to enable compatibility mode in Internet Explorer

Posted by Andy Brown on 06 March 2014 | no comments

This short blog shows how to get round a compatibility mode problem with the skills assessment site.

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

The new brand for Wise Owl Business Solutions

Posted by Andy Brown on 10 January 2014 | no comments

As the first part of a complete rebranding, you may start seeing our new logo appearing on stationery and pages of our website. Here's a preview of it!

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

The similarities between particle physics and SEO

Posted by Andy Brown on 04 April 2013 | no comments

SEO may not be rocket science, but it shares a big principle with theoretical physics, as this blog explains.

Tags:   SEO | General musings

KB2716442 SQL Server 2012 Windows Update fails

Posted by Andy Brown on 02 November 2012 | no comments

One idea for what to do if you continually get one Windows Update appearing when you shut down your computer.

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

IE compatibility view stops embedded videos running

Posted by Andy Brown on 01 October 2012 | no comments

If you're trying to run a YouTube video within a website and nothing happens, maybe you're using compatibility view in Internet Explorer?

Tags:   SEO | General musings

The Scratch programming language and Code Clubs

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 September 2012 | no comments

Volunteers throughout the UK are helping to run code clubs, teaching 9-11 year olds the basics of programming. Find out more!

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

Some ideas for new features for Microsoft Excel 20xx

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 September 2012 | 4 comments

Excel is a great product, but there is always room for improvement. Here Andy Brown considers 12 possible new features for Excel 2020.

Tags:   Musings | The future    |    Excel | General

Make Google do a barrel roll, show odd directions, etc.

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 September 2012 | no comments

Google has a number of hidden features buried within it - here's a summary of my personal favourites.

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

Translate Facebook into Piratese, or upside-down English

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 September 2012 | no comments

Facebook supports a wide variety of native languages - this blog takes a light-hearted look at some of the stranger ones.

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

Wise Owl is 21 years old this year: 1992-2013

Posted by Andy Brown on 23 April 2012 | 1 comment

To celebrate our 21st birthday, we thought we'd look back on how software training has changed over the last 21 years.

Tags:   Musings | Nostalgia

Why the Easter Bunny prefers SQL Server to Access

Posted by Andy Brown on 30 March 2012 | 1 comment

The Easter Bunny stores his distribution data in SQL Server, not Access; read why!

Tags:   Musings | Random musings    |    Access | Designing databases

Why VB trumps C#, and how trolls don't agree!

Posted by Andy Brown on 15 March 2012 | 2 comments

I recently wrote a blog on why (I believe) VB is a better programming language than C# - I wasn't prepared for the flames this would unleash.

Tags:   Musings | Random musings    |    Visual Basic | General coding    |    Visual C# | General

Ten Useful Applications That You Can Get For Free

Posted by Andrew Gould on 15 December 2011 | no comments

As Christmas 2011 approaches we thought it would be a nice idea to list some geeky gifts that you can give to yourself. And the best thing is that they're all completely free!

Tags:   Musings | Random musings