General blogs from Wise Owl

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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

Capturing text using SnagIt

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 November 2010 | no comments

SnagIt is great for capturing text, but we hadn't realised it was also good for OCR (optical character recognition).

Tags:   Musings | Random musings