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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!

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

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