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How to post comments onto the Wise Owl website

Posted by Andy Brown on 09 September 2016

If you want to initiate (or take part in) a discussion on our website, you'll first need to create a post - and to do that, you'll need to register on our site. This blog explains how to do both these things!

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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

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

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

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Teacher training: learning how to code at school

Posted by Andy Brown on 08 October 2014

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

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Revealing how Excel workbooks are actually stored as zipped XML files

Posted by Andy Brown on 16 May 2014

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

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

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The new brand for Wise Owl Business Solutions

Posted by Andy Brown on 10 January 2014

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!

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KB2716442 SQL Server 2012 Windows Update fails

Posted by Andy Brown on 02 November 2012

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

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The Scratch programming language and Code Clubs

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 September 2012

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

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

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 September 2012

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

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Translate Facebook into Piratese, or upside-down English

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 September 2012

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

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Why the Easter Bunny prefers SQL Server to Access

Posted by Andy Brown on 30 March 2012

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

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

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!

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Capturing text using SnagIt

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 November 2010

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

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