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The 8 best Times Crossword anagrams of the last 2 years

Posted by Andy Brown on 26 July 2022

Many of the Times Crossword's clues are things of elegance and beauty, but these 8 anagrams take clue-setting to a new level. See if you agree (and if you can solve the clues without peeking at the answers!).

Importing data from pictures in Excel

Posted by Andy Brown on 26 July 2022

A new Excel feature allows you to get data from pictures (you can even review the suggestions before finally inserting the data into your spreadsheet).

Tags:   Excel | General

New Outlook is coming to your desktop soon

Posted by Andy Brown on 26 July 2022

Microsoft have released a completely new version of Outlook to some beta channels, parts of which will look familiar to you if you already use Outlook.com. This blog shows you what you can expect to see!

Power BI July 2022 Update - Error Bars

Posted by Andy Brown on 25 July 2022

You can now display error bars in charts, as well as formatting them and adding error labels.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

Microsoft change their mind - a sorry tale of macro security

Posted by Andy Brown on 18 July 2022

Will you soon need to modify a downloaded file's before you can run macros contained in it? Yes … and then no (and now maybe).

5 keys to manage your time more efficiently at work

Posted by Andy Brown on 18 July 2022

Andy B claims to be good at only two things in life: crosswords and time management. Having blogged about the first before, it's time to give some tips on how to make your working life more efficient.

World record for alphabetising soup broken

Posted by Andy Brown on 05 July 2022

Watch Jacob Chandler from Oregon pick out each letter from a tin of alphabet spaghetti in a little over 2 minutes!

A post-script to the great beard-off: Sam's tattoo

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 June 2022

If you’ve been following the saga of the weight-loss competition between Sam and Shaun, you'll be wondering whether the loser got a tattoo showing the winner's name. Wonder no longer!

Answers / winner for our June 2022 newsletter competiton

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 June 2022

Our June 2022 word search competition was won by Michelle Ashoworth of Rochdale Council - you can see the answers here.

Why we are putting our newsletter competitions on ice for a while

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 June 2022

After an unbroken run of at least 32 monthly prize competitions we've decided to give our puzzle compiler a rest for a while.

Comparing Power Automate Desktop and Power Automate

Posted by Andy Brown on 22 June 2022

It's a tad confusing having two software applications from Microsoft with such similar names, particularly when they do such different things! This blog tries to clear up the confusion.

Our new Power Automate courses

Posted by Andy Brown on 22 June 2022

This blog will be updated in the next few days.

Tags:   Power Automate | General

Should you be using QT for Python as a GUI?

Posted by Andy Brown on 21 June 2022

If you need to build a GUI system in Python, PyQt5 is probably the best choice, but don't take our word for it - read this blog and see what you think.

Tags:   Python | QT

Choosing a new way to generate HTML content

Posted by Andy Brown on 21 June 2022

An explanation of why our current HTML editor needed replacing, how we decided what technology to go for and the solution we ended up adopting.

Our thanks to Karen for her marketing help over the last few years

Posted by Andy Brown on 20 June 2022

Our marketing and social media guru, Karen, has decided to focus on mentoring and training going forward - we wish her well, and thought we'd take the opportunity to review the last few years.

Tags:   Miscellaneous | Nostalgia

Ideas for future Power BI / Tableau comparisons

Posted by Andy Brown on 20 June 2022

Following last month's high-level comparison between Power BI and Tableau, what aspect of these two popular BI software tools would you like us to focus on next?

Tags:   Power BI | General

Changes and new features for our Power Apps course

Posted by Andy Brown on 20 June 2022

Much has changed in the 2 years since we first launched our Power Apps course - this blog is intended to give previous course delegates a chance to catch up on anything you might have missed!

Tags:   Power Apps | General

Changes in the June 2022 Update of Power BI

Posted by Andy Brown on 20 June 2022

This month sees a smattering of new features, including nicer-looking tables, a new data hub and story-telling in PowerPoint.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

A high-level comparison between Power BI and Tableau

Posted by Andy Brown on 07 June 2022

Power BI and Tableau are the two leading BI tools, but how do they compare? We've teamed up with Steve Adams of Viz DJ to find out!

Tags:   Power BI | General

The great beard-off: results and fun facts

Posted by Andy Brown on 30 May 2022

See how many reams of paper in weight Sam and Shaun lost, who won their competition and what they now look like without their beards!

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