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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!

Winner of (and answers to) our Easter newsletter quiz

Posted by Andy Brown on 30 May 2022

See who won last month's rollover 100-pound Amazon voucher, and read a review of some of the harder answers.

Our June 2022 competition - a Harry Potter word search

Posted by Andy Brown on 30 May 2022

For this month's competition we're asking you to find the 45 human and 10 non-human Harry Potter characters in a word grid (the unused letters will then spell out a quotation from one of the books, with its author).

Three new Wordle-style games asking you to guess films and songs

Posted by Andy Brown on 30 May 2022

Bored in your lunchtime? See if you can guess films from condensed five-second clips or from up to 6 still photographs, or songs from clips lasting for as little as one second.

Changes for the May 2022 Power BI Desktop update

Posted by Andy Brown on 30 May 2022

Small improvements this month, but welcome ones - particularly the ability to zoom in and out, and to select data points in (some) charts using a selection rectangle.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

When the main guests at a party stand outside in the rain …

Posted by Andy Brown on 30 May 2022

What do you do when you organise a 30th birthday party for a company, but the two founders have COVID? The answer: make them stand outside with a broken umbrella, of course.

Tags:   Miscellaneous | Nostalgia

Marking our 30th anniversary month

Posted by Andy Brown on 26 April 2022

We're giving to UNICEF 30 pounds for each booking in May as part of the celebrations for our 30th anniversary

A couple of software quirks

Posted by Andy Brown on 26 April 2022

What happens when you try to defy gravity in Python, and why Excel sometimes creates worksheets with foreign names

Tags:   Excel | General    |    Python | General
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