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Understanding our figure for outstanding reviews

Posted by Andy Brown on 10 May 2021

Our website quotes an impressive figure for our average feedback from courses given, but how is this calculated, and how can you know that it's accurate?

Easter Quiz 2021 - Competition Winner, Results and Analysis

Posted by Andy Brown on 03 May 2021

Congratulations to Pat Watt of Skills Development Scotland for winning the prize this month (and generously donating it to charity) - answers and winners here!

Details of the Power BI Desktop Update for April 2021

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 April 2021

The April 2021 update to Power BI Desktop makes it easier to load text, CSV, JSON and Excel files and includes a wider range of shapes, with more drawing effects

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

Use ZoomIt to zoom in and out in any application and to draw on screen

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 April 2021

ZoomIt allows you to use keystrokes to zoom in and out in any Windows program, and allows you to draw or write on screen.

A computer in a fish tank? Meet the Sea Drive

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 April 2021

What happens when you want an aquarium AND a laptop, but are short of space? Sadly, the answer is that you get a computer in a fish tank.

A fully-functioning modular laptop with plug-in ports and components

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 April 2021

Is this the next thing in laptops? Meet a laptop which you can break down into its component parts, each of which you can easily replace.

Answer and winner for the March 2021 newsletter competition

Posted by Andy Brown on 25 March 2021

This month's competition was one by Michelle Ashworth of Rochdale Borough Council (congratulatons to her): answers and details in this blog.

Free online training taster session

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 March 2021

We're on a mission to convince people that our our online training courses are every bit as good as our classroom courses - book a free half-hour taster session to see for yourself!

Power Query Online now supports flow diagrams!

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 March 2021

A life-changing (or at least job-changing) new software update from Microsoft - you can now see a visual view of data flows in Power BI (at least in the online version, anyway).

From one extreme to the other - a mini-PC anyone?

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 March 2021

Last month I blogged on a folding laptop with 7 screens; this week it's a five-inch fully-formed mini-computer.

Power BI Desktop - March 2021 Update

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 March 2021

There are two tiny changes in the March 2021 update - X-axis constant lines and a couple of tweaks to DAX - but still the big logjam of changes remains in preview.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

The new SQL String_Split function for comma-delimited strings

Posted by Andy Brown on 22 March 2021

If you're using SQL Server with compatibility level 130 or greater you can now use the new String_Split function to divide a comma-delimited string into a table of values.

Tags:   SQL | Functions

Holoportation using Microsoft Mesh

Posted by Andy Brown on 22 March 2021

Microsoft Mesh will make it seem as if you're actually holoporting to another place, but you'll have to wear googles to change your reality.

Teams Together: gimmick, or productivity tool?

Posted by Andy Brown on 22 March 2021

The new preview Teams Together feature makes it look as if you and your team are sitting side-by-side at a bar - but there the illusion ends.

Colouring the table row for a selected item in Power BI

Posted by Andy Brown on 22 March 2021

How can you highlight the row in a table corresponding to the slicer value you've chosen? With a disconnected slicer and a clever measure!

Tags:   Power BI | Measures / DAX

Who needs extra screens, when you can have 7 in one laptop?

Posted by Andy Brown on 01 March 2021

Not sure what to buy your loved ones for their birthday? How about a laptop which weighs 12 kilos and includes 7 screens?

February 2021 newsletter competition: answer and winner

Posted by Andy Brown on 01 March 2021

Congratulations to Corin Lee of Macquarie Energy Leasing for winning last month's word search competition: here is the answer!

March 2021 Newsletter Competition - Codeword

Posted by Andy Brown on 01 March 2021

In this month's competition, each number represents a different letter. Fill the grid with English words, and unscramble the shaded letters to solve the puzzle!

The view from the other end for an online training course

Posted by Andy Brown on 26 February 2021

You know what an online course looks like as a delegate, but what happens at the Wise Owl end? We thought we'd shed some light on what goes on from a trainer's point of view.

Changes to Power BI in the February 2021 update

Posted by Andy Brown on 26 February 2021

After no update in January, February sees just a couple of small changes to Power BI, but there's a big logjam building up in preview.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates
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