Wise Owl blogs written in 2020 (page 1 of 4)

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How to have fun pixellating and reconstructing images in VBA

Posted by Andy Brown on 25 August 2020

You can have great fun taking your favourite image (a picture of your loved one?) and pixellating it in VBA. The results are stored as RGB numbers in a workbook - what you do with them then is up to you!

Tags:   VBA macros | General

An overview of what Power Apps is and does, for beginners

Posted by Andy Brown on 25 August 2020

What IS Power Apps? In this blog we try to convey the essence of this enjoyable product, so you can make the decision of whether to invest in it.

Tags:   Power Apps | General

A trainer's experience of giving the first Wise Owl classroom course in 4 months

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 August 2020

What was it like giving the first classroom course for Wise Owl since the middle of March? There were good and bad points, as this blog explains.

Tags:   Musings | General IT

There are no significant changes to Power BI in the August 2020 update

Posted by Andy Brown on 22 August 2020

Notwithstanding an update blog from Microsoft, there are no interesting new Power BI Desktop features to report this month (in our humble opinon).

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

Our July 2020 competition was won by Matthew Palmer - here are the answers!

Posted by Andy Brown on 22 August 2020

Congratulations to Matthew Palmer for winning last month's codeword competition - here are the answers!

Tags:   Musings | Competitions

Our August 2020 Newsletter Competition - painting by numbers

Posted by Andy Brown on 22 August 2020

Someone has thoughtfully deconstructed a picture into its red, green and blue component parts - your task is to put it back together!

Tags:   Musings | Competitions

A correction - report tooltips can be any size in a Power BI report

Posted by Andy Brown on 08 August 2020

Sadly we do occasionally make mistakes in our training, but when this happens we always try to correct them. Here, we explain that Power BI report page tooltips can in fact be any size.

Tags:   Power BI | Visualisations

Karen Webber of Goodness Marketing interviews Wise Owl's Andy Brown

Posted by Andy Brown on 23 July 2020

As Wise Owl's marketing guru for the last 15 months (and counting), Karen has got to know us pretty well. Here she interviews Andy Brown to find what makes him (and Wise Owl) tick.

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

Our website gets a revamped search facility

Posted by Andy Brown on 23 July 2020

We've rewritten our search results page so that it's actually useful, as this short blog explains.

Happy 5th birthday to Power BI Desktop!

Posted by Andy Brown on 23 July 2020

Power BI Desktop went on general release on 24th July 2015. This short blog looks back nostalgically at milestones for both Power BI and Wise Owl.

Tags:   Power BI | General

Results of June 2020 Competition - Coronavirus Mini-Sagas

Posted by Andy Brown on 23 July 2020

Out of an impressive field of entries, this month's competition winner is Ray Jennings. Read the sagas yourself to see if you agree with the editor's decision!

Tags:   Musings | Competitions

Wise Owl Newsletter Competition - July 2020

Posted by Andy Brown on 23 July 2020

Solve our codeword then answer the secret riddle to enter the draw to win this month's prize!

Tags:   Musings | Competitions

Changes in the July 2020 update to Power BI Desktop

Posted by Andy Brown on 23 July 2020

This month's modest update allows you to use Excel financial functions in DAX, show a gradient legend and change your slicer header, among other minor changes.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

5 horrible SQL jokes and one puzzle

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 22 July 2020

Sam has a terrible sense of humour which is all too often inflicted on his delegates. Sadly, with this blog, on website viewers too ...

Tags:   SQL | General

Including deleted emails in your Outlook searches

Posted by Andy Brown on 03 July 2020

Did you know that Outlook doesn't include your Deleted Items folder by default when you search? This owl didn't until today!

Tags:   Outlook | General topics

The answer to the word search puzzle from our May 2020 newsletter

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 June 2020

This month's puzzle was won by Linda Waterworth, who correctly found all 44 missing Beatles' songs and identified the hidden quotation revealed by the unused letters.

Tags:   Musings | Competitions

Changes for the June 2020 update of Power BI Desktop

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 June 2020

This month's update doesn't include many changes - the biggest being probably the emergence of the hierarchical slicer from preview.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

Our June 2020 competition: write a mini-saga containing exactly 50 words

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 June 2020

For this month's competition we invite you to summarise your thoughts or experiences of the last three months of lockdown using exactly 50 words.

Tags:   Musings | Competitions

Should you use JavaScript or VBA to program in Excel?

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 June 2020

Is JavaScript for Office (also known as OFFICE-JS) the next big thing? Unless you're a full-time web developer, emphatically no - this blog gives 3 reasons why you should continue to write your Office programs in humble VBA.

Tags:   VBA macros | General    |    Musings | Microsoft Office

Retrieving past items from your clipboard using clipboard history

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 June 2020

Windows now lets you retrieve up to the last 25 things you've copied. It does this by keeping a clipboard history, from which you can paste items with a single keystroke.

Tags:   Musings | General IT
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