Wise Owl's quarterly (ish) news tweet  |  Issue 11 - September 2013

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Getting Excel to talk back - part two

I sent round a "chat" to those with an interest in Excel a couple of months ago, explaining how you can get Excel to read out the contents of cells.  What I hadn't realised at the time was that you can also change the voice Excel uses, as well as the speed.  On my computer I can choose between Michael, Michelle and Anna (my favourite).  Great fun to fill in a lunchtime!

Brand new introduction to C# course

We've had various C# courses for some time - on ASP.NET, Windows Forms and WPF - but never before one which concentrates solely on the programming language, and ignores insofar as possible the user interface.  You can now learn to program in C# on our new two-day basic C# course, and then take it further on our 2-day intermediate course.

Facebook short-cuts

Did you know that you can press ALT + 1 in Facebook to take you back to your home page (if you're using Firefox, it's SHIFT + ALT + 1)?  For this and many other keyboard short-cuts in Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, check out the unusually presented information here

New Wise Owl Scottish connection

If you have offices in Scotland, you'll be pleased to know that Wise Owl can now provide more competitive quotes.  Michael (one of our five trainers) has moved up to Edinburgh, from where he is now delivering Microsoft training in an unconvincing Scottish accent.  Let us know if you'd like to know more!

10 improvements to make to SQL

We had such good fun thinking of the improvements to make to Excel for the last newsletter that we thought we'd do SQL this time around.  Have a look at our 10 suggestions for new features for SQL Server Management Studio, and see if you think any of them are likely to become true any time soon!

Is Comic Sans a font? Hitler doesn't think so …

I know the discussion about Comic Sans is a bit dated, but this hilarious parody is still worth watching!  It's based on the film Downfall, which portrays Hitler's last 10 days in the bunker before his suicide, but you don't need to know this to enjoy the clip.

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