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Wise Owl's monthly (ish) news tweet  |  Issue 49 - September 2021

The items included in this newsletter are listed below. Our newsletter go out about once a month - if you'd like to subscribe, just let us know!

New video subscription offers for our YouTube channel, and two new video series too!

We're now offering the 168,000 subscribers to our YouTube channel the chance to sign up on the egg or chick programme.  You can find out what this means by watching (appropriately) this short video (it lasts less than 3 minutes), which even features Andrew's face!  We've also launched not one, but two (!) new tutorials: one on DAX and one on Python, and we'll be adding to each over the coming months.

We have new classroom training venues in London and Manchester

Like many people we've had an interesting 18 months adapting to the COVID world, but we now feel it's time to offer classroom training again to those who want it (if you're not ready for this, rest assured that we will also offer online training courses for the foreseeable future too).  You can see details of our new training venues in London and Manchester here.

A modest but worthwhile Power BI update, a worrying Power Apps data leak and a hacking book review

The August Power BI update allows you to customise shapes like speech bubbles (callouts), among a few other relatively small changes.  Speaking of the Power BI framework, unprotected Power Apps applications have apparently led to the public exposure of 38 million records of confidential data (if you want to get really scared by the possibilities of hacking, though, read this Stuxnet worm book).

How does Python compare to other programming languages? Let us count the ways

In preparing our three-day Python programming course (online and classroom, naturally) and starting our series of Python videos, we've created a list of our five biggest differences between Python and other programming languages like VB, C#, SQL and JavaScript.

This month's competition is a WONK (Wise Owl Newsletter Knowledge) quiz

To say goodbye to summer and welcome the autumn we have a testing general knowledge quiz, with 6 questions each on geography, history, science and entertainment.  You can do the quiz as often as you like, but only your first entry will count.  The better you do, the more points you get in the sorting hat (if you've seen the end of the Crystal Maze you'll get the idea), but don't expect to get 100% (it's not easy). You can see the winner of (and answers to) last month's word search competition here.

What to do with those big blue plastic IKEA bags cluttering up your hallway or garage?

We've all got them: a secret, shameful pile of IKEA bags which we're too embarrassed to throw away.  Help is at hand - here are five ideas for recyling them (into a Swedish folk costume, bikini, range of fitness equipment, hat or walking boot respectively).

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