Job hunt

Wednesday, 20th September, 2017

I’m back on the hunt for a contract.

Looking for easy work, high pay, and ability to work from home in my pyjamas.

I am just caught mid hop really, my Android mastery has not quite reached the level to dazzle, and my Excel/VBA/trading experience is starting to look a little distant.

That said I do have a few mini projects on the go both in VBA and Android, but a big juicy contract would be handy enough too

I am pimping myself out on all the usual job sites and I have noticed a pattern.

An agency posts a job, I apply with my cv, and then… tumbleweed.

This is not new of course, and perhaps my ‘varied’ cv is not what they are looking for but…

A couple of agents did get back to me either with a no thanks or a discussion or whatever. And you know what?

The next time a role comes on with multiple agencies, I apply to the ones that bothered their arse to get back to me. Those tumbleweed guys? I don’t bother.

So pimps of the world, if you can’t even be arsed to ping back a quick no thanks to your applicants, you may be losing out on candidates in the future. just sayin.

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Drum roll please…

Friday, 2nd June, 2017

To avoid polluting this place with loads of off topic nonsense and to try and preserve it as a mainly spreadsheet development resource I have created a new blog.

Its mainly about my new life as an Android developer, so if you are interested in that topic or just find my writing A-fookin-mazing, or you are that stalker that nicks my underpants off the washing line, be sure to follow me over there… on.. wait for it.. in a moment of blinding originality… MURF ON MOBILE. :-)

GoPro SD card problems

Sunday, 30th April, 2017

Bit random for a spreadsheet blog I know…

I am putting this here because I found a fix, and I know from my own searches other people have exactly the same issue: disc full, no sd, sd err on gopro.

One of the kids deleted some files from the GoPro SD card on the mac, but didn’t empty the ‘trash’ before ejecting the card.

What a fookin pain in the arse!!! (Thanks Apple.)

Not sure exactly what misery Apple inflict on the card in this case but it really upset the gopro, really.

Initially the gopro just kept saying disc full (because macs don’t delete files, they just reclassify them – until you clear the ‘trash’)..

I reformatted the card in disk utility on the mac, then the gopro kept cycling through the above errors, either disk full, no SD or SD error.

I reformatted it in Linux, same crap, tried Windows (normally a good bet) same shit.

Of course the card was fine in other devices – I think the gopro is a bit sensitive, and a bit incapable of formatting the cards for itself. Nomally I clear the cards on a tomputer then put it in the device to format – the gopro wasn’t able.

The SD card seemed to have picked up a second partition somehow, but even after removing that the gopro wasn’t happy, a few resets didn’t help.

Then I saw a post suggesting this. A specialist SD card format tool from the SD Association. Its a free tool that does what it says – formats SD cards – but seemingly better than everyone else. It took about 5 mins, instead of the 30 secs with all the other things I tried. But IT ACTUALLY WORKED! Yay.

The whole episode cost me a good few hours of buggering around, and I was on the verge of just retiring the SD card or saving it for a gadget with better formatting capabilities. I hate it when technology beats me so I was pleased to get it sorted.

So anyone else having SD card problems with their gopro check out the SD card formatter from the SD Association (I am assuming it hasn’t opened up some GCHQ/NSA backdoor on my pc!)

cheers

simon

10 year birthday

Sunday, 12th February, 2017

I missed it obviously but one of the kids pointed out I have been blogging here for 10 years! ken ell!

(as of January just gone)

I can’t imagine dragging it out for another 10, unless some spreadsheet miracle happens and I am sucked back in. I still think spreadsheets are brilliant at a great many things, I have just given up waiting for numb nuts management to realise.

I built a random mental maths test generator for the kids the other day. I looked at doing it as an app, as a web thing,  but in the end I did it in a spreadsheet in about 10 minutes. The kids hate it!

I love it!

(it even has a bit of VBA in it – woo hoo)

cheers

simon

LinkedIn

Friday, 10th February, 2017

just a little FYI. If you are one of the few non-spammers trying to connect with me on LinkedIn, the site has been broken for me for months and months. So sorry for not accepting your invites – I couldn’t get on the site.

I have now fixed this and been on an accepted all the plausible sounding invites.

Bear in mind I don’t really use that site and I am not very active in Spreadsheets or Office dev anymore.

ie so if you read this don’t feel the burning desire to link up…

cheers

simon

Office 365 subscriptions

Sunday, 5th February, 2017

I saw this the other day. Not sure how come as I don’t think I was looking for Office stuff. Anyway the author is suggesting that Office 365 subscriptions fell off a cliff in 2016.

Obviously I have no idea as I have never used it, I have an old 2010 installation that I use occasionally (and a dusty old Classique on an old machine somewhere) and other than that I am on LibreOffice. Except for the odd Google sheets messaround.

Are any of you using Office 365?

I really hate renting software. really. I bought my house (with a little help from the bank of course – spreadsheeting was never THAT lucrative…), I bought my car, my clothes, my phone, my toys. I don’t like renting. Why would I rent software?

I looked at Adobe creative cloud for photos, even did a trial (they allow 7 days – WOW Adobe Generous – not), in the end I decided it was not worth 8 quid a month. Good call – they just put it up to a tenner a month.

The renters (of Adobe CC) seem to be in two clear camps: those that pay it and think its cheap, especially in relation to the thousands spent on camera equipment, and those that resent the lock-in and are just waiting for some viable buyable alternative.

Who rents Office 365 when they can buy a perpetual licence version? or get a web based office for the price of letting Google snoop through all your stuff to sell you shit?

cheers

simon

Google sheets

Monday, 19th December, 2016

We have been using Google sheets a fair bit recently as our spreadsheet of choice. The kids can use their phones for data gathering in the field (eg how many keepy uppyies they do) and then we can fire up the tomputers and do some proper data analysis on it. Again using Google sheets.

This has worked well for trivial stuff but the other day I decided to combine Maths, IT and spreadsheets and it didn’t end well.

In maths we have been doing equations, in IT, programming – so name a couple of variables x and y, create a scary looking equation, loop through a load of numbers and print out x and y, copy and paste into Google sheets and draw a nice chart. Well that’s what happened on the macbook, on the Android tablet the Google sheets app appears so completely hobbled that it does not offer the choice to parse a string into multiple columns. And I could find no way to use the more powerful browser version.

I wouldn’t claim to have done an exhaustive search but initial indications are that the app versions of google apps offer only a fraction of the features of the browser versions (bit weird if you ask me – but hey, I’m old school). And you can’t seem to keep the browser version on android devices. As soon as you click anywhere you are launched into Google drive and its game over, shit versions only. As far as I can tell??

If anyone has a solution to this I would be very interested. I would like to use the more powerful browser versions of google apps on an android tablet please.

ps the Excel app has the same limitation as far as I can tell.

Or if you have a suggestions for a better spreadsheet for Android I’m all ears…

cheers

simon

New Project

Thursday, 17th November, 2016

Its been a while since I posted, plenty has been happening, but very little to do with spreadsheets.

The latest thing is due to certain factors I don’t want to discuss here, we have decided to home school some of our kids this year, or maybe just this semester, maybe.

Anyway its good fun and quite a challenge, but we have the benefit (??) of teaching/learning the stuff I think is important.

So plenty of spreadsheets and IT generally, but also lots of creative stuff and physical stuff. Because I am one of the cool kids we are doing javascript as the programming language. Because they will be back in ‘normal’ school next year we do do have to grind through most of the standard curriculum stuff too.

They are blogging about it, partly so all the rellys can see partly as part of their revision notes.

Their blogs are here and here.

At the moment its pretty much a full time occupation for me so keeping me from my Android developer dream.  But I am hoping to palm them off with loads of brightly coloured worksheets so I can get back on track (or put my feet up and finish reading the internet).

cheers

simon

appbuilders.ch

Tuesday, 3rd May, 2016

I went here last week. (In my quest to be a mobile developer).

It was very good.  Zurich last week, down the road in Lausanne in 2017.

I’m not going to compare and contrast to the Microsoft and or Excel/Office events I have been to. But if you are into mobile and near Lausanne next spring (for example after a bit of skiing) you might consider it.

cheers

simon

Leicester City. Champions of England.

Monday, 2nd May, 2016

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