Archive for January, 2012

Excel developer conference thanks

Monday, 30th January, 2012

Thanks to everyone who came to the event last week.

And thanks to everyone that helped out, and a special big thanks to our magnificent presenters.

I hope everyone enjoyed themselves and found something useful.

The on the ball presenters have already sent me links to their stuff, the rest of us aren’t there yet. I will give it a few days and try and publish them altogether, this week at some point.

Bad news for those of you hoping for video – it was the one thing that got dropped due to too much other stuff going on. I think our excellent sponsors F1F9 may share some of their stuff but that’s more interviews and atmosphere stuff.

I’ll try harder next time I promise. Sorry.

And next time may well be in Manchester in July, unless the pub talk of a US event actually comes off. If you would have seen us carrying all our presenter kit and conference goodies for everyone on the way to the event, you would understand.

Anyway never mind all the grovelling apologies, we have the next event to look forward to. I am thinking we should do something Eusprig week (July) in Manchester. Partly to give potential delegates more justification to attend one or both events, and partly to encourage the two crowds to connect more.

We will have a tug of war to decide once and for all if spreadsheet errors are important, or usually resolved by other parts of the info system. If the tug of war is inconclusive we can have tag team wrestling about whether lots of names is a good thing or a bad thing. I’ll definitely video this as underpants over trousers is a classic comedy hit.





Facebook spam fest

Sunday, 29th January, 2012

I am only on the Facebook walled garden solely to get info for some activities the kids do.

So I never post or do anything and I’m not interested in connecting up, but if people invite I was accepting. But the amount of facebook spam in my email inbox is choking all the useful email. I tried to stop it telling me when folks do something, but now I have just set a server rule to put everything from there in the bin. Its completely out of control.

I don’t know if something changed in the last few weeks but its been driving me mad this last week. a total deluge of pointless email, and a complete inability to turn it off.

do you have the same issue?

Don’t bother telling me which of the bazillion links, twenty levels down their crap settings tangle, I should wrangle, I don’t care, I have unfriended them my own way.



Dev conf social

Thursday, 19th January, 2012

This is where we plan to meet on the Tuesday evening prior to the conf:

Hope to see you there



Extreme Spreadsheeting

Tuesday, 17th January, 2012

Got any pics of spreadsheeting in extreme circumstances?

How about doing the accounts going up a drag lift?

Or whilst skiing down?

Please post links to other extreme spreadsheeting pics or stories.

I think we should be able to give extreme ironing a run for its money. ;-)



Excel Dev Conf Presenter Bob Phillips

Wednesday, 11th January, 2012

Well known Excel MVP Bob Phillips is presenting a session on Self Service BI at our Excel Conference, his profile is here.

I am really looking forward to this session as the Excel BI story is getting better and better. Eventually people will actually start using the stuff and stop some of the current poor working approaches. Bob has been doing this stuff for a living for years so I am keen to hear how it actually works, rather than the Microsoft/Contoso fantasy stuff.

Conference bookings have been better than expected, but there are still a few spaces left. Booking will be open for another week or so if you don’t want to miss this excellent event.



Stratfor RickRolled

Tuesday, 10th January, 2012

You couldnt make this stuff up.

The BBC said they were a business intelligence firm, but didn’t seem to have much intelligence!

Bit harsh I thought, anyone can get hacked. Getting Rickrollered just adds insult to injury. Still funny though.



More conf presenters.

Monday, 9th January, 2012

That Moiphie bloke.

I nearly forgot to put mine up.


One Down

Saturday, 7th January, 2012

21. Nikon D4

I am a bit underwhelmed at the spec tbh (the next Canon has higher res and fps and iso), I look forward to the reviews. But it looks like the next couple of months will be a good time to pick up a reasonable second hand D3s (or x).

10. And I know I can’t technically claim this one yet, but its not far off is it…?



5 years

Friday, 6th January, 2012

I just noticed I have been blogging here for 5 years.

bloody hell!

Last few hours of conference discount

Friday, 6th January, 2012

The Early bird discount for the 2012 Excel Developer conference expires tonight at midnight (ish). (European time, CET not GMT) (11pm for the Brits).

Please visit the booking page here ASAP and get yourself booked on.

After tonight, the price goes up to 250 GBP, still a staggering bargain actually.

Hope to see you there,