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  • MS Office arrives in iOS devices – too late, too little

    Posted on June 14th, 2013 No comments

    Microsoft took a long time to port the productivity suite, Microsoft Office to iOS devices. Microsoft ignored when the people most craved for the software and now when they have found alternatives (and get used to them), not many are excited by the Microsoft announcement.

    While watching the promo video (attached at the end of this post), the editing of a MS Excel file in landscape mode looks so terrible. The keyboard covers up everything and you can’t see what you are editing.

    iphone - office 365

    The Office for iOS is only available for Office 365 subscribers and is only designed for small screen of iPhone. Although iPad users can also download it, the software doesn’t utilize the benefits of the bigger screen.

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  • Post Jobs Mission Statement of Apple

    Posted on June 13th, 2013 No comments

    After almost two years of the death of Steve Jobs (on Oct. 5, 2011) Apple has released a new mission statement. The mission statement shown at the opening of Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) underlines the philosophy of their products.

    apple mission statement

    The transcript of the video reads:

    “If everyone is busy making everything, how can anyone perfect anything? We start to confuse convenience with joy, abundance with choice. Designing something requires focus. The first thing we ask is: What do we want people to feel? Delight. Surprise. Love. Connection. Then we begin to craft around our intention. It takes time… There are a thousand no’s for every yes. We simplify. We perfect. We start over. Until everything we touch enhances each life it touches. Only then do we sign our work: Designed by Apple in California.”

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  • Unlock Excel Worksheet

    Posted on June 12th, 2013 No comments

    If you have a protected Microsoft Excel worksheet that you can open but can not change the content you can use the following simple code to unlock it.

    protected sheet

    Note - This DOESN’T work on files that can’t be opened without password.

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  • 7 banner at WWDC venue – is it iOS7?

    Posted on June 7th, 2013 No comments

    Although it is not official, iOS 7 is almost confirmed to be the main attraction of Apple’s WWDC conference in Moscone Center in San Francisco. In the banner set up in the venue, a huge ’7′ is the only thing that can be seen – indicating the simplicity being the theme of the new version of the mobile operating system by Apple.

    iOS 7 WWDC

    WWDC starts next week.

  • Rumor – Nexus 7 V2 releasing in July to be priced in $149

    Posted on April 3rd, 2013 No comments

    In a latest rumor, Google might be releaseing the new version of Nexus 7 tablet in July 2013. In the new tablet a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor might be used instead of NVIDIA’s Tegra in current generation Nexus 7.


    To compete with iPad and other 7-inch tablet, the entry level Google’s tablet will be aggressively priced as low as $149. There are skeptic on the low price as the current price at $199 is still competitive and the device is selling like a hot cake.

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  • Facebook press event to held on April 4, is it FB smartphone ?

    Posted on March 29th, 2013 No comments

    Facebook has invited reporters in a press event on April 4 to be held in its Menlo Park, California office.

    facebook - press event invitation card april 4

    With a message "Come See Our New Home on Android" in its invitation card, speculation of Facebook developing it’s own smartphone based on Android operating system.

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  • Clean HTML from MS Word

    Posted on March 16th, 2013 No comments

    By default, Microsoft Word can save any word document in HTML format. But, the word processor is notorious in inserting extra information in the files saved by the ‘Save As’ command.

    The HTML file it creates is bloated and is full of unnecessary codes. For example, a two lines text in Word resulted into more than 1,000 lines of HTML code.

    word_document -to html

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  • Learning Animation – Free Animation tools to start

    Posted on March 15th, 2013 1 comment

    I am going to start learning animation and I have collected some free tools to start animating.  Let’s start by the free tools that I use in starting animation.

    Free Animation Tools

    Plastic Animation Paper

    Plastic Animation Paper (PAP) is a free software package for 2D animation. This is easy to use and useful for basic animation. Download PAP here.

    An example of an animation shown in the tutorial of the software is shown below:


    pap_animation example_storkcol


    Another free animation tool is Pencil. The open source 2D animation/drawing software is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. The software uses traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoons) using both bitmap and vector graphics.

    Download Pencil here.

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  • iOS6 Evasi0n Jailbreak installed in 14 million iOS devices

    Posted on March 5th, 2013 No comments

    In a month of it’s release, the iOS6 Evasi0n Jailbreak has been installed in 14 million iOS devices. That is twice the amount of devices it was installed in the first 4 days of its release.


    Unless jailbroken Apple decides on what can and can’t be done with the iOS devices. The increasing trend of Jailbreaking the devices are defined as the retaliation of the iOS device users seeking to have complete control over their devices.

  • Q&A, Dates functions in Excel

    Posted on January 6th, 2013 No comments

    Question: I have a date in format: 30/12/2012 is in ‘A1′ cell and I need an output in the form: Today is 30th December 2012. Can you tell me how I can get the output in Excel?


    First let me give you the exact formula to get the desired output. When you enter the date in ‘A1′ cell, you can copy and paste the following formula in B1:

    ="Today is "& DAY(A1) & "th " & TEXT(A1,"MMMM")& " " & YEAR(A1)

    The output I got is: ‘Today is 30th December 2012′

    Now, let me present some of the date formula you might find helpful in manipulating the output in Excel. As you can see in the following table, DAY(), MONTH() and YEAR() do work fine but, TEXT() command has a better control over what you get as output.

    Formula Output Remark
    = DAY (A1) 30 Day
    =TEXT(A1,"D") or "DD" 30 2 digit day value
    =TEXT(A1,"DDD") Sun Three letter weekday
    =TEXT(A1,"DDDD") Sunday Full weekday name
    = MONTH (A1) 12 Month in numeric value
    =TEXT(A1,"M") or "MM" 12 Month in numeric value
    =TEXT(A1,"MMMMM") D Month name initial
    =TEXT(A1,"MMMM") December Full month name
    =TEXT(A1,"MMM") Dec Three letters of month
    =YEAR(A1) 2012 Year value
    =TEXT(A1,"YYYY") 2012 Year value
    =TEXT(A1,"Y") or "YY" 12 2 digit year value

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