July 2007

Wine Cooler (for my reds)

Posted by Theo Heselmans on July 30th, 2007

I recently ordered a small wine cooler (28 bottles max.), at a very interesting price (149 EUR). It got delivered today. As it only has 1 temperature setting (which I knew up-front), I intend to use

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Mac Book Pro: Finally got it !

Posted by Theo Heselmans on July 27th, 2007

After 7 weeks (yes, 7 weeks !) of waiting, my brand new Mac Book Pro 15" arrived today. I'm a happy guy. Now the horrible part: Installation Boot Camp: version 1.3 beta supports most of the Macboo

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Find and Replace for power-users

Posted by Theo Heselmans on July 25th, 2007

In every application I develop for customers, I include a power-user tool to allow the users (whom have that privilege), to do a global find & replace on data. This saves me from creating silly a

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Hot Air Balloon Show

Posted by Theo Heselmans on July 22nd, 2007

Every year, and this weekend was the 11th time, the local Hot Air Balloon club 'Icarus' organizes a wonderful 3-day event. Sometimes they get over 30 balloons, some of them in very cute shapes. I'm a

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Mac Jef

Posted by Theo Heselmans on July 21st, 2007

My nephew Jef turned 19 a couple of months ago, and just finished school as a welder. He's really good at it too, but his passion is Macintosh. He maintains several Mac-networks from relatives and doe

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Cool Notes tools to try for free

Posted by Theo Heselmans on July 21st, 2007

Canadians are cool; their software is too. I told you before that I use ScanEZ almost daily, and I love it. When the guys from Ytria ask me nicely to give them a plug, I do it. You can try out all

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Easy Graphs Revisited

Posted by Theo Heselmans on July 18th, 2007

I regret being so lousy when it comes to graphics. I admire (and I'm jealous of) people with that skill. When seeing so much reaction to the bar-graphs I did last week, I toyed with the idea and came

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Connecting the Dots

Posted by Theo Heselmans on July 16th, 2007

Custom Excel formatting is a neat way of accomplishing rather fancy representations of values. A custom format can have of up to 4 sections (this is from the Excel help file): So, if you want to p

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Design in real life

Posted by Theo Heselmans on July 14th, 2007

I'm a UI design geek. I can't stand it when e.g. 2 buttons are not aligned correctly. This also reflects in real-life objects (or is the way around). A couple of years ago we bought 2 armchairs from

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Alternate colored rows in Excel

Posted by Theo Heselmans on July 12th, 2007

Alternate colored rows takes me back in history when I had to work with piles of pyjama-striped chain paper, that were spawned from big noisy lineprinters. People still like alternate rows, as it imp

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Easy graphs in a View

Posted by Theo Heselmans on July 10th, 2007

In his recent blog entry at Interface Matters, Chris Blatnick talked about a way of creating Graphs in a view using colored columns. It's a nice idea, but a bit cumbersome to develop. It reminded me

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My view

Posted by Theo Heselmans on July 8th, 2007

My home-office window view currently is OK (it's not that fantastic, but at least I can see the sky). This will change in the near future, as I will have new neighbors by the end of the year. The

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Defining Names with Formulas !?

Posted by Theo Heselmans on July 7th, 2007

Defining names in Excel is usually limited to ranges (1 cell is also a range). Names are easy to define, and make formulas easier to read (look at the VLOOKUP post I did a couple of weeks ago). But

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Notes Development Tools I can’t live without

Posted by Theo Heselmans on July 5th, 2007

There's some tools I can't live without when doing Notes development. Some of them are free, some of them are quite expensive, but the ROI is very high. Here's what I like: a) Pure Notes developmen

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Match my Index !

Posted by Theo Heselmans on July 1st, 2007

Last week I talked about an Excel function called VLOOKUP. It's a nice enough function, but has 1 major flaw: it's pretty slow, and when you have to look-up several other column info for the same key,

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