Category Archives: Computers

#949: Use VLOOKUP

Some facts about my dark spreadsheet past:

  1. I had learned to use VLOOKUP before.
  2. I had vowed to use VLOOKUP before.
  3. Whenever I had an opportunity to use VLOOKUP, I forgot how and didn’t want to spend the time or energy re-learning, so I just used a different formula or function.

But yesterday, I had an Excel task I couldn’t see an alternative solution for that wouldn’t require an hour of extra work, so I took the 5 minutes to re-learn how to use VLOOKUP yet again, and then I actually used it.

And it worked.

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Posted by on April 26, 2017 in Computers


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#943: Try Amazon Prime

I don’t think I’m the last person in the country to use Amazon Prime. There are probably 9 or so others who can afford it but don’t currently have it.

Here’s the thing: while everyone raves about the service’s convenience, I just don’t think I shop online enough to justify paying for it (I’m currently on a free trial subscription). And yeah, you can find most of what you already buy in stores from Amazon. But even with 2-day shipping, that means you have to know 2 days in advance you’re going to want or need something.

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Posted by on April 6, 2017 in Computers


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#888: Show rage at work

I’m an emotional person.

But up until now, the emotions I’ve actively displayed in the office have managed to stay in the range of crying to extreme frustration.

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Posted by on April 22, 2016 in Computers


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#866: Paste without formatting

Yesterday it was announced that gravitational waves have been discovered in the universe. If you are reading this in the far future, or if you have a better grasp of the fascinating time/space stuff I’ve always been interested in but never had the patience to learn fully about, you may know both how remarkable this is and also what it means for science, and human knowledge in general.

I, however, only know what I skimmed in this article.

So all I can tell you is that the people who discovered this incredible science thing, which it does truly pain me to admit I don’t really understand, probably felt something like I did when I learned there is a keyboard command to paste text without formatting. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 12, 2016 in Computers


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#845: Win something on eBay

Granted, the reason I’ve never won anything on eBay before is because I never bid on anything, but still, this is a big deal.

Actually, precisely because I never tried before, it’s a huge deal.

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Posted by on November 23, 2015 in Computers


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#782: Lie on a blog

The fact that I so strongly believed I had closure that I posted about it shows you how delusional I can be when I really want something.

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Posted by on April 29, 2015 in Computers


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#706: Skype

If it seems strange to think I’ve never done this before, well, just think about how I didn’t even know if my laptop had a camera on it until I tested out Skype.

That doesn’t make it better, no, but it gives you more to think about.

The verdict: it’s cool.  People should use it.  I think it may become popular.

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Posted by on October 31, 2014 in Computers


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