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Joshua Ross JoshRoss Drinking Ovaltine since 2004
  • Free Office Online

    , cheong wrote

    Last month, I was working on an Excel file that contains about 0.7 million VLOOKUP() formulas over 4000 and 48000 rows ranges. Opening on my machine takes over 2 hours with 100% CPU usage and any editing was painfully slow. Such operation can easily suck up the power of your server. (In the end I rewrite the file to use VBA instead and the calculation completed within 5 seconds.)

    Make sure that calculation options is set to manual, if you are making changes to data related to vlookups. I can't underestimate the importance of this.

    -Josh

  • Free Office Online

    You can create online surveys with excel and have the results go into a workbook.

    I almost ended that with in the cloud, but I would have had to hit myself shortly after.

    -Josh

  • Laptops for Development

    @Bass: I wish someone would figure out how to make a trackpad work right in Windows. Apple has a great trackpad, but it just doesn't work on a Mac running Windows.

    I'm not sure what it is, but there seems to be something fundamentally wrong with Windows, in regards to trackpads.

    RDP seems to work well enough. Although, I haven't tried parallels, I would image that it wouldn't mess with native experience.

    -Josh

  • ScottGu promoted to EVP

    It will be interesting to see how he does with this new role. Hopefully Azure turns out better than SilverLight.

    -Josh

  • Is Windows Update for XP sabotaged?

    , cheong wrote

    *snip*

    IMO, if they're behind broadband router and run VPN back to the bank/ configured whitelist to opened ports, there's no attack surface to the outside and that creates little problem.

    Until you drill a hole in the front and insert a USB nasty-gram.

  • NO WAY! Facebook bought WhatsApp, guess for how much

    @00010101: Other people's money.

  • Is Windows Update for XP sabotaged?

    , cheong wrote

    My guess is on MSDTC incompatability, but since I'm not responsible for that system I have no chance to test it out.

    At least the failure is atomic.

  • Is Windows Update for XP sabotaged?

    , GoddersUK wrote

    @JoshRoss: They don't run XP embedded, they run XP pro...

    I kind of figured as much.

    What I was trying to convey, was the idea that people didn't switch their OEM solution from XP to an embedded version of Windows due to the wide variety of offerings.

    It's hard enough getting technical support for strange compatibility issues with normal windows, let alone some strange mishmash of windows components hobbled together to form some new embedded variety of Windows.

    -Josh

  • Is Windows Update for XP sabotaged?

    , bondsbw wrote

    I just don't understand why, for the past few years, XP has still been delivered as the OS running various ATMs and cash registers and other specialty systems.

    I think that Microsoft created too much confusion in the embedded world of Windows. How many variants of embedded windows have been produced and retired in the XP timeframe? My guess is quite a few.

  • Is Windows Update for XP sabotaged?

    If you're still running XP, then you obviously don't care about security or reliability. Give it a few days, and some leet crew will produce some Windows XP Final Edition ISO.

    Will it require activation? My guess is no. And, as an added bonus, you don't need the any of the Windows Update infrastructure, as it wouldn't work anyways.

    -Josh