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'Excel killer' Tableau Software prices upsized IPO - VentureBeat

'Excel killer' Tableau Software prices upsized IPO - VentureBeat | desktop liberation | Scoop.it
'Excel killer' Tableau Software prices upsized IPO VentureBeat “Data visualization applications like Tableau are ushering in a post-spreadsheet era, threatening to kill Excel as the killer app for desktop analytics,” said data scientist Mike...
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Google's new “Save to Drive” feature is a script you can embed into ...

Google's new "Save to Drive" feature is a script you can embed into your webpage that allows readers to instantly save a file—PDFs, images, what have you—to Google Drive with the click of a button. You can go check it out ...
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3-D printing guitars and records


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scraperwiki mashup - GAS version

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Google apps script version of a VBA version of an original mashup of scraperwiki electoral data, mysociety api and openrefine.

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A Google Apps Script version of a VBA implementation of a post by Tony Hirst on his oUseful blog where he nicely laid out how mashup Open refine plus various APIs to research which candidates were standing for election in the wards in which they live.

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How to View That Forgotten Wireless Password on Your Android Device

How to View That Forgotten Wireless Password on Your Android Device | desktop liberation | Scoop.it
Have you ever been in a situation where someone in your family hooked your phone or tablet up to the wireless and now you don’t know the password to connect your other devices?
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Finding nearest match and other palettes in other fixed color schemes

Finding nearest match and other palettes in other fixed color schemes | desktop liberation | Scoop.it
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Finding nearest match and other palettes in other fixed color schemes Color scheme UII posted about a color scheme explorer app the other day. Given a specific color, it will find - in a given color scheme such as dulux paint colors, the nearest 5 colors plus various palettes using different color models.
Working with a limited schemeLet's say you have a limited scheme - for this example I found the colors used by RAF for painting planes - it only has 51 variations - and you want to find something in that scheme the nearest to some color, here's how.
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1: Introduction » Tooling Up for Digital Humanities

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Beyond the smartwatch: how invisible machines will make Microsoft's future - The Verge

Beyond the smartwatch: how invisible machines will make Microsoft's future - The Verge | desktop liberation | Scoop.it
Beyond the smartwatch: how invisible machines will make Microsoft's future
The Verge
... converting a speaker's words into a different language in real time.
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Color scheme explorer - Excel Liberation

Color scheme explorer - Excel Liberation | desktop liberation | Scoop.it

Mashing up multiple techniques for a color schemer app.

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Here's an interesting App that uses algorithms hosted on Google Apps Script but runs them locally in a javascript app. 

The data is hosted on parse.com, and jquery promises are used to pull it all together

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Predator 2 Motorcycle Helmet

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Deloste's curator insight, April 22, 2013 6:28 AM

Need !

Thierry's comment, April 22, 2013 10:32 AM
Lol. Les voitures ne te verront pas !
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Excel Liberation.: More playing around with color, parse.com, scriptDb and Google Apps Script

Excel Liberation.: More playing around with color, parse.com, scriptDb and Google Apps Script | desktop liberation | Scoop.it

Here's an example of using GAS web App that can compare colors and find the nearest 'n' matches in a given scheme and return results as json  or jsonp.  If you are interested in comparing parse.com and scriptdb when used with Google Apps script - both are implemented also. I'm looking for any color schemes you would like to contribute to this database (for example paint colors, fabric swatch systems etc.)

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I continue to find the topic of comparing colors a fascinating one. As an experiment to see if I could create a REST API serving up JSON and JSONP from a Google Apps Script content service app, I wanted to see if I could create something that, given a color code, would find the nearest 'n' matching colors in some defined color scheme, such as pantone, dulux, htm colors and so on. Here's a VBA implementation using the API


http://excelramblings.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/more-playing-around-with-color-parsecom.html

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Zimbabwe has $217 in the bank: finance minister

Zimbabwe has $217 in the bank: finance minister | desktop liberation | Scoop.it

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Archbishop Hans-Tommy Berg's curator insight, April 17, 2013 8:20 AM

Varthelst människor i världen ,ställer till det i sina egna länder,tycker konsensus eliten (Begrepp myntat av Journalisten Dabrovski)dvs åsiktseliten,att alla har rätt till ett lika bra liv som oss i sverige.Och detta är sant.Men frågan är,om det är samma sak som att de som ställer till det i sina egna länder sedan ska flytta till ett annat,bättre land,tex sverige och göra samma sak där som de gjorde där hemma?

När kommer en våg av flyktingar och papperslösa invandrare,som ska ha speciella ID-kort och därmed få ta del av vårt samhälles välfärd,från Zimbambve?

Folket i Glava i Arvika kommun i wärmland är oroliga.

4 andra kommuner har jag pratat med om detta idag.

Alla är lika förtvivlade men ingen vågar säga ifrån,presis som Journalisten Dabrovski sa,i TV igår.

Vänsterpolitikern försvarade att man inte ens skulle ta upp vissa saker till diskussion.

ALRDIG har försvaret för de politiska Tabuna i landet kommit fram så tydligt.

 

Kristi kyrka måste stå upp och förklara vad som är och vad som inte är lika värde

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Kyrkan måste också vara tydliga om detta,säger vår Helige Fader Ärkebiskop Johannes Tomas.

-att dela med sig av det man har är en gammal kristen sed,men att stödja krig,korruption och annan ondska,som dessa människor varit med om att utföra,som förstört deras eget land,är som att stödja konsekvenserna av vad den Onde utför,så att han kan fortsätta att plåga människan,sa Ärkebiskopen på ett online synodmöte i morse,08.30 svensk tid.

 

-Jag är inte bara orolig för Glavas befolkning,utan för alla de kommuner som står upp till knäna i mer utgifter,bara för att konsensus eliten ska få råda.

 

Det är inte någon människovärdig hantering av dessa människor,som kommer från andra sidan jordklotet.

De måste leva i missär här i sverige,bland ortsbefolkningen,som blir mer och mer förtvivlade över att den välfärd man arbetat och organisserat ihop,urholkas så att snart inget fungerar,avslutade Hans Helighet sitt tal med till synoden.

 

/Fader Michael,Stiftssekreterare

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First Mobile Phone Call Was Placed Exactly 40 Years Ago

First Mobile Phone Call Was Placed Exactly 40 Years Ago | desktop liberation | Scoop.it
On April 3, 1973 -- exactly 40 years from today -- Motorola employee Marty Cooper made the first mobile phone call.
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TechEmpower Web Framework Performance Comparison

TechEmpower Web Framework Performance Comparison | desktop liberation | Scoop.it
Performance comparison of a wide spectrum of web application frameworks and platforms using community-contributed test implementations.
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wow . a lot of work.

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parse.com and d3.js mashup

parse.com and d3.js mashup | desktop liberation | Scoop.it
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Here's an interesting Mashup.
- d3.js partition chart
- data hosted on parse.com
- color model maths
- jQuery promises
- executing google app script hosted code in the browser


http://ramblings.mcpher.com/Home/excelquirks/parse/d3parse

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Excel Liberation.: Connections in electoral data - D3 and VBA follow on from oUseful post

Excel Liberation.: Connections in electoral data - D3 and VBA follow on from oUseful post | desktop liberation | Scoop.it
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Connections in electoral data - D3 and VBA follow on from oUseful post 
Yesterday I showed how to do some data wrangling in VBA and Google Apps Script that Tony Hirst on his oUseful blog had done using scraperwiki, Open refine plus various APIs. Today he posted a quick analysis using gephi and scraperwiki on which candidates supported each other in a local Election.

Here's how to do the same thing using VBA and D3.js.
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Excel Liberation.: Mashing up electoral data - follow on from oUseful post

Excel Liberation.: Mashing up electoral data - follow on from oUseful post | desktop liberation | Scoop.it
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I just saw a great post by Tony Hirst on his oUseful blog where he nicely laid out how to use Open refine plus various APIs to research which candidates were standing for election in the wards in which they live. This kind of mashup of various tools is something I cannot resist playing around with, so I 'borrowed' his scraper wiki data to show how to do the same thing in one shot in Excel. I gave myself a time limit of 2 hours to see how much I could get done, including writing it up.

 

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No More Upgrade Fees: Use Google Docs or Office Web Apps ...

No More Upgrade Fees: Use Google Docs or Office Web Apps ... | desktop liberation | Scoop.it
Microsoft also offers their own free Office Web Apps, which compete with Google Docs. Microsoft's Office Web Apps are also completely free, requiring no subscription fee at all. You access Microsoft's Office Web Apps in a ...
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Straightforward comparison of ms and google online service

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Les Suédois vont-ils pouvoir continuer d'uriner debout ?

Les Suédois vont-ils pouvoir continuer d'uriner debout ? | desktop liberation | Scoop.it

On pourrait croire à un poisson d'avril mais il n'en est rien. C'est bien la proposition sérieuse d'un député de gauche suédois qui fait sourire samedi matin. Viggo Hansen a déposé il y a dix mois une proposition au conseil général de la région de Södermanland pour interdire aux hommes d'uriner debout.
 
Pour appuyer sa demande de faire changer de position les Suédois lorsqu'ils urinent, il se base sur trois arguments : faire progresser l'hygiène, renforcer l'égalité hommes-femmes qui est une priorité dans le pays et lutter contre le développement du cancer de la prostate. Ce dernier argument de type médical est avancé sans preuves et fait l'objet de polémiques dans la presse suédoise.


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Script of the Day: jQuery Shapeshift - Softpedia

Script of the Day: jQuery Shapeshift - Softpedia | desktop liberation | Scoop.it
Script of the Day: jQuery Shapeshift (Script of the Day: jQuery Shapeshift http://t.co/oituoI8FZf #Jquery)
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Parse.com and ScriptDB performance comparison

Parse.com and ScriptDB performance comparison | desktop liberation | Scoop.it
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Lately I've been doing a lot of posts to do with messing around with color. I'm using a selection of technologies such asscriptDB, Parse.com, jQuery promises, Google Apps Script, Google Spreadsheets, Google Visualization API andVBA to create a series of colorscheming apis and apps.


The test is to retrieve a few thousand rows from each of scriptDB and parse.com for from Google Apps script. We'll also use the parse.com javascript api from a jQuery app as a benchmark.

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PDF To Excel conversion - Excel Liberation

PDF To Excel conversion - Excel Liberation | desktop liberation | Scoop.it
Liberate Excel data from the desktop
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Today's Excel Liberation guest article is by Nancy Owens of pdftoExcel.

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VBA obfuscation - Excel Liberation

VBA obfuscation - Excel Liberation | desktop liberation | Scoop.it

Protecting your VBA code

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Today's article is from Petros Chatzipantazis of spreasheet1.com and shows how VBA obfuscation can protect your code and intellectual property.

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Colorschemer API - Excel Liberation

Colorschemer API - Excel Liberation | desktop liberation | Scoop.it

Colorschemer API built on Google Apps Script

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This is an API served by google apps script that returns lots of properties (json/jsonP) about a given color or group of colors. You can also find the 'n' closest colors in a color scheme to some target color.  Shows and contrasts parse.com and scriptdb (both are supported) as a database for google apps script.

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Saudi women allowed to ride bikes in public

Male relatives should be present to provide prompt assistance in case of falls or accidents
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“Wearing abayas — the coverall worn by Gulf women — and erratic driving could result in terrible accidents,” she said, quoted by the daily.

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