What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.

— Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

This morning I learnt through Engadget that what was known until now as Project Natal is now called Kinect for Xbox 360, as revealed just before E3 by none other than a 76-person cast of Cirque du Soleil. I had two reactions:

  1. Why wasn’t I invited? 😛
  2. Who came up with that horrible name?! Lire la suite

Keyboard shortcuts for Visual Studio 2010


For those of you who really appreciate the time gained by not moving your hand away from your keyboard and towards the mouse, Microsoft released 4 keybinding reference cards (cheet sheets if you will) for Visual Studio 2010 in the form of high-quality PDFs.

In these foldable cards you’ll find the default keyboard shortcuts for:

  • Visual Basic .NET
  • Visual C++
  • Visual C#
  • Visual F#

Available on MSDN Downloads.

On Jobs’s thoughts on Flash

Yesterday, our favourite black turtleneck-wearing guru published a short essay detailing his Thoughts on Flash, where he details why Adobe’s Flash will never by supported on his iPhones and iPads.

Recommended reading, definitively! It’s just hilarious.

I obviously have to admit that the iPhone, new Macs, etc. have sent Jobs soaring through the stratosphere. Unfortunately, I’m afraid his brain is now lacking oxygen… Lire la suite

Air Tweets


It has been suggested that I’m addicted to Twitter. This is, of course, nonsense, as evidenced by my stats 😉

If I were addicted to Twitter, however, Lufthansa’s MySkyStatus is the Twitter/Facebook app I’d be really looking forward to use. Actually, who am I kidding? The only reason I haven’t actually used it is because I have no plans to get on a plane anytime soon.

So, what’s it all about?

As you probably know, for more or less invalid reasons, planes do not provide Internet access. This means that you can be trapped for hours inside a metal tube without being able to tell the world what you’re doing in 140 characters or less! As I see it, this is torture for yourself and for your followers, who will not be able to follow your every move. In comes MySkyStatus.

While you’re in the air, sweating and scratching, MySkyStatus will send altitude, location, departure and arrival updates automatically to your Facebook and/or Twitter pages.

This, of course, is about as useful as a Nabaztag—unless you’re a kidnapper and you’re victim’s using the service—but, I admit, I really wish I could take the plane soon, just to test it.

The service is obviously free an works with pretty much any airline and any flight. So go ahead and try it; I’ll follow on Twitter to see if it works 😉

Finding an Asterisk in Excel

I was sitting at my desk when, suddenly, someone came in the office and asked the weirdest question:

We’re working on Excel and there’s a column with order number that end with a star and we’d like to remove it. Does anyone know how?

Obviously, we all immediately responded in choir:

Why, Ctrl+H (or Edit > Replace) and you replace character ‘*’ with nothing!

Except that, obviously, it didn’t work. The problem: the asterisk (‘*’) is a special character when you are trying to find something in Excel; it’s a wildcard or substitution character.

But there has to be a way to find an asterisk in an Excel cell, isn’t there?

Of course! Everything is possible with computers! All you have to do is “escape” the special character, i.e., precede it with another special character; in our case, it’s the tilde (‘~’).

Look for the string ‘~*’ (without the apostrophes, of course) and replace it with nothing at all; that will delete the asterisks from your Excel worksheet.

(Photo Tetsumo / CC BY 2.0)