Sort data in Excel in "High, Medium, Low" order

Occasionally I have data that looks like this, sorted on the “Value” column: It’s always annoyed me that Excel couldn’t read my mind and figure out that I wanted to sort them in “High, Medium, Low” order. Recently I found out that it is possible to do this by creating a “Custom List” in excel:…


Joel Spolsky’s latest article

Is a nice read, covering a lot of interesting topics, some of the more meaningful points as I see them: The most valuable course he ever took was the one he dropped after one lecture. It was valuable because it convinced him he shouldn’t go to grad school for CS. I had a similar experience…


Get text pasted into Word/Outlook to format properly

If you’re like me and do a lot of copying content from other applications into Word and Outlook, you’re probably very accustomed to using the paste smarttag to choose whether or not to use the source or destination formatting on paste. If you’re tired of constantly switching it and want it to use the right defaults,…


Happy holidays

For my family, that means: (it’s a silverlight app that lights one candle per night) Thanks, Synergist!


A note to my good friend Paul

Next time you invite someone out of the blue to “help out with a demo of video conferencing”, make clear that it’s in front of a live audience first thing. Hope I didn’t scandalize them too much. And if any of my readers are from that Atlanta show – exchange rocks! Go deploy