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iXBRL inventor: my algorithm turns UK company data into 'useless PDFs'

Blog   The UK business registrar has been rendering its revolutionary company data useless to anyone without computer skills thanks to software written by the very man who invented the principle way to make it meaningful.It has taken Companies House more than a decade to implement its modernisation plan, ...

Last updated: Aug 11, 2015   3:06 PM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      Uncategorized
Companies registrar reverts electronic documents to photocopies

Blog   In a bizarre reversal of the government's digital-by-default policy, Companies House has been receiving company accounts as data but turning them into PDFs often containing poor-quality, low resolution images, before releasing them to the general public on its website.The UK registrar, celebrated a...

Last updated: Aug 7, 2015   2:47 PM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      Uncategorized
How use PPT autorecover files?

Answer  I spent most of yesterday working on a PPT presentation. When I printed it, PPT crashed, and now when I try to open the PPT file (technically the .pptx file), I'm told "PowerPoint cannot open the file [filename] because the file format or file extension is not valid. Verify that the file has not bee...

Last updated: Jun 9, 2015   7:10 PM GMT   |    PowerPoint
Container Frameworks - Tools, Products or Solutions?

Blog  Earlier, I covered some of the basics of the container technologies that are quickly evolving .within web-scale clouds and will eventually be migrating into Enterprise and Mid-Market data centers. Once you begin to understand the basics and have played with the technology, you'll probably start aski...

Last updated: Feb 28, 2015   3:34 PM GMT  |  Blog: From Silos to Services: Cloud Computing for the Enterprise   |      DevOps, Docker, Linux
Damaged Excel file

Answer  Today I cannot open several Excel files they all say cannot open the file because the file format or file extension is not valid. The files which do open all the tabs have disappeared except one which is full of garbage characters. The files that do open also say the data is delimited.

Last updated: Dec 4, 2014   5:30 PM GMT   |    Microsoft Excel
Excel cannot open the file 'file.xlsx' because the file format

Answer  Every now and then, when I try opening an Excel file, I get a message saying that "Excel cannot open the file 'file.xlsx' because the file format or the file extension is not valid. Verify that the file has not been corrupted and that the file extension matches the format of the file.

Last updated: Sep 21, 2014   4:15 PM GMT   |    Microsoft Excel
I am running Excel 2007 and have been working on files and ONLY saving them to my USB memory stick.

Answer  I am running Excel 2007 and have been working on files and ONLY saving them to my USB memory stick. On connecting the device to my PC (using an extension USB cord) I noticed a very brief minute blue like spark, and didn't release until I tried to access my files that the entire content was wiped. Ex...

Last updated: Jul 21, 2014   1:39 PM GMT   |    Microsoft Excel, USB
Big data: necessary but insufficient for analytics

Blog  As the big data market matures, the focus shifts from the new data itself to its use in concert with traditional operational business data. For the business analyst, big data can be very seductive. It exists in enormous quantities. It contains an extensive and expanding record of every interaction ...

Last updated: Jul 17, 2014   7:12 AM GMT  |  Blog: Now...Business unIntelligence   |      Analytics, Hadoop
Drone kill communications net illustrated

Blog   Computer Weekly can illustrate how a UK network connection forms part of a US weapons targeting system that has slaughtered civilians in anti-terrorist attacks gone wrong.The illustrations add credibility to a legal challenge begun last month over a 2012 contract BT won to build the UK branch of th...

Last updated: Jun 13, 2014   9:02 AM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      Network-Centric Warfare
Microsoft releases fix for Exchange 2013 SP1 bug

Blog  One week after releasing Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1, Microsoft released a fix for a bug after receiving customer complaints. The bug, which prevents third-party or custom-developed transport agents from working with Exchange 2013 SP1, is caused by invalid XML code in global assembly cache ...

Last updated: Mar 5, 2014   6:13 PM GMT  |  Blog: The Microsoft Messaging Exchange
Exporting VB6 data to PDF using SQL select query from MS Access

Answer  Hi my name is vishal. I think I have a problem in exporting VB6 data to PDF using SQL select query (join query from multiple tables). I have a form in which when user selects a GRNno from combobox and then press button with caption: Generate it should generate a PDF report regarding GRNno. Given bel...

Last updated: Feb 5, 2014   7:03 AM GMT   |    Microsoft Access, SQL Select, Visual Basic 6
Cracking open PDF extraction for the future

Blog  There's an interesting free app on the Apple store at the moment called Scanner Pro by Readdle. Scanner Pro claims to be able to turn your iPhone or iPad into a portable scanner and is capable of producing images that are converted to jpegs or PDFs via its camera. It works quite well, although i...

Last updated: Jan 7, 2014   7:33 AM GMT  |  Blog: Open Source Insider   |      Uncategorized
Sudden Change of File Ext from .doc to .doc.qbk using Polaris Office

Answer  I am using Polaris Office, version 3.0.3245.0 - FV02(2012 INFRAWARE, Inc www.infraware.co.kr).on an LG-P940 (PRADA 3 by LG) Mobile Phone, Android v4.0.4.I was compiling a standard text document and saving regularly as I added new sentences or paragraphs.After one particular save ( the last one that ...

Last updated: Sep 8, 2013   2:18 PM GMT  
Breaking In a New Tablet/Ultrabook: Dell XPS12

Blog  Im working with some staff at Dell, and with a loaner XPS12 convertible tablet/ultrabook running Windows 8, to explore ways to boost the usability and productivity gains (both personal and professional) that access to such nice gear can deliver. The XPS12 is compact, and the screen flips inside...

Last updated: May 17, 2013   3:52 PM GMT  |  Blog: Windows Enterprise Desktop
Worth Considering: Paul Thurrott Praises the Win8 Desktop

Blog  There's a terrific piece over on Paul Thurrott's Supersite for Windows that posted yesterday, entitled "In Praise of the Windows 8 Desktop." In that story, he calls out all the new features on the old-fashioned but still extremely usable desktop in Windows 8 that deliver new or vastly improved funct...

Last updated: Mar 20, 2013   6:50 PM GMT  |  Blog: Windows Enterprise Desktop
An HTML5 centric open source browser-based Office suite

Blog  Self proclaimed "disruptive" open source software company Open-Xchange (yes that was CAPS-DASH-CAPS-lower case) has launched OX Documents, a cloud-based office productivity suite. The firm asserts that its OX Text application (an in-browser word processor) is a multi-device editing and collaboratio...

Last updated: Mar 20, 2013   12:45 AM GMT  |  Blog: Open Source Insider   |      Uncategorized
Windows UEFI Install Info

Blog  In the past three or four months, I've messed around with various takes on installing Windows-- especially Windows 8 -- on PCs sportingthe Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, in lieu of the more traditional BIOS firmware used to raise PCs from a cold dead start to normal operation since time ...

Last updated: Jan 25, 2013   10:37 PM GMT  |  Blog: Windows Enterprise Desktop
Cross-device cross-platform incompatibility incongruence

Blog  There is now, it seems, a cross-device compatibility imperative rising. We know this of course. Windows 8 is very much positioned as a 'desktop, to tablet, to mobile handset' cross-device operating system and Apple's iOS has (arguably) already been in this space for some time already. Carrying thi...

Last updated: Nov 8, 2012   11:40 AM GMT  |  Blog: Open Source Insider   |      Uncategorized
Part Three: The Future of Technical Publishing

Blog  In part one of the series I talked about what its like to be an author, and in part two I talked about what is like to work with a publisher in this final part I want to talk about what I think the future is for publishing generally. The Printed Book is Technology With the rise and rise of digit...

Last updated: Jul 11, 2012   8:12 AM GMT  |  Blog: RTFM Education – Virtualization, VMware, Citrix
Got encryption? Try AES Crypt

Blog  You know you need encryption to protect sensitive information whether you travel, upload sensitive files to the cloud, or just want to feel secure knowing that your data is accessible only to you; I won't belabor the point. What I will do is talk about AES Crypt, advanced file encryption software fo...

Last updated: Jun 21, 2012   0:13 AM GMT  |  Blog: Security Corner
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