Month: March 2016

Canadian language: what does Kabloona mean?

The tutor shares a term he discovered in the dictionary. Kabloona is an Inuit term referring to a non-Inuit; the term particularly suggests a white person. It has been used to describe white people present to do specific functions: police,

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Spreadsheets: editing data within a cell

The tutor points out a handy hint that will be obvious to spreadsheet veterans, yet perhaps very useful to beginners. Let’s imagine you’ve entered a city name in a cell: Medicine Hat, Alberta. However, you notice you mistyped the name:

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Lifestyle: the spring transition

The tutor observes how life changes with the seasons. This time of year, it seems, one should spend more time outside. An immediate reason might be yard chores: weeding and putting down lime are two examples. The lawn hasn’t needed

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Spreadsheets: When is Easter?

The tutor points out how a spreadsheet can show holiday awareness. Most holidays, such as Valentine’s Day, Halloween, or Christmas, happen on a set date. However, Easter is different. As a child, I overheard it’s the Sunday after the first

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Web design: css3 gradient, part III: browser support

Continuing about css3 gradient effects, the tutor discusses some of the browsers that do or don’t support them. In my previous two posts (here and here), I’ve been talking about the css3 gradient effect. I’ve acknowledged that not everyone viewing

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Web design: css3 gradient, part II: code

Continuing with css3 gradients, the tutor shows some coding examples. In my previous post I began about css3 gradients, showing a few examples. Today, I show the code I used to generate them. Left to right, red to blue: <div

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Web design: css3 gradient

The tutor shows an effect availabe from css3. CSS code can be used to change the appearance of web-generated content. CSS refers to the appearance as the style. A gradient signifies a color transition. For example: Hello. The background shows

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Spreadsheets: converting date to serial number in Excel using DATEVALUE

The tutor continues about Excel’s handling of dates. I mentioned in my March 16 post that Excel can convert a date into a serial number for convenient calculation of duration between dates. The serial number is the number of days

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Math: calculating mortgage payment on the Windows desktop calculator

The tutor points out a very convenient utility. I haven’t upgraded to Windows 10, so am still running Windows 7. From the Start menu (the circle with the colored window panes), if I click All Programs, then Accessories, the desktop

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Seasons: when are the day and night equal in length?

The tutor shares a discovery about the seasons. I always believed that equal night and day – twelve hours each – happens at the turn of spring and the turn of fall. Last year, however, I noticed on the environment

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