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Sync your SharePoint Online Team Site with your OneDrive easily with the SYNC function in your team site.

1. Go to your Team site

2. Select the Library

3. Click the SYNC button

4. OK to Allow OneDrive

5. Select a target local folder to Sync to

Video instructions here Sync …

If that doesn’t work, go into your SharePoint Online document library, select Library and select Open with Explorer… use the explorer window pop-up to copy files to and from your SharePoint document library…


… then get on the phone to your Mom, and come check back later.


The following MYSQL query will display your WordPress post data including post metadata.   Just change the filters as required … demonstrated filters include only posts with a status of Publish and a post date less than Now.  Remember to remove the filter on post date if you are searching for Draft posts only.

SELECT posts.*, postmeta.*
    FROM wp_posts posts, wp_postmeta postmeta
    WHERE posts.ID = postmeta.post_id
    AND posts.post_status = ‘publish’
    AND posts.post_date < NOW()
    ORDER BY posts.post_date DESC


Some commonly asked questions in this world are :

1. Is the Loch Ness monster real ?

2. Is the Bermuda Triangle really aliens ?

3. How do you get the month name from a date in a PowerPivot DAX formula ?

Get the three character abbreviation of the month name from a Date column in Powerpivot using the following derived column formula…




Maritime folklore told of the existence of rogue waves, that could appear without warning, against the prevailing current and often in perfectly clear water. Such waves were said to consist of an almost vertical wall of water, up to 98 feet in height, preceded by a trough so deep, it was referred to as “a hole in the sea”. Any ship approaching a wave of such magnitude would be unlikely to survive the extreme forces and would be sunk in a matter of minutes.

In this session we look at the some of the tools, platforms and methodologies in the current Business Intelligence movement, that can assist businesses to predict, “The Next Rogue Wave”. Whilst the next rogue wave can easily allude to the next big destructive force, the next rogue wave can also be the next big opportunity….such as the Black Swan theory, which aims to predict the opportune time to strike, concerning world financial events.

We will cover the whole data science movement, the growing opportunity of cloud analytics platforms, and the role of data governance, all designed to help businesses to be better prepared for the risks and opportunities of the unexpected, and to respond accordingly.
The demonstration will use a combination of presentation and demo time.

Onsite event details as follows, and external conference available from the link below…

27th May 2015

5:30pm for 6:00pm start

ACS Office Level 7/333 Adelaide St Brisbane


In this data visualisation example we analyse the lyrics of the song Nothing Compares To You, to compare the amount of emotional fulfillment of life in general compared to you…. as at 7 hours and 15 days….


In 1961, Dr Frank Drake presented a controversial equation…called….ummm…the Drake equation, but some critics, labelled the equation a guesstimate or even meaningless.  Yet for the SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute, the equation pumps to a beat, and drives the mass collection of data, to yield information relating to any of the equation’s factors.  The controversial Drake equation, aims to predict the number of extra terrestrials in the galaxy, like this :


N = The number of civilizations in The Milky Way Galaxy whose electromagnetic emissions are detectable

R* = The rate of formation of stars suitable for the development of intelligent life

fp = The fraction of those stars with planetary systems

ne = The number of planets, per solar system, with an environment suitable for life

fl = The fraction of suitable planets on which life actually appears

fi = The fraction of life bearing planets on which intelligent life emerges

fc = The fraction of civilizations that develop a technology that releases detectable signs of their existence into space

L = The length of time such civilizations release detectable signals into space

If your eyes just glazed over, then try this entertaining animation, where Jill Tarter brings the Drake equation to the masses for the less mathematically focussed, describing the odds of calculating intelligent alien life.



What are the chances of life on earth ? Further, what are the chances of running into a random stranger on earth, and finding love… And further again, what are the chances of holding that love ??   In this compelling Ted talk, mathematician Hannah Fry gives her top 3 mathematically based tips for finding that special 1.

…”with Columbus as a vision, an occasion for a historical panorama of a continent out of his control”, and the occasion, is working with the Lumia Panorama app on Windows Phone.  Here is a quick tutorial for how to generate a panorama.

Firstly, don’t be afraid, the entry point for a panorama is a breathtaking view, breathe it in… its lost and slighted origin.  Open the Lumia Panorama app, start at the left of your horizon and hit the Camera icon – you are going to shoot left to right. See the words “hold phone steady” and you will know you have almost got this sorted.  Note the line leading out to the right…follow it until the two circles meet.  Overlay the circle, hold phone steady again, and continue to the next.




When complete, you should see the words, “Creating panorama” and hopefully you don’t end up with something that looks like a scene from the sci-fi movie “Ellipse”.


Finally, before you go and get on with the panorama thing… in the words of Christopher Columbus himself “Riches don’t make a man rich, they only make him busier”… happy panorama-ing… remember, it’s about the small things.





“How did Tommy die?”… was one of the most memorable quotes from the movie Silver Linings Playbook.   Here we look at a liquid cool example of data analysis.   The data visualisation shows which scenes were used to build the Silver Linings Playbook movie trailer. Here the analysis shows that whilst the trailer for Silver Linings used scenes that roughly follow the film’s natural order, there are a few quirky differences.   First example, at the very start of the trailer, a scene from the end of the film is used…



… and  there are a few scenes not actually in the movie release or the same scene but shot from a different angle. Enjoy the trailer here, I’m going for crabby snacks and homemades… Original NY times article Here, and the other trailers visualised include Beasts of Southern Wild, Argo, Amour, and Lincoln.

The best things about Android/Google phones is they name their operating system releases after comfort food, there are zillions of apps, and there are usually 40 different ways to do the same thing… which is probably the major downfall too, too much choice and confusion, as well as the random glitch and the “insufficient space on device” drawback on the cheaper phones.

Switch from Android to Windows phone seamlessly like this :

1. Sign into your Windows phone with your Microsoft account

2. If you already use the Google cloud service to store your contacts, go to Settings > System > Email & Accounts, then add your Google account.  Sign in with your Google account name and password, then connect and sync.

3. Once the sync is complete, your contacts, calendar and emails should be readily available on your Windows phone.  If you don’t have a Google account, go to your old Android phone, switch Bluetooth on, open the “Transfer my data” app on your Windows phone and turn on Bluetooth there as well.  Once the two phones are paired you can transfer your Google Contacts and text messages too.

4. For photos and videos, install the OneDrive app on your Android phone, sign into that app using the same Microsoft account you signed into your Windows phone with, then Transfer your files to OneDrive.  If that’s all too hard, connect your Android phone to your computer, then connect your Windows phone and copy the files from your Android media folders to your Windows phone.

5. Now just get your apps from the Microsoft store.   If the same app doesn’t exist, try something alternative.


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