Go Open! Installing External Libraries in Python

One of the biggest differences is Python compared to Excel is that Python is open-source. Microsoft owns and operates Excel. While you can develop your own add-ins and user-defined functions, etc., it is still a proprietary product. By contrast, anyone can develop almost anything for Python and easily share it — Python is a totally […]

The Excel Magic 8 Ball

The blog has been quiet lately because I’ve been busy learning R and Python to complete a research project. And I’ve been missing Excel. But today I found a nice diversion. A Python Magic 8 Ball The best introduction to Python I have found is Al Sweigart’s Automate the Boring Stuff with Python. Get it for free at the […]

Downloading Python

The best subject to teach is a subject that you apply yourself daily yourself. And the best thing to learn is something that you’ll actually use daily. My mix of data tools has shifted substantially from Excel to R and Python as of late. I still use Excel, but not for several hours every day, […]

What Makes Drucker an Original?

A few weeks ago, I wrote a short post on Peter Drucker and entrepreneurship.  Much to my surprise, the post was featured on LinkedIn’s entrepreneurship channel. People are hungry for Drucker’s wisdom, so much that one reader even asked for a longer article to read! In response, below is a short paper written for a […]

Was It A Give-A-Damn Mistake?

I just watched this excellent lecture about “The Myth of the Genius Programmer” — and yes, Excel users, you are programmers.  One anecdote that really got me thinking is around the 14:45 mark. I found a copy of the anecdote online at The Happy Manager: Tom Watson Jr., CEO of IBM between 1956 and 1971, […]