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How do you even get a single worksheet to 2 gigabytes??

I had about 15 columns and 3.5 million lines of an Access table and tried to run a pivot on it in Access a couple of days ago. 8 gigs of memory is apparently not enough. That file was like 50 megabytes I think.

To be honest - I have no frigging idea how he got it that big. I think one of the issues is that they dump huge .csv files out of our ERP system, then they bring the .csv files into Excel. If you don't save it as an .xlsx before you start screwing with it, Excel doesn't optimize the file - and .csv files are waaaay bigger than the corresponding Excel file.

Also, they don't have just one sheet. They dump these huge .csv files, that have hundreds of columns and a bajillion rows, then they try to load 3 or 4 of them into Excel at the same time and then have other sheets that combine data from the source sheets. We had to install 64 bit Excel to try to keep the thing from corrupting the files. This particular guy is one of those really annoying business managers - he thinks he is waaay smarter than he really is - and if *your* computer can't do what *he* wants it to do, well that's *your* problem. I have told him repeatedly that we have a $2 million ERP system that is sitting on a very nice Oracle database - and databases are *made* for joining tables and doing queries - so, gee - why don't you simply define the report you need and we'll let the database do it for you. His answer is always the same - he needs to "see" the data in order to create the report he needs.

I've been doing this a long time, and I know what that really means - it means the data his people put into the system is cr@p, and he doesn't know how to create a clean report from that pile of cr@ppy data. So, instead of fixing the real problem - his own people and his cr@p processes - he wants IT to perform magic on the back end. That just ain't gonna happen, so he spends his weekends pounding his head on Excel, and then b!tches about IT every week. rolleyes.gif

Oh - and this is the same guy that will go weeks without ever powering down his laptop. He will travel across the country, stay in a hotel, go to the office, then go back to the hotel - then call us at 11 PM b!tching that his WiFi & VPN connection is "screwed up". He never wants to power off his laptop because it takes too long to load those giant spreadsheets.

Now see what you all did? You got me monologing... tongue.gif
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MF, I am sorry.
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Now that'd be a real heartbreaker. Unfortunately, I can only take the shelter's word for it. The ad states that she's a real sweet cat, and has been around children and dogs from a previous owner. I'd like to think that they were bein forthcoming with that tidbit, rather than devious. I won't really know til I see the cat for myself I guess.

And the latter half of your post is also why I'm gettin a cat. I just don't have the time nor the energy for a dog. That the Maine Coon makes a good companion and is self reliant really makes it the best of both worlds

I took the time to read it through now and look at that website. My impression is: professionally done website compared to our schiitty ads in our Swedish "Craigs list .se". Also, that cat sounded like a wonderful cat, I'd definitely trust that it's not a problematic cat with a bad past. I hope it's still available for you to adopt, sincce some shelters seemed to be short of time to update their listings and so on. Not really anything one could blame them for, they're volunteers devoting their spare time after all. Crossing fingers here.

 

Also, news about the cat I've been showing here, under Magick Man's quote (so he also sees it):

 

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My Maine coon/Ragdoll, 7kgs of purring, furry, snuggles. She's completely mellow, nothing upsets her, except tickling her back feet. If she had her way, the only times she'd leave my lap is to eat and poop.

What a furry snuggleball. A question from a potential new catowner to a current one: do cats like to chew on headphone cables and if so, is it more prevalent with kittens?

 

Update on that leopard maine coon:

 

I've been in contact with the seller, and we've booked a meeting (in about 4 hours). Let's put it this way, I think the deal is about as done as it can be through mailing and phonecalls. She's under the understanding that I'll just come to check that it's not an actual leopard (or a brick) that I'm buying, and I'm there to pick the kitten up and give away my money.

 

I think, that later today, you may see some fresh pictures of a leopard maine coon kitten. That I will name Chewbacca! :D

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
And yeah, I, admittedly, am as jumpy and giddy as a little girl about this. Even more so than my wife. LOL ... Actually, this one is supposed to be more my cat than hers, and in a few weeks we'll get her a black cat, that we will name Darth Vader.
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Oh - and this is the same guy that will go weeks without ever powering down his laptop. He will travel across the country, stay in a hotel, go to the office, then go back to the hotel - then call us at 11 PM b!tching that his WiFi & VPN connection is "screwed up". He never wants to power off his laptop because it takes too long to load those giant spreadsheets.
 

Wait whats wrong with not powering down the laptop? 

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Wait whats wrong with not powering down the laptop? 

Well, hardware wise it gets, obviously, worn out faster, and software wise it can get a little laggy if you don't reboot it once in a while (pre Windows 7). Other than that, there's not really a big problem with it. Wear and heat, basically. Some laptops, especially cheaper ones, aren't constructed for 24/7 usage, and those can get a little problematic, but when that happens it's usually time to upgrade it anyway. So don't worry.

 

My PC's usually have huuuuge uptimes between reboots. The only time I really reboot my Windows PC is when I update, or have a power outtage.

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Originally Posted by Coq de Combat View Post
 

Well, hardware wise it gets, obviously, worn out faster, and software wise it can get a little laggy if you don't reboot it once in a while (pre Windows 7). Other than that, there's not really a big problem with it. Wear and heat, basically. Some laptops, especially cheaper ones, aren't constructed for 24/7 usage, and those can get a little problematic, but when that happens it's usually time to upgrade it anyway. So don't worry.

 

My PC's usually have huuuuge uptimes between reboots. The only time I really reboot my Windows PC is when I update, or have a power outtage.

Ahh that explains why my laptop got slightly louder :P 

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Ahh that explains why my laptop got slightly louder :P 

Dust is actually the usual reason for laptops to get louder. Think of your laptop like a vacuum cleaner. Of course, if you leave your vacuum on for a great length of time, it will get a lot of dust. Same with computers. Dust is also one *very* usual reason for overheating computers.

 

You could open it and just blow it clean with a spray can of compressed air. You find those in practically *every* computer store. Make sure you keep the can upright when you spray and don't spray too long at one place to avoid damages on your equipment (it can get cold, damaging cold). Also, needless to say, but keep the battery and power plug unplugged, to avoid having electricity running through the circuit board, which in turn could short it if a drop of liquid should happen to come out (it happens).

 

It actually sounds like a whole lot to do and like a complex procedure, but is probably around 10 screws on the underside of your laptop, and takes only a few minutes and is usually *very* simple to do.

 

Think of dust as your nemesis.

 

Also, you don't want your computer to look like this:

 

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Originally Posted by Coq de Combat View Post
 

Dust is actually the usual reason for laptops to get louder. Think of your laptop like a vacuum cleaner. Of course, if you leave your vacuum on for a great length of time, it will get a lot of dust. Same with computers. Dust is also one *very* usual reason for overheating computers.

 

You could open it and just blow it clean with a spray can of compressed air. You find those in practically *every* computer store. Make sure you keep the can upright when you spray and don't spray too long at one place to avoid damages on your equipment (it can get cold, damaging cold). Also, needless to say, but keep the battery and power plug unplugged, to avoid having electricity running through the circuit board, which in turn could short it if a drop of liquid should happen to come out (it happens).

 

It actually sounds like a whole lot to do and like a complex procedure, but is probably around 10 screws on the underside of your laptop, and takes only a few minutes and is usually *very* simple to do.

 

Think of dust as your nemesis.

 

Also, you don't want your computer to look like this:

 

But If I open it I void the warranty :P Choices :confused_face_2:

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As much as we like to think that Windows is rock solid, it's not - and the apps that run under Windows definitely are not. Even under Win 7, we see apps that have memory leaks and apps that Windows doesn't properly clean-up after closing. We ask our users to reboot at least once a week, primarily to make sure that all updates get applied. We try to balance the draconian "the computer will reboot in 10..9..8..7..." against the people that literally NEVER let updates run. We don't let the updates be applied directly from Microsoft, we have a WSUS server and we release updates to the workstations after we have verified compatibility with our apps. I've seen workstations with well over 100 pending updates.

If you are a sophisticated user, and you know when to bring-up the task manager and kill a misbehaving app, then great - you can go for long periods of time without a reboot - but these users are NOT sophisticated, and they can't recognize when there are 10 copies of Adobe running that have not shutdown correctly.

Also, on the network+VPN: expecting Windows and the VPN software to automatically work out all the kinks when you switch from Wi-Fi at the office to a Verizon WWAN at the hotel and then hop in your car and go to the airport 100 miles away and be connected when you pull it out of your bag - is simply sniffing fairy dust. Does that, in theory, work? Yeah, it's supposed to - but - it won't do it correctly every time, and c'mon, does it it really take that long to boot up a laptop with an SSD drive??
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Excel is really bad about multiple copies when you develop using the dlls. You can code to force a clean up but half the time, excel ignores it. drives me nuts when I debug a few times and find that I have 6 copies of excel running in the background.
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Technology is literally magic to a lot of people. And besides, since you nerds are around, they obviously don't need to learn a bit how it's not magic since the world revolves around them always and aint nobody got time fo dat. /sarcasm
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Originally Posted by Coq de Combat View Post

I took the time to read it through now and look at that website. My impression is: professionally done website compared to our schiitty ads in our Swedish "Craigs list .se". Also, that cat sounded like a wonderful cat, I'd definitely trust that it's not a problematic cat with a bad past. I hope it's still available for you to adopt, sincce some shelters seemed to be short of time to update their listings and so on. Not really anything one could blame them for, they're volunteers devoting their spare time after all. Crossing fingers here.

Also, news about the cat I've been showing here, under Magick Man's quote (so he also sees it):

What a furry snuggleball. A question from a potential new catowner to a current one: do cats like to chew on headphone cables and if so, is it more prevalent with kittens?

Update on that leopard maine coon:

I've been in contact with the seller, and we've booked a meeting (in about 4 hours). Let's put it this way, I think the deal is about as done as it can be through mailing and phonecalls. She's under the understanding that I'll just come to check that it's not an actual leopard (or a brick) that I'm buying, and I'm there to pick the kitten up and give away my money.

I think, that later today, you may see some fresh pictures of a leopard maine coon kitten. That I will name Chewbacca! biggrin.gif
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
And yeah, I, admittedly, am as jumpy and giddy as a little girl about this. Even more so than my wife. LOL ... Actually, this one is supposed to be more my cat than hers, and in a few weeks we'll get her a black cat, that we will name Darth Vader.

Yeah, I've been in contact with another forum member who has had Coon cats over the last two decades, just collecting some info from an experienced guy, but he thinks the cat will make a wonderful companion. My only source of hesitation stems from the fact that it is an older cat, but he assured me that they live fairly long so I should be able to get another 10 or so years to share with it. And yeah, the cat actually was listed as "adopted" for a very short time a few days ago, but then reverted to "adopt me" like a day later, not sure what happened there :l So yeah, I hope the listing is accurate. Gonna call on Monday and see what happens.

And nice on potentially scoring the leopard Coon, (Chewie's a great name biggrin.gif )I'll be lookin out for pics smily_headphones1.gif
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New snuggles! Watch your cables, I lost some during the settling-in process.
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