CEO Pay in 2012 Was Extraordinarily High Relative to Typical Workers | Economic Policy Institute


Caught this headline while checking my news feeds this morning and saw the stats. The figures are alarmingly high given the lessons/changes post 2008:

CEO Pay in 2012 Was Extraordinarily High Relative to Typical Workers and Other High Earners | Economic Policy Institute.

The graphs are interactive, so you can click and slide your mouse over until the stats shock you.

Lessons learned? None.

Wireframes with Excel part 2


Boogle’s back and this time he wants to show off a few more features that would not be commonly associated with Excel, namely Tools panel, Annotations and Task Lists.

Let’s begin.

Excel as a Wireframing Tool

Patterned against: Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Balsamiq

I’ve tried to include a couple of features here including:

  • inserting the shapes panel (insert > shapes) which presents all the shapes one can drag and drop to create the wireframes (this also allows you access to insert photos, audio, moves, clip art and symbols)
  • inserting shapes from Picol (and feel free to use your own website of free shapes)
  • creating a grid-like background (similar to rules, guides and grids in Adobe tools)

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Wireframes using Excel


A work colleague was about to build an application the other day and asked me for my opinion on what tools would suit him best. By way of background, my work colleague is a developer and he wanted to build an application which might need to store large amounts of data.

My immediate response? Excel.

I know there are a lot of other available wireframe tools out there today but the criteria here was quickfree and easy. No ramp-up time to learn the application here, in fact it’s more just training your brain to use it other than a spreadsheet. No need to look for a free tool out there in the web when it comes with our basic MS Office Suite.

And you can even make Excel jump between pages as I’m about to demonstrate.

Let’s check it out using Google as our model site. Continue reading

An impressive chart using Javascript Library


I am a big Excel user and it takes a lot for a chart to impress me. But then I stumbled on to Dimensional Charting Javascript Library page and was super-impressed:

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Looks kinda neat but the pure magic here is in its interactive behaviour: click any element on that chart and watch the other graphs transition in a clean animated manner. CSS transitions, eat your heart out! Continue reading

I-Banking Activity


Something funny has been happening recently: I’ve noticed a whole group of recruitment agencies report job market movements.

This never used to be the case you see; if you wanted an update, you would have to ask a recruitment agent directly. And even when you do ask, the information is usually off-the-cuff, reactive and unprepared. Recruitment agencies now are starting to collate information and report on it in a more structured way – which is fantastic mind you as I would rather be informed than not (I am guessing that most of you feel the same way). Continue reading

Matt Mullenweg speaks


An opportunity to sit in on a Matt Mullenweg talk only comes once in a blue moon. And as Matt reminded us during the Sydney WordPress meetup held at the Australian Technology Park last night, it only comes once every 6 years – he last came in 2008 and stated that he might come back in 2020 (insert grain of salt here).

So when the meetup was announced to sit in on this unique opportunity, I jumped straight at it.

The Australian Technology Park

This was my first evening event at the ATP and for those who are not familiar with the park, this used to be the old depot for Sydney passenger trains.


There’s a heavy focus on technology and other creatives in the grounds, so the setting was just right to host a WordPress meetup with Matt. Continue reading