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Open Thread: How are you using Excel?

Yesterday, I mentioned I'd been talking with someone who's looking at interesting things people are doing with Microsoft Excel. I talked to her again yesterday, and with her official okey-dokey, I'll virtually introduce Tralee Pearce (*waves*), a reporter from Toronto's Globe & Mail whom you might remember from a very swell article about the Hipster PDA.

So, by request -- and to help Tralee with fleshing out her fun-sounding article -- I hope you all will jump in here: What kind of cool, novel, and non-obvious stuff are you doing with Excel? What's the wildest, most obsessive, most nerdy thing you ever saw someone do with our favorite spreadsheet program?

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I have a giant spreadsheet...

I have a giant spreadsheet to track my DVD collection. It has all relevant info including how much I bought it for, and I periodically update it with eBay market values. I update it with "watchcounts" and it tells me the DVDs I've gotten the most value from and which ones I should consider getting rid of. I also track Netflix and burned DVDs, so I know which ones I need to purchase.

I also track all of my exercise stats in Excel and use it to set goals and make predictions.

I made a worksheet to track my academic progress and coded a function to calculate my GPA so I can tinker with my grades and hate myself for getting an A- in my freshman programming class.




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