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February 13, 2013

"The Importance of Excel"

The infamous London Whale trade went bad in part because of a bad Excel spreadsheet.

No surprise to me but then I had a dad who was fond of saying, "To err is human. But to really mess up, you need a computer."


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Any tool can be misused, some more easily than others. And as my grandfather said, "While you're busy making [something] foolproof, God has made fools both ingenious and relentless."


I got a free program called Openoffice which does what MS office does but is open source code, works pretty good. I know this is only tangential to the story but thought I would share.

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