This week I had an opportunity to ride in a Tesla. The driver commented on how it was the first car to make him feel like an 18 year old behind the wheel. Here's another example of how Tesla is bringing the fun.
Spring is (finally) here and in tribute to the season I present an early Easter egg, courtesy of Tesla.
Disclaimer: The author makes no claim that your model will be watertight, nor that it will be equipped with SONAR, subsurface-to-air missiles or Barbara Bach.
Tesla Model S 007 Easter Egg
Using the Dashboard touchpad, access the Control Menu. The vehicle controls for the Model S will display.
Hold the button down for 3 seconds. A Please Enter Access Code prompt will appear.
Enter 007 and tap OK.
Re-access the Controls Menu and tap the Suspension Tab. The Lotus Espirit displays (from the Bond classic The Spy Who Loved Me).
Set Depth option to 20,000 leagues (thanks, Jules Verne) and enjoy.
Worried you’re not sufficiently hydrating during the day? Any idea how much sugar is in that juice drink?
The Vessyl drinking cup (now accepting pre-orders) can detect and log your fluid intake. How smart is it? In addition to H2O this chalice can apparently identify various beverages by name (e.g., Crush soda, Vitamin Water, Tropicana O.J.) and even varieties of Gatorade flavors. The on-cup display shows beverage amount and components (i.e., sugar, caffeine, etc.) and the data is sent to your activity tracking device.
Although I am not sold on the need for this level of monitoring I do appreciate the science behind it. Among the wave of activity trackers flooding our internet shelves this will certainly appeal to some.
After completing the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge 5K race I was curious: how many other runners had a similar finish time as I? What an Excel-lent opportunity for a Histogram!
A Histogram analyzes values, groups those numbers into bins, (population frequencies) of your choosing, and displays that data in a table or chart. The Histogram tool is part of the Data Analysis Toolpak. It may not initially appear on your ribbon, but is a cinch to install.
Adding the Data Analysis Toolpak
On the Ribbon, click File, then Options.
On the Manage drop-down, select Excel Add-ins and click Go.
Select Analysis Toolpak and click OK.
For a simple Histogram, here’s what you will need:
Input Range: cells containing values to be reviewed. The range must be sorted in ascending sequence.
Bin Range: cells to act as virtual bins within which Excel will place matching numbers. For example, a teacher grading a test might use Bin values for the test scores she wants to lump together. Bin range is an optional; if left blank, Excel will create Bins.In my example (below) the Bin values are increments of one minute, between 17 and 37 minutes (the fastest and longest finishing times).
Output: Location for the Histogram table. These options include Range, New Worksheet, and New Workbook.
Chart Output: (optional) charts the Histogram table output.
Creating the Histogram Table and Chart
On Data tab of the Ribbon, click Data Analysis. The Data Analysis dialog appears.
Select Histogram and click OK. The Histogram dialog appears.
Select or enter the Input Range (e.g., E11:E2804) , Bin Range (e.g., K13:K32), and Output range (e.g. M12).,
Creating Defined Names enables you to take advantage of a host of excel features and shortcuts. This post shows one easy method to create Defined Names from your selection and showcases a nifty method to find where two Defined names intersect.
This tip involves naming cells, also known as Defined Names. Among the many benefits, Defined Names can be used to:
quickly navigate large spreadsheets
easily define print areas
simplify formula entry
In the below table you want to easily reference the data in any given column or row. Since the data is in a table you can easily create a Defined Name, for each column and row, using the Create from Selection command.
Creating Defined Names From Selection
Select all the cells in the table. Tip: select one cell, then press CTRL + A.
On the Formulas tab, in the Defined Names group, click Create from Selection. The Create Names from Selection dialog appears.
Check Top row and Left column.
To display the Defined Names, press F3 or click the Name Box drop-down. Defined Names will also appear as you enter formulas, preceded by the name tag icon.
PowerTip: The intersection of two Defined Names can be displayed using a formula.
Using Defined Names to Display the Intersecting Value